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3.9
202 Reviews (202)
5 Stars
62
4 Stars
93
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.2
81.7%
Recommend this course
169 out of 202 reviews
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3.8
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
75.0%
Recommend this course
21 out of 28 reviews
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4.0
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
83.3%
Recommend this course
35 out of 42 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 71
Length 6354 yards
Slope 129
Rating 70.2
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Southern Pines Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1906
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1906)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

3.9
202 Reviews (202)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
19th Hole Scenic Views 8
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 27
Undulating Greens 21
Bunkers 16
This course/club is great for:
Locals 17
Advanced Golfers 14
Seniors 13
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 16
Worth the Drive 13

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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Speed of Play

After the 1st hole had to wait for every shot. As we finished the round we noticed there were two foursomes backed up on the 2nd hole. Is this a case of overbooking golf packages?

Half way house only took cash.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Played here with my dad twice in the last 2 weeks. Compared to the other Ross courses in the immediate area, for the money, Southern Pines is hard to beat. Sure, it's not meticulously maintained like No.2 or No. 4 but it doesn't cost anywhere near those either. It's in better than good-enough condition. We were asked to keep carts off fairways as much as we could, as they just overseeded for the winter, and the fairways had filled in significantly since our previous round 2 weeks earlier. The Bent greens were all in excellent shape and the layout is, IMO, as good as any Ross course I've played. If you're in the area and have any interest in non-resort courses, play here. The mgt team behind Pine Needles and Mid Pines just bought the course, so it won't be this much of a screaming value for long.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Did They Lose Their Maintenance Budget?

It's hard to really pan a golf course - from staff friendliness to the course conditions to the all-around "experience". But this one really failed on almost all counts. For a course with some renown, I wonder if they are in financial trouble. I've played munis which look like Augusta compared to this course. They didn't want us driving on the fairways to "protect them". Not sure why you protect mud with some thin grass. Bunkers looked overgrown and had no care shown to them. (I hit out of plain dirt on two). The fairways were possibly the worst I've ever played on. The greens were lush, but trying to hold on to bentgrass in the area without the budget to maintain, meant putting on molasses. Honestly, they were the "best part" but that's not saying much. The staff friendliness was lacking and it's almost as if they didn't want us there. (with exception of very friendly help at the small turn house). It really was sad, as we had high hopes for the Donald Ross course but save your money. By contrast, we played the next day at nearby Longleaf which was awesome: friendly and professional staff, well-maintained course (with fantastic greens and fairways), and a great all-around experience. Wished we had simply played there twice!

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is in bad shape right now

This is a course I love and have played multiple times. I live in the area and is one of my favorites to recommend to people. Especially since it is usually one of the better bargains in the area. However, it is in rough shape. The greens are dying and have lots of bare spots along with the fairways. Putting is almost impossible to keep a ball on line. I would wait till later in the winter for the bent grass to come back to life to play this course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Day to Play

Awesome Labor Day to play, golf course was in very good shape. Tee time after tee time and still played in under 4 hours. Layout of this course is very good, challenging but fair.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Donald Ross Course

Excellent golf course. Great layout. Excellent greens. Very challenging. If you like a Ross course, this is a classic. Very nice people. Looks like the new owners are starting improvements. Already a great place. Will be interesting to see the progress.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Past its prime

This may be a "Donald Ross Classic" but it's long past its prime. The course it self is ok at best. Nothing special or beautiful about it unless you're one of the old locals trying to salvage this place. The greens were in pretty good shape but very slow. Here's the worst part. There was no drinking water on the course due to Covid. No beverage cart., and the turn shack closed at 1:00 as we were on the green about to go there. 95 degrees out and no access to anything to drink. When we complained at the end of the round we were given attitude and finger pointing. No apologizes. Rude! Also, the amenities, club house, etc are so old and out dated. They've never been upgrades since they were built. If this course were anywhere else it would be a $25-$30 course..

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

The bones are still good

SPGC is a wonderful layout on beautiful land. I grew up playing this course as a kid and was excited to play it again. There is a lot of elevation change on the course. You hit to a lot of raised greens that make shots and club selection more challenging. There is some water on the course that could be beautiful if it is cleaned up. The course just needs some TLC. The bones are still good, very good. I was thrilled to hear that Pine Needles/Mid Pines is buying the course and will put some money and care into it. The cart paths need repairing, a number of drainage/erosion issues need attention, and many areas just off the fairways need manicuring/mowing/cleaning up. I can't wait to see what it looks like in a year or two after the soon-to-be new owner gives it some attention. If you've been playing the Pinehurst courses and want another Donald Ross challenge, come play SPGC. This course is not in nearly the same shape as the top courses in the area, but for the price, the beauty, the challenge, and the fun, I'd play it again for sure.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Any tips for playing there ?

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Average

This course was in good shape and the greens were great. I wouldn’t play at Southern Pines again until they lower their price or until they renovate the course. My round was not worth $55 considering i can play several other course for the same price with a higher caliber. the course was in good shape ( minus some dirt spots in their fairways) and the greens were very good. the biggest thing holding them back is charging over $50 for a average course

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Southern Pines

I have played this course several times, the conditions are very poor right now. I am excited to hear that the new purchase by the Pine Needles and Mid Pines group has been finalized. I really look forward to the rebuilding of this Donald Ross Treasure. It might take a couple of years but the future is bright! What a trio it will be.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

1906 Classic

Donald Ross on a budget. Greens were slow, but tee-to-green, above average conditioning. A little disconcerting in that there were exposed electrical wires, down the left side of 17.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice Layout

Real nice course Donald Ross track with a lot of potential. Overall course condition was fair to good. Greens were slow. A bit rough around the edges. I'm told someone is about to sink some money into the course, which it deserves. Enjoyed the round despite the heat. It the greens were rolling at 10 or above on the stimp meter the course would play difficult. At 6-7 they are manageable when above the pins, and very slow when below. Took me about five holes to adjust my putting stroke. Lots of potential here.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very good condition

have played this course many times over the last ten years-a 1906 Donald Ross design. Not an easy course. Conditions right now are as good as they have been in this time. Fairways are coming back from not very good and are now very good. Greens were aerated-pro shop compensated us for that. Love this course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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