Pinehurst No. 2 Continues to Lead the Way in 2024

Pinehurst Area Also Boasts The Top Seven Courses You Can Play


SOUTHERN PINES, NC (APRIL 1, 2024)Pinehurst No. 2 has once again secured the top spot as the best golf course in the state as determined by the North Carolina Golf Panel. Pinehurst Resort will host the 2024 U.S. Open at the venerable Donald Ross course for the fourth time, June 13-16. The Dogwood Course at The Country Club of North Carolina and Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club remain in the third and fourth positions behind Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville. Sixteen courses from the Sandhills area are listed in the Top 100 rankings, including 13 among the Top 50.


The North Carolina Golf Panel was founded in 1995 and is recognized as the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that arguably boasts some of the nation’s best courses. The 185-member panel is composed of golf media, club professionals and general managers from many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players and college golf coaches, and others who play an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.


“There’s a reason why we are known around the world as the Home of American Golf,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Golf is what drives our diverse economy, it’s the reason why the USGA moved here, and we cannot wait to witness yet another U.S. Open in June when it will be played on the number one golf course in North Carolina – Pinehurst No. 2.”

Among the 2024 rankings of the Top 100 Courses in North Carolina, a total of 16 are located in the Pinehurst area. Those rankings include: Pinehurst No. 2 (#1); The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood, #3); Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club (#4); Pinehurst No. 4 (#11); CCNC (Cardinal, #12); Pinehurst No. 8 (#13); Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (#21); Dormie Club (#24); Forest Creek Golf Club (South, #32); Pinehurst No. 9 (#33); Mid South Club (#37); Forest Creek Golf Club (North, #39); Pinehurst No. 7 (#49); Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia, #67); and Southern Pines Golf Club (#69) and Talamore Golf Club (#77).

The panel also ranked the Top 50 Courses You Can Play and the Pinehurst area once again dominated the list with 14 locations, or nearly 30 percent of the clubs, including the top seven and eight of the top 12. The top seven include Pinehurst No. 2, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst No. 8, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 9 and Mid South Club. Pinehurst No. 7 is 12th. Other golf clubs among the Top 50 include Southern Pines Golf Club (#18); Talamore Golf Club (#21); Pinehurst No. 6 (#34); Tobacco Road Golf Club (#38); Legacy Golf Links (#39) and Longleaf Golf and Family Club (#40).

“The Pinehurst area is like a fantasyland if you play golf and have an appreciation for great courses,” said Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel. “It would be akin to a fan of ballparks being able to see Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium all in one city. That’s how blessed we are.”

Pinehurst No. 2 will host additional U.S. Open championships in 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047. In 2029, Pinehurst No. 2 will once again host back-to-back men’s and women’s U.S. Open championships, a repeat of the only course in America to host that tandem of historic events in 2014.


For more information about all golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, visit For the complete list of the Top 100 Courses for 2024, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit Or, for additional coverage, pick up the April issue of Business NC magazine.

Top 100 Courses for 2024 (second number is previous year’s ranking)
  1. 1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst
  2. 2. Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville
  3. 4. The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst
  4. 3. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines
  5. 5. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte
  6. 7. Elk River Club, Banner Elk
  7. 6. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, Cashiers
  8. 8. Old Town Club, Winston-Salem
  9. 9. Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro
  10. 17. Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham
  11. 12. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst
  12. 13. The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst
  13. 16. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst
  14. 11. Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington
  15. 10. Old North State Club, New London
  16. 14. Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte
  17. 19. Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh
  18. 18. Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington
  19. 20. MacGregor Downs Country Club, Cary
  20. 21. River Landing (River), Wallace
  21. 22. Mid Pines Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines
  22. 23. Forsyth Country Club, Winston-Salem
  23. 27. Country Club of Landfall (Dye), Wilmington
  24. 24. Dormie Club, West End
  25. 25. Rock Barn Country Club (Jones), Conover
  26. 26. Governors Club, Chapel Hill
  27. 31. Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus), Wilmington
  28. 32. Prestonwood Country Club (Highlands), Cary
  29. 28. Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville
  30. 34. Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro
  31. 36. River Landing (Landing), Wallace
  32. 29. Forest Creek Country Club (South), Pinehurst
  33. 30. Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst
  34. 35. Champion Hills Club, Hendersonville
  35. 33. Treyburn Country Club, Durham
  36. 39. The Club at Longview, Waxhaw
  37. 37. Mid South Club, Southern Pines
  38. 38. Linville Golf Club, Linville
  39. 40. Forest Creek Golf Club (North) Pinehurst
  40. 41. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte
  41. 42. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville
  42. 45. Bryan Park (Champions), Browns Summit
  43. 43. Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva
  44. 44. High Point Country Club (Willow Creek), High Point
  45. 47. Greensboro Country Club (Farm), Greensboro
  46. 49. Grandover (East), Greensboro
  47. 48. Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill
  48. 60. Occano, Merry Hill
  49. 51. Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst
  50. 53. Hound Ears Club, Boone
  51. 61. Forest Oaks Country Club, Greensboro
  52. 54. Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh
  53. 50. Country Club of Asheville, Asheville
  54. 46. The Hasentree Club, Wake Forest
  55. 52. The Cardinal by Pete Dye, Greensboro
  56. 57. Duke University Golf Club, Durham
  57. 56. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island
  58. 62. Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton
  59. 64. Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington
  60. 55. Gaston Country Club, Gastonia
  61. 59. The Currituck Club, Corolla
  62. 63. Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte
  63. 58. Hope Valley Country Club, Durham
  64. 66. Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro
  65. 69. Carolina Country Club, Raleigh
  66. 65. Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows), Cary
  67. 68. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst
  68. 70. Cedarwood Country Club, Charlotte
  69. 75. Southern Pines Golf Club, Southern Pines
  70. — High Meadows Country Club, High Meadows
  71. 83. Grandover (West), Greensboro
  72. 71. Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash
  73. 86. Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock
  74. 84. Croasdaile Country Club, Durham
  75. 72. Alamance Country Club, Burlington
  76. 73. Bright’s Creek Club, Mill Spring
  77. 77. Talamore Golf Club, Southern Pines
  78. 67. Leopard’s Chase, Sunset Beach
  79. 74. Jefferson Landing, Jefferson
  80. 76. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis
  81. 78. River Run Country Club, Davidson
  82. 81. Providence Country Club, Charlotte
  83. 79. Tiger’s Eye, Sunset Beach
  84. 80. Carmel Country Club (South), Charlotte
  85. 87. Mill Creek Golf Club, Mebane
  86. 85. Tanglewood Park (Championship). Clemmons
  87. 82. Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach
  88. 80. Crystal Coast Country Club, Pine Knoll Shores
  89. 88. Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powells Point
  90. 91. Linville Ridge, Linville
  91. 89. The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh
  92. 99. Brook Valley Country Club, Greenville
  93. 92. The Peninsula Club, Cornelius
  94. — Deep Springs Country Club, Stoneville
  95. 93. Lake Toxawat Country Club, Lake Toxaway
  96. 94. Benevenue Country Club, Rocky Mount
  97. 95. Morehead City Country Club, Morehead City
  98. 96. Bermuda Run Country Club (East), Bermuda Run
  99. 97. Stoney Creek Golf Club, Whitsett
  100. 100. Rumbling Bald Resort (Apple Valley), Lake Lure

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2022, Moore County ranked as the tenth largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $750 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

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