Top 25 golf courses in North Carolina in 2016



Thistle Golf Club is a favorite among golfers in the Myrtle Beach area. (Courtesy of Thistle G.C.)
Pinehurst No. 2 is the signature must-play in the North Carolina Sandhills. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
About 90 minutes from the Outer Banks, Scotch Hall Preserve delivers tremendous value and views. (Courtesy of Scotch Hall Preserve)
In the Carolina Sandhills, Tobacco Road is one of Mike Strantz's finest gems open to the public. (Courtesy of Tobacco Road G.C.)
Asheville is home to the Omni Grove Park Inn, which has a Donald Ross design onsite. (Courtesy of Omni Grove Park Inn )
Tot Hill Farm is another public course designed by Mike Strantz in North Carolina. (Golf Advisor )
The Currituck Club is a stunning Rees Jones design on the top end of North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Courtesy of Currituck)

Pound for pound, there are diverse states more diverse for golf than North Carolina. The Outer Banks feature coastal golf on the Atlantic Ocean, while the western side roams upward into the Blue Ridge Mountains. North Carolina courses make up many of the top must-plays north of Myrtle Beach, one of the world's most-trafficked golf destinations. Meanwhile, one of the great jewels of American golf history awaits in the Carolina Sandhills around the Southern Pines-Aberdeen-Pinehurst triangle. Cities like Charlotte and Raleigh have plenty of courses to choose from as well.

The Top 25 courses in North Carolina, compiled by using your ratings & reviews in 2016, features all of the above. North Carolina is a state that is well represented each year in our Top 50 overall Courses in the U.S., even if they are courses you may not expect. If there's an underlying theme about golf in the state it's that courses off-the-beaten-path pack a really great punch for value. A handful of these courses can be found in our 50 under $50 series as well. Donald Ross, the Scottish greenskeeper-turned-architect who spent most of his time in the U.S. at Pinehurst, would be proud.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in North Carolina in 2016

Course layout: Tobacco Road
Course conditions: Thistle Golf Club
Value: Scotch Hall Preserve
Off-course amenities: The Currituck Club
Pace of play: Tillery Tradition Club
Staff friendliness: The Pointe Golf Club

Top 25 courses in North Carolina in 2016

25. Talamore Golf Resort

Southern Pines

24. Boone Golf Club

Boone

23. Tot Hill Farm Golf Club

Asheboro

22. The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

Asheville

21. Salem Glen Country Club

Clemmons

20. Bear Trail Golf Club

Jacksonville

19. River Ridge Golf Club

Raleigh

18. Legacy Golf Links

Aberdeen

17. Rivers Edge Golf Club

Shallotte

16. The Ridges Country Club

Hayesville

15. The Pointe Golf Club

Powells Point

14. The Pines at Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City

13. Oak Valley Golf Club

Advance

12. Cross Creek Country Club

Mt. Airy

11. Cleghorn Plantation

Rutherfordton

10. The Carolina Club

Grandy

9. The Currituck Club

Corolla
No. 24 friendliest course in the U.S. in 2016

8. Compass Pointe Golf Course

Leland

7. Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club

Pinehurst

6. Tobacco Road Golf Club

Sanford

5. Eagle Chase Golf Club

Marshville
No. 20 value in the U.S. in 2016

4. Cutter Creek Golf Club

Snow Hill
No. 10 value in the U.S. in 2016

3. Scotch Hall Preserve

Merry Hill
No. 25 in the U.S. in 2016

2. Cedarbrook Country Club

Elkin
No. 22 in the U.S. in 2016

1. Thistle Golf Club

Sunset Beach
No. 14 in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 13, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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