Golf Courses Near Southern Pines, NC
When it comes to U.S. golf meccas, Southern Pines/Pinehurst deservedly calls itself “The Home of American Golf.” It’s no accident that the great golf architect Donald Ross left Scotland to make his home here—this little slice of golf heaven in North Carolina’s Sandhills region is America’s version of St. Andrews. The historic Pinehurst Resort boasts Ross’s masterpiece Pinehurst No. 2 and eight other eighteens, plus a 9-hole par-3 short course and a fantastic putting course. Courses ramble cheek by jowl on Midland Road and beyond. Tee times at layouts such as Pine Needles, Mid Pines, Southern Pines, Talamore and Longleaf can be just as satisfying as the Pinehurst courses and you may even score a hot deal!
Southern Pines is a quaint town with a train station and a number of good restaurants, galleries, and boutique shops in the heart of town. If you like gardens, visit the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. The atmosphere only gets richer in Pinehurst, which looks like an idyllic New England village and is great for strolling. Check out the historic Carolina Hotel, try a chip shot into the fireplace at the Pine Crest Inn, pick up a piece of golf memorabilia, and stop in the Tufts Archives to learn about Pinehurst’s history and its role in popularizing golf. Pinehurst and Southern Pines boast some storied resort bars and taverns and a few modern craft breweries. Just don’t linger too long—you want to be fresh for your morning tee time.