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Pinehurst Area Also Boasts The Top Seven Courses You Can Play

By Brian Weis

Pinehurst No. 2 has once again secured the top spot as the best golf course in the state as determined by the North Carolina Golf Panel. Pinehurst Resort will host the 2024 U.S. Open at the venerable Donald Ross course for the fourth time, June 13-16. The Dogwood Course at The Country Club of North Carolina and Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club remain in the third and fourth positions behind Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville. Sixteen courses from the Sandhills area are listed in the Top 100 rankings, including 13 among the Top 50.

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 boasts some of the nation's best courses. The 185-member panel is composed of golf media, club professionals and general managers from many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players and college golf coaches, and others who play an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.

"There's a reason why we are known around the world as the Home of American Golf," said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Golf is what drives our diverse economy, it's the reason why the USGA moved here, and we cannot wait to witness yet another U.S. Open in June when it will be played on the number one golf course in North Carolina - Pinehurst No. 2."

Among the 2024 rankings of the Top 100 Courses in North Carolina, a total of 16 are located in the Pinehurst area. Those rankings include: Pinehurst No. 2 (#1); The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood, #3); Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club (#4); Pinehurst No. 4 (#11); CCNC (Cardinal, #12); Pinehurst No. 8 (#13); Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (#21); Dormie Club (#24); Forest Creek Golf Club (South, #32); Pinehurst No. 9 (#33); Mid South Club (#37); Forest Creek Golf Club (North, #39); Pinehurst No. 7 (#49); Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia, #67); and Southern Pines Golf Club (#69) and Talamore Golf Club (#77).

The panel also ranked the Top 50 Courses You Can Play and the Pinehurst area once again dominated the list with 14 locations, or nearly 30 percent of the clubs, including the top seven and eight of the top 12. The top seven include Pinehurst No. 2, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst No. 8, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 9 and Mid South Club. Pinehurst No. 7 is 12th. Other golf clubs among the Top 50 include Southern Pines Golf Club (#18); Talamore Golf Club (#21); Pinehurst No. 6 (#34); Tobacco Road Golf Club (#38); Legacy Golf Links (#39) and Longleaf Golf and Family Club (#40).

"The Pinehurst area is like a fantasyland if you play golf and have an appreciation for great courses," said Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel. "It would be akin to a fan of ballparks being able to see Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium all in one city. That's how blessed we are."

Pinehurst No. 2 will host additional U.S. Open championships in 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047. In 2029, Pinehurst No. 2 will once again host back-to-back men's and women's U.S. Open championships, a repeat of the only course in America to host that tandem of historic events in 2014.

For more information about all golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, visit For the complete list of the Top 100 Courses for 2024, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit Or, for additional coverage, pick up the April issue of Business NC magazine.

Top 100 Courses for 2024 (second number is previous year's ranking)

  1. 1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst

  2. 2. Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville

  3.   4. The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst

  4. 3. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines

  5. 5. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte

  6. 7. Elk River Club, Banner Elk

  7. 6. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, Cashiers

  8. 8. Old Town Club, Winston-Salem

  9. 9. Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro

  10.       17. Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham

  11.       12. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst

  12.       13. The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst

  13.       16. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst

  14.       11. Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington

  15.       10. Old North State Club, New London

  16.       14. Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte

  17.       19. Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh

  18.       18. Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington

  19.       20. MacGregor Downs Country Club, Cary

  20.       21. River Landing (River), Wallace

  21.       22. Mid Pines Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines

  22.       23. Forsyth Country Club, Winston-Salem

  23.       27. Country Club of Landfall (Dye), Wilmington

  24.       24. Dormie Club, West End

  25.       25. Rock Barn Country Club (Jones), Conover

  26.       26. Governors Club, Chapel Hill

  27. 31. Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus), Wilmington

  28.       32. Prestonwood Country Club (Highlands), Cary

  29.       28. Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville

  30.       34. Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro

  31.       36. River Landing (Landing), Wallace

  32.       29. Forest Creek Country Club (South), Pinehurst

  33.       30. Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst

  34.       35. Champion Hills Club, Hendersonville

  35.       33. Treyburn Country Club, Durham

  36.       39. The Club at Longview, Waxhaw

  37.       37. Mid South Club, Southern Pines

  38.       38. Linville Golf Club, Linville

  39.       40. Forest Creek Golf Club (North)m Pinehurst

  40. 41. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte

  41.       42. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville

  42.       45. Bryan Park (Champions), Browns Summit

  43.       43. Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva

  44. 44. High Point Country Club (Willow Creek), High Point

  45.       47. Greensboro Country Club (Farm), Greensboro

  46.       49. Grandover (East), Greensboro

  47.       48. Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill

  48. 60. Occano, Merry Hill

  49.       51. Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst

  50. 53. Hound Ears Club, Boone

  51.       61. Forest Oaks Country Club, Greensboro

  52.       54. Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh

  53.       50. Country Club of Asheville, Asheville

  54.       46. The Hasentree Club, Wake Forest

  55.       52. The Cardinal by Pete Dye, Greensboro

  56.       57. Duke University Golf Club, Durham

  57. 56. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island

  58.       62. Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton

  59.       64. Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington

  60. 55. Gaston Country Club, Gastonia

  61. 59. The Currituck Club, Corolla

  62.       63. Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte

  63.       58. Hope Valley Country Club, Durham

  64.       66. Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro

  65.       69. Carolina Country Club, Raleigh

  66.       65. Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows), Cary

  67.       68. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst

  68. 70. Cedarwood Country Club, Charlotte

  69.       75. Southern Pines Golf Club, Southern Pines

  70. --  High Meadows Country Club, High Meadows

  71.       83. Grandover (West), Greensboro

  72. 71. Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash

  73. 86. Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock

  74.       84. Croasdaile Country Club, Durham

  75.       72. Alamance Country Club, Burlington

  76.       73. Bright's Creek Club, Mill Spring

  77.       77. Talamore Golf Club, Southern Pines

  78. 67. Leopard's Chase, Sunset Beach

  79.       74. Jefferson Landing, Jefferson

  80.       76. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis

  81. 78. River Run Country Club, Davidson

  82.       81. Providence Country Club, Charlotte

  83.       79. Tiger's Eye, Sunset Beach

  84. 80. Carmel Country Club (South), Charlotte

  85.       87. Mill Creek Golf Club, Mebane

  86.       85. Tanglewood Park (Championship). Clemmons

  87. 82. Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach

  88.       80. Crystal Coast Country Club, Pine Knoll Shores

  89.       88. Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powells Point

  90.       91. Linville Ridge, Linville

  91.       89. The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh

  92.       99. Brook Valley Country Club, Greenville

  93.       92. The Peninsula Club, Cornelius

  94.       --   Deep Springs Country Club, Stoneville

  95.       93. Lake Toxawat Country Club, Lake Toxaway

  96. 94. Benevenue Country Club, Rocky Mount

  97. 95. Morehead City Country Club, Morehead City

  98. 96. Bermuda Run Country Club (East), Bermuda Run

  99. 97. Stoney Creek Golf Club, Whitsett

  100. 100. Rumbling Bald Resort (Apple Valley), Lake Lure

Revised: 05/13/2024 - Article Viewed 503 Times - View Course Profile

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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