Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club

4.6050294118 4.6 stars from 5 (18)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7015 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.5
  • Layout

  • 1005 Midland Rd, Southern Pines, North Carolina 28387, Moore County
  • (910) 692-7111
  • (910) 692-5349
  • www.pineneedles-midpines.com

Year built: 1928
Architect(s): Donald Ross (1928), John Fought (2004)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

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
Medal 71 7015 yards 73.5 135
Ross 71 6436 yards 70.6 126
Regular 71 5985 yards 68.5 120
Executive 71 5516 yards 66.8 115
Forward (W) 71 4936 yards 68.6 119

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 18 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

18 out of 18 reviews


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"Best Course in Pinehurst?"


u000006135069's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Our group of 9 mid-handicap golfers played Pine Needles for the first time this year. Of the 15 or so courses we have played in the area, we may have liked this one the best. Conditions were flawless, and as the starter indicated, none of the holes have hidden surprises that you wished you knew about when you hit your tee shot. The only difficult aspect to the course is the Donald Ross greens. It's tough to land an approach or even a chip shot close to the pin, and there are opportunities to roll a putt clear off the green with some pin placements. Definitely recommend the course if you are considering options above $200 in peak season


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Awesome course in Pinehurst area"


bambiklr's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition and very challenging. Course played longer than yardage indicates. Rolling hills, dog-legs, and well bunkered with classic Donald Ross greens. It takes a few times to get the hang of where to and where not to hit the approaches to the greens. Staff was very friendly and it was a great experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"More must play Ross"


JeffArenson's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Denver Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Pine Needles is another Ross sample in the Pinehurst area. It has a championship pedigree and the clubhouse has many artifacts. The club has all the amenities that you could want.

The course is in great shape and the greens were also in great condition. This is another Ross gem complete with turtle back greens. I found this to be more challenging than Mid-Pines. Find the correct side of the fairway to attack the greens. They were firm and fast when I was there but ground options existed. Unlike Pinehurst, Pine Needles has some elevation changes and big hitters are rewarded by conquering The upslopes.

If in the area, this is another to place on the itinerary. They have deals through here or Mid Pines for stay and play. Enjoy 36 and start to unlock the best strategies.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pine Needles is classic, enjoyable don't-miss Donald Ross"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Of the two courses, Pine Needles and Mid Pines, Pine Needles is certainly the more playable and perhaps more fun. There's no shortage of great holes out there, and the greens are certainly a little less severe. Like Mid Pines, it's been wonderfully restored in recent years and is a classic Sandhills experience through and through, from the great old clubhouse and practice facilities, old school locker rooms and dining room to the golf course. In short, I liked every hole out there, from the great variety of par 3s to the finishing stretch.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Challenging"


molly4177's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played this course for the 1st time. Greens and fairways and sand traps are in excellent shape. Greens are still a bit firm, but they are fast and true. Do not go over the green as you will be penalized. Course seemed to play longer to me. Now that I have played it once, I will be better prepared with my aiming next time around. Great range. Course was packed solid, so pace of play was kinda slow - 5 hour round. Play this course right now as course conditions cannot get much better.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Second time was as good as the first"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course during our maiden trip to Pinehurst three years ago and this time around it was just as great as the first time. The course was in spectacular shape as usual and the layout is still one of my favorites in the Carolinas. You get a nice feel of this being a Donald Ross course by the waste areas in almost every fairway that gives you a subtle Pinehurst #2 look. The tee boxes, fairways and greens were all in spectacular shape and condition wise this course rivaled Pinehurst #8 which we played earlier in the week. There are so many reasons for you to play this course including condition, value and customer service that you really must put it on your itinerary when you're heading to Pinehurst. Make sure you stop in to the clubhouse and check out the bar area for some pretty cool artifacts as well


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Tough Donald Ross design with challenging greens."


AHigherHandicap's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

It seems like every single green is crowned and surrounded by bunkers.. I found more than a few, yet still had a blast playing here. Great layout, course was in great shape even with a recent cold-spell. Great Donald Ross track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good golf course"


Heelsfan27284's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played in late feb weather was great and course looked really good. They overseed most of the course so looked nice for feb. course has a really good fun layout. Greens were fairly new really firm and a little on slow side. Another year the greens will be nice. I had super high expectations for this course cause i had been here for the last woman's us open so was a little let down, not fair to compair but its a really good course with lots of history. The old lodge is great with the pics and historical stuff bar was awesome good food. We played for a discounted rate of $69 and it was worth that. I think peak season its would be about $ 100 to $ 125 course. Dont think i would pay the $200 or more. All in all nice place cant wait to check out mid pines across the street


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"First time visit. Would love to play again."


Don2582725's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great golf day. Temp in 60's with light wind. Not crowded and place of play very good. Played with 3 women who all enjoyed the course. Greens moderately fast but typical Donald Ross difficulty. Sand bunkers were variable with some quite fluffy others very firm.

We could not play #8 as bunkers were under repair and fairway blocked by equipment. Played #1 again as make up hole.

Staff was very friendly and we were using discounted CGA fees .

Fairways were wide and receptive.

Overall great experince for course i have wanted to play and hope to come back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Take In The Trip Up 18"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Terrific course and layout, with greens that made me want to scream. I could never figure them out. I was either racing them by 10", or leaving them 10' short. Definitely slow down and enjoy the walk/ride up to the 18th green. The Inn and back patio looking out over the 18th is incredible and feels like something you'd see on tour. I want to go back and actually stay in one of the Inn's, as opposed to staying elsewhere. Incredibly friendly bar room staff and pro shop. Definitely worth the price of admission, with the history attached to it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A beast"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

Just when you think you might be in good shape on a hole, the greens bite you straight in the rump.

I had two inch roll outs on my driver and 15 yard roll outs on my wedge shots. I putted off the green more than once. Brutal stuff.

The place is gorgeous and just about as cozy as it gets. The starter is super and the staff is friendly.

Bring your A game.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"By all means...play !"


geoAZ's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

An old fashioned layout that will suit all of your golfing wishes. Will "test" your game, but not overly so...go play !!

PS If you have the time, stop at the bar on the lower level, the young bartender impressed even wise old vets with his expertise and nice sense of humor.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"What am I missing?"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2016
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

I must admit that perhaps I was expecting too much because of A) the location within one of my favorite golf meccas, and B) because of the history of the course, which has hosted several women's major championships. But I was a bit underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong. It's a nice enough course, but it would not be in my top handful of favorite courses to play in the region and I honestly don't think it is worthy of it's lofty ranking in the top half of America's Top 100 public courses. The course is rather short and there isn't a lot of trouble awaiting off the tee. In my opinion, like most Ross courses, this is a second shot golf course. While these turtle-back greens aren't as penal as their cousins across the street at Mid Pines, you can get in trouble on them. Three putts can sneak up on you. I really like the Lodge itself. There is just a feeling I get when I am in a place with so much history. From the dim lighting to the creaky staircase, this is neat spot to spend a little time exploring. I also really liked the practice area. We were relegated to hitting off mats on the driving range due to the cold temps, but it was actually pretty cool hitting out of the individual stalls that look like a horse stable. And one thing you absolutely must do if playing here: find your way to the other side of the range, near where the private instruction area is. There you will find a 4-hole short course, which includes three par 3s and a par 4. I actually enjoyed playing it more than the course itself. I wouldn't dissuade anyone from giving Pine Needles a spin. In fact, they have renovated all the greens since we played, so it may be better than I remember. But if I had one round to play on either of this facility's courses, hands down I'm playing Mid Pines.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"High Class Feel"


LouisianaGolfer's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

When you pull up to this course you get the feeling its going to be an amazing day. You walk into what is an amazing and extremely high class old school club house with a masters clubhouse feel, its amazing. Little lounges and amazing locker rooms and great, i mean great staff that are more than friendly. Im a younger guy (27) so i usually expect to get treated a little worse than the older guys but they treated me like a king. The facilities are great, titleist range balls and a great putting green. The front nine is less than aw inspiring. The holes were pretty straight forward with plenty of burnt out spots. It does get better on the back nine and the lady at the turn was awesome, they have cold towels and apples and anything you can drink. The back nine seems to be well though out and it was fun. But to be honest, you can play the same golf course for $80 less at Southern Pines. But everything else about the course is amazing. Staff, Facilities, Food, everything was great, but the course was underwhelming.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"WOW, what a great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I can not begin to tell you how great everything was at Pine Needles. The staff was great, the practice facility was in fantastic shape and the course, well WOW. We got off the plane in Raleigh and drove straight to Pine Needles for our first round on this trip and afterwards we could have just gone home satisfied. I can see how Pine Needles has hosted some large events as it is a phenomenal course. The tee boxes, the fairways and the greens were all in amazing shape and the layout is one of the best I have ever played. I would recommend this course to anyone going to Pinehurst for a golf trip. Don't forget to stroll the clubhouse and lockerroom area as well, it will make you feel like you are in an exclusive country club, which you are.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pine Needles Golf Club feels like a pure classic"


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 10/25/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Pine Needles, a Donald Ross original dating to 1928, has hosted three U.S. Women’s Opens. The quality of the winners, Annika Sorenstam (1996), Karrie Webb (2001) and Cristie Kerr (2007), certainly matches the merits of the 7,015-yard course. The terrain of the Sandhills at Pine Needles gently rises and falls. Big-hitters can challenge doglegs but only at their peril. Ending up in the pine straw under the mammoth pine trees is just asking for trouble. The doglegs left at No. 10, a par-5 reachable in two, and No. 17, a par-4 barely reachable in two, are particularly strong.<br/> The classic look of Pine Needles complements the newly renovated Mid Pines Golf Club across the street. Combined for a weekend getaway, they're two of the best golf experiences of the Sandhills.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Donald Ross Gem"


Rossi2020's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2013
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

This was the 2nd time I played Pine Needles. I really enjoy this Donald Ross gem. The 2 courses (Pine Needles & Mid-Pine) at this wonderful resort are amazing. Outside the Pinehurst Resort, this is the best 1,2 punch in the Sandhills.

The Pine Needles Course is a fun challenging test of your game. It has great tee box locations for the short and long hitters. You will find it to be in good condition most of the year and make sure you save time for breakfast in the club before you go out and play. This resort is a stones throw from downtown Pinehurst and I feel a little more quiet and less busy than the Pinehurst Resort.

The Pine Needles staff are friendly and helpful and make the whole experience complete. If you are heading to the Sandhills of NC check this place out. You will not be disappointed.,


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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