Scenic Drives: North Carolina’s Breathtaking Golf Courses

High Hampton InnScenic Drives: North Carolina’s Breathtaking Golf Courses

Discover a different scenic experience at each of the holes at High Hampton Inn & Country Club

More 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.


Pinehurst Resort
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 Resort
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 Club
Southern 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 Course

Pine Needles Golf Course

The Golf Club at Ballantyne
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.


Farmstead Golf Links
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 Links
Nags 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.

Nags Head Golf Links on Coast

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

Nags Head Golf Links

The Currituck Club
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 Links
Ocean 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).


The Omni Grove Park Inn
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 Club
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.

Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club

Tryon International Equestrian Center

Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club

Linville Golf Club
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 Club
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.


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