The Carolina Golf Club (CLOSED)

Airport Rd,

Pinehurst, North Carolina NC 28370

  • Office

    +1 (888) 725 6372
  • Pro shop

    +1 (910) 949 2811
  • Fax

    +1 (910) 949 2234
  • Golf pro

    Julie Watson

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:


  • Designer:

    Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay

SSS or slope






How to get there:

4 miles NE 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 200 yards turn left into Airport Road direction Whispering Pines. After 3.7 miles at traffic lights go straight across Hwy 22. After o.7 miles turn right into The Carolina. After o.3 miles golf is on your left.

The Carolina Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1997

The Carolina Golf Club: GOLF COURSE CLOSED IN 2014; it seems on a permanent basis.

[Original Where2Golf description]: In its splendidly natural pine forest setting and courtesy of Arnold Palmer's excellent design, The Carolina is home to many excellent holes and attractive golf features.

Although maintenance standards can be variable, the immaculate five-star greens need to be mentioned right up front - they are large (sometimes very large), seriously undulating and fast and true; as good as any greens you'll putt on in the Pinehurst area. Between the good-width corridors of mature pines, the often undulating fairways are occasionally crossed or lined by wetland areas, large tracts of sandy waste and excellent bunkering.

Real estate is limited around this wonderfully natural course, and the possible noise intrusions from nearby Moore County airport seem minimal, especially as you move deeper into the wooded terrain and away from Airport Road. The usually good-width fairways will give you confidence from the tee, but Palmer has also built in plenty of challenges to test your shot-making and course management. Well placed drives and a sound short game will be needed if you want to avoid the hazards and score well. If its just an enjoyable and visually attractive golf course you are seeking, then The Carolina delivers handsomely on that, while also representing excellent value.

Despite the course opening in 1997, The Carolina's clubhouse is still on the drawing board, yet to be built. The current clubhouse is a distinctly two-star facility, but don't let that put you off the delights of this attractive golf course and Palmer's excellent design.

List of courses: Pinehurst, NC


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (mid-March thru' mid-May): Mon-Thur $95; Fri-Sun $110. Golf cart included.

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

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at certain times.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The practice ground / driving range at The Carolina is dedicated to Doug Christie Smith a teaching professional and clubmaker with a distinguished career that started in Scotland, and later took in London, Oklahoma, Florida and finally Pinehurst.


  • Magnolia Inn4-star

    Village of Pinehurst, NC 28374

    +1 (910) 295 6900

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    At the corner of Magnolia and Chinquapin Rd, in the heart of historic Pinehurst, stands the elegant Magnolia Inn. Graceful longleaf pines and fragrant magnolias surround this stately 110 year old Inn. You can step right off the front porch into the Village of Pinehurst, where you'll find a variety of shops, restaurants and galleries, or stay on the porch for an elegant evening of fine cuisine.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8; Pine Needles; Mid Pines; Talamore; Mid South; Longleaf; National; Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); The Carolina; Southern Pines; Pit Golf Links.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Whispering Pines (East and West courses); Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).

  • SpringHill Suites Pinehurst Southern Pines

    10024 US Highway 15-501, Pinehurst, NC 28374

    +1 (910) 695 0234

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    Located on the border between Pinehurst and Southern Pines, the Springhill Suites is just minutes from several restaurants, shopping, and many of Pinehurst's finest championship golf courses. Customised golf packages available.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      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.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Whispering Pines (East and West courses); Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).

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