The surrounding Sandhills area is recognized as one of the top three golf destinations in the world. There are more than 30 golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area, including 10 of the top 20 golf courses in North Carolina. Learn more about the wealth of golf courses near Legacy Lakes below.
Pinehurst Golf Club
For over 100 years the legends of the game have honed their skills here: 144 holes of challenge and drama, from the classic designs of Donald Ross and Ellis Maples to the modern concepts of Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. Experienced caddies, a staff of seasoned professionals, and the Pinehurst Golf Advantage School. The Pinehurst area will proudly be the host of the 2014 U.S. Men's and Women's Open Championships.
Mid-South / Talamore
Mid South Club offers 18 championship holes designed by Arnold Palmer (4.5 star rating). It is generally recognized as Palmer's best creation and was ranked in Golf Magazine's Top 100 in 1997 & 1999. Major qualifying tournaments at Mid South have included the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Senior Amateur and PGA Club Professional.
Talamore offers 18 championship holes designed by Rees Jones (4 star rating) This award-winning layout has been one of the most popular courses in the area since it opened to rave reviews in 1991. Golf Digest listed the course among it's Top Five New Courses in America in 1992 and it was named North Carolina's Course of the year in 2002 and again in 2003.
Pineneedles / Midpines Golf
Over the years, honors have been showered on these courses. For example, this year, Golf Digest awarded 4½ stars to Pine Needles and Golfweek named the course to its list of America's Best Top 100 Classic Courses. Meanwhile, Mid Pines was awarded 4 stars by Golf Digest and was named No. 4 in America's Best State-by-State Public Access Courses by GolfWeek.
"Over the years, Pine Needles has received a little more recognition because of the USGA events that were played here," In fact the 1996, 2001 and 2007 US Women's Opens were played at the course.
"Mid Pines is a championship classic in its own right and has a very interesting history. Julius Boros won the U.S. Open and a PGA Championship while serving as the golf professional at Mid Pines."
Described as "Pine Valley on steroids" and "golf's rock and roll thrill ride", Tobacco Road Golf Club is certainly unique. Carving his way through an old sand quarry, Mike Strantz created one of the most celebrated and talked about courses in the world. Consistently rated amongst the nation's best, Tobacco Road is the one course that leaves you and your golfing friends begging for more.
Playing at a length of 6500 yards from the Ripper tees, Tobacco Road was rated as high as second in slope in the Carolinas to the famed Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Southern Pines Golf Club
A recently restored Donald Ross gem! Legendary golf course architect Donald Ross carved 18 of perhaps the most rewarding golf holes in the Sandhills region. A true shotmaker's golf course, Ross gives players options. At 6300 yards, Southern Pines does not measure up to today's length of courses, but it makes up for it through a variety of shots from the tee and even more challenges into the greens. The result continues to prove the course's notoriety as the most entertaining 18 holes of golf in the area. A throwback to days gone by, where bump and run shots were the norm and tee shots demanded precision over length. One trip around this Ross gem will leave you wanting more, not just at that moment, but rather each every time you tee it up. This is how golf should be played. The memories are more vivid and will last a lifetime.