We took a little different direction today as we near the end of our Fall Road Trip adventure through North Carolina. Instead of taking on a single course it was the start of a stretch of two-a-day course visits. We kicked it off with a stop at the Forest Creek Golf Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
I’ll not be surprised if you are not familiar with Forest Creek, the private club is fairly reserved when it comes to making a name for themselves, something sure to change when they host the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 2013.
Those who have made it past the gates at this well-heeled development will tell you that few places offer what they do, namely two golf courses (including an extra 37th “Hog Hole” where the occasional bet is settled) both crafted by Tom Fazio.
Forest Creek is consistently named among the best golf communities in the world and the list finds them with few rivals that offer as many holes of golf at one facility.
And what golf courses they are. The 500 members only pile up about 16,000 rounds a year total on both layouts so exceptional conditions are assured.
Even though they share land on the same property and one designer both the North and South courses at Forest Creek have their own flavour.
We took on the South course first and discovered a burly track with Sandhills touches on several holes. There was plenty of room for tee shots with the approaches and green surfaces primarily responsible for shaping scores.
We fell in love with the North Course from the opening tee shot. With hints of Pine Valley blended with beauty of the Carolinas any golfer worth their salt will respect all aspects of the course. Best of all the North also had greens with the same impressive speed and condition of those on the South course.
We weren’t sure we were really up to 37 holes of golf considering the unexpected temperatures that topped 30 Celsius by mid-day but if there was a place to try it, Forest Creek was an attractive option.
Tomorrow’s Road Trip Destination – Cardinal Golf Club & Sedgefield Golf & Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina.