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Longleaf Golf and Country Club. Photos from the 1970s reveal how this golf course was built on the site of a training track for thoroughbreds. Some elements of the horse track still can be spotted on Holes 3, 4, 7, and 8. 10 N. Knoll Rd., Southern Pines, NC, 28387. 910/692–6100. www.longleafgolf.com. 18 holes. 6627 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $55–$79. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pro shop, restaurant.
Mid Pines Golf Club. This course remains the same today as it was in 1921, when Donald Ross designed it. It is shorter than what's at the Pine Needles Golf Club, but its hillier terrain means it provides an ample challenge. 1010 Midland Rd., Southern Pines, NC, 28387. 910/692–2114 or 800/323–2114. www.pineneedles-midpines.com. 18 holes. 6600 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $95–$180. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.
Pine Needles Golf Club. A 2005 renovation restored the course to its original Donald Ross design, with long line greens. The par-5 Hole 10 presents a particular challenge, with a sand trap along the inside curve of a dogleg. 1005 Midland Rd., Southern Pines, NC, 28387. 910/692–8611 or 800/747–7272. www.pineneedles-midpines.com. 18 holes. 7015 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $125–$235. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, practice course, golf carts, pull carts, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.
Talamore Golf Club. When Talamore opened in 1991, it had a great gimmick—llama caddies. The furry helpers quickly put the course on the map and gave golfers great anecdotes for more than a decade. In recent years, the caddy program has fallen by the wayside, but the llamas remain. Even though they won't be accompanying your round, you can still meet the llamas, which live a charmed life overlooking the course. 48 Talamore Dr., Southern Pines, NC, 28387. 910/692–5884 or 800/552–6292. www.talamoregolfresort.com. 18 holes. 6840 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $69–$120. Facilities: Driving range, golf carts, rental clubs, restaurant.
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