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.
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
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...
It is just a pleasure to play. It is not tricked up in any way- what you see is what you get!
The fairways are immaculate, and the putting surfaces are firm and pure as the driven snow- and quick!
It takes some getting used to.
With subtle movement throughout- they will examine your ability to judge both line and length.
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.
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 good golf holes with strong strategic design.
The holes that don’t involve the lakes are generally not as visual but are still 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.
Notable holes include:
- hole 3, a downhill par 3 to an island green (see pic mid page)
- hole 4, a gorgeous mid length par 4 along the lake (see pic top of page)
- hole 5, a teasing par 5 with a pond in front of the green
- hole 11, a remarkable dogleg par 4 with water right off the tee. The same lake needs to be carried for the approach (see pic mid page)
- hole 13, a strong downhill par 3
- hole 15, a long par 4 with lake backdrop
- hole 16, a long water carry par 3
- hole 18, the big finish is a unique par 5 with water in play off the tee and a climb to the final green (see pic mid page)
CCNC is a haven for golfers.
Although the club is a private members club from time to time Travelling Golfers may gain 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 only imagine just what a joy it would be to play Dogwood on a regular basis.
The Travelling Golfer offers golf tours to Pinehurst and The Sandhills of Nth Carolina.
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For suggested itineraries see: Destinations: Pinehurst & The Sandhills of Nth Carolina
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