Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

4.0735294118 4.1 stars from 5 (12)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6723 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Pine Needles Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6723 yards 71.0 126
White 72 6163 yards 68.7 122
White (W) 72 6163 yards 74.6 128
Green 72 5669 yards 71.3 122
Green (W) 72 5669 yards 65.9 116
Red 72 4913 yards 64.6 112
Red (W) 72 4913 yards 68.8 119

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 12 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

11 out of 12 reviews


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"Time machine - in a good way"


mr79golf's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great Ross design with excellent elevated greens and very cool bunkering and waste areas. Really enjoyed every hole. Played through a couple of foursomes and pace was good. They aerated 8-9 days ago and greens had already recovered very very well. Rolled smooth just a little slow as would be expected. Grounds crew was hard at work all over the place but never in the way. Great little bar to go to after. Nice view of course and great bartender. Best of the 6 courses I've played in the Sandhills area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"True Top Course"


Bombtech6316's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This Donald Ross design is beautiful, fun and challenging all at the same time. Played about 10 days after they punched the greens so we got a break on the price. Still things were awesome. Despite all the rain lately the course played true with some run in the fairways and greens that held and putted true. Reserved two caddies for our foursome and it was well worth it. They saved us strokes and were great company on the walk. This course may not be overly long but it will bite you if you end up in the wrong place. Truly a beautiful scenic walk on a great golf course. Practice facility was good and the practice green matched the greens on the course. The restaurant had good food. It was a little pricey but delicious. If you are in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst area this is a must play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



ctgolfer82's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Always fun play..."


sandonjacobs's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

70 degrees in February! Course in great shape for that time of year. Lots of work going on, so looking forward to see what it looks like this spring/summer. Always a fun layout...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth The Trip"


JeffReedMO's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2017
Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

I thought I recalled someone telling me these greens were just put in, but not sure if that is correct. I thought they were incredibly hard. It seemed like nothing stuck on these greens and you had to account for tons of roll out, regardless of what you were hitting. I preferred Pine Needles to Mid-Pines, but both are absolute must plays. I didn't stick around to join the guys in the bar afterwards, but apparently it is incredible and worth sticking around for. Oh well. Next time. We'll be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Franz is the man"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/17/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

What Kyle Franz did with this course is amazing. It truly is a "Poor Man's Pinehurst No. 2." The first two holes were strong before a bit of a lull, but the back 9 was stout and was extremely similar to No. 2. I really liked the par 3s. Downgrain putts were extremely quick and greens are still hard, so play for some release, even with wedges. There is no doubt in my mind that Mid Pines is clearly a better track than Pine Needles, despite what the current Top 100 rankings say. I look for MP to continue to rise up the rankings in the next few years as people rediscover it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"My new place"


Jared74's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

Mid-Pines has a lot going for it. The Inn is classic and expansive. The staff is super nice. The starter is a real laid back, funny, and flexible guy.

Tons of maintenance folks are out in the mornings like bees to get the course ready for the day.

The course is a real challenge. The greens are the real killers. They are turtle backed and very unforgiving. Hard as a rock and difficult to read, they played tricks on my all day.

Visually, it is a gorgeous layout. It blends right in with the natural surroundings as if it was made to be there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent conditions, but narrow and expensive"


fowlhunter's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A lot of really nice looking holes, but boy is this a tight, compact course. Most reminds me of Merion in that it's not very meaty (Bethpage Black) and that there's trouble everywhere, including on and around the greens. I'd call it a little bit "tricky" (a little bit). But no doubt there are many very interesting holes, and the overall conditions are excellent. If you have good control of your golf ball off the tee and can hit it 225+, you'll enjoy a day at Mid Pines. Nice staff.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not worth the $$$$"


u000004348203's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Ridiculous that greens fees were $145. Course design and layout are nice. Greens are typical Ross design and in decent shape. However, course conditions were sub-par. Espaecially when you can go right down the road and play Dormie Club for $100. Would have expected much better and Mid-Pines left us extremely disappointed. I wouldn't pay more than $50-$60 for this course. Too many nice tracks in the area to waste your money here. Donald Ross would rollover in his grave if he knew one of his designs looked like this.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Two thumbs up"


igolf95's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Visited Mid Pines during a spring break trip with a golf team. This course was very challenging but extremely fun to play. The layout was absolutely beautiful and one of the top courses I have ever played. The condition of the course was excellent as well. If I get a chance to come back to the Pinehurst area this will be one of the courses I come back to.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Want to play #2? Plsy here fgr 1/4 of the price"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Mid Pines was a VERY late addition to our itinerary and it was one of the best decisions we made on this trip. We played Pinehurst #6 early one morning and at noon decided to play another 18 in the afternoon. We had been told at their sister course Pine Needles that Mid Pines was aerated the week before and doing a $50 aeration special. We called and got a 2pm tee time. What an amazing course, from the practice area to the Donald Ross layout itself this was one of the best courses layoutwise I have ever played. The waste areas come into play on every hole just like #2 and EVERYTHING is a waste area. Mid Pines has no bunkers just waste areas, including greenside. This was a true test of golf and though I did not score well it really didn't matter. I walked off of our 18th hole satisfied that I played a great golf course in the way that Donald Ross wanted it played.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Mid Pines Golf Club: A Donald Ross revival in Southern Pines"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Much like the celebrated U.S. Open host down the road, Mid Pines has returned to its Donald Ross roots after a recent restoration. This original Ross routing dating to 1921 reopened in August, 2013, after a restoration project by architect Kyle Franz, who used aerial photos from the Tuft Archives as a blueprint to uncover sandy native areas lining in the fairways that had been lost over the years. All the rough has been mowed away, resulting in wide fairways.<br/> Shrunken greens, now covered in Bermuda grass, expanded by 20 to 25 percent to bring back their original shapes. Bunkers were redone or removed. Subtleties were recaptured. A tall pine tree was removed from the seventh hole to follow a Ross creed that trees shouldn’t be a significant hazard.<br/> The graceful Georgian-style Inn still frames the final green. Some like Pine Needles across the street better. I'll take the new Mid Pines every time.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




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