The intrepid Spanish first settled in North Carolina way back in the 16th century but golf arrived two centuries later in South Carolina. The Country Club of Asheville is one of North Carolina’s oldest golf clubs (inaugurated in 1894) and it has a rather intriguing story that involved a course swap in the 1970s. Linville (1892) is however considered the Tar Heel state’s oldest golf club.
For most, Pinehurst (1895) is the synonym for golf in North Carolina. Pinehurst was home to Donald Ross for nearly fifty years and the Resort occupies a vast 2,000-acre tract of Carolinian sandhills. You’ll need to schedule a little more time than usual to play the entire set of Pinehurst’s courses, but save enough time to play Ross’s Pine Needles and Mid Pines, which are located a couple of miles from the main resort. In fact, there are more than fifty Donald Ross courses in North Carolina, which means around 10% of the state's 600 golf courses (Scotland has a similar number of courses) were touched by the prolific Scotsman.
Of course there's more to North Carolina than just Pinehurst and Donald Ross. There’s George Cobb’s Quail Hollow, a PGA Tour regular stop at historic Charlotte, and there are also a trio of Tom Fazio’s finest designs at Wade Hampton, Eagle Point and Mountaintop but, naturally, Fazio also left a legacy at Pinehurst.
Our North Carolina Best In State Rankings were last updated in November 2020. Click the link to read the story.