There’s nothing like a Buddy Trip full of daily golf benders with like-minded individuals. And after some hardcore indulgence in golf, relaxing with some craft beers or cocktails before doing it all over again the next day.
Pinehurst, NC, needs to be on every Buddy Trip bucket list if it’s not already. This golfer’s paradise features around 40 golf courses within a 15-mile radius and is home to some of the country’s most beautifully designed and best golf courses.
If you want to plan your next golf trip in Pinehurst, NC, here are some top picks for courses and hotels:
Where to Play:
The New Course at Talamore
The New Course at Talamore features a Rees Jones design and is the only course in the Village of Pinehurst and Southern Pines area with multiple sod wall bunkers and soon-to-come sod wall bunker cams. These bunker cams will provide a live feed of bunker action straight to the Clubhouse for spectator enjoyment. When the course first opened in 1991, it became world-famous for its llama caddies. While they no longer use them as caddies, you might still see llamas on site.
The King’s Course at Mid-South Club
Five hundred forty-five acres of longleaf pine forests, lakes, and gently rolling hillsides provide an idyllic backdrop to your game. Despite the serene setting, this Arnold Palmer signature golf course offers a challenging yet enjoyable championship layout to test your skills. Tip: watch out for bunkers! This course is limited to club members and specific Pinehurst golf packages. So, you’ll need to check these out when planning your trip.
Legacy Golf Club
Legacy Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Its award-winning layout features four of the best par threes in the Sandhills area. And you don’t want to miss this courses’ 18th hole, which is appropriately nicknamed “The Bear.”
Seven Lakes Golf Club
Seven Lakes is a favorite among traveling golfers. It allows you to plan a trip around Seven Lakes rather than just planning some tee times during a vacation. Designed by Peter Tufts III, godson of Donald Ross, water comes into play on about half of the holes. This highly acclaimed course features a great layout and offers a good challenge. It is consistently awarded a 4-star rating by Golf Digest and is ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the state.
The Hyland Golf Club
The Hyland Golf Club features a Tom Jackson masterpiece. It is built on the highest elevation in the area, creating spectacular views of The Sandhills. On this course, you will enjoy a fun, traditional layout, but with unique cart trails and good ole Southern Hospitality.
Longleaf Golf & Country Club
This Dan Maples designed course is one of the most popular in the area, and for a good reason. The front nine is straightforward and allows for an errant shot or two. The back nine tightens up a little and has some elevation change, a complex double dogleg par 4, and three par 3s. So, it is an excellent course for beginners or those that may be a little rusty. In fact, Golf Digest deemed Longleaf as “the most playable course in the Pinehurst area.”
Tobacco Road Golf Club
If you’re looking for a challenge, Tobacco Road is your course! The course has it all—waste areas, water, blind shots. It also makes for a great photo op with some of the most scenic spots you’ll find on a course. If you have never golfed in the Pinehurst area before, it is a must-play.
Where to Stay:
Condos at Pinehurst
The Condos at Pinehurst combine the best of residence living with the best of resort stays. Featuring views of fairways and Lake Pinehurst, these condos are available in either a 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom setup featuring a fully equipped kitchen, linens, towels, and a balcony or patio. Numerous golf courses and restaurants are all within a 5-mile radius of the condos, including the Village of Pinehurst, which is within one mile.
For the ultimate Buddy Trip, choose The Palmer Cottage! This cottage can comfortably sleep 8, allowing for more of your golf buddies to join in the fun. And when your golfing is done, you can hang out in the game room featuring a pool table, darts, high-top seating, and 65″ TV. And the backyard is made for grilling and has a fire pit and corn hole to continue all the friendly competition. Palmer Cottage is conveniently located between Talamore and Mid-South golf clubs.
Book Your Next Golf Trip in Pinehurst
Days spent playing golf at courses like Tobacco Road Golf Club, the King’s Course at Mid-South Golf Club, or The New Course at Talamore are sure to please. So are the nights spent grilling and chilling with up to 8 of your best golf buddies at Palmer Cottage. It’s easy to see why Pinehurst is a must for your Buddy Trip bucket list. But remember, not all courses are open to the public and so if you are planning a trip, you will want to look at Pinehurst golf packages.