Country Club of North Carolina (CCNC) is a private members club located in the Sandhills of North Carolina near Pinehurst. The club boasts two 18 holes golf courses- the Dogwood, and The Cardinal courses, as well as tennis courts and pool- all in a glorious lakeside setting....
The premier course is 'Dogwood' which was designed by Willard Byrd and Ellis Maples in 1963.
It is a beautifully manicured course set in majestic pines and winds around and over the shores of two lakes. Dogwood consistently rates as one of the best courses in North Carolina- a state where good golf courses are a given...
Dogwood is a pleasure to play.
It is not tricked up in any way.
The greens are firm and fast, with subtle movement- and they will examine your ability to judge both line and length each hole
There are nine holes that touch on the lakes- 3, 4 & 5, 11, 13, 15-18- these are the holes that are the most memorable on Dogwood.
They are attractive to the point of being a distraction, but are serious golf holes with strong strategic design.
The holes that don’t involve the lakes are generally not as visual but are quality golf holes, beautifully bunkered, with elevated greens framed by the pine trees and dogwood.
Dogwood is a pretty course, but also one of strategic merit. Most of the trouble is able to be seen, so it is a fair course with forward tees to suit all level of golfer.
The second course at CCNC is called 'Cardinal', and has 9 holes designed by Willard Byrd in 1970, and nine holes by Robert Trent Jones Senior in 1981. When the two nines were joined Byrd's nine became holes 1-5 and 15-18...
As a general statement the Willard Byrd holes have more involvement with the lake, and are more forgiving off the tee with wider landing areas. RTJ holes are more inland and are tighter and perhaps more strategic.
At that stage in 1981 RTJ was also asked to renovate Dogwood, as well as the Byrd nine on Cardinal.
Arthur Hills undertook further renovations in 1999, and currently the back nine of Dogwood is being rejuvenated by Chris Spence.
Dogwood has hosted 7 NC Amateur tournaments, as well as 6 Southern Amateurs, and the 1980 US Amateur- so it is no stranger to tournament golf
Both courses are a joy to play. The fairways are immaculate and the putting surfaces as pure as the driven snow- and quick! It takes some getting used to.
You will need to bring your 'A' game to play here, and on the holes where the lake is in play- and there are many- staying dry becomes a major focus.
CCNC is a haven for golfers. Although the club is very private with the right connections Travelling Golfers can get access. The club has quality 4 bedroom homes on site which are available at reasonable prices. It makes a great base for a golfing trip in the Sandhills.
With two wonderful courses CCNC members must be pinching themselves.
I can imagine just what a joy it would be to play Dogwood on regular basis.
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