Top 10 U.S. golf resort for women: Pine Needles

Image of a lesson at Pine NeedlesAt North Carolina’s Pine Needles & Mid Pines Golf Resort, in Southern Pines about 70 miles from Raleigh Durham Airport, it’s all about women’s golf.

Unlike most of the golf resorts in our Top 10 U.S. Golf Resorts for Women 2015, this one has no spa and is more like, as one expert panelist put it, “an old comfortable shoe.” Some panelists said renovations are in order. However, the old shoe is designed to fit the woman golfer who enjoys playing and working on her game.

Owned by golf great Peggy Kirk Bell and her family, the resort has FIVE women instructors on the staff (their Golfaris are legendary) and two Donald Ross-designed golf courses with a great history of USGA women’s championships, including the U.S. Women’s Open. Seven sets of tees are rated for women.

TEES RATED FOR WOMEN: Pine Needles  – Ross 6,435/77.2/137; Regular 5,985/74.6/132; Executive 5,513/71.3/124;  Forward 4,936/68.5/118. Mid Pines – White 6,163/75.6/135; Green 5,669/71.2/127; Red 4,913/68.4/120 .

AMENITIES: Learning Center. Four-hole practice loop. Caddies may be booked in advance. Village of Pinehurst 4 miles away. Pool. Grass tennis courts. Fitness center. Accommodations are chalet-style lodges at Pine Needles, and a stately 1921 Georgian-style inn across the street at Mid Pines. Three restaurants, including the elegant Terrace and Dining Room at Sea Pines. And be sure to enjoy the mixology at the In-the-Rough Lounge or Pop’s.

*2-2-2 COST:  $1,600 includes breakfast and dinner, and the Southern cooking brings many guests back year after year.

*Approximate price for two nights and two rounds of golf for two guests.

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