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Golf. Fish. Raft. Hike.
Bike. Swim. Dine.
All within the Great Smoky Mountains.
Maggie Valley, NC
panel was founded in 1995. The other sixteen courses include both courses at the Country Club of North Carolina, Pine Needles, Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst No. 4, Mid Pines, both courses at Forest Creek, Pinehurst No. 9, Dormie Club, Magnolia Course at Pinewild, Mid South Club, Pinehurst No. 7, Tobacco Road, Talamore and Seven Lakes.
It’s not just the ratings professionals who think highly of the Pinehurst area courses, designed by
the likes of Ellis Maples, Donald Ross, Dan Maples, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Mike Strantz and more. Golf Digest gathers actual player feedback and publishes star ratings in a biennial “Best Places to Play” list. Twenty-three of the courses were rated four stars or better, with Pinehurst No. 2 garnering a prestigious five stars.
Another accolade of note is that Pinehurst is the site of more major championships, starting way back in 1901, than any other golf destination in the country. In fact, the area hosted two weeks of championship play in 2014, with back to back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in USGA history.
Finally, golf instruction is as integral a part of the area’s DNA as its historical championships. Both the first driving range and the first golf practice facility were invented here. From the beginner hoping to learn the game or a seasoned veteran looking to shave a stroke or two, the Pinehurst area has a school, a training facility or a program for everyone.
The 18-hole golf course at Maggie Valley Club and Resort highlights some of Western North Carolina's most spectacular scenery. The front Valley Nine allows players to warm up before tackling the significantly more challenging Mountain Nine, which features an elevation rise of 800 feet and panoramas of the valley. And with on-site condos, it’s a great stay and play option.
Tobacco Road Golf Club, Sanford/Pinehurst Area

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