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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mid Pines and Pine Needles In Pinehurst

Pine Needles
4 1/2 Stars
Donald Ross 1927
18 holes/Par 71 

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

For three generations, Peggy Kirk Bell and her family have been welcoming guests to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. The classic Donald Ross course was completely restored in 2004 and has hosted the 1996 and 2001 U.S. Women's Open and has been awarded the Championship again in 2007. World-renowned instruction and practice facilities, all wrapped up with Southern hospitality.

1005 Midland Rd.,
Southern Pines, NC 28387
910-692-7111, 1-800-747-7272
Fax 910-692-5349,

Nestled in the fragrant pine forest of North Carolina, you will find an experience unlike any other: For nearly a century, golfers have reveled in the serene ambiance of Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resorts. Two 18-hole Donald Ross designed resort golf courses have earned us our place among the country's best golf resorts – and one to which our guests and USGA Championships return to time and again. We deliver brilliant golf paired with southern hospitality in a casual atmosphere right here in beautiful North Carolina.

While Pine Needles and Mid Pines resorts are most famous for championship golf, our golf courses and accommodations provide a resort destination for all occasions. Situated on 500 acres, we offer two resorts separated only by the lush pine trees.

Accommodations in either of our resorts are a welcome change of pace. Pine Needles Lodge offers a rustic casual resort setting, with 74 sleeping rooms located within chalet style lodges. Mid Pines Inn offers a more upscale Georgia style Inn atmosphere, and rooms with an Old South Charm. Mid Pines Inn history is also reflective of our membership in Historic Hotels of America. All accommodations offer modern amenities, beautiful appointed rooms. exquisite dining options, versatile meeting space and staff dedicated to exceeding guests' expectations.

Whether you are planning a golf outing with friends, a vacation with the family or a romantic getaway our resort destination makes a most memorable experience among the beautiful Sandhills of North Carolina. While we are located in the heart of golf country many other activities will delight even the non golfer. Visit the boutiques of the surrounding downtown areas of Southern Pines, Aberdeen and Pinehurst or stroll through the numerous art galleries and museums.

We are located just one mile from Southern Pines' historic downtown and four miles from the Village of Pinehurst. Being 60 miles southwest of Raleigh just 75 miles east of Charlotte, NC we are easily accessible by car.

Come experience a tradition like no other at Pine Needles Lodge and Mid Pines Resort.
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One of our two Silver Medal Resorts as awarded by GOLF Magazine, Pine Needles offers character, warmth and comfort.  Built in the 1950's and nestled among towering longleaf pines, our chalet style lodges provide exceptional comfort with recently renovated rooms and all of the luxuries of home.  Balconies and terraces allow you to gaze upon the championship course, a Donald Ross gem that was recently ranked #4 in North Carolina.
In 2004, Pine Needles underwent an important restoration project.  Under the watchful eye of Ross aficionado, John Fought, the greens were rebuilt, bunkers were dug out and fresh sand was installed.  Contours and dimensions of greens were restored to their original forms as shown by a series of vintage aerial photos of the course, returning the course to its original glory.

Following the restoration, the Pine Needles course measures more than 7,000 yards in length with some holes having been "stretched" to return the shot values that Donald Ross intended for this course.  Fairway bunkers are now placed so that they serve as the kind of hazard that Ross intended for the tees.

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The Mid Pines course remains exactly as Donald Ross numbered and routed the course in 1921.  Impeccably manicured to modern standards, Mid Pines is a classic gem, a rarity among Ross’s masterpieces because it is exactly as he crafted it more than 88 years ago.  Even so, Mid Pines has played host to many national competitions including the 2002 USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship.

Many people have characterized the course as "pure Donald Ross" because of how it fits the land where it was built.  It has few forced carries, artificial or contrived holes.  It's been said that Mid Pines was never conceived as a daunting task to the finest players competing under championship conditions...Mid Pines was intended  simply as a fun course with adequate challenge for members and guests of a private club and resort.

Mid Pines 1st Hole

Pine Needles 3rd Hole

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