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The North Carolina Golf Panel was founded in 1995 by noted Charlotte public relations executive Bill Hensley, a longtime golf writer and promoter of the game. The Golf Panel began as a free-standing, self-supporting interest group under the aegis of North Carolina Magazine, a publication of the then-North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, the state chamber of commerce. Today, the North Carolina Golf Panel operates as a freestanding entity.

Since its inception, the North Carolina Golf Panel has emerged as the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that boasts some of the nation's best courses. Our approximate 135-member group has a unique composition: There are members of the golf media, including writers from some of the top daily newspapers in the state, an array of club pros and general managers at many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players and college golf coaches, and others who take an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina. Lastly, the panel has a large number of business executives who share a common thread with each of the above - a passion and appreciation for golf in our great state.

Each year the members of the North Carolina Golf Panel vote to determine up-to-date rankings of North Carolina's top 100 courses. We also arrive at top 15 regional rankings from each of the following seven regions: Western, Charlotte Metro, Piedmont Triad, Triangle, Sandhills, Eastern and Coastal. We also vote on a few select specialty categories each year. The North Carolina Golf Panel's rankings are published annually in the April issue of Business North Carolina magazine, plus are detailed on this Web site.

The North Carolina Golf Panel is based in Greensboro. Kevin Brafford serves as the executive director and can be reached at Bill Hensley, our founder and chairman, can be contacted at

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