The North Carolina Donald Ross Golf Experience

The North Carolina Donald Ross Golf Experience

In North Carolina, the name “Donald Ross” and golf are synonymous. This golf legend has left a lasting legacy that has shaped our state’s golf history and courses. Make your next golf trip to North Carolina to experience the greens yourself.

Championship Play

Pinehurst Resort made history by hosting the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open during back-to-back weeks on the Ross-designed Pinehurst No. 2.

While pros and presidents have helped build its reputation, anyone can play No. 2 as a resort guest. If you play here, look for the architect’s former 4,500-square-foot home that sits off the third fairway. The resort’s No. 1 and No. 3 courses also carry Ross' signature. And to add to tradition, Pinehurst opened the Deuce in the Resort Clubhouse in 2016. This stylish restaurant and bar, adorned with vintage photographs and memorabilia, offers the best view of No. 2's 18th hole.

To learn about the life and history of Donald Ross, head to the Village of Pinehurst. Here, the Tufts Archives houses original field sketches, layouts and blueprints of Ross courses, as well as personal letters and correspondence. Located in the village, the Pine Crest Inn was purchased by Ross in 1921 and owned until his death in 1948. It’s full of golf history and still welcomes golfers today.

Ross Courses Across North Carolina

Ross’ presence in North Carolina extends beyond America’s premier golf resort. According to research by the Donald Ross Society, he shaped more than 50 courses between Asheville and Wilmington. About 40 of them remain in play with their attribution intact, and the public has access to about half. Here’s a selection of courses that join Pinehurst in honoring Ross’ legacy.

Other Donald Ross courses the public can play: