Raleigh Metro Magazine announces its selection of the Top 20 golf courses in
the monthly magazine’s circulation area from the Raleigh-Research Triangle
region to the coast of North Carolina. In the article below – to appear in
the October 2008 edition of Metro – veteran golf editor Jim Hughes compiles the best
courses based on design, lay-out, toughness and aesthetics.
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THE TOP 20 COURSES FROM THE TRIANGLE TO THE COAST
If you’re a golfer in the Metro readership region from the Triangle to the coast, consider yourself blessed. There are so many great clubs and outstanding courses that compiling a definitive Top 20 list leaves too much for argument. The selections are in alphabetical order, but three courses stand indisputably at the top nationally – Donald Ross’s masterpiece Pinehurst Number Two and Tom Fazio’s Eagle Point near Wilmington and Forest Creek in Pinehurst. TOP 20 GOLF COURSES FROM THE TRIANGLE TO THE COAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
1-Bald Head Island – Southport; George Cobb, 1974.
2-Cape Fear Country Club – Wilmington; Donald Ross, 1924 & 1947.
3-Country Club of North Carolina – (Dogwood) – Pinehurst; Ellis Maples, 1973.
4-Croasdaile – Durham;George Cobb, 1961.
5-Currituck Club – Corolla; Rees Jones, 1996.
6-Eagle Point – near Wilmington; Tom Fazio, 2000
7-Finley – Chapel Hill; Tom Fazio, 1999.
8-Forest Creek – Southern Pines; Tom Fazio
9-Governors Club – Chapel Hill; Jack Nicklaus, 1990.
10-Hasentree – Raleigh; Tom Fazio, 2007.
11-Hope Valley Country Club – Durham; Donald Ross, 1926.
12-Landfall Dye Course – Wilmington; Pete Dye, 1988.
13-North River – Beaufort; Bob Moore, 2007.
14-Old Chatham – Chapel Hill; Rees Jones, 2001.
15-Pinehurst Resort & Country Club – Pinehurst Number 2 (Donald Ross); 4 & 8 (Tom Fazio); Number 7 (Reese Jones).
16-Prestonwood – Cary; Tom Jackson, 1988.
17-Raleigh Country Club – Raleigh; Donald Ross, 1948.
18-Tobacco Road – Sanford; Mike Strantz, 1998.
19-Treyburn Country Club – Durham; Tom Fazio, 1988
20-TPC at Wakefield Plantation – Raleigh; Hale Irwin, 1996.