NC Golf Guide 2016 North Carolina Golf Guide : Page 2

THE SANDHILLS: Where to Play PINEHURST NO. 2 OF ALL THE GREAT COURSES IN THE SANDHILLS, PINEWILD COUNTRY CLUB IS ONE OF THE MOST OVERLOOKED. It is largely a private club, but is open to play through many golf packages. The club sports 45 holes, including two big-time championship courses that have hosted many championships. The Magnolia Course is lengthy and challenging, a course locals know as a hidden gem. The Holly Course features fewer bunkers but more water. Both run through the towering pines and over gently undulating terrain. For extra fun, the Azalea Course is a pleasant nine-hole par-3 course. The one course in the Sandhills that everyone knows, whether he’s played there or not, is PINEHURST RESORT’S No. 2 course. In 2024 the venerable Donald Ross layout will host its fourth U.S. Open in 25 years. The layout was rebuilt to its original Ross-design before the 2014 U.S. Open, and the USGA was so pleased with the new look the invitation for 2024 came quickly. Of course, golf at the resort goes way beyond The Deuce. Eight other courses, including Ross-designs of No. 1 and No. 4 which have been rebuilt as well, offer guests the greatest array of golf in America. Perhaps the next most recognizeable course in the region is another Ross gem, this one at PINE NEEDLES LODGE AND GOLF CLUB. Owned by one of the LPGA’s founding members, Peggy Kirk Bell, the course has hosted the U.S. Women’s Open twice. Pinehurst No. 2 gets a lot of the publicity, but Pine Needles is also considered one of the Tar Heel State’s greatest. The North Carolina Golf Panel ranks it the fifth best course in the state. Pine Needles’ sister course is across the street at MID PINES RESORT. It, too, is a Ross gem. Like the Ross courses at Pinehurst Resort and Pine Needles, the Mid Pines course has been recently renovated and returned to its original state, which includes lots of sandy waste areas and small, domed greens. One of the great things about the Sandhills is that you never have to drive far to play golf. The LEGACY GOLF LINKS are ‘way’ down in Aberdeen, but it’s less than a 15-minute drive from the Pinehurst traffic circle. And it’s worth every minute. It was named the Village of Pinehurst Course of the Year in 2014. Designed by Jack Nicklaus II, Legacy has been ranked among the 50 best public courses in the country. Looking for a change from towering pines and gentle rolling fairways? TOBACCO ROAD takes the Sandhills experience to a different level. Built in an old sand quarry in Sanford, the Mike Strantz-design is as far from the mainstream, traditional Sandhills courses as you can imagine – and until you’ve play it, you can’t imagine what a golf thrill ride it is. You’ll never have a similar golf experience. The 36-hole TALAMORE RESORT offers two modern courses, one by Rees Jones and the other by Arnold Palmer. Both have been two of the Sandhills’ most popular courses for two decades. THE SANDHILLS: TOP PICKS FOR 2016 (www.homeofgolf.com) GOLF COURSES & RESORTS Pinehurst No. 1 Donald Ross 1899 Pinehurst No. 2 Donald Ross 1907 Pinehurst No. 3 Donald Ross 1910 Pinehurst No. 4 Tom Fazio 1999 Pinehurst No. 5 Ellis Maples 1961 Pinehurst No. 6 George Fazio & Tom Fazio 1979 Pinehurst No. 7 Rees Jones 1986 Pinehurst No. 8 Tom Fazio 1996 Pinehurst No. 9 Jack Nicklaus 1989 Legacy Golf Links Jack Nicklaus II 1991 Pine Needles Lodge & GC Donald Ross 1927 Pinewild Country Club Gene Hamm 1989 Gary Player 1996 7 Lakes Golf Club Peter Tufts 1976 Talamore Golf Resort Rees Jones 1991 Arnold Palmer 1993 Tobacco Road Mike Strantz 1998 AREA HOTELS Comfort Inn Hampton Inn & Suites Residence Inn Towneplace Suites GOLF PACKAGES Golf Escapes First Tee Golf Packages DESTINATION Village of Pinehurst 2 THE OFFICIAL 2016 NORTH CAROLINA GOLF GUIDE

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