Longleaf Golf & Country Club - 4th
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Longleaf Golf & Country Club - 4th
An old race track fence adds a unique look to the fourth hole at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 5
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Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 5
Trees cause trouble on the approach to the green on the par-5 fifth hole at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 8
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Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 8
Golfers get a free drop from the old steeplechase hedge in front of the eighth green at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Longleaf Golf & CC - 9th
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Longleaf Golf & CC - 9th
Bunkers bracket the ninth green at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 12
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Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 12
The par-3 12th hole at Longleaf Golf & Country Club is a daunting challenge. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Longleaf Golf & C.C. - 15h
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Longleaf Golf & C.C. - 15h
A large pond comes into play on the par-3 15th hole at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 13
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Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 13
The 13th hole at Longleaf Golf & Country Club is the second of back-to-back par 3s. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 15
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Longleaf Golf & Country Club - hole 15
The back nine, especially the setting around the 15th hole, is worth a picture at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Ride a golf cart, not horses anymore, at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- Longleaf Golf & Country Club is one of those golf courses everybody drives by heading to the more heralded resort courses of the Sandhills.

The 6,600-yard, par-71 Longleaf sometimes gets lost in the shuffle sandwiched between the Mid Pines Golf Club/Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club complex and Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. The holes along Midland Road look a bit pedestrian, but hidden inside the white fences at Longleaf is a dynamite back nine.

In 1988, architect Dan Maples carefully preserved some original features on the site of one of the Village of Pinehurst's former horse training estates while designing Longleaf across 170 acres. He kept some white fences, rail posts and hedgerows as a tribute to the old Starland Farms and to spice up several holes on the flatter front nine.

Starting at no. 10, Longleaf gets an adrenaline boost from some great rolling terrain. The back-to-back par 3s -- the tough 200-yard 12th hole and the downhill 181-yard 13th hole -- are nice. The 517-yard 14th hole, a U-shaped par 5, bends around a thick grove of trees, requiring three shots to reach the green. The third par 3 on the back nine highlights the round. It's all carry over the only water hazard on the golf course at the 178-yard 15th hole.

Local golfer Matt Scott considers Longleaf Golf & Country Club a great value.

"I love that it's playable," he said. "You don't lose too many balls.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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Ride a golf cart, not horses anymore, at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina