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littlebaldman
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Golf destination trips by wareagle47
Those are the top 5 courses in the area in my opinion. They are also 5 big boy golf courses that can punch you in the mouth if you aren't on top of your game as well though.

If you have some high handicappers in your group you may also want to consider throwing one of the shorter courses into the mix. PH #1 and #3 are good options for that. Both old Donald Ross designs but are much shorter and easier to play. Good for afternoon rounds after getting ejected by #2 if you are playing 36 hole days.



I’ve lived in Pinehurst for over 25 years. You have done a great job explaining the courses. It’s obvious that you have a feel for the area.

I’d be happy to help with restaurant recommendations or any other local insights.


wareagle47
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re: Golf destination trips
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I’ve lived in Pinehurst for over 25 years


I'm jealous. The quantity of high quality golf in that area is incredible. If it was a little easier drive for me I'd go over there all the time.


icegator337
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I just got back from this trip and the golf is incredible but it was much hotter in Scottsdale than what we’re used to in Louisiana. Humid or not 110 is hot AF. Loved the trip despite the heat and would go back. Not sure I’d play 36/day again in that heat


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Sherman Klump
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re: Golf destination trips
Would you all recommend Mid Pines or Pine Needles?

We currently have the following on the agenda:
Day 1 - Tobacco Road early, Mid Pine or Pine Needles afternoons
Day 2 - PH 8 in the am, PH 9 in the afternoon
Day 3 - cradle in the am, PH 2 in afternoon (kinda disappointed - wanted Cradle in the afternoon so we could get a little liquored up. Going to keep calling and seeing if times open that would work)
Day 4 - PH 4 am, fly out evening.

Anything you all would recommend switching up?


littlebaldman
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re: Golf destination trips
You have chosen well, my friend. What an awesome mix of course designs and personalities. The very best of the area and they all have their own vibe. Honestly, it’s the exact courses I would recommend.

Tough choice between Mid Pines and Pine Needle. I think I’d choose Pine Needles. It’s a classic. It’ll be quite a contrast from your morning at Tobacco Road.

Keep trying to play the cradle in the afternoon. Btw, I see folks playing there barefooted with a drink in hand often. As an aside, I played behind the guys from Barstool sports the last time I was there. Great addition to the Pinehurst offerings.

Let me know if you have specific questions about restaurants etc. I know you’re making quite a financial investment and would love to know your impressions of the trip.

Hit em straight!


Sherman Klump
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Thanks, really appreciate that. We currently have the food option (breakfast and dinner) for Friday and Saturday and breakfast for Sunday. I saw someone recommend against that earlier for dinner - does it make sense to not do that? I imagine we’d be eating at some of these places regardless just due to proximity.

Would be great get some decent food/drink recs for Wednesday and Thursday. Getting into Charlotte and driving over Wednesday evening. Looking for a dinner spot Wednesday and Thursday - will probably do lunch at Tobacco Road or one of the Pines. Staying in airbnb around Pinehurst Wednesday and Thursday. Friday and Saturday staying at Carolina. Have a rental car.


Toula
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Play Pine Needles over Mid Pines. Both great tracks but Pine Needles has hosted several women’s opens.

Do dinner one night at Pine Crest Inn.

When I was there, Tobacco Road had limited food options in clubhouse. Bar/restaurant in Mid Pines had good food.


DukeSilver
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What’s the best month to make a Pinehurst trip?


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Sherman Klump
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Thanks. We have Needles booked - just wanted to make sure it was the right choice since we can only play one.

Could use two more dinner recs. One has to be on the PH property - comes with the package. The other doesn’t. I’m going to make a reservation at Pinecrest and we already have one at 1895 grill.


DukeSilver
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Which package did you go with, and where are you staying?


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Sherman Klump
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Basically the 2 night 3 rounds. To squeeze in the 4th round (excluding cradle) they’re up charging us $295 instead of $195 to play #2. Then cradle for $50.


wareagle47
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I'd eat at the Pinehurst Brewery one night if you don't already have that planned. We also ate at the Sly Fox Pub and Leadmine Whiskey Bar in Southern Pines. Both were solid.


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wareagle47
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Your interary is pretty good. Only suggestion I would make is to drop No. 9 and play Mid Pines instead. Not sure how that works for the package you have booked though.

No. 9 looks like a course you could find anywhere in the south. Mid Pines is special.

Also, depending on daylight, if any of those days are during the week, you'll easily be able to get out on the Cradle without a tee time after your second round. It was wide open the Wednesday and Thursday evening we were there. Friday and Saturday is a different story though.
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mikedatyger
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Bandon is cool and like craft beer, but there are a lot better courses to play.


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Gonna have to disagree on that one.
No I have not been to Dunes Club. I know someone who has played both. Bandon Courses MUCH better.


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JGTiger
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Have you done a Bandon trip?


Side topic. I did a trip to Sand Valley (Bandon’s property in Wisconsin) and was an amazing trip. Stay on Sand Valley property. Took one day and drove over to Erin Hills. Great trip, great golf.
Also, TPC Sawgrass is a good and easy trip if you are from the southwest.
Pinehurst is actually next on my list too.


keeper007
LSU Fan
Austin
Member since Feb 2008
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re: Golf destination trips
We do a yearly golf trip at sort of obscure places with some great destinations mixed in.

Myrtle was cancelled this year.

Did Naples last year. Tiburon, Old Corkscrew, Raptor Bay, Fiddlers Creek. Excellent courses and was a ton of fun. Relatively easy to get in and out and find a decent price Air BnB.

Played Pebble this year. Unreal. You need a caddie because I would have read breaks on the green completely opposite of where they told me to aim. What a course. Great ones nearby with Spanish, Poppy, and Spyglass.

Headed to Streamsong at end of Oct and will report back.


AbuTheMonkey
Notre Dame Fan
Chicago, IL
Member since May 2014
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re: Golf destination trips
Is Branson, Missouri shooting up anyone's list after watching this event today?

That course looks fricking spectacular.


i am dan
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re: Golf destination trips
Did a Pinehurst trip the year before the last Open down there.

There are a ton of courses in the area. If you wanna drive just a bit, add Tobacco Road to your itinerary. Cool arse golf course and not far from Pinehurst.

We play down there during the winter when the rates are low and much less crowded.

Was wanting to play just a single round at Tobacco Road, but their rate right now is around $175. Nawwwww.


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i am dan
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Myrtle was cancelled this year.


Myrtle is a great place to do a golf trip. So many good courses.

Caledonia is a must. Legends Resort has amazing links style courses which I think were my favorite to play.

Most courses down there have lots of water. It's good to mix and match different style courses.

Also, something to think about...

You don't necessarily have to put together packages. Many of the courses put up tee times on golfnow and other discount websites. If you can string a few together, you could save a lot of money.

We got paired up with locals a couple of times who did that.
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tigerinAR
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Sheridan, AR
Member since Sep 2012
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re: Golf destination trips
You are right. The course they played yesterday (Payne’s Valley) and the one Phil played at his 1st senior event (Ozark National) looks awesome. Is definitely a near future trip.


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