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Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club

1005 Midland Rd, Southern Pines, North Carolina, 28387
Type: Resort
No. Holes: 18
910-692-7111
Architect: Donald Ross (304)
                       John Fought (24)
                      
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Detailed description of Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club

Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club, is a Resort, 18 hole golf course located in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Pine Needles Golf Course first opened for play in 1927. The course was designed by Donald Ross. The course was restored in 2004 by John Fought.

Pine Needles Golf Course plays to a par-71 and a maximum distance of 7,015 yards. The course rating is 72.2 with a slope rating of 131.

Pine Needles is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play by Golf Magazine's panel of experts. Tucked in amid magnolias, hollies, dogwoods and longleaf pines--and throw in some brilliant azaleas in springtime--Pine Needles is pure delight, yet a strong enough test to have hosted the U.S. Women's Open in 1996, 2001, and 2007. Pine Needles is a classic memorable golf course. You need every club in your bag and you remember every hole after you play it one time. The holes feel like they've been there forever.

The course was laid out by famed Scottish born architect Donald Ross. Golf architect John Fought of Scottsdale has restored the course to its original glory. “We want to remind people that this is a Donald Ross golf course, and it will remain a Donald Ross golf course,” Fought says. “We're getting back to Ross in every way we can. Some elements had been lost, and we've had to step back in time to rediscover some of the things he did.” Following the restoration, the Pine Needles course measures more than 7,000 yards in length because some holes have been stretched to return the shot values that Donald Ross intended.

For example, fairway bunkers are now placed so that they serve as the kind of hazard that Ross intended from the tees. The short par-5s that had begun to feel like par-4s for those using modern equipment feel like par-5s again. Whatever the changes, you'll be playing your round on a rolling landscape dotted with maples, holly trees, azaleas, dogwood, blackjack oaks and loblolly pines. Although the course is always meticulously groomed, it remains naturally scattered with gentle sandy hills and hollows. You're going to find wide fairways with multi-directional slopes.

# 3 is one of the signature holes, a short par-3, you need to make a precise tee shot over a small pond and wetlands area. The putting surface slopes sharply from back to front, making three putts a possibility. If the pin is placed directly over the front bunker and short of the back bunker, your shot will be tough to place.

#4 is par-4 with a pine tree lined the fairway requiring an accurate drive. Picking a club is tough as you make your uphill approach to the green because the hole plays longer than it looks. The right front bunker is deceptive because it might make you think it's right beside the putting surface when it's actually 20 yards in front.

#10 is a dogleg left par-5 with a dramatic bunker hugging the inside of the corner of the turn. A well-struck tee shot, however, can clear the bunker and leave a long iron or fairway wood to the green.

As part of the effort to restore the course to its original layout, # 14 and # 15 have been reverted to their original pars as designed by Ross. #14 has become a par-4 again, and # 15 a par-5. New tee boxes have been built to provide for the change.

#18 is a par-4 requires a downhill approach shot to a green that's difficult to hold.

This course has been reviewed 5 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, Golfer Bob
Eldersburg, MD

Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Monday, January 2015 at 10:30 AM

Our group traveled from the frozen north to play here, and we loved every minute, even the frost delay. Delightful course, beautiful terrain, cordial staff, and one of the best golf experiences ever. Course is challenging, but fair, and has enough variation to keep one's attention.

A couple of minor concerns: the back tee box for #5 is VERY close to #4 green: we waited to make our approach shots to #4 until the #5 tee cleared. Same situation with #12 green and #13 tee.

This is a Donald Ross design, so be prepared for redan greens with sharp roll-offs: always play for the middle of the green!

The scorecard has no layout or hole diagrams: it's pretty basic (classic, some would say).

Overall, we were very happy with our choice to play this course. All of its accolades are well-earned. We very highly recommend!

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 026873
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Sanford, NC

$36 (cart included), played on Sunday, November 2013 at 8am

Good course.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 021672
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$101 (cart included), played on Monday, March 2012 at 8am

We only wanted a 9 hole re-play and they only offer "unlimited" at a price of 50% of the 18 hole initial round. Expensive for a re-play and not very accomodating. Everyone else in the area offers 9 or 18 and no where near 50%. However, one of the best conditioned courses in the area. A wonderful experience.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 017153
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Massillon, OH

$126 (cart included), played on Saturday, April 2011 at 6am

I only played 9 holes(I'm 73),thourghly enjoyed my time there. Playing partners said Pinehurst #2 greens were unfair, so they always play at Pineneedles. I've played golf for over 55 yrs & on 6 different continents. This is a very good & tough golf course. JT Smith

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 013765
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Alexandria, VA

Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2009 at 2pm

History rich, great ambiance, great condition, friendly staff/experience. Love it there!

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 007014
4.8/5
Based on 5 reviews
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