Top 10 U.S. golf resort for women: Pinehurst

Image of Pinehurst Resort in North CarolinaFor Southern charm and legendary golf, take a 70-mile drive from Raleigh Durham Airport to the Village of Pinehurst and the Pinehurst Resort.

The dual Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens in 2014 showed how a magnificent Coore-Crenshaw renovation on Pinehurst No. 2 only improved what has long been a fantastic golf experience for both genders. But there are eight other championship courses at this member of the Top 10 U.S. Golf Resorts for Women 2015, each with at least three sets of tees rated for women, making America’s first golf resort still the golf resort of choice for many more than 100 years later.

This is a classic buddy trip for men, but our panel of experts love the charm of the Village and the Carolina Hotel, and nabbing a rocker on the porch to hear the bagpiper at sunset.

TEES RATED FOR WOMEN: No. 1 – Yellow 4,197/63.2/103; Red 5,167/69.3/113; Green 5,466/70.8/120; White 5,806/73.0/126. No. 2 – Red 5,257/ 70.0/126; Green 5,801/73.5/130; White 6,307/76.6/137.  No. 3 – Yellow 4,103/63.5/104; Red 5,117/69.7/117; Green 5,433/71.7/121; White 5,722/73.3/124. No. 4 – Red 5,217/69.6/119; Green 5,677/72.4/126; White 6,214/75.5/136. No. 5 – Red 5,248/70.3/121; Green 5,709/73.2/130; White 6,211/76.1/137. No. 6 – Red 4,992/69.7/120; Green 5,645/73.5/128; White 6,180 yards/76.4/139. No. 7 – Yellow 3,833/63.3/103; Red 5,183/66.9/115; Green 5,738 yards, 74.1/136; White – 6,324/70.5/126. No. 8 – Red 5,177/69.7/121; Green 5,805/72.9/130; White 6,302/76.0/139. No. 9 – Red 4,935/70.1/115; Green 5,378/72.2/128; White 6,128/75.9/137.

AMENITIES: Spa, tennis courts, recreational pools, world-class croquet lawn, lawn bowling, Kidsclub, fitness center, on-site shopping, Acura Guest Drive Program, running, walking and biking trails (and bike rentals). Complimentary transportation to all resort facilities. Lake Pinehurst water sport rentals. Neighboring equestrian and harness racing center.  Accommodation options from the classic and classy Carolina Hotel and Holly Inn to Fairway Condos.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Any time but winter snow season.

*2-2-2 COST: $1,200. (Note that a 10% Resort Fee applies to all packages and stays.)

–Dove Jones

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