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3.7
26 Reviews (26)
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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.6
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
2.8
Pace
3.6
Amenities
2.8
56.2%
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5.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7118 yards
Slope 135
Rating 74.2

Previously known as National Golf Club.

Course Details

Year Built 1988
Fairways Bermuda 419 Grass
Greens Penn A-1/A-4 Creeping Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1988) Jack Nicklaus (2012) Gus Grantham (1988) Bland Pittman

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire. Denim is not acceptable attire on the golf course.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in North Carolina (2019 #22) (2018 #10)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. (2017 #17)

Reviews

3.7
26 Reviews (26)
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Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

Outstanding layout, lovely weekday walk in chilly weather

Walked 18 in less than four hours. Terrific conditions and fun, challenging greens. More modern course than some others in the area, with larger greens and more terrain changes. Highly recommended!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Subpar

What a disappointment. No one to greet you after struggling to find the Clubhouse. Your first sighting is the sales office for what you’ll later see - a lot of cookie cutter houses (they do try to disguise them with different finishes) jammed on top of each other. This is a money grab not classic charm like the other 8 courses.

Carried our bags to check in staging. Girl at desk had no idea what our rate was and was shocked at how much we were paying (230 pp). Paid but not thanked-she literally walked away and we followed her thinking there’d be some sort of handoff like instructions to driving range etc…found that on our own. Starter literally had not one thing to share. Said no one was playing (1:30pm on a Sunday). Said their members like afternoon football and Sundays are slow. Ok. Thought it might be good pace of play until third hole running into two bag carrying people we waited on the rest of the day. It tuned out they were waiting for the two ahead of them. A single behind us. Why allow twosomes if pace of play is going to be so slow? Saw players assistance at hole 3. No hello. Just looked at us- slowed-and kept going. Finished at dusk. No one in sight. Drove bags to car and returned cart and still not one person to welcome us back. Nothing.

Total waste of money. Would have rather been on any other course in area. Course condition btw was just ok. No comparison to any other Pinehurst course but same price. Go elsewhere!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun course if you are willing to pay

After reading others' reviews of #9, I was excited to play it. Course was very wet, and greens were marked up a lot. Every green complex was a challenge, and almost every hole was unique and pretty.

The trouble is that when paying 200+ dollars, I expect course conditions to be immaculate and they were not. bunkers weren't raked, and there were many instances of casual water. This is the 2nd time in a year Pinehurst has disappointed in this regard. I was glad to check the course off my list, but honestly it isn't worth the money to play.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Must Play Course!!!!

The course is well manicured, great layout and the greens were awesome!!!! They were not rolling as fast as the first time I played them. This day they were rolling around a 10, and they looked as if they were recently rolled. You will not be disappointed when you play this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Favorite Course

This course is everything you could ask for. Challenging holes, water, incredible clubhouse, nice warm up driving range and practice greens. Course is very well kept as well. Favorite course I’ve ever played

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 82
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Love it!

I loved everything about it! So much so that I cancelled my next round somewhere else and played it again the next day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

You Can Tell Jack Designed It

This was our 2nd time playing No. 9 and we loved it just as much as the 1st time. The course is in fantastic shape. We were a twosome playing behind a foursome and still finished in under 4 hours. We didn't push the group in front of us and never got pushed from behind. There are lot of dogleg rights, as you would imagine considering Jack designed it. There are quite a few natural areas and just the right amount of water. We paid a member/guest rate, assuming the walk-on rate is much higher. We played No. 5 in the afternoon and wish we would've played No. 9 twice, that's how much we loved it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 377
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Certainly worthy of the Pinehurst brand

This newer addition is a change of pace from all the rest of the courses at Pinehurst, but certainly a worthy play. There's no doubt it has Jack Nickluas' imprint all over it, from the shape of the fairways, undulations, water hazards and difficulty of the tee shots and approach shots. With lost of elevated greens complexes and difficult bunkers, this is all the course you can handle and certainly presents a worthy contrast to the rest of golf at Pinehurst.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 54
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Narrow drives, good conditions

Enjoyed the round here and conditions were good. Nice practice area and clubhouse. Tee shots were quite narrow in spots and this course is more difficult than No. 7. I prefer 7 but this is good and worth playing for sure when in the area. Greens are smaller and not as deep as other Pinehurst courses. This can make it hard to hold approaches on longer shots. I recommend playing a tee set shorter than you would usually play. Conditions were good and staff were nice. Of the courses I've played in the area, this wouldn't be in my top 3 but is still a good option and worth playing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 170
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Humps, humps everywhere

This is a typical Nicklaus course with hills all over the course forcing you to hit a lot of shots from lies that aren't flat. With scuttle evelation changes and optical illusions like bunkers in front of greens with 4-6 foot trees in them make it tough for you to feel comfortable over shots into the greens. He even makes you pay for hitting good tee shots on some holes, like 18, where I hit my tee shot left center in the fairway and ended up with the ball way above my feet as the fairway had a huge slope from left to right. The service was ok at #9, nothing to write home about. There is no snack area so you have to go wait st the bar to get anything, even a Powerade. The pace of play was not great as this was a five hour round and when we made the turn and headed to the 10th tee there were four groups on the hole, one on the green, one in the fairway and the we were the second group waiting on the tee. So, it wasn't the most enjoyable round for some of those reasons but I did enjoy the layout and the condition of the course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Playing a great course on a HOT day

Pinehurst #9 (formerly Pinehurst National) is a very challenging course for golfers at any level. You play from the tee boxes appropriate for your level and the challenge is appropriate for your level. You must use your golfing skills for Par, you can be satisfied with a bogey, and mistakes can lead to a double.
The fairways were in great shape, but some of the greens showed heavy use and some fungus/burn-out around the edges. patio outside the clubhouse is being upgraded, so the clubhouse area is in a bit of disaray
The Thoroughly enjoyed the course in the morning (played with some of the competitors hee for theus kids World golf competition and they were appropriately challenged by the course as well. It was a very enjoyable, challenging, but a bit pricey, round of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great Staff

This staff is top notch. A great way to start a round. Golf course is very good. Should be in top notch shape in a few months. Maintenance was being done to a few weak areas. Looks like this is a good fit for Pinehurst. This is one to put on your list.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Be prepared to grind!

Now "Pinehurst #9", National Golf Club is simply superb. Only "complaint" for some might be that it's very difficult (e.g. holes #1 and 4)... a typical pre-1990 Nicklaus killer. But very much worth a play if in the area. Suggestion: skip #2 with its silly greens and play #9 at less than half the price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 42
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

high quality, but high dollar to play

If you budget can stand it, this is a first rate course

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, great layout, great condition

The National Golf Club is a step above the average course. The course is very challenging and in great shape. Not your typical Nicklaus course, it really is a fair and forgiving layout. Highly recommend to play if you are in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout, good condition

Loved the design. Generous fairways and receptive greens. Still need to make shots though. Each hole forces you to think. The greens are big and undulating, but you have to pay attention to pin position and try to hit the right part of the green or face a difficult breaking putt.

Staff was very friendly. The club house and locker rooms were top notch. Definitely a place I'd like to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This is a must play course when visiting Pinehurst , NC

This course is always in the best of conditions. The staff is very friendly and the views on the course are great! I always enjoy the opportunity to play this Jack Nicklaus design for the challenge and the beauty of the great game of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Can't Beat a Hot Deal for $41

I decided to check out the course last minute, knowing that it was highly recommended and couldn't beat the deal. When I got there everything about the course was really good. All the staff I ran into was friendly, the course is in great shape, and pace of play was not bad at all. The course is not very intimidating off the tee, but demands accurate approach shots placed in the correct spots. Enjoy!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice

The course was in great shape and the staff and members were nice and friendly. enjoyed the course and will play it again:)

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course. Rude staff.

This was what we hoped would be the nicest course of the six we played in pinehurst. The course itself was BEAUTIFUL,PGA quality greens, but the staff in the golf shop left us feeling like the scum of the earth. Very unfriendly, one guy would not even respond when I greeted him. For what this place charges you should be treated like a king. We were informed that the members keep the price high to keep the riffraff away. We had much better rounds elsewhere.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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