North Carolina, USA
Pinehurst Golf overview
Regarded as one of the best multi-course resorts in the US and quite possibly the world, Pinehurst Resort boasts nine fantastic golf courses from well-regarded designers such as Donald Ross, Gil Hanse, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jack Nicklaus. The historic Pinehurst No. 2 is the crowning jewel, having hosted several U.S. Opens as well as numerous other professional and amateur tournaments. No.4 is also worth a special mention, redesigned in 2018 by Gil Hanse it has been getting rave reviews ever since. No matter which courses you decide to play, you will certainly enjoy the tranquil and historic surroundings.
In addition to the full courses, Pinehurst Resort 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 your wedges and short irons and is the perfect addition to any day for those looking to squeeze in some extra holes. To practice your putting, be sure to check out the 18-hole putting course, “Thistle Dhu,” for an experience unlike any other.
Away from the courses, you’ll find a luxurious spa, fitness center, tennis courts, and even a local craft brewery. With so much history and a tradition of outstanding hospitality, make sure that you make the journey to this incredible resort.
Golf courses at Pinehurst Golf
Pinehurst No. 1
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.
Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the world’s most recognized golf courses and plays at a length of 7588 yards from the tips. The greens are widely considered to be some of the best in the world, notably complex with crowned and undulating features. As host to multiple U.S. Opens and a significant number of other professional and amateur tournaments, Pinehurst No. 2 is one of Donald Ross’ greatest and fairest tests of golf.
Pinehurst No. 3
At just 5155 yards, this unique par-68 course is the shortest test at Pinehurst Resort. This fun and enjoyable layout is great as a warm-up for the rest of your rounds at Pinehurst. The greens are small and elevated and each average just 4500 square feet in size. Precision and a strong short game are key to scoring well here. With the combination of par-3’s and shorter par-4’s, it is easy to attack the pin in an effort to score low.
Pinehurst No. 4
Pinehurst No. 4 is a Donald Ross original design that has seen numerous redesigns and restorations from other architects since its inception in 1919. Most notably, Gil Hanse worked extensively on the course re-opening it in 2018 to rave reviews. The course exemplifies Carolina Sandhill golf, perfectly combining the natural topography and sandscapes to create a beautiful and challenging layout. The 7227-yard par-72 layout is generally wide open but features prominent waste bunkers throughout.
Pinehurst No. 5
Pinehurst No. 5 was originally designed in 1961 by Ellis Maples. Utilizing design elements that he learned from Donald Ross, Maples created a golf course by letting Mother Nature guide the way, with elevated greens, water carries, undulation and doglegs. Robert Trent Jones added more modern playing elements in 1974, and the par-72 course plays 6828 yards from the back tees.
Pinehurst No. 6
Pinehurst No. 6 was designed by Tom and George Fazio in 1979. The course features more elevation changes than the first five at the main clubhouse. To score well here, golfers will have to hit longer drives and be more aggressive with approach shots. There are 57 sand bunkers strategically placed around this par-72 7053-yard course while water comes into play on four holes.
Pinehurst No. 7
Pinehurst No. 7 was built on hilly and undulating terrain in 1986 by Rees Jones. With tee boxes and greens built on the higher parts of the course, elevated greens are present on most holes. In the low-lying areas, there are 25 acres of wetlands throughout. At 7216 yards from the back tees, this par-72 course is one of the longest at Pinehurst Resort.
Pinehurst No. 8
Tom Fazio crafted Pinehurst No. 8 out of 420 acres of rolling landscape and wetlands for Pinehurst Resort’s centennial celebration. The course pays homage to Donald Ross and his trademark design elements while incorporating Fazio’s usual characteristics. The par-72, 7099-yard course combines elements of all the courses at the resort into one layout. Many golfers will enjoy the lack of residential development surrounding the course and very few holes have parallel fairways.
No. 9 Course
Pinehurst Resort acquired this Jack Nicklaus designed the par-72 course in 2014. The course fuses the natural Pinehurst landscape of tall pines and lakes with Nicklaus’ classic design elements of open fairways and tricky, undulating greens. The layout measures 7118 yards but offers five sets of tee boxes to ensure golfers of all abilities can experience an enjoyable yet challenging round.
Accommodation near Pinehurst Golf
The Carolina at Pinehurst
The Carolina is the focal point of Pinehurst Resort and features 230 charming guest rooms, multiple dining options, and plenty of activities to keep you occupied off the course.
The Holly Inn at Pinehurst Resort
The first hotel at Pinehurst Resort, the Holly Inn houses 82 guest rooms and suites. The guest rooms feature modern amenities while being decorated in a way that transports guests to the early 1900s.
The Manor at Pinehurst Resort
Completely renovated inside and out in 2019, The Manor at Pinehurst Resort offers 43 well-appointed and sizable guest rooms.