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Index of the 2000 Golf Directory

The Other Round Ball
North Carolina is usually considered college hoops country, but we also love playing with another round ball. At least a hundred new golf courses have opened here in a decade, an explosion that's good for the economy and good for us golfers because competition is forcing developers to deliver better designs, facilities and services to keep customers coming back.

What's So Tough About No. 2?
The U.S. Open Men's Championship is returning to Pinehurst No. 2, a course whose simple beauty belies its treachery. “You think, `I don't see what's so tough about this thing,'' admits Pinehurst director of golf Don Padgett. “Then all of the sudden in the U.S. Open one person (Payne Stewart) is under par. It's sort of pretty. It just lays there and then boom.”

Going Down Tobacco Road
Tobacco Road in Sanford, carved from an old sand and gravel pit by Mike Strantz, is the runaway winner for Best New Course of the Year. Our raters loved it but they warn it can be challenging. “Playing Tobacco Road is like priming tobacco. It's hard as hell,” said one rater.

Red Hot at the Red Tees
Women are taking up the game in droves but this vital new segment of the golfing public doesn't feel welcome at clubs that restrict Saturday morning tee times and maintain “men's grills.” Plus, clubs often unwittingly punish women through awkward red tee placement and forcing long carries into front-bunkered greens.

Queen of the Sandhills
Pine Needles, which will host its second U.S. Women's Open Championship next year, is crowned the state's Best Course for Women

Hidden Gems
North Carolina is blessed with many courses that offer a challenging round of golf without all the crowds and expensive greens fees.

North Carolina's Top 100 Courses
The usually stable pecking order of the state's finest courses has new names in eight of the 10 spots this year. Pinehurst No. 2 and the Old North State Club retain their usual 1, 2 rankings. Moving up: Grandfather to third place, Pine Needles to fifth and Linville to sixth. Moving out: Wade Hampton and Treyburn.

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