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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 boasts a classic layout by Gene Hamm and the biggest lake in Moore County (Lake Autumn). 102 Lake Way Dr., Pinehurst, NC, 27376. 910/673–2950. www.beaconridgegolfcc.com. 18 holes. 6494 yards. Par 72. Green Fee: $40–85. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.
National Golf Club. Constructed by golfing great Jack Nicklaus, this course features wide fairways and undulating putting surfaces (signature Nicklaus elements). Take note that since it's surrounded by a gated community, you must reserve your tee time in advance. 1 Royal Troon Dr., Pinehurst, NC, 27376. 910/295–4300 or 800/471–4339. www.nationalgolfclub.com. 18 holes. 7144 yards. Par 72. Green Fee: $175–225. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.
Pinehurst Resort. Pinehurst has been the site of more championships than any other golf resort in the country. The eight 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, completely renovated in 2003, makes it especially tough. 1 Carolina Vista Dr., Pinehurst, NC, 28374. 910/235–8125 or 800/487–4653. www.pinehurst.com. 8 18-hole courses. Average of 6600 yds. Par 70–72. Green Fee: $89–$410. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.
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