Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 18
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 18
Pinehurst No. 4 is one of five 18-hole courses that play to the main clubhouse facility. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 17
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 17
Pinehurst No. 4's 17th hole is a narrow par 5 that plays 548 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 14
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 14
Pinehurst No. 4 features the largest of any water hazards at Pinehurst that comes into play on the 13th and 14th holes. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 13 green
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 13 green
Originally built in 1919 by Donald Ross, Tom Fazio redesigned Pinehurst's No. 4 golf course in conjunction with the 1999 U.S. Open. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 13
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 13
The 13th hole at Pinehurst No. 4 wraps around a large pond and plays 510 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 12
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 12
Pinehurst No. 4's 12th hole plays 210 yards from the back tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 4
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 4
The par-3 fourth hole on Pinehurst No. 4 plays downhill to a green guarded by a pond short and right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 2
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 2
Pinehurst No. 4 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina's par-5 second hole plays downhill to a green with runoff areas. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 18
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 18
The par-4 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 4 plays uphill towards the clubhouse and is 456 yards from the back set of tees. Courtesy of Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 14
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Pinehurst No. 4 course - hole 14
Pinehurst No. 4's par-3 14th hole plays over water and is 229 yards from the back set of tees. Courtesy of Pinehurst Resort
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Great minds (Ross and Fazio) came together on Pinehurst No. 4 golf course

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. -- Pinehurst No. 4 represents a mix of old and new at Pinehurst Resort, originally built in 1919 by Donald Ross and then redesigned by architect Tom Fazio in conjunction with the 1999 U.S. Open.

Whereas Pinehurst No. 1 and No. 3 both play well under 6,000 yards, No. 4 was built with modern championship intentions and stretches to 7,117 yards and plays a slope/rating of 74.2/135. Played out of the same clubhouse as Pinehurst No. 2, No. 4 plays near the U.S. Open course at most points and the routing is still tight and very walkable with small distances from green to tee.

In fitting Fazio fashion, No. 4 features rolling mounds and elevated tee shots to keep the visuals as appetizing as anywhere on property, and there is also little real estate and out-of-bounds on the perimeter of the course. A large pond hosts the par-5 13th hole and par-3 14th, perhaps the most wide open space of all the Pinehurst golf courses. The course does keep the Ross-style mounded greens in effect on many holes, so expect runoff areas and some crowned greens.

Pinehurst No. 4 jostled for position as Pinehurst's second fiddle with Tom Fazio's newest addition to the resort, the stand-alone Pinehurst No. 8 minutes away, opened in 1995.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Great minds (Ross and Fazio) came together on Pinehurst No. 4 golf course