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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. The green fees include use of a cart. 10 N. Knoll Rd., Southern Pines, NC, 28387. 910/692–6100 or 800/542–0450. www.longleafgolf.com. $49–$115. 18 holes, 6627 yards, par 71.
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. The green fee include use of a golf cart. 1010 Midland Rd., Southern Pines, NC, 28387. 910/692–2114 or 800/323–2114. www.pineneedles-midpines.com. Mon.–Wed. $75–$150, Thurs.–Sun. $85–$180. 18 holes, 6723 yards, par 72.
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. The use of a golf cart is included in the green fee. 1005 Midland Rd., Southern Pines, NC, 28387. 910/692–8611 or 800/747–7272. www.pineneedles-midpines.com. Mon.–Wed. $85–$200, Thurs.–Sun. $95–$235. 18 holes, 7015 yards, par 71.
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. These days, even though the llamas don't caddy anymore, you can see them living a charmed life near the course. Green fees include the use of a golf cart. 48 Talamore Dr., Southern Pines, NC, 28387. 910/692–5884 or 800/552–6292. www.talamoregolfresort.com. Mon.–Thurs. $59–$99, Fri.–Sun. $459–$125. 18 holes, 6840 yards, par 71.