Top 100 golf courses for 2019

 In April 2019

Share this story:

Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Club

Golf arcades such as Drive Shack and Topgolf are having a moment, but don’t count out the traditional golf experience just yet. Courses across the state are investing millions in upgrades to keep golf devotees hooked, the most high-profile being Gil Hanse’s restoration of Pinehurst No. 4 .

Another course undergoing renovations is Ashe County’s Jefferson Landing, which is the pride and joy of the Vannoy family, who have simultaneously created a thriving construction business.

The North Carolina Golf Panel’s ranking of the state’s top 100 courses includes public, private and semi-private venues and is based on reviews by its 150 members, which include professional and amateur golfers, coaches and business leaders. The same 10 courses that led the list in 2018 topped it again this year, including kingpins Pinehurst No. 2 and Grandfather Golf & Country Club. The panel also ranks courses by region and other criteria such as “most fun to play”, the best getaways and “best practice facilities”.

The group’s ranking of the Top 50 Courses You Can Play  includes top picks for public and semi-private courses. New this year is The Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro. Last month, owner McConnell Golf LLC renamed Sedgefield Country Club’s Dye Course and converted it to a semi-private facility. (Members still have preferred access.) Raleigh-based McConnell, which operates a dozen courses in the Carolinas and Tennessee, bought the course known as Cardinal Golf & Country Club in 2006, invested nearly $5 million on renovations, and merged it with Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club in 2013.

top-golf-list-header

Par Yardage Course Rating/Slope

Par Yardage Course Rating/Slope

1. (1) Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst
72 7,588 76.5/138
2. (2) Grandfather Golf & Country Club
Linville
72 7,021 74.2/148
3. (3) Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club
Cashiers
70 7,126 73.9/145
pine-needles-golf
5. (4 )The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood)
Pinehurst
72 7,204 75.2/134
6. (6) Quail Hollow Club
Charlotte
72 7,396 75.0/140
7. (5) Old North State Club
New London
72 7,102 74.8/142
8. (8) Charlotte Country Club
Charlotte
71 7,335 75.9/146
9. (9) Elk River Club
Banner Elk
72 6,826 73.4/141
10. (10) Pinehurst No. 8
Pinehurst
72 7,099 74.1/137
11. (12) Sedgefield Country Club (Ross)
Greensboro
71 7,117 72.9/130
12. (11) Wade Hampton Golf Club
Cashiers
72 7,154 74.0/144
13. (13) Cape Fear Country Club
Wilmington
72 6,856 73.4/135
14. (14) Old Town Club
Winston-Salem
70 7,042 74.5/140
15. (15) The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal)
Pinehurst
72 7,212 75.0/141
16. (16) Eagle Point Golf Club
Wilmington
72 7,170 74.5/137
17. (19) Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
Southern Pines
72 6,732 71.0/126
18. (17) Old Chatham Golf Club
Durham
72 7,210 74.0/131
pinehurst-no-4
20. (20) Raleigh Country Club
Raleigh
71 6,816 73.7/135
21. (22) Rock Barn Country Club & Spa (Jones)
Conover
72 7,126 74.4/141
22. (21) Biltmore Forest Country Club
Asheville
70 6,606 71.5/127
23. (24) River Landing (River)
Wallace
72 7,009 74.1/141
24. (25) Forest Creek Golf Club (South)
Pinehurst
72 7,067 74.6/143
25. (26) MacGregor Downs Country Club
Cary
72 7,003 73.4/134
26. (23) Trump National Golf Club
Mooresville
72 7,037 74.2/140
27. (27) Prestonwood Country Club (Highlands)
Cary
72 7,082 74.4/138
28. (28) Governors Club
Chapel Hill
72 7,062 75.1/144
29. (30) Country Club of Landfall (Dye)
Wilmington
72 7,026 74.3/132
30. (31) Pinehurst No. 9
Pinehurst
72 7,125 75.1/143
31. (34) Treyburn Country Club
Durham
72 7,175 74.1/137
32. (37 )Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus)
Wilmington
72 7,100 75.7/144
33. (29) Linville Golf Club
Linville
72 6,946 73.4/139
34. (32) Forest Creek Golf Club (North)
Pinehurst
72 7,139 74.7/144
35. (33) High Point Country Club (Willow Creek)
High Point
72 6,972 73.9/139
36. (35) Hasentree
Wake Forest
71 7,074 73.9/139
37. (38) Forsyth Country Club
Winston-Salem
71 6,784 72.8/136
38. (36) Myers Park Country Club
Charlotte
71 7,120 74.3/138
39. (39) UNC Finley Golf Course
Chapel Hill
72 7,223 74.9/138
40. (40) Greensboro Country Club (Farm)
Greensboro
72 7,302 75.1/140
41. (43) River Landing (Landing)
Wallace
72 7,112 74.2/134
42. (44) Bald Head Island Club
Bald Head Island
72 6,855 73.7/143
43. (41) Duke University Golf Club
Durham
72 7,105 73.9/141
44. (49) Dormie Club
West End
72 6,988 74.0/140
45. (42) The Club at Irish Creek
Kannapolis
72 7,099 74.3/137
46. (46) Gaston Country Club
Gastonia
72 7,042 74.2/135
47. (45) Leopard’s Chase
Sunset Beach
72 7,055 74.3/140
48. (59) Country Club of Asheville
Asheville
71 6,672 72.3/134
49. (48) Scotch Hall Preserve
Merry Hill
72 7,257 76.3/139
50. (50) Hope Valley Country Club
Durham
70 6,671 73.1/133
51. (47) Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia)
Pinehurst
72 7,446 76.4/139
52. (53) Mid South Club
Southern Pines
71 7,003 73.8/144
53. (51) Tiger’s Eye
Sunset Beach
72 6,849 73.3/141
54. (52) The Cardinal by Pete Dye
Greensboro
70 6,821 74.2/139
55. (54) Balsam Mountain Preserve
Sylva
70 6,859 73.0/145
56. (55) River Run Country Club
Davidson
72 6,947 74.2/138
starmount
58. (56) Alamance Country Club
Burlington
71 6,900 72.8/128
59. (60) Pinehurst No. 7
Pinehurst
72 7,216 75.5/143
60. (57) Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows)
Cary
72 7,108 74.6/138
61. (61) Lonnie Poole Golf Course
Raleigh
72 7,358 74.4/142
62. (58) Carmel Country Club (South)
Charlotte
72 7,503 76.5/142
63. (62) Grandover Resort (East)
Greensboro
72 7,270 75.4/140
64. (63) Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center (Champions)
Browns Summit
72 7,255 75.4/140
65. (69) Jefferson Landing
Jefferson
72 7,111 73.1/134
66. (64) The Currituck Club
Corolla
72 6,888 73.9/136
67. (66) Pinewood Country Club
Asheboro
72 6,830 73.5/134
68. (65) Thistle Golf Club
Sunset Beach
71 6,898 74.1/135
69. (68) Lake Toxaway Country Club
Lake Toxaway
71 6,500 70.9/134
70. (71) Croasdaile Country Club
Durham
72 7,068 73.4/140
71. (70) Porters Neck Country Club
Wilmington
72 7,112 74.8/138
72. (75) Ballantyne Country Club
Charlotte
72 7,034 74.1/136
73. (76) Cedarwood Country Club
Charlotte
71 6,940 73.9/137
74. (72 )Linville Ridge
Linville
72 6,775 72.8/136
75. (67) St. James Plantation (Reserve)
Southport
72 7,212 75.4/146
peninsula-club-box
77. (74) Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation
Raleigh
72 7,257 75.2/137
78. (77) Hound Ears Club
Blowing Rock
72 6,327 69.9/129
mimosa
80. (79) Wilson Country Club
Wilson
72 6,851 73.1/136
81. (73) Cape Fear National Golf Club
Leland
72 7,217 74.5/143
82. (80) Grandover Resort (West)
Greensboro
72 6,800 72.7/137
83. (81) Kilmarlic Golf Club
Powells Point
72 6,560 72.2/144
84. (87) Bermuda Run Country Club (East)
Bermuda Run
72 7,045 74.3/139
85. (83) Brier Creek Country Club
Raleigh
72 6,885 73.6/139
86. (—) Benvenue Country Club
Rocky Mount
72 6,525 71.3/134
87. (85) Rocky River Golf Club
Concord
72 6,970 73.5/137
88. (89) Mill Creek Golf Club
Mebane
72 7,004 73.5/144
compass-pointe
90. (86) North Ridge Country Club (Lakes)
Raleigh
72 6,880 73.8/136
91. (82) Country Club of Salisbury
Salisbury
71 6,665 72.0/128
92. (92) the new Course at Talamore
Southern Pines
71 6,840 73.2/140
93. (88) Crow Creek Golf Club
Calabash
72 7,101 73.9/130
94. (90) Carolina Golf Club
Charlotte
71 7,011 73.2/138
95. (93) Southern Pines Golf Club
Southern Pines
71 6,268 70.3/130
96. (—) Brook Valley Country Club
Greenville
72 6,836 73.8/141
97. (99) Stoney Creek Golf Club
Whitsett
71 7,016 73.8/139
98. (—) Pinehurst No. 6
Pinehurst
72 7,053 74.7/139
99. (96) Heritage Club
Wake Forest
72 7,016 73.1/133
100. (94) Blowing Rock Country Club
Blowing Rock
72 6,162 69.9/130
Recommended Posts
Contact Us

Questions or feedback? Drop us a message!

Start typing and press Enter to search