Donald Ross Golf Courses Across North Carolina

Donald Ross Golf Courses Across North Carolina

Historic Mid Pines Inn, built in 1921

In North Carolina, the name "Donald Ross" and golf are synonymous. This golf legend has left a lasting legacy which has shaped the state’s golf history and courses. Make your next golf trip to North Carolina to experience the greens yourself.

Championship Play

In June 2014, Pinehurst Resort made history by hosting the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open during back-to-back weeks on the newly restored, Ross-designed Pinehurst No. 2.

While pros and presidents have helped build its reputation, anyone can golf this course. If you play here, look for the architect’s 4,500-square-foot home that sits off the third fairway. The resort’s No. 1 and No. 3 courses also carry his signature, and at the Resort Clubhouse, the Donald Ross Grill reminds players he also served as Pinehurst’s Grill Manager.

To learn about the life and history of Donald Ross, head to the Village of Pinehurst. Here, the Tufts Archives houses original field sketches, layouts and blueprints of Ross courses as well as personal letters and correspondence. Located in the village, the Pine Crest Inn was purchased by Ross in 1921 and owned until his death in 1948. It’s full of golf history and still welcomes golfers today.

Ross Courses Across North Carolina

Ross’ presence in North Carolina extends beyond America’s premier golf resort. According to research by the Donald Ross Society, he shaped more than 50 courses between Asheville and Wilmington. About 40 of them remain in play with their attribution intact, and the public has access to about half. Here’s a selection of courses that join Pinehurst in honoring Ross’ legacy.

The Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville
The Omni Grove Park Inn is Pinehurst’s only rival in the name-dropping department — for one, President Obama played 18 holes here during a 2010 weekend getaway. The course, a regular PGA Tour stop from 1933 through 1951, is a thing of phenomenal beauty with its mountain vistas, tree-lined fairways, meandering stream and the stunning granite inn. Another Ross course you can play while in Asheville: Asheville Municipal Golf Course.

Pine Needles
Southern Pines
Pinehurst’s neighbor in North Carolina’s greens-rich Sandhills rises high on the national landscape as the chosen course for three U.S. Women’s Opens. Pine Needles adds even more stature through the resort’s owner, Peggy Kirk Bell, the player-teacher extraordinaire. At its sister resort, Mid Pines, the Ross-designed course has undergone a tee-to-green restoration that was completed in August 2013. And nearby Southern Pines Golf Club stands as a classic Ross layout.

Linville Golf Club
Linville
North Carolina’s original golf course was built here, but its 14 holes were abandoned in favor of Ross’ handiwork. Having never undergone a major redesign, the Linville Golf Club remains authentically Donald Ross.

Wilmington Municipal Golf Course
Wilmington
Ross designed a links-style course for Wilmington, a port city on the Cape Fear River. A planned greens restoration at the well-respected Wilmington Muni will make the course even more appealing.

Raleigh Country Club
Raleigh
The last course designed by Ross opened for play in 1949, a year after his death, and its consummate restoration in 2005 was faithful to his vision. Raleigh Country Club is private, but travelers can get to the greens with a McConnell Golf Trail package. Other options on the trail include Sedgefield Country Club and its Ross-designed course, home of the Wyndham Championship.

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