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Note: In our Thursday, April 21 issue, we included “The Loop,” a practice course at Pine Needles, as a place where the public could practice for free. This is incorrect — The Loop is open to members and resort guests only.

Golf? I Barely Know Her.

Because you can only use the “that was my practice swing” excuse so many times and everyone has to start somewhere, we’ve compiled a list of some beginner-friendly golf courses to get your skills up to par. 

  • Knollwood Fairways: This family oriented, 9-hole course offers a driving range, beginner lessons, and demo days with free club fittings. The range is open from 8 a.m. to dusk. Play the course for $15, or add a cart for a total of $20. 
    • The next demo day is April 27, 1-5 p.m. 
  • 7 Lakes Golf Club: Take advantage of practice facilities that include a driving range and teaching area. Weekly free clinics are taught by PGA pros — free clinics happen at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and noon Saturdays.
  • Longleaf Golf & Family Club: Play the 6-hole, par 3 Bottlebrush course all day for $8. It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The club also offers adult and kids clinics and is home to U.S. Kids Golf Academy, which teaches kids 3-16 of all skill levels. 
  • Thistle Dhu: Just want to practice your short game? Bring a putter to Pinehurst Resort’s main clubhouse and try your luck on the 18-hole course that’s way harder than it looks. When you feel more confident, graduate to the nearby Cradle (in photo above) – it’s not exactly for beginners, but the party vibe is immaculate. 

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