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Redesigned Pinehurst No. 4 cracks top 10 in annual state golf course rankings

Legendary Pinehurst No. 2 once again named best course in N.C.

PINEHURST, NC (MARCH 31, 2020) – Pinehurst 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. Pinehurst No. 4 moved up 10 ranking positions and into the Top 10 in the state to earn the ninth position. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines remains ranked fourth, with the Dogwood course at The Country Club of North Carolina holding onto its fifth position. Overall, 15 Pinehurst area golf courses are included among the Top 100 rankings.

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. The 135-member panel is composed of golf media, club professionals and general managers from many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players, college golf coaches and others who play an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.

“It’s no surprise to see seven of the top 20 courses in the state are located in the Pinehurst area,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “While our destination is on every golfers bucket list, we have a great mix of courses from legendary and historic to affordable and fun to fit every price range. When you combine great golf with a growing craft beer scene, local dining with innovative chefs using products from farmers in Moore County, unique shopping options and fun events year-round, our area is an amazing destination not only for golfers, but also for couples, meetings and groups.”

Pinehurst No. 4’s move into the top 10 of the rankings is no surprise. The Gil Hanse redesign opened in September 2018, so more panelists were able to play it last year and fully consider it for the 2020 rankings. Another area course that saw large improvements in their ranking was Mid South Club, which moved up eight spots and into the top 50 at No. 44. Also, The New Course at Talamore improved nine spots to No. 83.

The panel also ranked the “Top 50 Courses You Can Play” and the Pinehurst area once again dominated the list with 15 listed, or 30 percent of the clubs, including the top six – Pinehurst No. 2, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst No. 8, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club and Pinehurst No. 9. Other golf clubs among the Top 50 include Mid South Club, Pinehurst No. 7, The New Course at Talamore, Southern Pines Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 6, Legacy Golf Links, Tobacco Road, Longleaf Golf and Family Club, and Hyland Golf Club.

“We are so fortunate in the state of North Carolina to have an abundance of great golf courses from the mountains to the coast,” said Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel. “However, many of the courses in the Pinehurst area are legendary, globally recognized and memorable. Those golf courses put our state on the golf bucket list map, not just for golfers in this country, but also from around the world.”

Pinehurst area golf courses are no strangers to the national and global stage as well when it comes to major championships. In 2019, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club hosted the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, while Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 co-hosted the U.S. Amateur. In 2021, The Country Club of North Carolina will host the U.S. Junior Amateur. In 2022, the U.S. Women’s Open returns to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. And the U.S. Open will be back at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2024, marking the fourth such major championship to be played at the historic club over the course of 25 years (1999, 2005, 2014 and 2024), the most to be played over the course of a quarter century than any other location in the country. All of those events are sanctioned by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

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 2020, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit

Top 100 Courses for 2020 (second number is previous year’s ranking)

1. 1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst
2. 2. Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville
3. 3. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, Cashiers
4. 4. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines
5. 5. The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst
6. 6. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte
7. 9. Elk River Club, Banner Elk
8. 7. Old North State, New London
9. 19. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst
10. 8. Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte
11. 11. Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), Greensboro
12. 10. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst
13. 14. Old Town Club, Winston-Salem
14. 13. Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington
15. 12. Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers
16. 16. Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington
17. 15. The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst
18. 17. Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Southern Pines
19. 18. Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham
20. 20. Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh
21. 21. Rock Barn Country Club (Jones), Conover
22. 22. Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville
23. 23. River Landing (River), Wallace
24. 25. McGregor Downs Country Club, Cary
25. 28. Governors Club, Chapel Hill
26. 24. Forest Creek Golf Club (South), Pinehurst
27. 26. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville
28. 27. Prestonwood Country Club (Highlands), Cary
29. 29. Country Club of Landfall (Dye), Wilmington
30. 31. Treyburn Country Club, Durham
31. 32. Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus), Wilmington
32. 30. Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst
33. 34. Forest Creek Golf Club (North), Pinehurst
34. 33. Linville Golf Club, Linville
35. 37. Forsyth Country Club, Winston-Salem
36. 35. High Point Country Club (Willow Creek), High Point
37. 36. The Hasentree Club, Wake Forest
38. 38. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte
39. 39. Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill
40. 41. River Landing (Landing), Wallace
41. 44. Dormie Club, West End
42. 40. Greensboro Country Club (Farm), Greensboro
43. 42. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island
44. 52. Mid South Club, Southern Pines
45. 43. Duke University Golf Club, Durham
46. 46. Gaston Country Club, Gastonia
47. 48. Country Club of Asheville, Asheville
48. 49. Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill
49. 47. Leopard’s Chase, Sunset Beach
50. 57. Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro
51. 54. The Cardinal by Pete Dye, Greensboro
52. 55. Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva
53. 50. Hope Valley Country Club, Durham
54. 51. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst
55. 63. Grandover (East), Greensboro
56. 66. The Currituck Club, Duck
57. 58. Alamance Country Club, Burlington
58. 59. Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst
59. 61. Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh
60. 60. Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows), Cary
61. 65. Jefferson Landing, Jefferson
62. 45. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis
63. 72. Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte
64. 64. Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center (Champions), Browns Summit
65. 53. Tiger’s Eye, Sunset Beach
66. 78. Hounds Ears Club, Blowing Rock
67. 56. River Run Country Club, Davidson
68. 62. Carmel Country Club (South), Charlotte
69. 67. Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro
70. 70. Croasdaile Country Club, Durham
71. 71. Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington
72. 73. Cedarwood Country Club, Charlotte
73. 76. The Peninsula Club, Cornelius
74. 68. Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach
75. 69. Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway
76. 75. St. James Plantation (Reserve), Southport
77. 79. Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton
78. 83. Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powells Point
79. -- Providence Country Club, Charlotte
80. 77. Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh
81. 74. Linville Ridge, Linville
82. -- Tanglewood Park (Championship), Clemmons
83. 92. The New Course at Talamore, Southern Pines
84. 82. Grandover (West), Greensboro
85. 80. Wilson Country Club, Wilson
86. 84. Bermuda Run Country Club (East), Bermuda Run
87. 81. Cape Fear Country Club, Leland
88. 85. Brier Creek Country Club, Raleigh
89. 86. Benvenue Country Club, Rocky Mount
90. 87. Rocky River Golf Club, Concord
91. 89. Compass Point Golf Club, Leland
92. 88. Mill Creek Golf Club, Mebane
93. 90. North Ridge Country Club (Lakes), Raleigh
94. 93. Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash
95. 94. Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte
96. 96. Brook Valley Country Club, Greenville
97. -- Prestonwood Country Club (Fairways), Cary
98. 100. Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock
99. 97. Stoney Creek Golf Club, Whitsett
100. -- Nags Head Golf Links, Nags Head

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2018, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $520 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

Phil Werz
President & CEO
910.692.3330 x-234