Mid-Pines Inn and Golf Club

December 27, 2011
Golf Courses
1010 Midland Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Course Info:
Architect: Donald Ross
Holes: 18
Built: 1921
Greens: Bermuda
Fairways: Bermuda

Ross’ affection for North Carolina’s Sandhills is well-documented; the area reminded him of his Scottish homeland, where he studied at the arm of Old Tom Morris. The topography here spoke to him and Ross listened, letting the land’s contours dictate the routing and holes. It was with the green complexes that he made his statement. To play at Pine Needles and Mid Pines is to live and breath Donald Ross golf.

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The Mid Pines course remains exactly as Donald Ross numbered and routed the course in 1921. Impeccably manicured to modern standards, Mid Pines is a classic gem, a rarity among Rossís masterpieces because it is exactly as he crafted it more than 88 years ago. Even so, Mid Pines has played host to many national competitions including the 2002 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Many people have characterized the course as “pure Donald Ross” because of how it fits the land where it was built. It has few forced carries, artificial or contrived holes. It’s been said that Mid Pines was never conceived as a daunting task to the finest players competing under championship conditions…Mid Pines was intended simply as a fun course with adequate challenge for members and guests of a private club and resort.