Carbon Farming: Why Do We Need It, and How Does It Work?

Carbon Farming: Why Do We Need It, and How Does It Work?

May 11, 2022

Carbon Farming in the USOver the past 250 years or so, populations have exploded, and the world has developed into societies based on manufacturing rather than agriculture. As factories, buildings, roads and railroads have replaced so many of our natural spaces, and cars, trains and mechanized farming equipment have taken the place of other, non-mechanized modes of transport and equipment, the atmosphere around us has been greatly affected. Despite substantial improvements in our standard of living over the years due to industrialization, habitats in many areas have suffered and air, water and soil pollution have developed into some very complex issues that today are often centered around an over-abundance of greenhouse gases and a planet that is warmer than it should be.

Industrialization & the Growth of Steam Power

From the mid-1700s onward, people searching for better lives were moving from rural areas towards city centers, capitalism was growing, and the use of alternative forms of power – primarily, steam power – was fueling the rapid expansion of a wide range of industries including textiles and iron production. Factories that once used water, human and/or animal power were turning to new technologies that allowed them to burn coal to create steam. The use of the steam engine allowed factories to expand, and to ship their product by train or by steamship over greater distances, more quickly than before.

The layer of greenhouse gases surrounding our planet is a good thing in that it traps the sun’s heat and prevents temperatures from falling to levels that would be unable to sustain life, but as early as one hundred years ago, fears about what the burning of coal and other fossil fuels was doing to the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere were starting to surface. Even early scientists were aware that when coal – and later, petroleum – was burned and mixed with oxygen, the result was an increase in the insulating layer of greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide and ozone – which began increasing global temperatures. As the planet has warmed, ocean levels have risen as polar ice caps have melted; there have been greater fluctuations in temperatures, heavier rain and snowfall and more intense storms; forest fires have been more widespread and severe; and changes in many natural habitats have in turn affected various animal and plant species’ growth and survival.

Natural vs. Anthropogenic Climate Change

Natural influencers of climate change include predictable changes in the earth’s geology from natural cooling or heating cycles of the ocean, often due to fluctuations in the earth’s orbit around the sun, and to solar and volcanic activity, and to the regular movements of the glaciers at our North and South Poles. Anthropogenic, or human-produced, greenhouse gases, however, are primarily a product of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, which accounts for around 75% of the total amount of anthropogenic gases that are produced. Other anthropogenic changes are due to worldwide deforestation, the use of aerosols, and the increase in methane and nitrous oxide being released into the atmosphere, primarily from agriculture.

Agriculture’s Contributions to Increased Greenhouse Gases

A much as 15% of the CO2 in our atmosphere is a product of farming techniques that include the use of diesel- or gas-using machinery to till the soil – a process that allows for water runoff, degrades the soil and releases naturally stored CO2 into the air – and the use of organic (manure) and inorganic (nitrous-based) fertilizers. Methane, the gas produced from the digestion and waste of cattle and other grazing mammals such as sheep and goats and a by-product of the burning of agricultural waste, is another contributor, as is nitrous oxide, which also increases as fertilizer is used.  

What is Carbon Farming?

The idea of carbon farming is straightforward. Photosynthesis is a natural process that occurs when a plant combines CO2 from the air with water, sunshine and the mineral-rich soil around it to produce the carbohydrates it needs to grow. Carbon farming is a type of agriculture that focuses on removing CO2 from the atmosphere, returning it back into the earth through the use of various farming techniques, and improving the overall process of photosynthesis and plant growth.

  • Soil Techniques. By increasing the amount or organic material, or compost, in soil and limiting the tilling of it, the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere is greatly decreased. Increased organic material also helps plants be more resistant to drought, extreme heat, heavy rains, disease and insects, and, generally speaking, to be more fertile. Limiting the use of expensive fertilizers also makes good economic sense.
  • Cover crops. Cover crops – crops planted during the “off” planting season to cover the soil between growing cycles – help prevent erosion, manage pests and diseases, and provide nourishment in the form of roots and shoots to soil organisms such as earthworms and fungi: a process which, in turn, allows the soil to store more carbon.
  • Animal farming. By increasing animal productivity, feeding more easily digested food and using dietary supplements to grazing animals, and improving the overall health of herds by using genetics to improve reproduction, methane output is substantially reduced. In addition, storing manure in specific enclosed areas not only prevents methane gases from escaping into the atmosphere, but it can also be useful in providing an alternative source of power generation.

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Churchwell Downs Farm in Sanford

2700 +/- Square Foot Main House with Pool, Rental House or Second Home for Family, 2 Ponds, Horse Barn and more!

4134 & 4128 Smith Road in Sanford! Don’t miss this opportunity to own this fantastic family farm in Sanford! Previously used as a horse and cattle farm, the opportunities are endless and could be a prime boarding or cattle operation location. The expansive property sits on 64 +/- acres with semi-flat and rolling terrain. All pastures are fenced for animals! The picturesque views from the main home that overlooks open pastures and 2 large ponds are like no other!! Main house (needs updates) includes garage, large storage room- shop area, shed and more. Salt water pool.

Rental home is occupied with income, and there are 5 additional lots that convey with the property. The barn is functional and old pig parlor has tons of storage but needs to be loved and updated! $1,150,000

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Bonlee Carbonton Road

Just Listed 638 Acres Land for Sale in Chatham County

(UNDER CONTRACT) This 638 Acres Tract is located in Southern Chatham County in the Goldston area. This massive tract has a great road system and recreational trail systems throughout.  There is ample road frontage on both Bonlee Carbonton Road and Goldston Glendon Road with the main access on Bonlee Carbonton Road. Several ridges and creeks provide nice features and the land has prime hunting and recreational opportunities. $3,500,000

The tract was just thinned and there is still merchantable timber and lots of timber for future timber harvest.

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Lee County Large Ranch Sold

365 Acre Legacy Family Farm in Broadway

(JUST SOLD) LIVE THE DREAM ON THIS LARGE 365 +/- ACRE LEGACY FAMILY FARM! Enjoy Open Pastures, Vista’s, Multiple Ponds and Outstanding Views Throughout! Charming Farm House Renovated in 2013! Multiple Barns, Shop, Outbuildings, Greenhouse, and Storage. Multiple Wells and Septic Systems and Plenty of Sites for Additional Homes. Family Owned for Decades and Presently Operated as a Cattle Farm. Conservation Easement in Place on 58 +/- acres to Protect Drains and Creeks. Gorgeous from Every View!

2 Mobile Homes on Property, 1 conveys and other lived in by family member and would like life estate. List/Co-List MUST be present for showings, bank letter required for showings. $3,995,000

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Earth Day Photos 2022

April 22, 2022 will mark the 52nd anniversary of the very first Earth Day, a day each year that reminds us of the fragility of our environment and our responsibility to do what we can to protect it.   

The Origins of Earth Day

Earth Day Photos 2022For decades prior to 1970, when Earth Day was first observed, care of the environment was a relatively foreign concept, as factories polluted the air through the burning of fossil fuels, the dumping of chemicals and other contaminants – industrial waste – into lakes, rivers and streams, and the manufacturing of CO2-producing automobiles. A lack of environmental rules between the end of World War II and 1970, a period of heavy industrialization, meant that for decades, industry was literally able to function as it pleased without consideration of the environment.

In 1963, Rachel Carson’s best-selling book, Silent Spring, highlighted the effects of pesticides on humans, birds, animals and bees. Not only did the book shine a spotlight on DDT – a chemical that was widely being used to control insects for agricultural purposes – but it focused on the critical relationship between humans and the planet, and the responsibility mankind has in terms of ensuring Earth’s health and survival. The book and its author were initially attacked as being irrational and alarmist, especially by the chemical industry, but it also served to open the world’s eyes as to the many ways in which our actions and our neglect were harming the environment.

The Environmental Decade

Some of our most critically important environmental laws that protect both our natural environment (air, water, soil) and animal life were established in the 70s, during what some people refer to as “the environmental decade.” The majority of environmental laws that regulate our activities today, in fact, were actually passed during this timeframe. The EPA, too, was established in 1970 as an independent agency of the U.S. government, specifically designed to monitor the environment and develop regulations to protect it.

The purpose of the Clean Air Act of 1970 was – and still is – to allow the EPA to regulate emissions into the air from both stationary and mobile sources, such as automobiles. It also encourages states to comply with clean air standards by forcing them to develop their own individual plans for achieving better air quality.

The Clean Water Act of 1972 established restrictions on the pollutants that are sometimes released into our rivers, lakes and oceans. The Clean Water Act made it illegal for any entity to discharge pollution into a water source from a ditch, pipe or other manmade source without having a permit to do so.

Following the landmark Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940, the Endangered Species Act that was signed into law in 1973 went a step further in the protection of wildlife by calling out two different classes of animal and plant species: threatened – those that will likely to be in danger of extinction at some future point – and endangered, or those that are currently close to being extinct.  This law was created to ensure that federal agencies don’t allow activities that are likely to threaten the existence of any species by harming their habitats.

How We Can Help

Earth Day Photos 2Today, over 175 nations celebrate Earth Day. In the United States, volunteer opportunities in many of our communities and national parks call attention to the care of our environment, not only on Earth Day but throughout the year.

In Raleigh, for instance, Earth Day 2022 will be celebrated with food trucks, games, environmentally friendly activities and more at Dix Park’s Flowers Field, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new electric bus and an outdoor movie focused on nature and the environment.

Through Raleigh’s “Adopt a Stream” program, volunteers choose a specific section of a stream or river to clean up – removing trash, of course, but also contaminants and other sources of pollution like oil or bacteria – twice a year for a 3-year period. Over those two years, data is collected for use by the city’s Stormwater Management team.

In Mecklenburg County, too, the 3,000 volunteers of Charlotte’s “Adopt a Stream Program” remove an average of 30 tons of garbage annually along some 3,000 miles of streams: trash that ends up in waterways from littering or as a result of water run-off from storm drainage systems. Volunteers commit to cleaning up their assigned areas twice a year for two years.  

Along the shoreline, volunteers with the North Carolina Coastal Federation work in areas such as oyster habitat protection and oyster shell recycling, marsh restoration, and the planting of ‘rain gardens’ – areas of native vegetation whose job it is to absorb the run-off of rainwater from roofs, sidewalks and parking lots, and to filter out its pollutants before the water enters a storm drainage system.


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Duck Hunting Property for Sale in Castalia NC

Duck Hunting Property for Sale in Castalia

DUCKS! GEESE! 21 +/- Acre Duck & Deer Hunting property close to Bunn, Castalia, Louisburg, Spring Hope and Nashville!

Property has about 10 acres of open water & marsh habitat and 11 acres in high ground mixed timber with some merchantable pines. 1000′ of Paved Road Frontage on Edwards Road. Property is at the corner of Boulden Road and Edwards Road. No soils work has been done. Shoot ducks, deer and turkey on your own piece of heaven! $80,000 Seller is Licensed BROKER. See aerial for lot lines.

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James Royster Road Sold Farm 2022

Granville County Country Estate on 10 acres

(SOLD!) Gorgeous County Estate Home on 10 Acres with Pond! Ideal Farm Setting in Lovely Granville County with Many Updates! Large Front Porch Overlooks Scenic Pond! Remodeled Kitchen and Over Sized Rear Screen Porch, Great Room, Dining, 2 Offices, Pantry, Exercise, Laundry, 1/2 Bath and Master Bedroom on 1st Floor! Open Cat Walk Foyer Leads to the Second Floor Master w/ Bath and 2 Additional bedrooms and Bath. 2 Car Garage. Additional Detached Shop/Studio/Shed in Back and Plenty of Room to Play! $699,000
Call for new Survey. Red barn and tunnels are off of the property and on neighbors land and not part of the sale.

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From Plantations to Pinball: A Few of North Carolina’s Most Awesome Museums 

A Few of North Carolina’s Most Awesome MuseumsWhether your interest is in finding a weekend activity for the family, or learning more about your favorite sport or athlete, or delving into the fascinating history of the “Old North State,” there’s a museum, exhibit or attraction for you.  

Sports & Recreation 

Wilson’s North Carolina Baseball Museum holds memorabilia honoring several native North Carolina ball players, including Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Hoyt Wilhelm, and five more NC players who have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also featured are athletes who have played at Fleming Stadium (Rod Carew, Ted Williams and others), and other renowned North Carolina athletes like Josh Hamilton and Trot Nixon. 

Enjoy unlimited time playing all the “classic” video games and pinball machines – some from as far back as the 1930s – at the highly rated Asheville Pinball Museum. Make a reservation ahead of time to ensure you won’t need to wait to get in.  

Chapel Hill’s Carolina Basketball Museum re-opened in June of 2021 following a pandemic-related closure. Located in the Dean E. Smith Center and completely refurbished in 2017, the museum holds artifacts such as the shoes Roy Williams wore in the final win of his career and the winning ball Luke Maye used in the UNC/Kentucky match-up in 2017 – the season UNC won their sixth NCAA title.  

Explore a private collection – one of the largest in the country – of antique Harley-Davidsons, browse a fun gift shop or enjoy a delicious brunch at the Heritage Diner at Asheboro’s American Classic Motorcycle Museum.   

Charlotte’s NASCAR Hall of Fame is full of all the hands-on, interactive experiences one might expect at such a fun museum. Dedicated to the history of stock car auto racing, the Hall of Fame features simulators, viewing parties, team building activities, and educational and camp opportunities. Each year three racing athletes are celebrated as new inductees. 

Kids’ Museums 

Every day at Chapel Hill’s Kidzu Children’s Museum features its own program of activities designed for children through the age of 12. Kids are encouraged to learn through a process of “purposeful play” in an environment of creativity, collaboration and community. Some of the many outstanding exhibits here include an Outdoor Learning Garden, Farm to Fork play area, The Makery craft center, and mini performance space called the Forest Theater.  

Over 20 exhibits at the Greensboro Children’s Museum – Main Street/Our Town, Imagination Station, the Edible Schoolyard and more – encourage kids to learn through play in a fun and hands-on environment. Activities include science labs, art studio classes and storytelling.  

Fayetteville’s Fascinate-U Children’s Museum allows children to role-play throughout a mini city, where they learn all about various jobs from delivering the mail to milking a cow. The museum also offers art classes, summer camp and field trips as well as occasional special events such as carnivals and family holiday breakfasts.   

Charlotte’s Discovery Place Kids (Huntersville and Rockingham) features interactive, high-energy exhibits focused on the discovery of the natural world. Educational programs and special events allow children to further develop their interest in the sciences.  


Explore the life and legacy of North Carolina native Ava Gardner at Smithfield’s Ava Gardner Museum through exhibits, video and other digital displays. The annual Ava Gardner Festival  (scheduled for October 7-9 in 2022) features tours, presentations, videos and updated exhibits, all honoring Johnston County’s most famous citizen.    

Mount Airy’s Andy Griffith Museum displays artifacts and memorabilia from the life and career of one of the country’s most beloved comedians, Andy Griffith. The 2,500 sq. ft. building, just a half-mile from the actor/singer’s childhood home, is located next to the Andy Griffith Playhouse, the site of the elementary school Griffith attended in the 1930s.  

Crafts & Culture 

The Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum, situated in Franklin’s Old Jail, is one of the largest gem and mineral collections in the South. Visitors to the museum learn about the study of rock and minerals, the collection of gems and the art of jewelry making.  

Enjoy memorabilia and exhibits on North Carolina’s rich musical culture at Kannapolis’ North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Information on Hall Fame inductees from across the state – Tori Amos, Charlie Daniels, Earl Scruggs and John Coltrane, just to name a few – is presented via interactive displays and recordings of each inductee’s musical concerts. 

The town of Cherokee’s Oconaluftee Indian village offers visitors a “living history” experience of what an 18th-century Cherokee community was like in the mountains of North Carolina. Guests wander through dwellings, ritual sites and work areas where villagers participate in everyday life activities such as weaving, creating pottery and hulling canoes. Re-enactments and Cherokee dance performances are also presented.  

The impressive Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC focuses on the history of Scottish immigrants and dress traditions – specifically, the kilt – of the area’s large population of Scottish-Americans. Visitors are able to search for their family tartan here and view the kilts – some as old as 400 years – for specific clans, districts and organizations.  

Historic Homes & Battlefields 

Enjoy a guided tour or special event such as a paranormal investigation or exhibits highlighting Black History Month at Charlotte’s Historic Rosedale Plantation. The 200-year-old home features beautiful gardens, a reconstructed blacksmith shop, and the fascinating Big Tree Museum.   

Built in 1855 by physician and landowner Dr. Buckner Lanier Hill, the picturesque Buckner Hill Plantation features Italianate style and a “cruciform” (cross-shaped) design that make it one of the most unique antebellum plantations in North Carolina. Recently restored, the property includes a kitchen, smokehouse, storehouse, and expansive porches on each level.  

Learn all about the Battle of Averasboro , an important component of the Civil War’s Carolinas Campaign at Harnett County’s Averasboro Battlefield & Museum. Explore a Civil War cemetery or stop in at the visitors’ center and museum to view artifacts and displays commemorating the day in March of 1865 on which Confederate soldiers engaged in a military action to delay General Sherman’s progress on his march northward. 


100 years earlier at the Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carolina Patriots met Loyalist soldiers approaching across Wilmington’s Moores Creek Bridge with musket-fire and cannons in their first true victory of the American Revolution. Enjoy several annual events here including living history demonstrations or just tour the battlefield and learn all about the epic battle from local historians.   


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Regenerative Farming: Beyond Sustainable Agriculture

Regenerative Farming: Beyond Sustainable AgricultureIf you think about it, what could be more important in life, in terms of the food that we put into our bodies, than the environment in which we grow these fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.? As we experience a greater and greater focus on the foods we eat, improving the quality of our atmosphere (water, air and soil) and increasing the productivity of our agricultural lands, the concept of regenerative agriculture – maximizing farming output by increasing the amount of organic matter in soil by following certain restorative practices – is becoming an increasingly important topic of conversation.

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

Although indigenous peoples have used sustainable farming techniques worldwide for eons – Native Americans, for instance, have used both “polyculture” and “intercropping” systems of growing corn, beans, and squash in the same area for thousands of years – the idea of regenerative agriculture, or farming, has to do with fixing, or altering, the methods of agriculture that we’ve been using in order to restore biodiversity. This concept is a bit different than that of sustainable agriculture in that the goal is actually to regenerate, or improve upon, the growing abilities of soil by A) increasing the amount of organic matter in soil, B) increasing the ability of soil to store carbon, and C) decreasing the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere through traditional farming techniques. The term regenerative agriculture was first mentioned in a scientific publication around 40 years ago.

The goal of regenerative farming is to create an ecosystem that is healthier and more biodiverse by improving upon the health, productivity and fertility of soil, decreasing the level of greenhouse gases such as CO2, and creating cleaner and safer watering systems and water retention in crops. The aim of regenerative agriculture, rather than simply a greater crop yield, is to accomplish better fertility of soil, etc. through working holistically with the natural connection between plants, soil, animals and humans as a whole.

It’s All About the Soil

The mix of organic materials, minerals, air and water that we call soil is the most important component of any system of farming. The elements of a patch of soil – untouched by farming techniques, fertilizer, etc., that is – are the result of changes in climate and topography over the centuries, and in the organic materials that have been incorporated into that soil over time.

Natural fertilizers – manure in particular, but also fish, ash, green organic material and river sludge which contain various levels of nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous – have been used by farmers throughout history. It’s only been over the past century or so, however, that pesticides and non-organic fertilizers designed to supplement the chemical components of soil have been used.

Unfortunately, soil mismanagement – the degrading of soil through erosion, chemical mistreatment (fertilization), nutrient depletion, acidification and salinization, all due to human activity – has led in many areas to greater releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which in turn has contributed, at least in part, to climate change and a negative impact on the food production.

A Few Core Principles of Regenerative Agriculture

  • The concept of minimizing tillage – the process of turning over the soil prior to planting – is important when it comes to preventing soil erosion and diminishing the amount of carbon that is released into the atmosphere as gas. Disrupting the rich layer of topsoil decreases its fertility and negatively affects the soil’s ability to absorb water.
  • Plant diversity has to do with crop rotation and/or planting multiple crops in the same area – either next to each other or within the same space, in a process known as intercropping. The diversity of plants creates an abundance of micro-organisms in the soil that increases the amount of nutrients the plants need and decreases the need for artificial fertilizers. The use of “cover” crops such as legumes, grains, etc. has more than one purpose; cover crops help to attract pollinators, cut down on weeds and pests, decrease erosion, and provide material for foraging, or grazing.
  • The grazing of livestock – closely monitored, of course – serves to manage weeds and to naturally fertilize the soil. The addition of animal manure benefits the soil by increasing its organic matter, increasing biodiversity and naturally decreasing the likelihood of disease in the soil. Also, because the amount of time that livestock is allowed to graze a piece of land is limited, the roots of the plants that the animals eat are able to regenerate quickly, which means that any new plants are able to capture carbon dioxide naturally – and create oxygen – through the process of photosynthesis.
  • Composting, a process that may use not only animal waste but may also use food waste and crop residue, also helps to add organic matter back into the soil. Composting improves soil structure (how the various particles of matter in soil are arranged next to each other, with certain cracks or pores in between) by helping to maintain these spaces and allowing water and air to circulate.


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Golf in North Carolina

Golf in North CarolinaGolf in North Carolina and the Triangle

When we think of golf in North Carolina, what comes to mind for most of us are the beautiful courses and stunning natural setting of Pinehurst. But even outside this iconic golf destination, our state has some of the most highly rated courses in the country, from the mountains to the Atlantic.


In the first place on most lists of “best of the best” golf courses in our state is, of course, historic Pinehurst, with nine stunning 18-hole courses, one 9-hole course and the family-friendly, fun-for-anyone 18-hole Thistle Dhu putting greens. From the first course constructed at the legendary resort town, No. 1 in 1989, to the most recently designed 9-hole “Cradle” course completed in 2017, each offers its own unique features – rolling hills, towering pines, sand traps and greens following the natural undulations of the land – designed by golf legends Don Ross, Tom Fazio, Gil Hanse and Jack Nicklaus.

The charming village of Pinehurst itself, a playground of unique shopping, recreation, a variety of four-star to casual dining establishments and outstanding accommodations – including the iconic Carolina Hotel and historic Holly Inn – was originally established as a center of recuperation and good health in the late 1800s. The legendary U.S. Open has taken place three times at Pinehurst over the past 25 years; the town and is all set to host the tournament for a fourth time in 2024.

Cashiers & Highlands

Beautiful Cashiers, situated in the southwest regions of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is home to an astounding 60 miles of fairways and several outstanding courses including the Wade Hampton Golf Club and Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club.

Tom Fazio’s 4,000-foot high Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, considered by some to be the most magnificent golf course designed in modern times, features some of North Carolina’s finest scenery and topography. The par 70 private golf course – open for play to a select 350 members – and Lake Club, at the edge of Lake Glenville, offer an outstanding golf experience and family-friendly activities to select members of this community situated between Cashiers and Highlands.

Cashiers’ award-winning, members-only Wade Hampton Golf Club has been a top golf course since it debuted in the mid-1980s. The course’s magnificent mountain setting and natural layout along a breathtaking natural valley makes it one of the most beautiful clubs in the U.S. with firm and fast greens, scenic streams, and impressive rock features.

Banner Elk

The Diamond Creek Golf Club’s magnificent Blue Ridge mountain views – Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, the Four Diamond Ridge – and unique features such as a 100-foot waterfall make it one of the most stunning nationwide golf courses. Tom Fazio, as is his custom, has designed the course with hidden cart paths and an outstanding clubhouse at Diamond Creek, where tournaments such as the Ryder Cup and PGA Tour regularly take place.

At an altitude varying between 3,450 and 4,650 feet, depending on the hole, Banner Elk’s Elk River Club, Jack Nicklaus’ first North Carolina Signature Course, spreads out over 1,200 acres of magnificent mountainside and features views of Grandfather, Sugar and Beech Mountains  as well as mature fairways and greens. One of the most beautiful courses in the state, Elk River’s unique layout – the first nine holes on a flatter piece of land, while the back nine are situated among the splendid streams and foliage of the Blue Ridge Mountains – offers a challenging variety of play.


Charlotte’s private, 500-acre Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club, with a wide variety of membership options designed to suit any budget, is a rolling, magnificently designed course with a Par of 72 and features such as meandering creeks, natural wetlands and, toward the end of the course, a series of holes with remarkable changes in elevation. The variety of terrain, an abundance of wildlife and the beauty of the natural surroundings make Verdict Ridge Charlotte’s No. 1 course for many golfers.

Quail Hollow Golf Club, designed half a century ago, has been modified over the past 2-3 decades by golf greats Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio. One of the most unique features of this outstanding club is an area called Champions Park, honoring golfers who have won tournaments at the golf course with gold plaques and a large outdoor fireplace at its center. In 2022, Quail Hollow will host the Presidents Cup, a unique tournament featuring a U.S. Team and an International Team composed of players from the rest of the world excluding Europe.  

Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Ranked by many as the best course in Wake County, the Raleigh Country Club is a Donald Ross-designed masterpiece of a layout with a variety of holes as well as a 15-acre practice facility and multiple chipping greens, putting green and driving range. Redesigned by architect Kyle Franz in 2020, the course has been updated with new tee boxes, a new irrigation system, and re-routed golf paths and the removal of certain trees to allow for a more natural setting and improved air movement

Durham’s beautiful, private Old Chatham Golf Club, designed 20 years ago by legendary Rees Jones, sits on 400 acres of scenic Piedmont woodland, with a Clubhouse and guest cottage created in classic Carolina style. An extensive (15-acre) practice facility offers two (front and back) tee areas, a practice fairway bunker and pitching and chipping area.

Jack Nicklaus’ private, 27-hole Governor’s Club Signature golf course not only offers an outstanding golf experience but a luxury residential community in some of the loveliest acreage of the Piedmont region. Three 9-hole courses, each with its own unique personality – Lakes, Foothills and Mountain – offer something for everyone from the most casual player to professionals and other participants in some major annual golf events.


Wilmington’s outstanding Eagle Point Golf Club combines all the elements of iconic coastal living – amazing saltwater views, sabal palms, and an elegant clubhouse that blends seamlessly into the natural setting – on a course designed to highlight the area’s pristine surroundings. Opened in 2000, the challenging Tom Fazio-designed course has received outstanding reviews every year, receiving its first mention on the Golf Digest’s list of the “Top 100” in 2005.  

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