Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club


5-star : simply the best - golf courses don’t get much better than this.
   Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club Est. 1927

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Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club: If there's a golf course to challenge Pinehurst No.2 for top honours in North Carolina, then Pine Needles is surely one of the leading contenders. This is another fabulous Donald Ross layout, always presented in excellent condition, although in a way that does not detract from the course's innate naturalness.

As with many Sandhills layouts, the gently undulating terrain and abundance of pine forest, gives each hole its own unique identity. With tall majestic pines, dogwoods and magnolias lining most of the good-width fairways, the course winds it way out-and-back again to the clubhouse, taking in much unspoilt woodland scenery along the way. Most holes are visually impressive, although don't always expect to see the landing area for your drives, especially on some holes where you need to hit up-and-over a ridgeback in the fairway.

It's around the greens where your game will be tested most thoroughly. The usually large, fast and subtly sloping putting surfaces are often flanked by severe run-offs and deep, grassy-faced bunkering. Characteristic of older courses, the distance between greens and tees is short, in some cases the back of the green seemingly connecting with the back of the next tee-box (a walker's paradise!).

Water is rarely in play at Pine Needles, but it does put in a significant appearance in front of the tee-boxes on the wonderful par-3 3rd and the fabulous uphill par-5 10th. Big, expansive and bearing the design hallmarks of a master craftsman, this is a course to enthral and challenge every step of the way.

Stay & Play: luxury on-site accommodation is available in the Pine Needles Lodge and nearby Mid Pines Inn (o.5 mi) (see Where2Stay section below).

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Making Contact

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
1005 Midland Rd,
Southern Pines, North Carolina NC 28387
USA
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Office   +1 (800) 747 7272
Pro Shop   +1 (910) 692 7111
Fax

  +1 (910) 693 4324

Email  
Website   www.pineneedles-midpines.com
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Golf Pro
 
Pat McGowan (Director of Instruction)
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Academy
 
Pine Needles Golf Academy.
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Woodland and residential.
 
Designer: Original design by Donald Ross with later modifications by John Fought (2004) and Kyle Franz (2016).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7015 5985 4936
Par 71 71 71
SSS or Slope 73.5 68.5 68.6
 
At the Same Location:
Just across Midland Road, and under common ownership, is the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club. Mid Pines is another Donald Ross layout, and the first course to be built in the Knollwood area, between Pinehurst and Southern Pines. It is an 18-hole par-72 Championship course measuring 6528 yards from the back tees.
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How2Get There?

3.5 miles E of Pinehurst Traffic Circle
From the Pinehurst traffic circle (intersection of the US-15-501, 211 and 2) follow the 2-East (Midland Rd) direction Southern Pines. After 3.6 miles turn left into Pine Needles entrance. After o.3 miles golf parking is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April/May): Mon-Wed $205; Thur-Sun $235. Golf cart included. In fall season (Oct/Nov): $175/$195. [Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play rates and packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Walking permitted. Pine Needles is a member of the US Kids Golf Family-Friendly Course Program, making it easier for young golfers to enjoy the game.
Caddies available (book in advance).
Practice facilities
Excellent
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Did you know?

Following the success of their new Mid Pines course (opened in 1921), the Tufts family (founders of the Pinehurst village, resort and hotel) decided the Knollwood area, between Pinehurst and Southern Pines, was ready for a second golf course, and a new luxury hotel. Donald Ross designed the course, which opened along with the hotel in 1927. The hotel was later sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, and is still in use today as the St Joseph's of the Pines extended care facility.

In the early 1950's the golf course was acquired by a group that included the Cosgrove family (who then owned Mid Pines), and the Bell family, who now own both Pine Needles and Mid Pines. Peggy Kirk Bell became a renowned teacher in the sport of golf, establishing the Golfaris method for improving your game and having fun. Under Peggy Bell's direction, Pine Needles has also been a major supporter of women's golf over the years and has hosted the US Women's Open championship in 1996 and 2001, and again in 2007 (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Pine Needles).

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Published Ranking
2017/18 Golf Digest rating: 68th best public course in the USA; 22nd best course in North Carolina.
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Location

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Latitude: (35.196747)
Longitude: (-79.392421)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club 
1005 Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387
+1 (910) 692 7111
www.pineneedles-midpines.com

Casual elegance with warm charm and gracious hospitality has been the legacy of the Bell family since 1953. The chalet-style Pinewood Lodges are connected by covered walkways to the clubhouse, which contains the full-service dining room, the In the Rough Lounge, and the golf shop.

Golf at this hotel Pine Needles (and Mid Pines just o.5 miles away).
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Golf within 5 miles Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8; Talamore; Mid South; Longleaf; National; The Carolina; Southern Pines; Whispering Pines (East and West courses).
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Golf within 20 miles Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Pit Golf Links; Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).
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Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club 
1010 Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387
+1 (910) 692 2114
www.pineneedles-midpines.com

Built in 1921, the Mid Pines Inn presents a wonderful balance of old-time charm and modern amenities in its 112-room Georgian-style inn sitting atop a knoll overlooking the 18th hole. The recently renovated building offers fine dining, wood-paneled reading rooms graced by vintage photographs and rooms with modern conveniences.

Golf at this hotel Mid Pines (and Pine Needles just o.5 miles away).
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Golf within 5 miles Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8; Talamore; Mid South; Longleaf; National; The Carolina; Southern Pines; Whispering Pines (East and West courses).
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Golf within 20 miles Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Pit Golf Links; Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).
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