Longleaf Golf Club
Southern Pines, USA
Longleaf Golf Club overview
Established in 1988, Longleaf Golf & Family Club is one of the younger properties in the Sandhills region and is home to some excellent facilities. The Heartwood Restaurant serves a wide range of dishes packed with fresh local ingredients and the bar offers everything from local beers to fine wines.
A fully-stocked pro-shop will have everything you need pre-round and the practice facilities are excellent – driving range, multi-green short game area, and even a 6-hole pitch and putt course.
Golf Course at Longleaf Golf Club overview
The Maples-designed Longleaf course is characterized by its tree-lined fairways, hard sandy waste areas amongst the pines, and large undulating greens. The front nine is the easier of the two, relatively flat and a little wider off the tee, but as you head onto the back-nine you’ll encounter more elevation change, several water hazards, and some stunning golf holes.
In his design, Maples carefully and considerately left several of the elements from the racetrack on the golf course. White racetrack fences, rail posts, and steeplechase hedges can be seen in various positions across the course in tribute to the old Starland Farms.
A unique feature of Longleaf Golf Club is its tee system which is a joint initiative between the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation. Each hole has seven teeing options allowing every golfer to play a course that aligns with their ability. This not only adds to the enjoyment of the round but has a great impact on speeding up the pace of play.
The back-nine is packed with great golf holes, and uniquely you play three par-3s (two consecutively), all of which are worthy of note. The 12th is a tough 200-yarder followed by the 181-yard downhill 13th. The 15th is then 178-yards across a lake to a green nestled in the pines. A fantastic mix of short holes to enjoy.