Designed by the esteemed architect, Donald Ross, also responsible for famous layouts including the likes of Oakland Hills and the nearby Pinehurst No. 2, Southern Pines offers test of golf that few courses in the world can muster. Originally opened as a none hole course, Southern Pines was transformed into an 18 hole course in the early part of the 20th century and since then it has gone from strength to strength and is now rightly regarded as one of the finest courses in the Carolinas.
Measuring a little over 6,300 yards from the tips, Southern Pines is by no means a long golf course but that certainly doesn’t detract from the enjoyment and challenge experienced during a round here. Tight, undulating fairways are lined by towering pines and dogwoods which demand accuracy from the tee. Greens are small, devilishly tricky and are well protected by bunkers meaning precision is also called for from the fairways. The layout here bears the marks of a bygone era, where the holes are short but wonderfully crafted, allowing for a great range of shots to be played. This is not target golf like many modern American courses but a course that demands the golfer to be creative and use their full repertoire of shots; a truly enjoyable round of golf awaits any golfer embarking on a golf holiday in North Carolina.
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