- Location: Southern Pines, NC
- Rooms: 177
- Courses: Two
- Amenities: 74 rooms at Pine Needles, 103 at Mid Pines / restaurants / meeting and event spaces
- Also good for: Best for Buddies
6 things you need to know
- Best time to go: Summer months can be muggy, but it’s also when you’ll find the best deals. Spring and fall are spectacular.
- Daily stay-and-plays start at: $135
- Golf experience: Pine Needles and Mid Pines (they’re across the street from one another) boast 18-hole Donald Ross gems.
- Best non-golf amenity: Both resorts are heavily golf-centric, but a favorite hang off the courses is the In-The-Rough Lounge at Pine Needles.
- While you're there: We’re not suggesting you leave, but it’s worth mentioning the formidable Pinehurst Resort is nine miles away.
- Insider tip: Play the slightly easier Pine Needles first, then Mid Pines in the afternoon.
The Pinehurst/Aberdeen/Southern Pines area of North Carolina is an eccentric dreamland for golfers. There’s golf, more golf, and, yes, yet more golf still. Pine Needles and Mid Pines, sister properties across the street from one another serve as a welcome refuge away from the hustle and bustle of the sprawling Pinehurst Resort. Both lodging options are quaint and cozy and ooze Southern charm. Pine Needles, designed by Donald Ross in 1927 and recently renovated in 2017 by Kyle Franz in 2017, is no stranger to high-profile competition, having hosted four U.S. Women’s Opens. Its sandy, jagged bunkering makes it both stunning and challenging. Mid Pines, another Ross design was restored by Kyle Franz in 2013 and even though plays a smidge easier, it’s intrinsic “Ross-ness” makes it a challenge for any type of player. Both ought to be high atop your must-play list, especially if you’re a Ross fan.