Business North Carolina presents the North Carolina Golf Panel’s annual ranking of the state’s best golf courses. It’s the 27th year of selections by the group conceived by Charlotte publicist Bill Hensley. The beloved golf enthusiast died in March at age 96.
The panel of businesspeople, journalists and others ranked the same 25 courses to top the list as it did a year earlier with one exception: Dormie Club jumped to 20th from 33rd. The Moore County course completed a major renovation last fall. It opened in 2010 and was acquired in 2017 by Nebraska’s Peed family, which owns a half-dozen U.S. courses.
Golf rounds played in the U.S. increased 5% last year after soaring 14% in 2020 when the pandemic encouraged more outdoor activity, according to the National Golf Foundation.