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Beacon Ridge Golf & Country Club. Located in West End, a few miles from the village of Pinehurst, this well-regarded course with a classic layout by Gene Hamm incorporates the biggest lake in Moore County, Lake Autumn. A golf cart is included in the green fees. 102 Lake Way Dr., Pinehurst, NC, 27376. 910/673–2950. www.beacon-ridge-golf.com. Weekdays $42–$99, weekends $45–$85. 18 holes, 6494 yards, par 72.
Pinehurst Resort. Pinehurst has been the site of more championships than any other golf resort in the country. The courses—known by their numbers—can bring a tear to a golfer's eye with their beauty. The courses range from the first, designed in 1898 by legendary Donald Ross, to the most recent, designed in 1995 by Tom Fazio to mark the resort's centennial. The hilly terrain of No. 7, renovated in 2003, makes it especially tough. In 2014 Pinehurst added No. 9, the former National Golf Club, which first opened in 1989 and was designed by Jack Nicklaus, who then gave it a redesign in 2012. 1 Carolina Vista Dr., Pinehurst, NC, 28374. 910/235–8141 Ext. Ext. 4 golf shop; 800/487–4653. www.pinehurst.com. $89–$410. 9 18-hole courses, 6658 yards, par 70–72.
Lawn and Tennis Club of North Carolina. Visitors come for the club's seven clay courts and swimming pool. 1 Merrywood Pl., Pinehurst, NC, 28374. 910/692–7270. www.lawnandtennisclub.com.