Continuing to celebrate our 5 year anniversary, this month we are sharing what we think are the 5 most significant golf courses in the Sandhills.

Photography of Pinehurst No. 2Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst No. 2, known as Donald Ross’s Masterpiece, opened back in 1907.  It has been home to numerous professional and amateur championship tournaments, most notably the U.S. Men’s Open Championship in 1999, 2005 and 2014 and the U.S. Women's Open Championship in 2014.  The Men’s championship will return to No. 2 in 2024.
Photo Credit:  Dave "Shep" Shepherd


Photograph of the sign saying Longleaf Longleaf Golf & Family Club

Longleaf Golf & Family Club, a Dan Maples designed course, is home to U.S. Kids Golf Academy which hosts the World Championships for competitive kids age 12 and under.  Kids from all over the world come to play and visit the Sandhills with their family where they have “fun learning the lifelong game of golf and encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories."

Photography of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club SignPine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

Located in Southern Pines, Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club is a Donald Ross gem.  It will be the first in the nation to host the U.S. Women’s Open Championship 4 times when the women return to play in 2022.


Southern Pines Golf Club SignSouthern Pines Golf Club

Operated by the Southern Pines Elks Club, the Southern Pines Golf Club may be the oldest design by Donald Ross, and one of the best kept secrets of the Sandhills.


Picture of the Cradle Golf CourseThe Cradle

The Cradle is the newest trend in golf course design, a 9-hole short course which was designed by Gil Hanse, located on 10 acres on the grounds of the Pinehurst Resort.