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