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Southern Pines Golf Club is similar to reading about the birthplace of golf in the Sandhills region. The course was the third ever design by Donald Ross with the first nine holes originally opening in 1906. Ross came back a few years later, re-routing a couple of holes while adding nine more to create a prize of a golf course that he considered one of his more remarkable designs. ......read full article
-- Contributed by Vici J. Pate Flesher, a PGA of America Member and a Certified PGA Instructor. She is the Women's Golf Coach at High Point University in North Carolina, and was a three-year co-captain on the Illinois State golf team and a first-team All-Conference honoree.
Southern Pines, North Carolina
One would like to believe that if pioneer golf course architect Donald Ross was around today, Southern Pines Golf Club is where he would be playing most of his golf. Yes, Pinehurst #2, Mid Pines and Pine Needles are his masterpieces but they are centerpieces of fancy resorts. Ross, the son of a stonemason, hailed from Dornoch, Scotland where the daily fee golfer is greeted by an unpretentious clubhouse just steps away from a world class golf experience with unrivaled routing and challenges for every club in the bag.
Southern Pines is very much cut from that that mold. Ross laid out the first nine holes in 1906 with a commission from the town, his third design project in what would become a legacy of some 400 golf courses during a 48-year stay in Pinehurst. In an age when many courses were created by the local pro walking back and forth driving stakes in the turf, Ross took one of the choicest plots of golfing ground in the Sandhills and fashioned a course that flows so naturally up and down the contours that it feels as if the man uncovered a course rather than designed one.
|"An ideal golf course is a test for both the expert and the everyday player.|
|It is my goal to bring out of the player the best golf they have in them." - Donald Ross|
|A round that lasts more than four and one half hours does not follow Donald Ross'
philosophy that "Golf should be a pleasure not a penance."
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