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Forest Creek Golf Club: North Course

Pinehurst, NC Private

Overview

Tom Fazio did the first 18 at Pinehurst’s ultra-private Forest Creek G.C., the South Course, in 1996, carving it from a rolling pine forest, with most tee shots playing downhill and most greens amenable to low, running shots. When he returned nearly a decade later to add the North Course, he and his team decided on a different approach, a more organic, lay-of-the-land 18. So the North has more uphill holes and semi-blind tee shots. The sandy base of the pine forest is exposed on many holes, incorporated not just to frame holes but also as carry hazards on certain shots. Formal bunkers are edged with clumps of bushy wiregrass or dwarf pampas. The only water hazard is encountered late in the round, on long lake around which the 15th, 16th and 17th play. This course wasn’t inspired by sand-scarred neighboring courses like Pinehurst No. 2, Mid-Pines and Dormie Club.

About

Holes 18
Facility Type Private
Designer Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked from 2013-2016 & from 2019-2020. Highest Ranking: 144th, 2013-2014.

Best in State: Ranked Top 10 in North Carolina from 2007-2009 & 2015-2020; Top 15 from 2011-2014 & since 2021. Current Ranking: 11th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.3

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.028
Character
7.0979
Challenge
7.058
Layout Variety
7.0106
Fun
7.0188
Aesthetics
7.0548
Conditioning
7.202

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