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Hey all. I'll be coming to North Carolina the first week of August and will have my clubs with me. Would love to play a nice course in the Sandhills/Pinehurst area, and particularly interested in good bang-for-the-buck options. Tobacco Road is one of my bucket list courses, but I know it has a reputation of being exceptionally difficult. I'm a 10-12 handicap player, BTW.

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I would recommend Mid South, Dormie Club (if you can get on) and Pinehurst #7.  I go down every year and these are some of my favorites.  Tobacco Road looks hard from the tee box but is actually a pretty easy course if you don't trust your eyes.  Get a yardage book or and trust the book.  Landing areas are really big but look tiny from the tee boxes. 

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Tobacco Road is outstanding.     The first time you play it will be the hardest.  

The Sand Hills is a golfing paradise and you don't even have to play any of the Pinehurst resort courses.     Pine Needles, Mid Pines, Mid South, Dormie (I think it went private), and Talamore are all very, very good.   Take a look at each course's website to get some pics and pricing and see what looks good for your taste and budget.    You'll enjoy any of these courses being named in this thread.     

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OK, I think I'll make Tobacco Road my first choice. Thanks to everyone for their helpful feedback. It's an opportunity to check one off the bucket list. Will most likely be playing sometime Aug. 3-5 so if anyone's in the area who might be interested in hooking up for a round, please let me know!

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On 7/11/2022 at 5:05 PM, MarkCPA said:

Tobacco Road is outstanding.     The first time you play it will be the hardest.  

The Sand Hills is a golfing paradise and you don't even have to play any of the Pinehurst resort courses.     Pine Needles, Mid Pines, Mid South, Dormie (I think it went private), and Talamore are all very, very good.   Take a look at each course's website to get some pics and pricing and see what looks good for your taste and budget.    You'll enjoy any of these courses being named in this thread.     

All the same courses I would recommend.

As others have said, Tobacco Road is hard, but not as hard as it looks. I’d highly recommend watching a couple YouTube videos to see each hole in advance - there are many holes you’ll want some insight re: how to play. I’ve been there with several foursomes and the ones who had no idea what the course was like didn’t like it, some hated it. Those of us who knew what to expect enjoyed it immensely. This was my favorite course preview…

 

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11 hours ago, Eat My Divots said:

OK, I think I'll make Tobacco Road my first choice. Thanks to everyone for their helpful feedback. It's an opportunity to check one off the bucket list. Will most likely be playing sometime Aug. 3-5 so if anyone's in the area who might be interested in hooking up for around, please let me know!

I think you'll enjoy TR, I always do.  As others have said, play smart.  TR will tempt you, but for just about every risk/reward choice, the risk is much much greater than the potential reward.  If you're looking for dining or drinking recommendations, let me know.  I've been going to that area a couple times a year for the past 15 years, and have found a bunch of favorites.

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We played Tobacco Road, Pinehurst #4, #5, and #8 and #9 while were in the area. Tobacco Road was my favorite as it is fairly generous off the tee and visually stunning. As others have mentioned you should either look at it on Google Earth Pro or watch videos as many of the holes have blind shots which people complain about. But those same people have access to a number of tools (aforementioned google earth pro) that can give you most of the information you need to play out there. I don't take a lot of risks as a player so I actually scored well out at TR because I didn't take on much risk (Strantz is trying to bait you into taking on risk the whole time..). Highly highly recommend. Also we walked the course which was even more enjoyable but it is not an easy walk (especially in late May). If I ever went back I might try the Pine Needles/Mid Pines combo but would definitely get back to TR. Loved my experience there. I did take on one major risk that worked that I have to brag about. On the par 5 13th, you can take it over the right trees and cut the hole down considerably, which I did, one of the most exhilarating tee shots I have hit in my life...still managed to only make par however. 

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I also loved Pinehurst #4, it was my favorite pinehurst course we played. I liked Pinehurst #9. Pinehurst #8 was just okay (I had heard a lot of good reviews so that probably heightened my expectations). Pinehurst #5 is decent but nothing special. The cradle was great but very crowded and slow.

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I live nearby in Montgomery Country and will add my $.02:

- this time of year it is truly hot & humid (extra glove, water needed)

All courses mentioned are well-known & very good but “off the radar” + great value are:

Elks Club:  Donald Ross design now owned by Mid-Pines / Pine Needles folks

Foxfire:  last weekend course was in as good shape as anywhere here except bunkers were pebbly (needed sand)

Did I mention it’s bloody hot & humid  ??

 

 

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