Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pinehurst No. 2 again top best in NC list

  If you're into golf course ratings, and many people are, the North Carolina Golf Panel recently announced its ranking of the state's best courses.

   To no one's surprise, Pinehurst No. 2, recently redone maginificently by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, again tops the list.

   Here's how the rest of the top 10 breaks down and how the panel ranked courses in the Charlotte area that made the state's top 100. If you want to see the full lists, you can visit

   Pinehurst No. 2 again tops the list of the state's best courses as voted on by the North Carolina Golf Panel. Pinehurst No. 2 has been No. 1 since the voting began in 1995.

   The rest of the top 10, in order is: Grandfather Golf & Country Club; Quail Hollow Club; Old North State Club; Pine Needles; Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood); Charlotte Country Club; Elk River Club; Forest Creek (South); and, Pinehurst No. 8.

   The panel also ranked the top courses in the Charlotte area. They are, in order: Quail Hollow Club; Charlotte Country Club; Myers Park Country Club; Carmel Country Club (South); The Club at Irish Creek; The Club at Longview; Gaston Country Club; Carolina Golf Club; The Golf Club at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge; River Run Country Club; Ballantyne Country Club; and, Providence Country Club.

   If you're wondering, I'm not a member of the North Carolina Golf Panel though my list of the top three courses in the state would mirror the panel's list. From there, things would look different.


Anonymous said...

Pretty blah list. A lot of the better courses don't give access to the raters. Elk River is at best the 4th best course in Avery County for example. Linville GC and Diamond Creek are both light years better golf courses, but they don't give raters the access Elk River does. How else do you explain Golf Digest's 20th rated course in the United States being ranked 19th in the state on this list. Simple, Wade Hampton doesn't allow access. Pinehurst #2 and Pine Needles are public, so raters have all the access they want. Course like Quail and Old North State are desperate for attention, so they fall over themselves trying to impress the raters. If you were to go by the rankings from people who actually know what they are talking about, it would be more like this:
1) Pinehurst #2
2) Wade Hampton
3) Charlotte CC
4) Mountaintop
5) Old Town
6) Quail
7) Pine Needles
8) Dormie Club
9) Linville/Grandfather/Diamond Creek--all great course, all very different mountain courses.

In the Charlotte area, Charlotte CC and Quail are light years better than anything else. Then Carolina, Myers Park and Gaston. Then the rest.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the other commenter that some clubs probably don't make this list because of their exclusive nature. I've seen Mountaintop and Wade Hampton in person and those are two of the most visually stunning courses you will see in the Southeast. In the Highlands/Cashiers area alone there are 3 or 4 courses that I would put up against any in the state. Most people, unfortunately, will never have the opportunity to play them.