500 Little River Farm Blvd,
Carthage, North Carolina NC 28327
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb and some long green to tee walks (especially on the back-nine).
5 miles N of Pinehurst Traffic Circle
From the Pinehurst traffic circle (intersection of the US-15-501, 211 and 2) follow the 15-501 north direction Carthage. After 5.5 miles turn right into Little River Farm Road. After o.5 miles golf clubhouse is on your left.
Little River Golf & Resort is home to a golf course comprising two very contrasting nine-hole loops, perhaps as contrasting as the comments you'll get from its many fans and those less convinced about its special appeal. Much of that appeal comes from the absence of any housing around the course, combined with the uniquely rural openness of the front-nine, and the contrasting back-nine, with its more undulating and wooded feel.
Throughout the round, Dan Maples has ensured your game is probed and challenged with a wonderful variety of well-designed holes, many characterised by not overly wide fairways (especially in the tree-lined sections), substantial, high-lipped bunkering and large, undulating greens. A small creek from the Little River meanders its way around parts of the relatively open front-nine, where ponds and wetland areas also skirt the generally good width fairways. The front-nine's links-style openness may provide a welcome change from the tree-lined character of so many Pinehurst courses.
On Little River's back-nine you'll return to that mainly tree-lined environment, in an area of undulating terrain, where small lakes (at different elevation levels) make their presence felt. Two tough shots on the back-nine come at the highest part of the course; the par-3 16th requires a tee-to-green carry over water, and then at the very scenic, downhill par-5 17th a knee-tremblingly tight tee-shot has to be made.
The closing hole leads you back up to the stable-block and a reminder of Little River's equestrian heritage. Immaculate conditioning may not be the most telling feature of Little River's set-up, but purists might say, "and rightly so!"
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory; carts are fitted with GPS.
Now part of the Portuguese-based Oceanico golf and resorts group, Little River Farm was originally a major equestrian centre, dating back to 1927. Many of the original buildings and features of those racing days are still intact today. Excellent on-site accommodation is provided in Little River's golf villas.
500 Little River Farm Blvd, Carthage, NC 28327
+1 (910) 949 4600Visit website
64 well-appointed two-bedroom villas, with full kitchens and views onto the golf course, provide an excellent Stay & Play opportunity, just a few minutes north of the main concentration of golf courses in and around Pinehurst.
Talamore; Mid South; National; Longleaf; The Carolina; Whispering Pines (East and West courses).
Pine Needles; Mid Pines; Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8; Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Southern Pines; Pit Golf Links; Tobacco Road (22 miles).
9801 US-Hwy 15-501, Pinehurst, NC 28374
+1 (910) 215 5500Visit website
This hotel is centrally located to many of Pinehurst's premiere golf courses. A putting green and golf coordinator are available on the premises.
National; Talamore; Mid South; Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8; Pine Needles; Mid Pines; Longleaf; The Carolina; Southern Pines; Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Pit Golf Links.
Whispering Pines (East and West courses); Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).
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