Best Pinehurst Courses For 10+ Handicappers

By Steve Silverman

Coastal golf course at sunrise
Pinehurst, North Carolina, is one of the top spots in the country for golfers who are looking to immerse themselves in the game on a vacation. While there are plenty of opportunities for low-handicappers to play, golfers with handicaps of 10 or more should not feel like they can't get their money's worth in Pinehurst. There are plenty of great courses that will not punish the higher handicap player.

Longleaf Golf and Country Club

Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is a great course to play for golfers with handicap higher than 10. Longleaf plays at 6,600 yards from the championship tees and a more reasonable 6,000 yards from the mens' tees. Golfers do not feel like they have to overpower every shot on this course, and the fairways will hold shots. Tree-lined fairways give golfers a solid guideline of where they need to put their drives and fairway shots. The greens are tough but fair.
Longleaf Golf and Country Club, 10 North Knoll Drive, Southern Pines, NC 28387 (910) 692-6100

Little River Golf and Resort

The Little River Golf and Resort in Carthage, North Carolina, is one of those courses that a golfer comes to and instinctively knows that a good round is a distinct possibility. Little River would not be classified as easy, but it does have very wide fairways that are open and will hold most shots. The 6,939-yard, par 72 course gives a golfer a chance to make recovery shots and know that the greens are not as harsh as many others in the area.
Little River Golf and Resort, 500 Little River Farm Blvd, Carthage, NC 28327 (910) 949-4600

Beacon Ridge Golf and Country Club

Beacon Ridge Golf and Country Club in West End, North Carolina, is a tough and demanding 6,414-yard course that calls for accurate play and requires excellent putting skills. High handicappers will not feel intimidated because there are only two par 5 holes on the course. There are many bunkers and water hazards that come into play on every hole.
Beacon Ridge Golf and Country Club, 6000 Longleaf Drive, West End, NC 27376 (910) 673-2950

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.