Day Trip: Mid Pines a Sandhills Classic



The 18th at Mid Pines, with the Mid Pines Inn in the background, is one of the best finishing holes in the Sandhills. (Kevin Murray photo)


Designed in 1921, Mid Pines just might be the most underrated Donald Ross course in the N.C. Sandhills. Located across Midland Road from its more highly-regarded sister, Pine Needles, Mid Pines deserves every bit of praise it gets from golf insiders.

In 2013, the course underwent a head-to-toe restoration by architect Kyle Franz. Green complexes were brought back to their original dimensions and the entire look of the course was changed to re-introduce sandy native areas off fairways and near greens. Now, players can experience Mid Pines practically as it was when the course first opened.

Although the course only measures 6,723 yards from the back tees, it’s all the golf you want, even for the game’s best players. Most players will want to move up and play the white tees and even at that, you will probably use all the clubs in your bag.

First-time visitors will be amazed at the amount of elevation change at Mid Pines and golf purists will be pleased at the variety of hole designs. No two holes look the same and all play strategically different. Mid Pines is an intricate and complex mix of long par-3s, short par-4s, dogleg par-4s and reachable par-5s.

The first hole is 401 yards from the back tees and starts the round from an elevated tee. Golf Atlas says, “If this view from the first tee doesn’t make you itch to play golf, you need to find a different pursuit.”

From there, a good score will require some precise golf. Mid Pines is not long and brutal enough to beat you up. Instead, the difference between success and failure can be a razor’s edge.

As you make your way down the 18th, one of the best finishing holes in the Sandhills, with the Mid Pines Inn in view, you’ll get the feeling you’ve played at one of the best places for pure golf you’ll ever find. And you’ll immediately start planning your next trip.

Mid Pines Golf Club

1010 Midland Road

Southern Pines, NC

(910) 692-2114



One Reply to “Day Trip: Mid Pines a Sandhills Classic”

  1. I played MidPines on my own on a dark ,damp October afternoon in early October 15′ in the wake of Hurricane Joachim . MidPines was highly recommended as a hidden Ross gem not to be missed. It was happily simply a joy .. I had spent the first week in South Carolina and if I’m honest from a golfing stand piont I was underwhelmed by Tpc, Caledonia & True Blue which On reflection may have been due to storm damage .. however Mid Pines played a large part in Redeeming my view of Carlolinan Golf and elevating the Sandhills in my own personal preference as a place I want to visit again even from afar in the West of Scotland. I now well understand why Donald Ross loved this place so much it does indeed have so many touchstones of his home back in Dornoch.. MidPines had been recommended to me on the kind advice of Jas Dodson in response to a random email he advised not to miss this hidden gem – I was not disappointed – the rolling sand lined fairways present a distinctive challenge which must be respected despite not being overly long .. accurate driving is a must if not to be drawn out of position or the green may be out of reach.. a sign of great design . I hope yo return to the MidPines soon … it’s rite up there with it’s more lauded and glamourous neighbours in Pine Needles and nearby Pinehurst perhaps not as show but this lady is easily their equal when it comes to good company!.

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