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Southern Pines Golf Club

Posted July 29, 1999

— Any course designed by the great Donald Ross is attractive to golfers. WRAL's Jeff Gravley found out the Southern Pines Golf Club, built in 1923, is typical of Ross' imagination and illustrated by the par 4, 6th hole.

"We have narrow fairways with a longer rough, and it's undulated. You hit it in the middle and you see your shot and you're like, 'Look that's perfect,' but it drifts off, a lot like No. 2," says assistant course pro Roy Painter.

"On this hole, what I try and do is if you see the 100 yard marker at the end with the little red tip on it -- hit at that and just let the contour take it back down to the right," Painter said. "If you snap it, you're kind of dead."

Jeff hits dead center ... of a tree, not the fairway. Painter's drive leaves him about 155 from the flag.

"That [drive] was a little long," Painter said. "Here's an example of what I was talking about in the rough."

Jeff didn't have a fried egg lie, but ended up with a touchy chip off the bank and down to the flag.

Jeff marked down another double bogey and Painter a rare bogey. If you want to play the Southern Pines Golf Club, either join the Elks Club or find a member and say "Hey, I'd like to be your guest." This course is worth begging for. Reporter:Jeff Gravley

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