Pinehurst No. 2, hole #1Moore County boasts almost 40 premier golf courses within a 15-mile radius.  That’s almost 700 holes!  Even though the fall season is upon us and temperatures will be getting cooler, our temperate climate allows for year-round play. 

Just named in the America’s Top 10 Best Golf Course Designs list by Golf Digest magazine, the internationally-renowned Pinehurst No. 2 is used to receiving top accolades.  Golf Digest describes No. 2’s design:  “An inspiration to so many architects, everything about the Pinehurst No. 2 experience reflects the vision of its creators and shows that golf architecture does not need to be played by an ocean to elicit awe.”

The United States Golf Association announced that Pinehurst No. 2 will be home to the U.S. Open for the fourth time in 25 years when the national championship returns in 2024.   According to USGA president Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., “Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places for golf in this country.”

Pinehurst No. 2 is also named in Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Courses list for 2016-2017, and is only 1 of 23 U.S. courses and the only course in NC to receive the magazine’s coveted 5-star rating.  It also seems to have a permanent top spot on various lists ranking the best courses in North Carolina.  For example, the North Carolina Golf Panel, considered to be the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings, has put No. 2 at the top of their list of NC’s Top 100 Courses since the Panel was founded in 1995. 

But Pinehurst No. 2 is not the only course recognized by the NC Golf Panel.  Out of nearly 600 golf courses evaluated throughout North Carolina, 16 courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area made the Top 100 list:

#1 - Pinehurst No.2

#4 - Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood)

#5 - Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

#9 - Pinehurst No. 8

#11- Pinehurst No. 4

#17 - Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal)

#19 - Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

#20 - Forest Creek Golf Club (South)

#24 - Forest Creek Golf Club (North)

#34 - Pinehurst No. 9

#39 - Dormie Club

#43 - Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia)

#57 - Mid South Club

#60 - Pinehurst No. 7

#94 - Talamore Resort

#97 - Seven Lakes Country Club

Many of Moore County’s courses are consistently recognized in various rankings of the best North Carolina courses.  In fact, pick any “best” list compiled by any source, and it’s guaranteed you’ll find at least one Moore County course on the list.  No matter which course you choose to play here, you’ll find challenging holes, see beautiful scenery, and maybe even be walking in the footsteps of golf legends!

Now is a great time to enjoy golf in Moore County!

>> Above photo is hole #1 on Pinehurst No. 2


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