Looking for a nice relaxing vacation out on the back nine for your vacation? Add these incredible public golf courses to your list of things to do in North Carolina. You'll love the scenery as well as the relaxed Southern Hospitality that you'll experience in all of these places.
Spend A Day At These 6 Beautiful North Carolina Public Golf Courses
1. Dormie Club
Dormie Club combines a great golf experience with peace and serenity. With 310 acres of land located away from any traffic, your focus will be strong as you enjoy a great round of golf in the beauty of the pure nature. You can also make a reservation for a caddy if you’re planning a full-packed day of golf. If you’re planning a stay in the Pinehurst area, definitely stop by this course (as well as the many others in the Pinehurst region) during your vacation.
2. Pinehurst Resort No. 2
Pinehurst Resort features nine beautiful golf courses for you to choose from, but course two is recognized as the ‘centerpiece’ of the resort. As one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses, Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted more single golf championships than any course in America, and will be hosting the U.S. Open in 2024. With each hole as challenging and beautiful as the next, this course should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
3. Pinehurst Resort No. 4
Pinehurst No. 4 is another course at the Pinehurst Resort that is widely recognized as one of the best courses throughout the state of North Carolina. Featuring 30 acres of fairway and 35 acres of rough, this course will offer you a fun challenge during your stay in Pinehurst. Beautiful trees and lakes also surround each hole, so the whole family can come out and enjoy the scenery even if they don’t want to tee up. Later this fall the course will be undergoing a new design, and will reopen in fall 2018. Be sure to schedule your tee time at this course before it closes for construction!
4. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club
This award-winning golf course was designed by famous course designer Donald Ross, and provides for a great experience for all golfers: from beginners to experts. This course provides a great history for both the Southern Pines area, as well as for women’s golf: it previously hosted the U.S. Women’s Open in 1996, 2001 and 2007. Stop by for a beautiful day of golf out on their beautiful bent grass greens, and afterwards enjoy a bite to eat at Crest Restaurant. Pine Needles also offers lodging if you’d like to stay in the area for your vacation.
5. Tobacco Road Golf Club
Tobacco Road Golf Club in Sanford holds the #50 spot as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, and offers an experience that will last you a lifetime. Located in the Sandhills of North Carolina, this relatively young golf course features many bold design features replicating those found in the British Isles. With five sets of tees, you can take on this course at just about any difficulty level and still have a great time, even though it will still be a bit challenging. This course also allows for caddie reservations, so if you’re planning a full day of golf you may want to schedule your day in advance. With the Sandhills offering beautifully challenging scenery, you will definitely always remember you times out at Tobacco Road.
6. Linville Golf Club
Linville Golf Club is another classic Donald Ross design, and offers a fun challenge for you to try during your vacation. Crafted around the land’s original hills and dents, each hole offers a new level of difficulty that will keep you coming back for more. This course is filled with history, simplicity and beautiful scenery, but if you’re not too sure of your skills there is always a PGA teaching pro around to help you improve your game. The club is attached to The Eseeola Lodge, and lodge guests get access to exclusive deals and packages that include lodging, breakfast, dinner and one round of golf with a cart.
This article was written by Kellyn Nettles.