Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

  • 47
    Golf Digest public ranking:
  • 50
    Golf Magazine public ranking:

Pinehurst, North Carolina | Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

Architect: Donald Ross
Year: 1927

1005 Midland Road
Southern Pines, North Carolina 28387
(800) 747-7272

Course Access: Public

driving range available
motorized golf carts available
on-site accommodations


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The Itinerant Golfer

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

The Sandhills area of North Carolina is well known for Pinehurst Resort and Donald Ross’s famed Pinehurst #2 course, but let’s not forget that there are numerous other opportunities to see great Donald Ross designs in the area . . . and at a fraction of the price of #2. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club officially opened for business in 1928 and the golf course here is widely considered to be one of Donald Ross’s most celebrated designs in his portfolio of over 400 courses. The U.S.G.A. must be in agreement with the general consensus as they have selected Pine Needles three times to host the premiere women’s golf event in America, the U.S. Women’s Open (1996, 2002 and 2007). That’s quite an endorsement from the U.S.G.A., especially considering they returned to the site that many time in just a span of 11 years. Speaking of women’s golf, an interesting side note about Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club is that it is owned by LPGA charter member Peggy Kirk Bell and her family. The Bells acquired Pine Needles in 1953 and then in the mid 1990s purchased sister property Mid-Pines Inn & Golf Club which also boasts a well regarded Donald Ross golf course. Mrs. Bell is widely known in the world of golf for her commitment to women’s golf and for being the first woman inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. She is a bit of a legend not only in the Pinehurst area… More >

  • Brandon Webb

    Played Pine Needles today for the first time. We squeezed this course in at the beginning of a Pinehurst trip because of its’ #47 Golf Digest ranking in its Top 100 public course rankings. I must admit, however, that I am a bit perplexed at this ranking. The course was in good shape for February. But there was not a ton of diversity among the holes. The fairways were amply wide and the Ross greens were not penal. Still kind of scratching my head at how it has hosted three U.S. Women’s Opens? Back nine was much more enjoyable than the back. I really enjoyed the fine practice facility. The barn stall driving range ports were really cool and the four-hole warm-up loop was the highlight of the day. If you play Ali e a Needles get there in plenty of time to play the loop, which features three par 3s and a shortish par 4.