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Golf Advisor: Guide to the Carolina Sandhills

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The main leaderboard is seen off the first fairway during a practice round prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 2, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)  - 

There's no golf scene quite like the Carolina Sandhills. Dating back to the turn of the 20th century, golf's roots are as deep here as anywhere else in the United States. Donald Ross moved here to serve as greenskeeper in 1900, and would help shape what was originally a wellness destination into a golf mecca of the eastern seaboard. Neighboring towns Southern Pines and Aberdeen have added plenty of their own golf courses over the years, yet plenty of old world charm remains. 

Golf Advisor's Jason Deegan offers up a beginner's guide to the Carolina Sandhills scene, including which other courses are must-plays beyond the eight at Pinehurst Resort. 

In fact, Pinehurst is actually getting a 9th course, which will open to resort guests following the U.S. Women's Open. Click here for details on how Jack Nicklaus is now a part of the Pinehurst golf design roster.