North Carolina

The intrepid Spanish first settled in North Carolina way back in the 16th century but golf arrived two centuries later in South Carolina. The Country Club of Asheville is one of North Carolina’s oldest golf clubs (inaugurated in 1894) and it has a rather intriguing story that involved a course swap in the 1970s. Linville (1892) is however considered the Tar Heel state’s oldest golf club.

For most, Pinehurst (1895) is the synonym for golf in North Carolina. Pinehurst was home to Donald Ross for nearly fifty years and the Resort occupies a vast 2,000-acre tract of Carolinian sandhills. You’ll need to schedule a little more time than usual to play the entire set of Pinehurst’s courses, but save enough time to play Ross’s Pine Needles and Mid Pines, which are located a couple of miles from the main resort. In fact, there are more than fifty Donald Ross courses in North Carolina, which means around 10% of the state's 600 golf courses (Scotland has a similar number of courses) were touched by the prolific Scotsman.

Of course there's more to North Carolina than just Pinehurst and Donald Ross. There’s George Cobb’s Quail Hollow, a PGA Tour regular stop at historic Charlotte, and there are also a trio of Tom Fazio’s finest designs at Wade Hampton, Eagle Point and Mountaintop but, naturally, Fazio also left a legacy at Pinehurst.

Our North Carolina Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North Carolina

Pinehurst (No.2)

1st North Carolina - Best in Area

Pinehurst No.2 course opened for play in 1907 and its green sites are the ultimate test, legendary and quite unique.

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Description: Pinehurst No.2 course opened for play in 1907 and its green sites are the ultimate test, legendary and quite unique. Rating: 5.52 out of 6

Old Town

2nd North Carolina - Best in Area

Perry Maxwell took advantage of the hills to create a brilliant set of undulating greens with steep swales and strong contours at the Old Town Club.

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Description: Perry Maxwell took advantage of the hills to create a brilliant set of undulating greens with steep swales and strong contours at the Old Town Club. Rating: 6 out of 6

Wade Hampton

3rd North Carolina - Best in Area

Wade Hampton Golf Club was named after the respected Confederate cavalry leader, General Wade Hampton III, who was also Governor of South Carolina and later US Senator during the 19th century.

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Description: Wade Hampton Golf Club was named after the respected Confederate cavalry leader, General Wade Hampton III, who was also Governor of South Carolina and later US Senator during the 19th century. Rating: 5 out of 6

Charlotte

4th North Carolina - Best in Area

Host to the US Women’s Amateur Championship in 2010, the course at Charlotte Country Club is a lovely old Donald Ross design that was recently renovated by Ron Pritchard.

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Description: Host to the US Women’s Amateur Championship in 2010, the course at Charlotte Country Club is a lovely old Donald Ross design that was recently renovated by Ron Pritchard. Rating: 5 out of 6

Grandfather

5th North Carolina - Best in Area

Grandfather is the highest of the Blue Ridge Mountain peaks and at the feet of the old man nestles Grandfather Golf and Country Club.

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Description: Grandfather is the highest of the Blue Ridge Mountain peaks and at the feet of the old man nestles Grandfather Golf and Country Club. Rating: 4.25 out of 6

Roaring Gap

6th North Carolina - Best in Area

The Roaring Gap Club is a unique Donald Ross-designed mountain top layout with far reaching views from the fringe of the escarpment.

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Description: The Roaring Gap Club is a unique Donald Ross-designed mountain top layout with far reaching views from the fringe of the escarpment. Rating: 5.6 out of 6

Quail Hollow Club

7th North Carolina - Best in Area

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Quail Hollow Club burst into the limelight in 2003 as the host venue of the Wachovia Championship, which has become an important event on the PGA Tour.

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Description: Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Quail Hollow Club burst into the limelight in 2003 as the host venue of the Wachovia Championship, which has become an important event on the PGA Tour. Rating: 4 out of 6

Mid Pines

8th North Carolina - Best in Area

Laid out on an undulating property close to Pinehurst, the resort course at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club is an understated Donald Ross design that first opened for play in 1921.

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Description: Laid out on an undulating property close to Pinehurst, the resort course at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club is an understated Donald Ross design that first opened for play in 1921. Rating: 4.2 out of 6

Tobacco Road

9th North Carolina - Best in Area

"Pine Valley on steroids" is how Tobacco Road Golf Club is billed. Cut through an old sand quarry, it’s certainly a unique Mike Strantz creation.

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Description: "Pine Valley on steroids" is how Tobacco Road Golf Club is billed. Cut through an old sand quarry, it’s certainly a unique Mike Strantz creation. Rating: 5.1 out of 6

Dormie Club

10th North Carolina - Best in Area

Another minimalist creation from the Coore & Crenshaw design team, Dormie Club lies to the north of the Pinehurst Resort in a tract of sandy, wooded terrain that extends to just over 300 acres.

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Description: Another minimalist creation from the Coore & Crenshaw design team, Dormie Club lies to the north of the Pinehurst Resort in a tract of sandy, wooded terrain that extends to just over 300 acres. Rating: 4.75 out of 6