Pine Needles has been an innovator in golf instruction since the late 1950s. No matter your skill level or time constraints, Pine Needles has a learning program designed to enhance your ability and improve your game.
A Golfari – “Safari of Golf” – is a unique combination that represents the perfect balance between learning golf, playing golf and the relaxation that you’ll find here at Pine Needles. Each day is a mix of instruction, both on the lesson tee and on the golf course, and relaxing in the company of friends. We offer three types of Golfari throughout the year; Ladies Golfari, Adult Golfari and Youth Golfari.
For over 50 years, couples continue to return to Pine Needles and Mid Pines in the “Quest for the Bell” as part of our fall Couples Jamboree, five days of golf, incredible dining, tournaments, parties and entertainment. Great food, good friends and exceptional southern hospitality make the Couples Jamboree a great experience! Enjoy lodging, meals, golf at two championship golf courses, cocktail parties, evening entertainment and so much more.
Surrounded by beautiful dogwoods and azaleas while playing our award-winning Donald Ross course – golf doesn’t get any better! The Couples Carousel is the perfect time to rekindle old friendships, make new friends and enjoy great golf. Two-person teams compete against each other in a series of three different formats over three rounds of golf, while also enjoying nightly entertainment. The Couples Carousel is the perfect time to rekindle old friendships, make new friends, and enjoy golf.
The Pine Needles Golf Academy is designed to improve golf skills and educate golfers on the fundamentals of the game. Our PGA and LPGA Instructors teach you all aspects of golf: putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, course management, fitness and stretching. The learning facility at Pine Needles overlooks our extensive practice areas and serves as a private location for your instruction. For more information, visit our Golf Academy page.
Private lessons are scheduled in half-hour increments. Frequency and scheduling is arranged at your convenience, without restriction. For more information on our private instruction programs, call 910-692-7111 or request more information here.
Meet the Instructors
Our golf instructors represent many years of experience teaching the game to novices, as well as accomplished amateurs and professionals.
Peggy Kirk Bell
Owner of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. Mrs. Bell is the winner of several tournament championships including: Two-Ball, Palm Beach Amateur, Titleholders, Eastern Amateur. She was a member of the 1950 USGA Curtis Cup Team and 1951 LPGA Weathervane Team.
Other honors include: LPGA Teacher of the Year, LPGA Master Teacher, Golf Digest’s one of the six Best Women Teachers in the World, member North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, one of five Most Influential Women in Golf, member Carolinas’ Golf Hall of Fame, National Golf Foundation’s Joe Graffis Award, winner of the first LPGA Senior Championship.
Mrs. Bell has also received the 1990 LPGA’s Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the 1990 Bobby Jones Award. In 1994, she was presented with the William D. Richardson Memorial Trophy at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Mrs. Bell is the author of a “Woman’s Way to Better Golf” and “The Gift Of Golf, My Life With A Wonderful Game.” She is an instructor in the ESPN video – “How to Play Your Best Golf” and has been named one of Golf for Women Magazine’s Top 50 Teachers. She has also been named by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America and in 2004 she was the first woman inducted into Golf Magazine’s World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.
Pine Needles’ Director of Instruction. Pat joined the PGA tour in 1978 and was Rookie of the Year. He won the 1984 TPS Sacramento Open. Other top finishes include: Second in the Canadian Open, second in the Quad Cities Open, fourth in the PGA Championship. Pat attended Brigham Young University and is an active supporter of junior golf. Pat qualified to play on the Champion’s Tour beginning in the 2005 season.
Bonnie Bell McGowan
One of Peggy Kirk Bell’s two daughters, Bonnie is a former outstanding amateur golfer who played on the University of North Carolina Women’s Golf Team. She is married to Pat McGowan, Pine Needles’ PGA Touring Professional and Director of Instruction. Bonnie is the mother of Michael and Scottie.
She has been an Instructor for over 20 years in Pine Needles’ Golfaris. Bonnie is also Owner of BBM Designs (golf jewelry, infant shoes and other golf related items) and Co-Owner of Player’s Design (golf and outerwear apparel).
A Virginia native, Donna is a five-time winner of the Virginia State Amateur Championship. She won the prestigious North and South Amateur title in 1984 and 1988, and was runner-up in 1989. She received All-American honors as a member of the University of North Carolina team in 1989.
As a professional, Donna has captured six events, including one major title: The Nabisco Dinah Shore in 1994. She placed third in the 1992 U.S. Women’s Open and tied for second a year later. She had four top ten finishes in 2002, and her best finish in 2003 was a tie for seventh in the Canadian Open. Donna has served on the LPGA Executive Committee since 2001 and was president of the association for two years.
Peggy Bell Miller
One of Peggy Kirk Bell’s two daughters. Former member of the University of Alabama Women’s Golf Team; married to Kelly Miller, Chief Operating Officer of Pine Needles and Mid Pines. Peggy is the mother of Blair, Melody, and Kelly Ann. She has been an instructor for over 20 years in Pine Needles’ Golfaris.
A graduate of Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Professional Golf Management. In 2001, Graham joined the staff at Mid Pines and worked as an Assistant Golf Professional for three years. Graham, now General Manager and Director of Golf at Pine Needles and Mid Pines, has been teaching with the Golfaris since 2002.
Tyler Yancey, Mid Pines Head Professional
Tyler is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Professional Golf Management. Tyler has worked at private clubs in New Mexico and Virginia before joining our staff in 2013.
Andy Kiker, Pine Needles Senior Assistant
Andy began his career in golf at Rocky River Golf Club working for the outside staff and progressing all the way up to an Assistant Golf Professional. After growing up playing in many junior tournaments, he now has placed in some of Carolina’s PGA Sectional events. Andy has been teaching for more than two years and is currently working through the PGA apprenticeship program.