Scenic Drives: North Carolina’s Breathtaking Golf CoursesHigh Hampton InnDiscover a different scenic experience at each of the holes at High Hampton Inn & Country ClubMore than 400 golf courses dot the varying landscapes across North Carolina – many of them surrounded by soaring mountains, foothills vanishing in the misty distance or fresh ocean breezes. Take a swing through this lineup of the most scenic places to tee off.PiedmontPinehurst ResortPinehurst The most famous of Pinehurst Resort’s nine courses and designed by icon Donald Ross, No. 2 has hosted more championships (including the U.S. Open) than any other course in the country. Players conquer hidden, sandy swales and unsuspected rollaway slopes. Famed modern designer Tom Fazio’s No. 4 and No. 8 rank as esteemed rivals to No. 2.Grandover ResortGreensboro This resort’s East and West courses play out along fairways sculpted from elevation changes and lined with trees that blaze with vibrant colors in the fall. The West Course also features stone bridges and bent grass greens.Pine Needles Lodge & Golf ClubSouthern Pines Pine Needles is part of an elite group of five resorts with two courses ranked among Golfweek magazine’s Top 25. Paired with its Mid Pines course, the 1921 Pine Needles features evergreens, recently restored bunkers and memorable challenges like hole 3’s sharply sloped putting green.Pine Needles Golf CourseThe Golf Club at BallantyneCharlotte Certified by Audubon International for good stewardship of the environment, this course stars multiple water features and natural landscapes. The Dana Rader Golf School helps with navigating challenges like the 10th hole’s pond and boulders.CoastFarmstead Golf LinksCalabash A par-6 18th hole that meanders across the North Carolina and South Carolina state line highlights the Farmstead course. Sister course Meadowlands contains multiple waterfront holes and hilly fairways dotted with pines. Cap off a round with an Old Fashioned on the Georgian-style clubhouse’s spacious veranda.Nags Head Golf LinksNags Head Outer Banks salt air sets the tone for Scottish links-style golf. Carved into the barrier island landscape, the course’s location along the Roanoke Sound makes it “among the most beautiful in the Eastern United States,” according to Golf Digest.Outer Banks Visitors BureauNags Head Golf LinksThe Currituck ClubCorolla Using diverse maritime geography, designer Rees Jones crafted a masterpiece of coastal golf among dunes and salt-air washed forest lands. Moody with ocean-driven wind changes, Currituck provides golfers with a different experience every round.Leopard’s Chase Golf LinksOcean Isle Beach One of four big-cat-themed courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation, Leopard’s Chase is full of surprises that seem to leap out of nowhere. Scene-stealing highlights include greens tucked away on an island (hole 4) and behind a waterfall (hole 18). MountainsThe Omni Grove Park InnAsheville Follow in the footsteps of early 20th-century tycoons and artists on the slopes of the inn’s 1926 Donald Ross course. Laid out below the inn’s veranda, the creek-lined course comes with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west.Cleghorn Golf & Sports ClubRutherfordton With roots in a 16th-century land grant from King George II, Cleghorn gives golfers the royal treatment. Hillside forests open wide enough for comfortable shot-making, and multilevel greens roll fast but true. The course opens with a birdie-friendly par 4 and ends with a par 5 – this one a tougher uphill challenge.Tryon International Equestrian Center Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club Linville Golf ClubLinville Draped in rhododendron and hemlock, the 1924 track at Linville follows the land’s original slope. Guests of Eseeola Lodge navigate tight fairways and rolling greens in the vast shadow of Grandfather Mountain.High Hampton Inn & Country ClubCashiers Gentility holds sway here, where guests dress for dinner after enjoying golf, forest trails and heirloom dahlia gardens. High Hampton’s track eases through woodlands, along a lake protected by hills and in the shade of Chimney Top Mountain.Take a swing through the state by checking out the Official 2017 North Carolina Travel Guide for more great golf courses and other scenic destinations.Written by Danny Lee.More FROM VISITNC.COMThere’s much to see and do in North Carolina, so read on.Fun, Food, Fandom: Minor League Baseball in North CarolinaIntimate venues, catchy promotions, loveable mascots, unique food and affordable prices mean the minors serve up major fun at 11 ballparks across the state.Golf Is the Centerpiece of a Brunswick Islands VacationThere are dozens of highly regarded golf courses in this area, enabling you to start your days on the tee and end them on the beach.Pair Golf with Entertainment and Adventure in CharlotteThe Charlotte area, from its trendy neighborhoods and bustling city center to surrounding quaint towns, offers a variety of golfing and social activities.