Top Marks for Golf Courses – Again
With the warm Spring weather, this time of year is a great time to play one of the many top-ranked golf courses in the Home of American Golf. Spring also brings the pollen season but if you’re prone to allergies, the good news is that you don’t have to forego hitting the links because you can find relief from one of the many excellent providers in Moore County’s top-ranked healthcare system.
Year after year, our hospital and many of the golf courses in Moore County are consistently ranked at the top of their respective fields.
Pinehurst No. 2 has once again secured the top spot as the best golf course in the state as determined by the prestigious North Carolina Golf Panel. The top 10 courses in the state remained consistent due to COVID restrictions which limited panel members from visiting clubs around the state as a group, but many were able to rate courses individually. Among the top 10, the Dogwood Course at The Country Club of North Carolina was third in the rankings. The Cardinal course moved up one spot to number 16. CCNC’s Dogwood and Cardinal courses will host the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur this summer.
The North Carolina Golf Panel was founded in 1995 and is recognized as the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that arguably has some of the nation’s best courses.
“We are so blessed with world-class golf in the Pinehurst area and with the USGA announcement last fall to move a second headquarters here and create an anchor site for future U.S. Open championships, it merely enhanced that this destination is arguably the finest in the country to visit and experience the game for all ages”, said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Among the 2021 rankings of the Top 100 Courses in North Carolina, a total of 15 are located in the Pinehurst Area. Those rankings include: Pinehurst No. 2 (#1); CCNC, Dogwood (#3); Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (#4); Pinehurst No. 4 (#8); Pinehurst No. 8 (#14); CCNC, Cardinal (#16); Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (#18); Forest Creek, South (#27); Pinehurst No. 9 (#30); Dormie Club (#33); Forest Creek, North (#34); Mid South Club (#40); Pinehurst No. 7 (#47); Pinewild, Magnolia (#59) and Talamore Resort, The New Course (#80).
“Every serious golfer has a trip to the Pinehurst Area on their bucket list,” said Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel. “One of the many blessings of living in North Carolina is that you can so easily become a repeat visitor.”
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