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“Love it or Hate it”

Tobacco Road Golf Club
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Sanford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This course threads through a former sand quarry and has the feel of a maze.
Reviewed December 21, 2012

This is one of my favorite golf courses. The late great Mike Strantz designed this treacherous track around some very interesting natural terrain. Some people love it as I do and some hate it. There seems to be no middle ground about this course. It has great variety with severe elevation changes, blind shots and some forced carries that are part of why some hate it. In my opinion it is very difficult but playable and ultimately fair. Bring your A game or it will eat you alive. Also bring a generous supply of ammunition as it is possible to lose stray shots on many holes. The pulled pork sandwich for lunch is very tasty..

1  Thank rick m
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Although it's highly rated, I hate the course. Unfair for women unless you hit the ball a long way. Blind shots. Forced carries. More of a tourist attraction located outside of Sanford.

Thank Phyllis C
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Played Tobacco Road for the first time during a "guy's weekend" to Pinehurst. You don't know what to expect until you set foot on the first tee. Some golfers will love the experience, other's won't because they will run out of pellets by hole 9. For lower handicap golfers, course takes precise shots to certain areas and carries (shot maker golf course). For those with handi's in the 20s....two words...GOOD LUCK!

Course has a couple of great risk/reward holes. Seems as if the course architect found a rock quarry out in the middle of south Sanford and placed sod in certain areas to give it flow. Listen to the marshals, they know what they are talking about. Course allows for low scores, but don't be surprised to put up a 7 or 8 even as a scratch golfer.

Plan to make this our yearly finishing round each year. Awesome.

Little expensive, but worth it. They also have a full pro shop, range and kitchen (breakfast, lunch)

Thank hockystiks29
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I've been playing golf for 48 years and have had a single digit handicap for 37 of those. This golf course is a Mike Strantz design and is usually described as the 5th toughest public course in the U.S. If you are looking for a good score, then don't play this course. I've played it 5 times and played to my handicap only once. This is target golf personified. But after you are able to identify the target, you still have to execute the shot almost perfectly. Be sure that you have one of the course booklets, the pin placement sheet for the day, and if possible, play with someone who has already played the course. And please, hit a bag of balls to warm up. Play it one hole at a time, one shot at a time, being able to forget the last shot and concentrate only on the next one. When you have a bad hole, forget it quickly and play the next hole. If you are a single digit handicapper, adding 5-6 strokes to your round would be pretty good. An eighties shooter won't break 90, and someone who usually shoots in the 90s will be lucky to break 110. A priority is choosing the correct tees for your length off the tee with a driver. I told the pro that I hit my driver 200 yds. and he told me to play the "plow' tees. That was good advice. After the round, two in our foursome swear that they will never play the course again; while myself and one other look forward to the challenge of playing Tobacco Road again real soon. If you can keep the ball in play, you will enjoy the round. Being able to work the ball is a real advantage. This is one of those courses where some bogies are good bogies, and even some double bogies are good double bogies. I shot 81 this trip with one double bogey and no three putts and I carry an 8.5 handicap. Very good round. I can promise you this - you won't forget playing Tobacco Road.........ever!

Thank Ed S
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Not sure what made a previous reviewer walk off the course. Quite simply one of the best courses I have ever and possibly will ever play. If you want to play, see how far I can hit it golf, go somewhere else. If you want to be tested in shot making and game management in quite wonderful surroundings...... Visit the road !!!

You will not be disappointed.

Thank BerkshireJenny
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