Mid Pines - where to start!
An epic course, which builds to a 3 hole stretch that would grace any course!
Upon arrival the 100 plus year old Lodge and Clubhouse is the first thing you notice. She stands above the property regal and majestic.
When one thinks of Pinehurst North Carolina - The Number 2 course at the Pinehurst Resort comes to mind immediately, after all it has history on its side. While #2 brings the golfers, courses like this one win the hearts of golfers from all over the globe.
A local told us early on that Mid Pines is the #1 track in the North Carolina Sandhills area, which is a big call considering the depth and quality of the courses here. I suspect trying to choose the best course is just like trying to do it at the Melbourne Sandbelt - its subjective but there are a handful of stunners. Mid Pines is a Kingston Heath level stunner.
The course has Lovely elevation changes, they are perhaps more substantial than you realise when standing on the first tee, its a tough walk, with very few level lies. They certainly added a layer of complexity I was not expecting.
The Donald Ross routing is genius, using all points of the compass to test your game. All the shots are required, from the tee there is room to shape shots, but at times one has no choice but to step up to the mark.
The greens have a nice balance of slope and false fronts, never plain but also never unfair, one suspects that this course would be a joy to play every day of the year for a member.
I loved hole 4, a short par 4 with a wicked green, a drive to the far left edge of the fairway affords you a good angle, every yard further right is a yard more difficult.
16, a downhill right to left hole demands the right ball flight, its a stunning hole visually, an epic tee shot.
17 turns the other way, the routing never lets you settle, challenging you all the way to the house.
The 18th which once again turns back right to left, the scene is set by the Massive Clubhouse, the hole feels like a stadium. What an experience, up there with anything you could hope to play.
Date: April 26, 2019