We’re always up for a cigar so Tobacco Road seemed just the answer. To our surprise there was little tobacco to be found, but plenty of stick and ball to be played. If your game isn’t up to snuff (see what we did there?), and you think you might need a lesson, we suggest checking out these lessons from Paige Spiranac because Tobacco Road isn’t your regular run-of-the-mill golf course. Oh no. The late great architect Mike Strantz would never allow for that. Instead he takes you on a ride you’d need to be deep into a pack of cigars for. And hopefully the good ones. Because Tobacco Road is one of the good ones.


  • Type: Public
  • Season: Year Round
  • Architect: Mike Strantz
  • Location: Sanford, North Carolina
  • Year opened: 1998
  • Holes: 18 | Par 71 | Length: 6532 yards | Slope: 144 | Rating: 71.7
  • Website: Here


Mixing a bit of golden age architecture with bold modern attributes, this place is a stunner. You’ll hate it the first time around if you’re the type of golfer who needs to see everything right in front of you. But then, if that describes you well, you probably don’t deserve to play a course like this.

Tobacco Road is built on a former mining and sand excavation site so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s lots of sand. Take note, however, that all sand is played as a waste bunker and that you can drive your golf carts right through them.

Play Tobacco Road at least twice to really learn its not-so-nuanced hidden features. You’ll quickly realize most of the shots that look so intimidating are actually a lot more forgiving than your average golf course. Plus, playing the golf course twice offers you the opportunity to buy some more brews with our “Top 5 Buddies Golf Trips With Cheapest Beer” finding North Carolina to have some of the lowest liquid bread prices in the U.S.


Round up the brews and give us some more balls — both literally and metaphorically — cuz we’re juicing up for another round. We’ve never had so much fun playing a golf course and losing so many pinnacles! Eye-candy’s everywhere and so is the drama of rushing up to see how your balls end up. If there’s another course on the planet like this we don’t know it. There are shots, views and holes at Tobacco Road that no other architect could have ever dreamed about building let alone have brought to life.

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  • D. Yakimec

    Tobacco Road is a course that’s been on my radar for the past 4-5 years. A brilliant looking playground I plan to strike off my list, hopefully sooner rather than later.

    • Canadian Golf Magazine
      Canadian Golf Magazine

      D. Yakimec, it’s definitely worthy of your time and worth the trip. Of course, there are some other courses down that way worth playing, too!

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