A History of Southern Pines Golf Club



After sliding into insolvency the club evolved to a new stage – one it has essentially retained to this day. That is, since somewhere around the mid-century mark it has carried forth largely as a center for the community with the youngest to the oldest members of the families served well. Being located so closely to the center of town has has made this a natural fit. But, to be sure, there has been and continues to be a substantial amount of tourism – especially in the Spring with the florescent shrubbery trailing along the fairways and throughout the town. Those images of nature at its most vivid are, no doubt, the substance of many a traveler’s winter ruminations.

Once played the course usually ends up on the visitors annual or semi-annual area rota. The fact that it has retained the character Ross instilled all those years ago make it most worthy of being selected – even with so many appealing options around. As the course continues to measure under 6,400 yards it is playable to virtually all. Yet even at this length the sharp players find it curiously resistant to scoring. And it is amusing to see the college teams which regularly pass through puzzling over this while wandering back to their vans. The integrity of the Ross design has not been sacrificed for the trendy aberrations the game suffers from time to time. The club continues on in an unassuming manner not at all concerned about comparisons with the more well known companion pieces. Perhaps to stretch it a bit, all the Ross courses in and around the villages can be taken to resemble a family. Some acquire a considerable degree of notoriety and understandably bask in all the flattery. But the Southern Pines course is a bit like the uncle for whom the appeal of such attention has long since exerted much sway – and continues on as deemed proper in a contented and dignified manner.


Chris Buie is the author of The Early Days of Pinehurst