The Country Club of Whispering Pines consists of two separate layouts — The Pines Course and The River Course.
The Pines Course combines length with subtle terrain changes, ranking as a true gem among the “Golf Courses of The Sandhills,” a series of courses known for boasting excellent designs. Players are often forced to deploy every club in their bag as they conquer this challenging yet scenic set of 18.
Meanwhile, The River Course reminds one of a northeastern country club, complete with elevation changes, towering oak trees lining the fairway and overhanging greens. On the back nine, guests enjoy tranquil lakes and meandering streams. The River is not nearly as demanding as The Pines, but it does require shot making, if a golfer wants to brag afterward.
The legendary Ellis Maples, a Donald Ross prodigy, designed both courses with his unique talent and ability to craft multiple themes on one property. At the Country Club of Whispering Pines, Maples has employed the open, hard pan rough, sparsely covered with native pine straw and love grass.
These characteristics have garnered the course a reputation as the most natural 36 holes in the Sandhills.