June 7, 2017

The Best Golf Courses in North Carolina

We rank the top venues in North Carolina (2017-'18)
Stephen Szurlej
  1. (1) Wade Hampton G.C. (7th hole pictured above), Cashiers •
  2. (2) Pinehurst Resort (No. 2) •^
  3. (5) Diamond Creek G.C., Banner Elk •
  4. (4) Eagle Point G.C., Wilmington •
  5. (3) Mountaintop G. & Lake Club, Cashiers ≈
  6. (7) Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte
  7. (8) Old Town Club, Winston-Salem
  8. (6) Grandfather G. & C.C., Linville ≈
  9. (10) Forest Creek G.C. (North), Pinehurst
  10. (9) Charlotte C.C. ≈
  11. (New) Sedgefield C.C., Greensboro
  12. (13) Dormie Club, West End ^
  13. (New) Roaring Gap Club
  14. (12) Forest Creek G.C. (South), Pinehurst
  15. (22) Linville Ridge C.C.
  16. (11) Champion Hills Club, Hendersonville
  17. (23) Tobacco Road G.C., Sanford ^
  18. (New) Bright's Creek G.C., Mill Spring
  19. (14) C.C. Of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst
  20. (25) Pinehurst Resort (No. 8) ^
  21. (15) Biltmore Forest C.C., Asheville
  22. (18) Pine Needles Lodge & G.C., Southern Pines ^
  23. (19) The Cliffs At Walnut Cove, Arden
  24. (17) Old North State Club, New London
  25. (20) Cape Fear C.C., Wilmington

KEY TO SYMBOLS
(2015-'16 ranking in parentheses)
America's 100 Greatest Course
≈ America's Second 100 Greatest
^ America's 100 Greatest Public Course
★ Other public-access course

Some courses are ranked in Best in State but did not receive enough ballots to be considered for national lists.

America's 100 Greatest & America's Second 100 Greatest requires a minimum of 45 evaluations accumulated within 8 years, 100 Greatest Public 25 evaluations and Best in State 10 ballots. While a few highly ranked state courses do have a higher score than 100 Greatest, Second 100 Greatest or 100 Greatest Public courses within that state, and are listed above them, they will not appear on a national ranking until achieving the qualifying ballots.