Tuesday, February 7, 2023

North Carolina Golf Panel’s Most Challenging Tee Shots (by course)

Business North Carolina’s annual golf issue is out and, as always, it includes the listing of the top 100 courses in the state compiled by the North Carolina Golf Panel. In addition to the top 100, the panel also also provides various lists including best courses by region, “hidden gems” and top 50 courses you can play. As you can imagine, this is a very popular issue with our readers. This year we had so much information that we didn’t have the space in the print edition to include every listing. That being said, here is one such listing that you won’t find in the April issue:

These are courses, by region, that panelists believe throughout their 18 holes offer the most challenging tee shots.


  1. Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville
  2. Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva
  3. Linville Ridge, Linville
  4. Elk River Club, Banner Elk
  5. Mountain Air Country Club, Burnsville


  1. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte
  2. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville
  3. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte
  4. Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club, Denver
  5. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis


  1. Sedgefield Country Club (Dye), Greensboro
  2. Tot Hill Farm Golf Club, Asheboro
  3. Tanglewood Park (Championship), Clemmons
  4. Old Town Club, Winston-Salem
  5. Grandover (West), Greensboro


  1. Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh
  2. The Club at 12 Oaks, Holly Springs
  3. Treyburn Country Club, Durham
  4. Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh
  5. The Hasentree Club, Wake Forest


  1. Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst
  2. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst
  3. Tobacco Road Golf Club, Sanford
  4. Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst
  5. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst


  1. River Landing (River), Wallace
  2. River Landing (Landing), Wallace
  3. Cutter Creek Golf Club, Snow Hill
  4. Carolina Colours Golf Club, New Bern
  5. Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill


  1. Masonboro Country Club, Wilmington
  2. Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus), Wilmington
  3. Leopard’s Chase, Sunset Beach
  4. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island
  5. Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington
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