North Carolina, USA
Arguably the greatest multi-course facility in the world, Pinehurst boasts nine fantastic golf courses from such well-regarded designers as Gil Hanse, Donald Ross, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jack Nicklaus. The historic #2 course is the focus of much praise, with its wide tree-lined fairways rewarding golfers who play the course as intended, with a much easier time found by those who prioritise angles over sheer length. Like #2, courses #1 & #3 were also designed by Donald Ross and have been thrust back into the spotlight over recent years, with restoration work undertaken to celebrate their original brilliance.
In addition to the full courses, Pinehurst is also home to a 9-hole short course called The Cradle. Designed by famed architect Gil Hanse, this fun track allows you to work on the more touch-based elements of the game and it is the perfect addition to any day for those looking to squeeze in an additional few holes or settle a bet. There’s also an 18-hole putting course “Thistle Dhu” the likes of which you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world.
Away from the courses, you’ll find world-class Spa facilities, as well as fitness centres, tennis courts and even a local brewery. With a great golfing climate throughout the year, make sure that you make the journey to this incredible destination.
Golf courses at Pinehurst Golf
No. 4 Course
Pinehurst No. 4 is another great golf course amongst the North Carolina golf scene offering an experience like no other. The course is 7,117-yards and plays through many wide-open spaces, and one of the focal points is the large pond that holes 13 and 14 play around. Waste bunkers and Fazio shaping make No. 4 stand out from the four other designs at the main clubhouse facility and is a firm second favourite to No. 2.
No. 3 Course
This short par-68 features Tiny elevated green averaging just 4,500 square feet each, which demand precision, and delicate approaches that will surely come in handy as you gear up for No. 2. On this course, there is also an interesting combination of par-3s and shorter par-4s that provide ample opportunities to play aggressively in search of a low score.
No. 2 Course
Pinehurst No. 2, the centrepiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses and plays long at 7,495-yards. No. 2 is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complexes and widely hailed in the world. Ross believed in providing golfers with strategic choices, and Pinehurst No. 2 was intended to epitomise that philosophy.
No. 7 Course
The golf course plays 7,216 yards, with a layout that unfolds overdramatic, hilly terrain that’s dotted with wetlands in lower-lying areas. No. 7 has many colourful flourishes. Old bunkers from the employee course adorn the tee of the par-4 4th hole; one wetlands area, the “Devil’s Gut,” must be cleared on your approach to the short par-4 7th hole, and Jones’ trademark “Fingers” bunker demands accuracy on 16. Every hole on No. 7 features something to test your game.
No. 8 Course
No. 8 plays 7,092-yards and is the most spacious and scenic of the Pinehurst Resort golf courses. It is set on 450 natural acres with forest and wetlands, no residential development and very few parallel fairways. Building a new course grand enough to celebrate Pinehurst’s first 100 years might intimidate some architects, but Tom Fazio made No. 8 to synthesize all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout.
No. 5 Course
Robert Trent Jones Sr. helped give the course a more modern flair in 1974, and today Pinehurst No. 5 plays a healthy 6,848 yards, enough to host some of its own tournaments during the summer. The combination of water carries, elevated greens and overall greater yardage favours longer hitters. One of Pinehurst’s most picturesque holes, the par-3 15th, is here. Known as the Cathedral Hole, it’s encircled by a stand of ancient pines, the tops of which resemble the pipes of an organ.
No. 1 Course
The first course at Pinehurst Resort dating back to 1898, it wasn’t long until Donald Ross added his touch in 1901. With numerous bunkers dotting the fairways and protecting the greens, accuracy and a solid short game are paramount to scoring well here. Due to its length of just 6089 yards, Pinehurst No. 1 is great warm-up round for your visit to Pinehurst Resort.
No. 6 Course
No. 6 is yet another incredible course situated at the world-renowned Pinehurst. Despite being one of Pinehurst's more basic courses, the layout still contains stunning views and is always in splendid shape. A 5-minute complimentary shuttle away from the main resort, No.6 is set in tranquil surroundings with plenty of trouble! Though a championship test at 6,990 yards and a host to collegiate events, it's not as punishing as Pinehurst No. 2, 4, 7 or 8.
This 18-hole championship layout set amidst the longleaf pines features classic Nicklaus architecture: wide fairways, lush course conditions and undulating putting surfaces that test your mind and your true golfing ability. Added to this uniqueness are tall pines, grassy swales, groomed waste areas and a natural variety of lakes and stream beds beautifully fashioned to give No. 9 its own distinctive look. The course perfectly complements what is a remarkable resort and is a 'must-play' here.
Accommodation near Pinehurst Golf
The Manor at Pinehurst
If you’re looking for a luxury stay whilst at Pinehurst, then look no further than the Manor. With 42 ample sized guest room it offers a relaxing environment for unwinding after your round, you will be well looked after at the Manor.
The Holly Inn at Pinehurst
The Holly Inn is a fantastic upmarket hotel that hosts Pinehurst’s best Four-Diamond restaurant – The 1895 grille. The hotel also features ‘The Tavern’ which is an authentic Scottish bar, ideal for unwinding after your round.
The Villas & Suites at Pinehurst
Located next to the Carolina Hotel on the Pinehurst Golf Resort grounds, the Villas are a great choice for golfers who want their own space after a round of golf on one of Pinehurst’s nine incredible championship quality courses.
The Carolina at Pinehurst Resort
The height of luxury on the Pinehurst Resort, The Carolina a brilliant century-old hotel and a Golfbreaks favourite. With excellent all-round facilities and a collection of activities, you won’t be disappointed with a stay at The Carolina.