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Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

1005 Midland Rd,

Southern Pines, North Carolina NC 28387

  • Office

    +1 (800) 747 7272
  • Pro shop

    +1 (910) 692 7111
  • Fax

    +1 (910) 693 4324
  • Golf pro

    Pat McGowan (Director of Instruction)
  • Academy

    Pine Needles Golf Academy.

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).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
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.

Location

Latitude:

35.196747

Longitude:

-79.392421

How to get 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.

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1927

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 onsite accommodation is available in the Pine Needles Lodge and nearby Mid Pines Inn (o.5 mi) (see Where2Stay section below).

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

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.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Walking permitted. Caddies available (if pre-booked). Pine Needles is a member of the US Kids Golf Family-Friendly Course Program, making it easier for young golfers to enjoy the game.

Practice facilities

Excellent

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).

Published ranking

2019/20 Golf Digest rating: 79th best public course in the USA and 21st best course in North Carolina.

Where2Stay

  • Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

    1005 Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387

    +1 (910) 692 7111

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    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).

    • 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).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Pit Golf Links; Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).

  • Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

    1010 Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387

    +1 (910) 692 2114

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    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).

    • 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).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Pit Golf Links; Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).

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