The best courses you can play in North Carolina

When you think golf in North Carolina, you’re likely conjuring up images of Pinehurst and No. 2’s diabolical table-top Ross greens—and for good reason, as the first seven layouts on this best public courses list are in the Sandhills region. With intriguing architecture, storied history and firm, quality turf conditions, there’s plenty of reasons why golfers flock to the Sandhills.

As good as these well-known gems are, there are many other tracks worth visiting in the Tar Heel state. Among other must-plays are resort-style oceanside layouts, top-ranked collegiate tracks in the Research Triangle and undulating mountain courses in the western part of the state.

We pulled our panelists’ scores from our most recent America’s 100 Greatest and Best in State rankings to determine the Best Courses You Can Play in North Carolina. Be sure to explore our new Places to Play hub for course reviews and insights from our experts.


Tot Hill Farm Golf Course

Tot Hill Farm Golf Club
You’ll find this hidden gem designed by Mike Strantz tucked away in the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness. The course embraces its backcountry vibes and rocky terrain to create 18 unique and wildly challenging holes. Though the conditioning is not what you'd expect from a course on a "Best of" list, this is one of the best value courses in North Carolina.


Amber Scarlett