Pinehurst No 4 Joins No. 2 at Top of the Charts

By Dave Daubert

Pinehurst No 4 moved up 10 ranking positions and into the Top 10 in North Carolina to earn the ninth position on the prestigious North Carolina Golf Panel’s best-in-state rankings.

Pinehurst No. 2 has once again secured the top spot as the best golf course in the state, as determined by by the panel.

Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines remains ranked fourth, with the Dogwood course at The Country Club of North Carolina holding onto its fifth position. Overall, 15 Pinehurst-area golf courses are included among the Top 100 rankings.

The North Carolina Golf Panel was founded in 1995 and is recognized as the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that arguably has some of the nation’s best courses.

The 135-member panel is composed of golf media, club professionals and general managers from many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players, college golf coaches and others who play an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.

“It’s no surprise to see seven of the top 20 courses in the state are located in the Pinehurst area,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“While our destination is on every golfer’s bucket list, we have a great mix of courses from legendary and historic to affordable and fun to fit every price range. When you combine great golf with a growing craft beer scene, local dining with innovative chefs using products from farmers in Moore County, unique shopping options and fun events year-round, our area is an amazing destination not only for golfers, but also for couples, meetings and groups.”

Pinehurst No 4’s move into the top 10 of the rankings is no surprise. The Gil Hanse redesign opened in September 2018, so more panelists were able to play it last year and fully consider it for the 2020 rankings. More