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Pinehurst No. 2 repeats as No. 1 in N.C.

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Legendary Pinehurst No. 2 Once Again Named Best Course in N.C.

PINEHURST, NC (APRIL 2, 2019) – 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. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines moved up three spots to fourth with the Dogwood course at The Country Club of North Carolina placing fifth. Pinehurst No. 8 rounded out the top 10. Overall, 17 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 and college golf coaches and others who play an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.

“It’s no surprise the ‘Home of American Golf’ boasts a significant number of courses among the Top 100 in North Carolina,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “While (Pinehurst) No. 2 is on everyone’s bucket list to play, we are fortunate to have numerous quality and world-class golf courses that rival any golf destination on the planet. When you combine great golf with a growing craft beer scene, great local dining and shopping and fun events year-round, our area is an amazing destination for not only golfers, but for couples, meetings and groups.”

While Pinehurst No. 4 was ranked just inside the Top 20 (No. 19), the Gil Hanse redesign opened last September, so few panelists were able to visit it to include in this year’s rankings. However, that ranking is expected to rise sharply in 2020 with more panelists able to play and rank it, according Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel.

“In 2019, panelists will get the opportunity to see the wonderful work of Gil Hanse and the Pinehurst staff have created,” said Brafford. “I expect our 2020 rankings will certain reflect the national acclaim the course is receiving.”

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. 8, Pinehurst No. 4, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club and Pinehurst No. 9. Other golf clubs among the Top 50 include Mid South Club, Pinehurst No. 7, Talamore Golf Resort (New Course), Southern Pines Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 6, Legacy Golf Links, Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Tobacco Road and Seven Lakes Country Club.

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 will host the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, May 16-19. Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 will welcome competitors for the U.S. Amateur, August 12-18. 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 club over a 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 2019, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit

Top 100 Courses for 2019 (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. 7. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines

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

6. 6. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte

7. 5. Old North State Club, New London

8. 8. Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte

9. 9. Elk River Club, Banner Elk

10. 10. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst

11. 12. Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), Greensboro

12. 11. Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers

13. 13. Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington

14. 14. Old Town Club, Winston-Salem

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

16. 16. Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington

17. 19. Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Southern Pines

18. 17. Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham

19. 18. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst

20. 20. Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh

21. 22. Rock Barn Country Club (Jones), Conover

22. 21. Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville

23. 24. River Landing (River), Wallace

24. 25. Forest Creek Golf Club (South), Pinehurst

25. 26. MacGregor Downs Country Club, Cary

26. 23. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville

27. 27. Prestonwood Country Club (Highlands), Cary

28. 28. Governors Club, Chapel Hill

29. 30. Country Club of Landfall (Dye), Wilmington

30. 31. Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst

31. 34. Treyburn Country Club, Durham

32. 37. Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus), Wilmington

33. 29. Linville Golf Club, Linville

34. 32. Forest Creek Golf Club (North), Pinehurst

35. 33. High Point Country Club (Willow Creek), High Point

36. 35. The Hasentree Club, Wake Forest

37. 38. Forsyth Country Club, Winston-Salem

38. 36. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte

38. 39. Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill

40. 40. Greensboro Country Club (Farm), Greensboro

41. 43. River Landing (Landing), Wallace

42. 44. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island

43. 41. Duke University Golf Club, Durham

44. 49. Dormie Club, West End

45. 42. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis

46. 46. Gaston Country Club, Gastonia

47. 45. Leopard’s Chase, Sunset Beach

48. 59. Country Club of Asheville, Asheville

49. 48. Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill

50. 50. Hope Valley Country Club, Durham

51. 47. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst

52. 53. Mid South Club, Southern Pines

53. 51. Tiger’s Eye, Sunset Beach

54. 52. Sedgefield Country Club (Dye), Greensboro

55. 54. Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva

56. 55. River Run Country Club, Davidson

57. 78. Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro

58. 56. Alamance Country Club, Burlington

59. 60. Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst

60. 57. Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows), Cary

61. 61. Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh

62. 58. Carmel Country Club (South), Charlotte

63. 62. Grandover (East), Greensboro

64. 63. Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center (Champions), Browns Summit

65. 69. Jefferson Landing, Jefferson

66. 64. The Currituck Club, Duck

67. 66. Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro

68. 65. Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach

69. 68. Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway

70. 71. Croasdaile Country Club, Durham

71. 70. Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington

72. 75. Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte

73. 76. Cedarwood Country Club, Charlotte

74. 72. Linville Ridge, Linville

75. 67. St. James Plantation (Reserve), Southport

76. -- The Peninsula Club, Cornelius

77. 74. Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh

78. 77. Hound Ears Club, Blowing Rock

79. -- Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton

80. 79. Wilson Country Club, Wilson

81. 73. Cape Fear National Golf Club, Leland

82. 80. Grandover (West), Greensboro

83. 81. Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powells Point

84. 87. Bermuda Run Country Club (East), Bermuda Run

85. 83. Brier Creek Country Club, Raleigh

86. -- Benvenue Country Club, Rocky Mount

87. 85. Rocky River Golf Club, Concord

88. 89. Mill Creek Golf Club, Mebane

89. -- Compass Pointe Golf Club, Leland

90. 86. North Ridge Country Club (Lakes), Raleigh

91. 82. Country Club of Salisbury, Salisbury

92. 92. New Course at Talamore, Southern Pines

93. 88. Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash

94. 90. Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte

95. 93. Southern Pines Golf Club, Southern Pines

96. -- Brook Valley Country Club, Greenville

97. 99. Stoney Creek Golf Club, Whitsett

98. -- Pinehurst No. 6, Pinehurst

99. 96. Heritage Club, Wake Forest

100. 94. Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock

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 2017, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $484 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

Contact: Phil Werz, President & CEO, 910.692.3330 x-234