By Joe Passov
Monday, March 19, 2007

Coach Dean Smith may have cemented the notion that college hoops is King when it comes to sports in North Carolina. NASCAR likely runs a close second, certainly in the days when Rockingham's oval was rocking. Nonetheless, in terms of rich sporting sporting history in the Tar Heel State, neither basketball nor auto racing can begin to touch golf. Important, national-level golf events in North Carolina date to 1901, when the first North and South Amateur took place in Pinehurst. Since then, every great name in golf, from Harry Vardon to Bobby Jones, from Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson to Tiger Woods has teed it up with serious intent among the Carolina pines.

Sedgefield Country Club
Starmount Forest Country Club Pebble Beach Doral Colonial Muirfield Village Westchester Augusta National

Pinehurst Resort (No. 2), Pinehurst

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines

Tanglewood Park (Championship Course), Clemmons

Rock Barn Golf & Spa, (Robert Trent Jones Jr. Course) Conover

Legacy Golf Links, Aberdeen

Joe Passov is the Architecture and Course Ratings Editor of GOLF MAGAZINE. E-mail him your questions and thoughts at

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