Golf Escapes

of the Sandhills

Southern Pines Golf and Village of Pinehurst Golf Packages

Tobacco Road Golf Course
Pine Needles Resort
Legacy Golf

Golf Escapes is proud to partner with the following Championship Golf Courses

Anderson Creek
Mid Pines Golf Club, Southern Pines Golf Course
Anderson Creek
Spring Lake, NC
Architect:  Davis Love III
Opened in 2001



Davis Love III, 1997 PGA Championship winner, designed Anderson Creek Golf Club, his first signature course in North Carolina. Anderson Creek was rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest in 2008 and was the winner of the “Best New Course in NC” award for 2001. This traditional layout reflects all that is great about golf in the Carolina Sandhills – rolling emerald fairways lined with longleaf pines, natural areas highlighted with love grass and perfectly manicured course conditions. The greens’ large roll-off areas and significant undulations offer a glimpse into the classic Donald Ross architecture seen throughout the Sandhills of North Carolina. Davis Love remarked, “Anderson Creek is one of the finest courses I’ve played, and is more than ready to host a major golfing event.” The club’s proximity to Interstate 95 as well as to the historic village of Pinehurst, make Anderson Creek a must play for golfers traveling to the area.







Bayonet at Puppy Creek
Raeford, NC  
Architect:  William Byrd
Opened in 1995



Willard Byrd’s golf course in an enchanting forest winds through rolling hills along Puppy Creekwith a layout golfers never tire of playing. Bayonet offers the region’s largest and best conditioned practice area and with 5 sets of tees, this championship golf course has been created for golfers of all skill levels. Their goal is to provide you with the best golf experience possible by combining a quality layout with superb conditioning and friendly, courteous service. Well worth the 30 minute drive.






Beacon Ridge Golf & Country Club
West End, NC  
Architect:  Gene Hamm
Opened in 1988



A masterpiece course with Penncross Bentgrass greens and bermuda fairways & tee boxes.  Par 72, with each nine returning to the clubhouse.  Start and finish with a par 5 that will require patience and strategy.  This is one of the more popular courses in the area and has a reputation for maintaining great conditions.  Ten minutes from the Village.    






Carolina Trace
Sanford, NC
Architect:  Robert Trent Jones
Opened in 1971

The Lake Course and The Creek Course

The first of the two 18-hole courses that make up the Carolina Trace private golf community is the Lake Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the Lake Course opened for play in 1971. Jones, Sr.'s creativity of design is apparent in the Lake Course and remains visible on every hole. The Lake Course winds around the 315-acre Lake Trace with such captivating views that maintaining focus on ones golf game can be difficult. The second eighteen at this private golf community is the Creek Course, which opened for play in 1979. The Creek Course features dramatic elevation changes, rolling terrain, and a meandering creek interspersed among the 18 holes. The narrow fairways are Bermuda grass with the greens featuring Crenshaw Bent grass. Maybe a bit of a drive from the Pinehurst area, but with two courses and great replay rates to play two courses in the same day without the drive between rounds!






Deercroft Golf Club
Wagram, NC
Architect:  Gardner Gildey
Opened in 1983

Carved from magnificent pine forests, with a 70+ acre lake on the property, Deercroft offers one of the most scenic and challenging tests in the North Carolina Sandhills.  Golf Digest has described Deercroft as the "Best Kept Secret in the Pinehurst area".  Spend a day at Deercroft where nature is your partner and golf is at its finest. A short 20 minute drive from the Pinehurst area, Deercroft offers a good challenge and great scenery as well.






Dormie Golf Club
West End, NC
Architect:  Coore and Crenshaw
Opened in 2010


Coore & Crenshaw’s first NC design, features a spectacular wooded site, dramatic elevation changes, natural lakes and vegetation native to the Sandhills region. Located minutes north of the Village of Pinehurst, and nestled amongst nearly 1100 acres of sandy, rolling and wooded terrain, Dormie reflects a return to classic architecture of the past and evokes a natural, rustic feel. The areas that surround the fairways are filled with sandy soil, pine straw, native grasses and fescues. Firm and fast playing conditions will allow for a variety of shots to be played into and around the greens. A must play while in the "Home of American Golf".







Foxfire Resort & County Club
Foxfire Village, NC
Architect:  Gene Hamm
Opened in 1968
The Grey (East) Fox & The Red (West) Fox


Traditional golf at its best. Come experience two of the finest layouts the Village of Pinehurst area has to offer. You will fall in love with both of our superbly conditioned Gene Hamm designed classics the East and the West courses. Both rely on natural contours of the land and challenge all players with tree-lined fairways, strategically placed bunkers and generous greens. Play at Foxfire and will be rewarded by the natural beauty and great conditions of which the Sandhills are famous. The courses were recently ranked 3.5 stars by Golf Digest's Places to Play Guide and both are well liked and popular among locals as well as golf package groups to the Sandhills area.  A good facility to get in 36-holes of golf without the drive between rounds! 






Hyland Golf Club
Southern Pines, NC
Architect:  Tom Jackson
Opened in 1973


Regarded by many as their favorite course in the the Village of Pinehurst area, the newly restored Hyland Golf Club offers the highest elevations, tall pines, sparkling blue water and immaculate conditions. Under new ownership, Hyland Golf Club features new greens, manicured conditions and a new outlook toward providing the best customer service and experience in the Sandhills. Golf Digest rates Hyland Golf Club 4-Stars in their 2009-2010 Best Places to Play Guide. You are invited to enjoy golf as its inventors intended, this Sandhills experience will take you back to a time where every shot in your bag was tested.







The Legacy Golf Club
Aberdeen, NC
Architect:  Jack Nicklaus ll
Opened in 1991


Experience Legacy’s new look! Renovated in 2011 with brand new greens, Legacy is a must play when visiting the Sandhills. Legacy Golf Links was designed by the Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Design team under the direction of his son Jack Nicklaus II.

Legacy Golf Links is a Nicklaus-designed golf course and is proud to be one of only three courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen Area that has played host to a USGA National Championship. Legacy has been awarded 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest and was selected as one of the Top
50 Golf Courses in the country for customer service. In 2009, Legacy was voted in the Top 25 Public Courses by Golf World’s Readers™ Choice Awards. This award -winning layout represents classic Sandhills golf with rolling hills and tall Longleaf Pines. Legacy features four of the best par threes in the Sandhills area and you won’t soon forget Legacy™s 8th hole; properly nicknamed ‘The Bear’.
What a challenge for every golfer from the first tee to the final green, Legacy's layout makes it worthy of its heritage and one of the most popular courses in the area.






Little River Golf Club
Southern Pines, NC
Architect:  Dan Maples
Opened in 1996

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Before Dan Maples transformed it into one of the area’s most popular and playable courses, the site had been a training facility for some of America’s top thoroughbreds. As a tribute, Dan incorporated into this quality design, elements from the original estate, including part of the old training track. The course features both a subtly rolling Scottish style front nine and dramatic elevation changes on the wooded back nine. Golf Digest deemed Longleaf as “the most playable course in the Pinehurst area”.  Te front night is straight forward and allows for an errant shot, or two.  The back nine tightens up a little and has some elevation change, a difficult double dog leg par 4, and three par 3’s.  Longleaf is a must-play for beginner golfers and those that may be a little rusty.










​​Longleaf Golf & Country Club
Southern Pines, NC
Architect: Dan Maples
Opened in 1988
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One of the most playable courses in the area. A Dan Maples’ design on a once training ground for top thoroughbreds. A pleasure to play! Longleaf Golf & Family Club combines the best of a classic Dan Maples design with the innovative and detail oriented renovations of well-respected architect Bill Bergin - to create one of the most enjoyable, aesthetic and best conditioned values in all of the Carolinas. The birthplace of the famed Longleaf Tee System, the course provides an easy to use method of ensuring players optimize their experience by playing from one of seven tees that best corresponds to their abilities. With newly installed Mini Verde greens, the layout offers outstanding conditions along with all the challenge and scoring opportunities any great golf course should offer. This hidden gem is certain to be a big hit among players with an expectation of excellence and fun!


​​Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club​​
Southern Pines, NC
Architect:  Donald Ross
Opened in 1921


The Mid Pines course remains exactly as Donald Ross numbered and routed the course in 1921. Impeccably manicured to modern standards, Mid Pines is a classic gem, a rarity among Ross’s masterpieces.  Many people have characterized the course as "pure Donald Ross" because of how it fits the land where it was built. It has few forced carries, artificial or contrived holes. It's been said that Mid Pines was never conceived as a daunting task to the finest players competing under championship conditions...Mid Pines was intended simply as a fun course with adequate challenge for members and guests of a private club and resort.   Their Sunday Brunch is must!  






Mid South Club
Southern Pines, NC
Architect:  Arnold Palmer
Opened in 1993


The Mid South Club is one of the Carolinas’ most attractive private residential golf communities. Five hundred forty five acres of longleaf pine forests, lakes and gently rolling hillsides provide a backdrop for a place of beauty and serenity. The Mid South Club Arnold Palmer signature golf course offers it’s members a challenging yet enjoyable championship layout on which to test their skills. Mid South Club has 11 acres of bunkers. Don’t forget your sand wedge for the 14th hole, which has plenty of sand traps and bunkers.

A magnificent Arnold Palmer design on gently rolling terrain with 5 lakes.  Regarded as the best in the area, so plan a replay! 







Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Southern Pines, NC
Architect:  Donald Ross

Opened in 1927


Pine Needles offers character, warmth and comfort. Built in the 1950's and nestled among towering longleaf pines, our chalet style lodges provide exceptional comfort with recently renovated rooms and all of the luxuries of home.

In 2004, Pine Needles underwent an important restoration project. Under the watchful eye of Ross aficionado, John Fought, the greens were rebuilt, bunkers were dug out and fresh sand was installed. Contours and dimensions of greens were restored to their original forms as shown by a series of vintage aerial photos of the course, returning the course to its original glory. 

Following the restoration, the Pine Needles course measures more than 7,000 yards in length with some holes having been "stretched" to return the shot values that Donald Ross intended for this course. Fairway bunkers are now placed so that they serve as the kind of hazard that Ross intended for the tees.


This classic Donald Ross course has repeatedly hosted the US LPGA Women’s Open Championship and it's returning in 2022,  need we say more?






Pinewild Country Club
Pinehurst, NC
Architect:  Holly Gary Player,

      Magnolia Gene Hamm
Opened in 1989


Two championship golf courses and a par 3!  Eugene Hamm’s Magnolia has played host to the PGA Qualifying School & Gary Player’s Holly has become a “must play” due to the risk reward layout.

Gary Player's gift to Pinehurst, The Holly. A special signature design by golf's legendary world traveler, Gary Player, the Holly course is the perfect compliment to the Magnolia. The Holly features fewer bunkers, more water and smaller greens. Vast areas of longleaf pines were left untouched, and the course features numerous natural waste bunkers.  The design utilizes the property's many lakes, ponds and streams that wind through numerous wooded areas throughout the course. Multiple tees present a variety of challenges, but the course is definitely playable for golfers of all skill levels.

Originally designed by Gene Hamm, the 18-Hole, par 72 Magnolia Course opened to rave reviews in 1989, and within two months was ranked as one of the top 50 courses in the entire southeastern United States by Golf Week.
The Magnolia has seen a complete multi-million dollar redesign, to include new greens complexes with Crenshaw Bent Grass, bunkers and cart paths. The result is a truly fantastic lay-out with emphasis on risk-reward golf.
In an area that boasts numerous award winning courses, the Magnolia remains a local favorite. The course is characterized by vast elevation changes, generous driving areas, and spacious challenging greens. The Magnolia has been a qualifying site for numerous US Open Championships, the US Amateur Championship, as well as PGA Tour School Qualifying.  With the back tees measuring almost 7,500 yards, we like to say that the NEW Magnolia is "NO BARK, BUT ALL BITE".






7Lakes Golf Club
Seven Lakes, NC
Architect:  Peter Tufts ll
Opened in 1976

Designed by Peter Tufts lll, godson of Donald Ross, 7 Lakes is consistently on the Top 100 Courses of NC.  New ownership has transformed this classic into an “All Inclusive Resort Experience” including lunch and 2 beverages with all rounds, truly a must play!  Choose 7 Lakes and discover not only a “Golf Course of the Year,” but the beauty that is Sandhills, NC. A favorite among traveling golfers, as Golf Digest says, you can “plan your vacation around it”.






Southern Pines Golf Club
Southern Pines, NC
Architect:  Donald Ross
Opened in 1906


Southern Pines Golf Club is an old Donald Ross design, a short course, but still a good challenge.  A benefit of Southern Pines is that you get to play a great course, great layout, without paying the premium price of other Ross designs.  Enjoy the most traditional aspects of the game of golf - rolling terrain, uninterrupted shot making and a journey back to golf from its beginnings. As a classic layout, it is challenging for golfers of every skill level, with few forced carries of great length and many greens open in front to allow for the bump-and-run style that was characteristic when the first 9-holes were built in 1906.  It is rare to find a Donald Ross course in such original condition, where no re-routing, no housing, and little re-working have affected the course in its 100 year history. Southern Pines Country Club is a walkers delight and is ideal for winter play.






Talamore Golf Resort
Southern Pines, NC
Architect:  Reese Jones
Opened in 1991

Located in the heart of the area on Midland Road and designed by Rees Jones, this course is visually striking & exceptionally enjoyable. Considered one of the top courses in the area and friendliest staff.  
Greens have been restored to the original Rees Jones 1991 design, resulting in a 20 percent larger putting surface, and the addition of generous 60-inch Tif Eagle Bermuda green collars. The new Champion Bermuda putting surfaces will provide significantly better playing conditions than its bent grass predecessor and will put Talamore’s greens on par with the other top courses in the area that have already made the switch to Bermuda greens – Pinehurst No. 2, No. 8, Country Club of North Carolina, Pine Needles, Mid Pines and Tobacco Road. The course feels and is bigger with the fairways opened up, limited rough and the removal of excessive bunkering, with 75% of all bunkers eliminated. Improved cart access and the reshaping of certain areas to help cart flow will increase pace of play by at least 30 minutes per round.  Talamore is the only course in the Village of Pinehurst area with multiple sod wall bunkers and soon to come sod wall bunker cams, providing a live feed of bunker action straight to the Clubhouse for spectator enjoyment.






Tobacco Road Golf Club
Sanford, NC
Architect: Mike Strantz
Opened in 1998
3 1/2 s

“Thriller Golf” best Mike Strantz’s masterpiece. Uncommon beauty & imagination feeds the soul while challenging every aspect of your game. You’ll talk about this one for years to come!  
Described as “Pine Valley on steroids” and “golf’s rock and roll thrill ride”, Tobacco Road Golf Club is certainly unique. Carving his way through an old sand quarry, the late Mike Strantz created one of the most celebrated and talked about courses in the world. Consistently rated amongst the nation’s best, Tobacco Road showcases 18 drop-dead signature holes set amidst rolling Sandhills and golden love grass. The scene is so breath-taking you will want to bring along your camera to forever capture the greatness of “The Road”.  We feel rewarding accomplishments are seldom easily gained but pulled off with the odds seemingly against you. Playing at a length of 6500 yards from the Ripper tees, Tobacco Road was rated as high as second in slope in both North and South Carolina just behind the famed Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup. Therefore, we do not guarantee your best round the first trip ’round The Road, but we are certain you will remember the ride! Simply put, Tobacco Road will be the most fascinating, heart-racing and fulfilling golf experience you will ever play.








Tot Hill Farm Golf Club
Asheboro, NC
Architect:  Mike Strantz
Opened in 2000

Another exceptional Mike Strantz design nestled in the Uwharrie Mountains.  Soaring rock formations & majestic terrain provide breath taking shots. Winding through a maze of magnificent rock formations and creeks, Tot Hill provides its players with a vast array of heart-pounding shots and breathtaking views. The course features five sets of tees to challenge players of all abilities and the expansive greens offer a variety of demanding pin placements. The club is conveniently located 3.5 miles off Highway 220 South in Asheboro, NC, making it a perfect stop for those traveling through to Pinehurst and Myrtle Beach. If you have played the other Strantz greats like Tobacco Road, Caledonia, True Blue, Royal New Kent and Stonehouse, you will want to stop and take on "The Hill".  Book this one on your way into town or on the way back home!






Whispering Pines Golf Club
Whispering Pines, NC
Architect:  Ellis Maples 
Opened in 1961


The Pines course (formerly the East) and its length, combined with the subtle terrain changes, is a true “inland links” course. The generous fairways, large Newly Renovated Champion Bermuda Greens (2016) and varied teeing areas give golfers of all skill levels fair challenges throughout the course. From the back tees that play 7094 yards to the 5012 yard Senior Ladies tees, the Pines course will make you hit every club in your bag with an opportunity to enjoy your round.
The Country Club of Whispering Pines theme of The Pines course involves using the open, hardpan rough, sparsely covered with the native pine straw and “love grass”, to create the elements that appealed to the late, great Donald Ross.
The River Course (formerly the West) will remind you of the courses in the foothills of North Carolina. Though it plays much shorter 6521 from the back tees to 4653 to the senior ladies tees, the River Course demands more accuracy than distance. “Shot making” skills are necessary to navigate the terrain. With the elevation changes, towering oak trees that line the fairways and trees overhanging the small Bent Grass Greens and thicker rough make tee shots a premium.
Tranquil lakes and streams meander through most of the back nine. The legendary Ellis Maples, a Donald Ross prodigy, designed both courses with the ability and talent to create multiple themes on one property.




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Mid South Golf Resort
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Bayonet Golf Course
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Pine Needles Golf Resort
Beacon Ridge Golf Club
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Carolina Trace Golf Club
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Pinewild Golf Club Pinehurst NC
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Deercroft Golf Club
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Dormie Golf Club
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Seven Lakes Golf Club
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Foxfire Resort Golf Club
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Southern Pines Golf Course
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Hyland Golf Club, Southern Pines, NC
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Talamore Golf Resort
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Legacy Golf Links, Aberdeen NC
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Tobacco Road Golf
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Little River Golf
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Tot Hill Farm Golf Club
Longleaf Golf Club Southern Pines NC
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Whispering Pines Golf
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