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Carolina Trace
Sanford, North Carolina

 Carolina Trace, NC
In the heart of the golf-rich Sandhills, Carolina Trace blends
world-class amenities with a true sense of community.


Carolina Trace is a nationally recognized, award-winning, master-planned gated country club community with 24-hour security on 2,500 acres of hardwoods, piney forest and rolling hills with ponds, creeks, and a 315-acre lake immersed throughout 19 distinctive neighborhoods in the heart of the Sandhills of North Carolina.

The Creek Course's 18th, a par-5, is surrounded by water on three sides.

Two Championship Golf Courses within the gates...and More
Carolina Trace is distinguished by its 36 holes of golf designed by legendary architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr.. Additional amenities include a full-service Clubhouse, Pro Shop, Tennis, Fine Dining, Walking Trails, Swimming, and more than 70 social activities ranging from “A” (aerobics) to “Y” (yoga).

Friendly People and a True Sense of Community
In addition to world-class amenities, the community is ideally located for people who value an active arts scene, volunteerism and enjoy varied cultural experiences. Among the many events and opportunities residents take advantage of within minutes of Carolina Trace are Sanford’s professional theatre, year-round festivals, world-class symphony, professional, collegiate sporting events and flying lessons at Sanford’s first-class regional airport that accommodates private jets.

Carolina Trace, NC
Legendary designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed two courses here.

A Private, Member-Owned Country Club
Member-owned, Carolina Trace Country Club is a vibrant center of physical, intellectual and social life. One evening may include members taking Tango lessons in preparation for a trip to Argentina while others are listening to a member relate how she filmed a documentary while others are in the bar enjoying a drink and cheering for their favorite team.


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Dining, both fine and casual, is central to the community and the community's Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and his staff create gourmet, black-tie, French-service dinners as well as down-home, blue-jean, self-service barbeques. When potential new members dine in the Club, they comment on how friendly and welcoming members are to them and how comfortable they make them feel.

No matter your hobbies and interests, the camaraderie of members is evident by the heavily attended activities. For example, members enjoy drawing, painting, wood-carving, gourmet cooking and foreign-language classes, aerobics, pilates, yoga, choruses, musical theatre groups, gardening groups for men and women, dancing, karaoke, chartered bus trips to local museums and attractions, fishing clubs, and numerous golf groups and tournaments for men and women.

Real Estate
Homes at Carolina Trace offer a variety of views from golf course, lake, or pond to interior locations nestled among trees. Prices range from $175,000 to $1 million+. Homesites are available, ranging from $15,000 to $300,000 with no build time, which allows you to build on your timetable.

Carolina Trace, NC
Homes begin at $175,000.

Because Carolina Trace is an established community with nearly 30 years of rich history and 19 different neighborhoods, its homes reflect a wide range of architecture, floor plans, settings, and price ranges.

Carolina Trace, NC
Enjoy a wide range of styles and neighborhoods.

Photographs © Greg Lamb, Lamb Designs, Carolina Trace Gated Properties, LLC, Carolina Trace Country Club, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Nearest Airports

  • Raleigh-Durham International, about 60 minutes away
  • Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport, about 20 minutes away

For a Location Map, Click Here         For Driving Directions, Click Here 

About the Area, Click Here

Awards & Honors, Carolina Trace, NC

  • Ranked in the “Best of North Carolina Communities” by Carolina Living
  • Rated one of the “Best 35 Southern Communities” by Living Southern Style
  • Voted to the “Top 20 Active Adult Communities” by New Choices/Readers Digest
  • Named five times to the “Top 100 Master-Planned Communities in America” by Where to Retire magazine

Carolina Trace, NC
Enjoy nature and explore the 315-acre lake.

Amenities: Carolina Trace Country Club, NC

  • Gated Community, full-service private country club
  • 315-Acre Lake
  • Two Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Golf Courses
    • Full-Length Driving Range
    • Short-Game Practice Facility
    • Members Own Cart, Rent Cart or Walk Courses
  • Walking Trails
  • World-Class Har-Tru™ Tennis Courts
  • Swimming Pools
  • Fishing, Kayaking, Sailing & Boating
  • Clubhouse (open 6 days/week)
  • Full-Service Pro Shop (open 364 days)
  • Fine Dining, Casual Dining
  • Myriad of Activities/Clubs
  • Premier location in central North Carolina


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Real Estate: Carolina Trace, NC

  • Views of golf course, lake, pond or woodlands
  • Home prices from $175,000 to $1 million-plus
  • Homesites from $15,000 to $300,000
  • No must-build time period
  • New golf-view, luxury townhome neighborhood to open in 2009 on the signature hole of the Lake Course
    • Prices will range from the low-$400,000s


Visit the Carolina Trace website: www.carolinatrace.com

For More Information, Call Toll Free: 1-800-227-2699.

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Location Map, Carolina Trace, NC

Carolina Trace, NC


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About the Area
Carolina Trace is located about 45 minutes southwest of Raleigh/Durham and less than 30 minutes from Pinehurst, one of the world’s golf capitals. World-class medical facilities and universities, cultural events and spectator sports are just minutes away.

The great ocean beaches of the Atlantic Coast are only two hours’ drive from Carolina Trace. The panoramas and attractions of the Blue Ridge Mountains can also be reached in a couple of hours.

Antique and boutique shopping are just 15 minutes from the front gate in downtown Sanford, Sanford’s professional theatre, Temple Theatre, is a 10-minute drive, while the Cape Fear Theatre and the North Carolina Theatre are each within an easy hour’s drive, as is the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Two great American campuses, Duke University and the University of North Carolina, are located 90 minutes and 65 minutes, respectively, from Carolina Trace, offering culture, sporting events and research opportunities.

Carolina Trace enjoys small town ease of living and “Big City” regional access.

  • Convenience to Pinehurst, “golf capital of the world” 30 min.
  • Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport 20 min.
  • Raleigh International Airport 60 min.
  • Sanford’s Central Carolina Hospital 15 min.
  • Moore Regional Hospital 40 min.
  • Duke Memorial Hospital 90 min.
  • Duke VA Medical Center 90 min.
  • Fayetteville VA Medical Center 30 min.
  • Fort Bragg Military Hospital 35 min.
  • Fort Bragg 35 min.
  • Sanford’s Professional Temple Theatre 10 min.
  • Cape Fear Theatre 45 min.
  • North Carolina Theatre, Broadway 45 min.
  • North Carolina Symphony 45 min.
  • World-Class Opera Company of North Carolina 45 min.
  • North Carolina Museum of Art 45 min.
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 45 min.
  • North Carolina Museum of History 45 min.
  • Antique and Boutique Shopping 15 min.
  • Downtown Sanford 15 min.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s 60 min.
  • Central Carolina Community College 15 min.
  • Duke University 90 min.
  • University of North Carolina 65 min.
  • NC State University 60 min.
  • Atlantic Coast 2 hours
  • Blue Ridge Mountains 2 hours


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Driving Directions

From Raleigh:

  • Take US 1 South to  Exit 69A, 421/87 S.
  • Turn right off the exit at the light onto Horner Boulevard
  • Follow 421/87 South (Horner Blvd.) approximately five miles
  • Stay to the right as 421 and 87 split
  • Follow 87 South toward Fayetteville
  • About three miles on 87 South is Carolina Trace on the left.

From Pinehurst/Southern Pines:

  • Take US 1 North to 24/27 East
  • Continue on 27 East when 24/27 split
  • From 27 East take 87 North. to Sanford
  • Look for Carolina Trace entrance on the right 


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