Best of 2017: Top 25 golf courses in North Carolina according to golfer reviews

Golf Advisor is looking back on the top-rated courses in each state for 2017 according to your ratings and reviews. Golf courses needed to receive at least one review from an active and trusted member in the calendar year to be considered eligible for our state lists. To view more details on how we compile our best-of lists, visit our Top 50 U.S. Courses list.

North Carolina golf courses reviewed in 2017: 261
Total reviews of N.C. golf courses in 2017: 4,977

Top 25 courses in North Carolina in 2017

25. Nags Head Golf Links

Nags Head

24. Rivers Edge Golf Club


23. Talamore Golf Club

Southern Pines

22. The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa


21. Farmstead Golf Club


20. Lonnie Poole


19. Duplin Country Club


18. UNC Finley Golf Course

Chapel Hill

17. The Beaufort Club


16. Cedarbrook Country Club

State Road

15. Boone Golf Club


14. Dormie Club

West End

13. Cedar Rock Country Club


12. Eagle Chase Golf Club


11. Belmont Lake Golf Club

Rocky Mount

10. Carolina Club


9. Cross Creek Country Club

Mount Airy

8. Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa


7. Sequoyah National Golf Club


6. Bald Mountain Course at Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure

Lake Lure

5. Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club

Southern Pines

4. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

Southern Pines

3. Scotch Hall Preserve

Merry Hill

2. Pinehurst No. 2


1. Tobacco Road Golf Course


Feb 08, 2018

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JohnKMoore1's avatar
JohnKMoore1 wrote at 2018-02-22 05:20:33+00:00:

I just don't understand this list...Tobacco Road isn't on the same plane as #2 or Pine Needles...that said, I can understand the ranking because people ohh and ahh over it. It's a fun course, but not best in the state. Beaufort Club at #17 is a fair course, surely not that high in the state. I'd say Beaufort is like a 4 out of 10, very average. Duplin Country Club is the real head scratcher though. At present, I've played 258 different golf courses, 15 of those no longer of the 243 that remain, Duplin CC falls somewhere around 235. I don't know...maybe they've spend a couple million dollars since I was there last.

Trevor's avatar
Trevor wrote at 2018-03-26 19:18:02+00:00:

If you haven’t played Duplin within the last 2 years. You should go again. Awesome!

JohnKMoore1's avatar
JohnKMoore1 wrote at 2018-05-15 01:43:34+00:00:

How does it compare to any courses in the Jacksonville-Wilmington area? River Landing, Castle Bay, even Wilmington GC or Bear Trail?

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