North Carolina is a great state for golf. Not only is there an abundance of great golf courses & resorts, the state has three distinct regions; the mountains, the Piedmont, and the coast. The 3 areas offer a large variety of golf courses and resorts each unique to their particular area.
When planning a vacation to a golf resort in North Carolina, the first thing you should decide on is, what type of topography you’re looking for.
In this blog post, not only will we discuss the best golf resorts in NC, we’ll break them down by region.
Best Golf Resorts in North Carolina
Golf Resorts in the North Carolina Mountains
Mountain golf in North Carolina is perfect year round. When it’s sticky and humid along the coast and in the Piedmont during the summer months, the elevation keeps the temperature mild in the mountains. Spring golf is just about perfect and in the fall it’s hard to beat the scenery provided by the Blue Ridge Mountains.
If you can only vacation to the mountains in the winter, don’t worry. Many of the courses are open year round (weather permitting). Although it snows in the NC mountains, there are enough sunny days to justify staying open all year. Be sure to check with the course before booking, but it’s a great location for year-round golf.
The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn is located in Asheville, North Carolina. If you’re not familiar with Asheville, it’s a great little mountain town with a laid back, hippy vibe. When you walk around downtown Asheville you’ll be inundated with smiling faces, great music, farm to table food, local craft beer, art galleries, boutique hotels, and more. The famed Biltmore Estate is also a short drive away if you’d like to do something else besides golf.
Golf at the Omni is truly a remarkable experience. The Donald Ross design has elevated tee boxes and magnificent views of the Blue Ridge mountains. It’s mountain golf at it’s best. The par 70 course is also open year round (weather permitting) so be sure to check out one of the best courses in the state, anytime of the year. You won’t be disappointed!
Rumbling Bald Resort
Rumbling Bald is located on the beautiful Lake Lure (which you may know from Dirty Dancing). With the resorts access to the lake, Rumbling Bald has a plethora outdoor activities. Water sports, hiking, biking, kids camps, racquet sports & more can all be found in the resort. It also has a wide range of accommodations so it’s a great spot for families on any budget.
Rumbling Bald features 2 magnificent golf courses, Apple Valley & Bald Mountain. Apple Valley was called one of the most beautiful mountain courses around by Golf Digest. Bald Mountain is no slouch either, and although it’s only 6,283 yards, the well guarded greens and tight fairways make it a challenge for golfers of all skill levels.
Eseeola Lodge at Linville Golf Club
The Eseeola Lodge is located in beautiful Linville, NC. It’s easy access to the popular Grandfather Mountain makes this resort popular with golfers and nature lovers alike.
The Linville Golf Club is another Donald Ross design that has been awarded a number of accolades including, Top 100 Courses You Can Play (No. 63) — GOLF Magazine, 2010 & Greatest 100 Holes of Golf (Par 4 third hole) — Golfweek
The course has been around since 1924 and when you play it you are taken back to an era in golf course design where every detail mattered. The course prides itself on fitting into the natural contours of the region, and the small well guarded greens remind you of the genius of Donald Ross.
Golf Resorts in the North Carolina Piedmont
As you work your way east, down from the mountains, you’ll discover an area known to the locals as the Piedmont. As I’m writing this post I figured it would be a good time to finally figure out what exactly is meant by the “Piedmont”. A quick Google search let me know that it’s French for “foot of the mountain.” It extends roughly from the foothills at 1500 feet of elevation, to 300 feet of elevation before the coastal plain. Anyway, there’s your geography lesson for the day. What it means to you, is that the Piedmont is a large area.
The Piedmont can be broken down into sub-categories. We’re going to give you a golf resort for each specific area.
Golf in The Charlotte Region
The Charlotte area has some great golf courses, both public and private, but when it comes to golf resorts there is really only one choice; The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Honestly though, just because it’s one of the few options in the area, doesn’t mean that they take their guests for granted. The Ballantyne Hotel treats their guests like VIPs and is true luxury in the Queen City.
Golf at the Ballantyne Hotel is quite the experience as well. Not only is there a beautiful championship par 71 golf course, it’s also home to the Dana Rader Golf School (a Golf Channel Academy). So whether you want to relax at the spa, hit the immaculate links, or lower your handicap in a golf clinic, the Ballantyne Hotel is the go to spot in the Charlotte region.
Greensboro & Winston-Salem
The Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC is the perfect place for a golf retreat in the northern Piedmont. The resort is home to 2 beautiful golf courses each unique in their own way.
The East Course has tree lined fairways which give it a nature reserve type feel that’s beautiful all year round.
The links style West Course has a naturally rolling terrain with elevation changes that make the course both fun and challenging.
When you hear people around here talk about the triangle they are generally referring to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. While this area may be known for it’s college basketball and intense Duke/UNC rivalry, it’s also an area that has a passion for the game of golf.
One resort that really stands out in the area is the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. The golf course was designed in 1957 by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and redesigned in 1994 by his son Rees. The course has been awarded numerous accolades and was voted as the best public course in the Triangle.
In addition to the championship golf course, the Inn is also recognized as having one of the best practice areas. It consist of a driving range, six putting & chipping greens, seven sand bunkers & eight target greens.
Pinehurst & Sandhills
Do I really need to go into detail about the Pinehurst and Sandhills region? Let me say that again….Pinehurst!
That’s right; you can play on a golf course that has hosted a PGA Championship, a Ryder Cup, a Senior & Women’s Open, a U.S. Amateur and 3 U.S. Opens. The one & only Pinehurst #2!
In addition to Pinehurst #2 there are 8 other golf courses at the resort including the brand new short course known as The Cradle which opened in 2017. So eve if you’ve been here before there’s something new to check out.
Pinehurst runs a number of golf specials year round, and it has a wide variety of accommodations, so there’s never a bad time to visit. Visiting and playing Pinehurst is truly an experience and something every golf fan should get to do at least once.
Bonus Golf Resort
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club/Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club
Since the legendary Pinehurst is such an obvious choice for this area we wanted to provide an additional resort. If you couldn’t tell by the name alone this place has 2 golf courses to choose from.
Pine Needles, originally built in 1927, has been renovated to be more of a challenge for today’s equipment and game. Mid Pines however remains unchanged from how Donal Ross originally designed it back in 1921. Each course is unique in there own way, and both will satisfy golfers of all skill levels.
You really can’t go wrong when it comes to golf in the Pinehurst and Sandhills area. Be sure to look into the many courses & resorts the area has to offer. It’s a golfers paradise!
Golf Resorts on the North Carolina Coast
As you continue the journey east you won’t be disappointed to leave the Piedmont once you reach the sandy coast. The 300 miles of coastline provide the perfect spot for beach lovers and golfers alike.
Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
Beau Rivage has some of the best rates for a golf course of it’s stature. It’s one of the few “stay & play” resorts on the entire NC coast & it was named Best Golf Course in Wilmington (2016). The resort also has a phenomenal practice area, an Olympic size swimming pool and a tiki bar for relaxing and cooling off after your rounds.
The Winds Resort Beach Club
The Winds Resort Beach Club is located just across the South Carolina border in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. While the resort doesn’t have it’s own designated course, they’re still a golf centric vacation destination. On their website you can choose from a variety of golf packages from the 100 courses that are within a 30 minute drive, including many Myrtle Beach courses.
Golf Resorts in NC
No matter what time of year, or what type of golf you’re looking for, you can find it in North Carolina. The Tar Heel state is rich in golf history, and has some of the most historically significant courses the game has ever seen. It’s diverse topography also ensures that it has some of the most aesthetically pleasing courses as well.
From the mountains, to the coast, and the legendary Piedmont region in between, one thing is for certain….You will not be disappointed with your next stay at a North Carolina golf resort.