With the warm Spring weather, this time of year is a great time to play one of the many top-ranked golf courses in the Home of American Golf.  Spring also brings the pollen season but if you’re prone to allergies, the good news is that you don’t have to forego hitting the links because you can find relief from one of the many excellent providers in Moore County’s top-ranked healthcare system.

Year after year, our hospital and many of the golf courses in Moore County are consistently ranked at the top of their respective fields.

9th hole on Pinehurst No. 2Pinehurst No. 2 has once again secured the top spot as the best golf course in the state as determined by the prestigious North Carolina Golf Panel. The top 10 courses in the state remained consistent due to COVID restrictions which limited panel members from visiting clubs around the state as a group, but many were able to rate courses individually. Among the top 10, the Dogwood Course at The Country Club of North Carolina was third in the rankings. The Cardinal course moved up one spot to number 16.  CCNC’s Dogwood and Cardinal courses will host the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur this summer.

The North Carolina Golf Panel was founded in 1995 and is recognized as the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that arguably has some of the nation’s best courses.

“We are so blessed with world-class golf in the Pinehurst area and with the USGA announcement last fall to move a second headquarters here and create an anchor site for future U.S. Open championships, it merely enhanced that this destination is arguably the finest in the country to visit and experience the game for all ages”, said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Among the 2021 rankings of the Top 100 Courses in North Carolina, a total of 15 are located in the Pinehurst Area. Those rankings include: Pinehurst No. 2 (#1); CCNC, Dogwood (#3); Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (#4); Pinehurst No. 4 (#8); Pinehurst No. 8 (#14); CCNC, Cardinal (#16); Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (#18); Forest Creek, South (#27); Pinehurst No. 9 (#30); Dormie Club (#33); Forest Creek, North (#34); Mid South Club (#40); Pinehurst No. 7 (#47); Pinewild, Magnolia (#59) and Talamore Resort, The New Course (#80).

“Every serious golfer has a trip to the Pinehurst Area on their bucket list,” said Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel. “One of the many blessings of living in North Carolina is that you can so easily become a repeat visitor.”

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, PinehurstIf you have any strains or sprains after playing a round or two, rest assured that you’ll receive the very best healthcare at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. It, along with FirstHealth’s Richmond and Hoke campuses, has once again been named one of the state’s top hospitals and as the best in North Carolina in patient satisfaction by Business North Carolina magazine in the March 2021 issue.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas has 5,000 employees and treats patients from 15 surrounding counties.  Most recently, it approved interior plans for a $68 million, 120,000 square-foot Comprehensive Cancer Center in Pinehurst across from Reid Heart Center.  Construction should be complete in late 2022.

Moore Regional ranked No. 4 in the best hospitals ranking, tying with Mission Hospital, and No. 1 in the “patient picks” list, which ranks hospitals based on the percentage of patients who would recommend the hospital to others.

"We are incredibly honored to be recognized by Business North Carolina as one of the state’s best hospitals,” Mickey Foster, CEO of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, said.

“Topping the patient picks list is especially meaningful because it reflects our day-in, day-out commitment to delivering high-quality care. Every member of the FirstHealth family is committed to our core purpose, to care for people, and we are thankful to the community for its faith in us.”

The best hospital rankings are calculated using more than 25 metrics, including information provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, patient satisfaction surveys, infection rates, readmission and death rates for common procedures. Other criteria include safety reports from The Leapfrog Group, distinction awards from Blue Cross Blue Shield and national ratings from U.S. News & World Report.

Moore Regional’s No. 1 "patient picks” ranking is based on patients who would recommend this hospital to others.  The data is gathered from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey that is completed by adult patients after discharge.

The Business North Carolina story also noted Moore Regional Hospital’s recognition by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as “Proven Winners” for cardiac care, spine surgery, maternity care and bariatric surgery – noted as a comprehensive bariatric center.


Moore Alive has featured several stories about FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and our championship golf courses in the past to highlight their top rankings and commitment to excellence.  Whether it’s our resorts and golf courses or our hospital and healthcare providers, all are dedicated to providing the best experiences for residents and visitors alike.

For more information about all golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, visit HomeofGolf.com. For the complete list of the Top 100 Courses for 2021, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit NCGolfPanel.com

For more information about FirstHealth of the Carolinas, visit www.firsthealth.org.  For the full hospital listings in Business North Carolina, visit www.businessnc.com.

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