Raleigh is the easternmost city in North Carolina’s famous Research Triangle. The three points that form the triangle are the cities of Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh; home to Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University, respectively. Raleigh is the birthplace of Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States who succeeded President Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. Wake Forest University, about 100 miles west of Raleigh, is considered a top-10 golf school in the USA. Needless to say, the golf scene around Raleigh is first-rate. THE PGA Tour does not make any direct stops in Raleigh. But the state of North Carolina has hosted two events since 2003. The Wyndham Championship has been held at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro since 2007. Sedgefield also hosted the event for most of the time period between 1938 and 1976. The Wells Fargo Championship, formerly known as the Wachovia and Quail Hollow Championship, has been hosted by the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte since 2003. There are plenty of options for public golf courses in and near Raleigh. Pinehurst Resort is known by many as the “Home of American Golf.” It was established in 1895 and has since become a vacation hot-spot for avid golfers. The resort is home to nine courses. Pinehurst No. 2, designed by the legendary Donald Ross, has hosted several PGA majors over the years. It hosted both the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens in back-to-back week in 2014. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course at N.C. State University is one of the most highly-regarded public courses in Raleigh. River Ridge Golf Club in Raleigh is considered a private resort with a semi-private course. Its rolling hills, water hazards, and challenging holes make it an absolute steal for the price.
The North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation (NCJGF) is known for its high-quality, competitive tournaments and affordability. All junior high and high school kids under age 18 are eligible for tournaments as long as they are members of the organization. Memberships are free. The Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) is a nonprofit governed by the Carolina Golf Association. It conducts educational seminars, provides USGA handicaps, and host numerous tournaments and competitions throughout the year.
Webb Simpson was born in Raleigh and played golf collegiately at Wake Forest after earning the Arnold Palmer scholarship. He is best known for winning the 2012 U.S. Open. He has also won three other PGA Tour events. He started the Webb Simpson Challenge (WSC), an annual junior golf tournament for high school boys, in 2012. Simpson is a devout Christian and says the WSC challenges young golfers’ skills and faith.
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