Top 25 golf courses in North Carolina in 2016

Pound for pound, there are diverse states more diverse for golf than North Carolina. The Outer Banks feature coastal golf on the Atlantic Ocean, while the western side roams upward into the Blue Ridge Mountains. North Carolina courses make up many of the top must-plays north of Myrtle Beach, one of the world's most-trafficked golf destinations. Meanwhile, one of the great jewels of American golf history awaits in the Carolina Sandhills around the Southern Pines-Aberdeen-Pinehurst triangle. Cities like Charlotte and Raleigh have plenty of courses to choose from as well.

The Top 25 courses in North Carolina, compiled by using your ratings & reviews in 2016, features all of the above. North Carolina is a state that is well represented each year in our Top 50 overall Courses in the U.S., even if they are courses you may not expect. If there's an underlying theme about golf in the state it's that courses off-the-beaten-path pack a really great punch for value. A handful of these courses can be found in our 50 under $50 series as well. Donald Ross, the Scottish greenskeeper-turned-architect who spent most of his time in the U.S. at Pinehurst, would be proud.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in North Carolina in 2016

Course layout: Tobacco Road
Course conditions: Thistle Golf Club
Value: Scotch Hall Preserve
Off-course amenities: The Currituck Club
Pace of play: Tillery Tradition Club
Staff friendliness: The Pointe Golf Club

Top 25 courses in North Carolina in 2016

Southern Pines


Boone


Asheboro


Asheville


Clemmons


Jacksonville


Raleigh


Aberdeen


Shallotte


Hayesville


Powells Point


Elizabeth City


Advance


Mt. Airy


Rutherfordton


Grandy


Corolla
No. 24 friendliest course in the U.S. in 2016


Leland


Pinehurst


Sanford


Marshville
No. 20 value in the U.S. in 2016


Snow Hill
No. 10 value in the U.S. in 2016


Merry Hill
No. 25 in the U.S. in 2016


Elkin
No. 22 in the U.S. in 2016


Sunset Beach
No. 14 in the U.S. in 2016


Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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