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80 Carolina Vista Dr. , Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374, US
(844) 330-1669
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About Pinehurst Resort

Set in the North Carolina Sandhills, Pinehurst Resort is one of the country's most historic golf getaways, founded by William J. Tufts in 1895. Originally conceived as a wellness retreat for northern city dwellers, it soon became a golf hotbed after guests were spotted hitting balls with sticks on a lawn. Tufts hired Scotsman Donald Ross shortly after to come and build top-quality courses. Ross would spend considerable time in Pinehurst while he lived in the U.S., and he laid out the resort's first four 18-hole courses. The best of which was Pinehurst No. 2, which would become a PGA Tour host and major championship venue. Modern courses Nos. 5 thru 8 were added later, and No. 9 was acquired in the 2000s. Pinehurst also built The Cradle Short Course, which is located next to the main clubhouse facility. There are numerous lodging options at Pinehurst, starting with the historic Carolina Hotel and Holly Inn. Condominium accommodations are also available as are villa rentals. Pinehurst Resort is part of the historic village of Pinehurst, a beautiful street laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted and features shops, restaurants and bars, not to mention the Tufts Archives, which is open to the public and features one of the best collections of golf books and items in the world.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres5800
Year Opened1895
Number of Units500+

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
PoolAdults Only
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No
Articles on Pinehurst Resort
Unlike the other seven semi-private courses at Pinehurst Resort, the No. 8 course doesn't afford members playing privileges. Built for the centennial of Pinehurst and opened in 1996, No. 8 is set on 450 acres of forest and wetlands and, most importantly, no residential development. It generally rates as the second most popular course at Pinehurst, Brandon Tucker writes.
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On the eve of the U.S. Open, Pinehurst has made a big splash in purchasing nearby National Golf Club.
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The North Carolina Sandhills are golfing country, anchored by the Pinehurst Resort, home to eight courses built between 1897 and 2004. Few visitors have time to play them all on one trip, especially if you plan on tackling some off-property courses like Pine Needles or Tobacco Road G.C., so we've compiled a briefing on each to help you decide which to include in your itinerary.
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No golf resort on this side of the Atlantic combines the game's tradition with modern amenities like Pinehurst Resort. Situated on 2,000 acres of Carolina Sandhills, the resort and its eight courses, highlighted by the championship No. 2, rank as an American golfing mecca.
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The resort may date to 1895, but it is constantly finding new ways to engage its visitors in a way that feels as enduring as the game itself.
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Pinehurst No. 7's greens are some of the resort's largest, but hitting them is tough for another reason: about half of them are elevated. It makes for dramatic, demanding golf on the most severe terrain of Pinehurst's eight courses, Brandon Tucker writes.
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Pinehurst No. 6 represents the first step in the next generation of golf at the renowned resort. The first golf course built away from the main clubhouse, elevated tees abound on the No. 6 course and it features several spectacular holes, particularly on the back nine. It's a worthy championship test, Brandon Tucker writes.
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Reviews 83
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
New Jersey Advisor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Would Play Pinehurst #8 Again if I went Back to the Resort

We played Pinehurst #2, #4 and #8. It is without saying that #2 is everyone's bucket list but from a playable (distances from tee to green) perspective #8 is the best of these three (playing the forward tees). It is 5,064 yards and the yards on the individual holes are fair so you do have a chance at pars and birdies (compared to the length of the holes on #2 and #4 where getting on in regulation is a challenge because of the yardages).
It is also a beautiful course! It is more interesting visually than #4 and has more traditional fairway bunkers and green side bunkers. On #4 and #2 there are waste areas on every single hole. On #8 only six holes (4,9,12,13,15, and 17) has waste areas; you are more likely to be in the pine trees if you miss left/right of fairways.
I wish we could do 1/2 stars because I would give it 4 1/5 right now - for two reasons (1) the greens are still exceedingly firm from the new turf (well, redo 18 months ago) and it makes it very hard to read the greens and they were way faster than #2 from a putting speed perspective; which was really surprising. (2) No GPS in carts. It's NOT a course you need a caddy but make sure to have a distance measuring device.
Bottom line, I want to play this course again when the greens have "matured" because it's should be a great scoring track.
Note: ignore the price I listed, we had a package so I don't know the individual price for each course but Golf Pass requires you put a price in the review.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 83
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
New Jersey Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Course but #2 and #8 were more Enjoyable

Pinehurst #4 is a pretty course (The best section of the course -- Holes 13, 14, and 15 with the lake). So many folks seem to say it is their favorite but not for me. I like #8 and #2 way more than #4. Here is why I like #8 better than #4 -- the distance for some of the Par 4s on #4 are just too long from the forward tees (our caddie even said a few times there is no way you can get there in 2 - and I was hitting my drive straight and 180 yards which is decent - even a considered longer - for the average/bogey women golfer). Why I like #2 more than #4 - the distances are just as long on #2 but the difference is the sand in the waste areas. My golf partner and I agreed that the waste area sand at #4 was fluffy (similar to the green side bunkers) which made it much harder to advance the ball. On #2, the waste area sand is more hard pack and as long as your ball is not in a "love bush" you can easily advance your ball. #2 is also an easier walk than #4. I think in the heat most golfers would take a cart on #4. If I was going back to Pinehurst Golf Resort and had only 2 rounds to play, I'd pick #2 and #8 out of the three (#2, #4, #8). I can't compare to other courses.
It's not that I think you should not play #4 if you are playing multiple courses at the resort, I would say play it.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played

Course was just ok-Starter was annoying with his description of tee yardages

Boggles the mind that you would have starter exaggerate the yardages for the blue tees.-We had 4 low single digit handicaps and all starter would tell us is how the blue tees were the back tees--(I called him on it as I know the gold is the back and they are not out) and how the blue tees are at 6800yds-actually yards was lees the 6500 and played shorter due to firm fairways. They need to end the the play forward play quicker dialogue-If you stink you will stink from all tees and if you are a quick player you will play quick from any tees--We waited on group in front of us all day. Overall course was disappointing. My 6th time playing it-First since the redo.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 312
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

The modern side of Pinehurst

Variety is good, right? On Pinehurst's terms, courses 6 through 9 offer it in the form of modern resort golf. No. 7 is a nice but fairly typical 1980s golf course: tough, with well-protected greens and a good bit of exterior mounding and shaping to show the hand of Man. That said, there are plenty of good holes, with the short par-5 first being high among them. A reminder that this is still Pinehurst comes at the lovely par-3 16th.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 312
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

A more fun-forward near-competitor to No. 2

The total overhaul of Pinehurst No. 4 was a resounding success. A day after playing No. 2, I was expecting a significant letdown, but No. 4 is an excellent golf course that retains its own identity. With more dramatic terrain than No. 2, No. 4 feels a lot like the heathland courses of England, with larger, more diversely shaped greens and varied bunkering, plus some water in the form of a lake at the bottom of the property that comes into play on a couple of holes. But the big Pinehurst themes - sandy off-fairway roughs, walkability, firm turf, wonderful conditions - are all here in spades. No. 2 is still #1, but #4 is pretty great in its own right.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 312
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

Pleasant Pinehurst-lite parkland golf

No. 5 sits squarely in the middle of the arc of Pinehurst's history and in the general ranking of its courses. It's not the course that thousands of golfers flock to the resort to play, but it delivers an enjoyable experience, thanks to its clever, walkable routing that takes nice advantage of the terrain without too much fuss. An appropriate arrival- or departure-day course.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 81
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Fun w/ Friends

Perhaps the most fun laid-back Par 3 course out there as it is a bundle of short shots and tons of fun. If you are in the area or at the resort, unwind with a putter and a wedge in the Cradle.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 95
Handicap 25+
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Best par 3 course, fun, challenging, great conditions

I played the Cradle Par 3 short course at Pinehurst Country Club for the first time last week.

Walked on and was joined by a nice threesome.

The starter Curt is helpful, friendly, and professional. He exchanged my bag for a Sunday bag. I brought a few clubs.

The longest hole is 110 yards. You tee from mats. The rest of the Cradle is manicured turf just like the others at Pinehurst Country Club.

This is the most fun you'll ever have on a par 3 course! Greens are fast and undulating . Bunkers are deep. I hit 9 iron successfully out of 2.

There is a bar at the 9th hole (yes, I had a beer) and piped in music to create a fun party atmosphere.

On the 9th green, people sit in Adirondack chairs, booing bad shots, cheering good ones.

I hit a 5 wood to 15 feet on the fringe. I asked one of the "gallery" how the putt broke. Took their advice and sank the putt for birdie. They cheered!

Great course for $50 that I would play every time in Pinehurst!

For all levels, beginners, and families!

You'll have fun!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
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 2
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 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Fun course; challenging but very playable.

This course was a lot of fun with wide fairways but a challenging layout. There is plenty of variety on the course with elevation changes and dog legs, and down hill par threes over water. The fairways are wide enough to make them easy enough to hit, but there are plenty of trees, pine straw and OB to collect wayward shots. Greens had been sanded recently but still quite true. They hard to judge speed and the holes repel even good putts. Maybe they will be a little easier after the sand works but I wouldn't count on it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

$100 course for $240

This is a nicely designed course with plenty of interesting holes. But the only thing that makes it a $240 course is the Pinehurst name. And they know that is what you are paying for. This is why when the course isn’t in good shape, like it was today, they don’t change the rates or even let you know when you check in to expect some problems. Why should they? This is Pinehurst and you should just be happy to play here. Greens had been sanded 2 days ago and were really inconsistent and many putts left a rooster tail of sand. Bunkers were rock hard with about ¼ inch of loose sand on top of hard pan. Fairways had big brown patches on every hole. Just not in good shape. And certainly not worth big $ except to say you played it. The emperor has no clothes.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 128
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing

NC Trip 6 - Pinehurst 8

The last stop on our North Carolina trip was at Pinehurst No 8, another course located off the main campus. Again, a slightly different style to the famous Pinehurst look. In this case, a little more traditional parkland course, but with some elements of the more sandy style. Certainly one thing that stands out about this course is how lush it is. Really a premium course in terms of conditioning.

The layout is also a fun challenge. There are well placed bunkers to keep you honest, and a nice variety of looks. I particularly enjoyed the par 5s on this course. The par 3s were a bit same-y and shorter, but was nice they weren't all 200+ yds either.

I would put this course just a notch below No 2 and No 4, but several people in our group had this as their favorite of the Pinehurst courses we played. We all agree it's a must for your Pinehurst trip.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 128
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing

NC Trip 5 - Pinehurst 6

Pinehurst No 6 is different than the other Pinehurst courses we played. It's away from the main property, and tucked into a neighborhood. Most holes are lined with houses (and OB) on left and right. The clubhouse is small, and the practice areas aren't much to write home about.

That all sounds like a recipe for not a very fun day, but the layout is still a lot of fun. It's much more typical parkland style golf, as opposed to the linksier/sandy style of say No2 or No4. It's not a bad change of pace.

There are some nice elevation changes, and a little water here and there.

We hit this course as the second half of a 36 hole day after playing No 2. It was a much more laid back round and this course fit that vibe perfectly. It's a pretty average course overall, but still very enjoyable.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 128
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing

NC Trip 3 - Pinehurst 4

The third round of our trip was the first at a Pinehurst course. After the much hyped restoration, I couldn't wait to play No 4, so I'm glad it was first on our schedule.

The main campus for Pinehurst is a feast of golf. The pro shop, the practice green, the putting course, the short course, etc... It's basically Disney for golfers.

The main thing I can say about No 4 is that it was fun. The greens were definitely challenging, but not difficult. There were hazards, but also options. Overall making this a very approachable course for any skill level, but still tricky enough to engage the better player.

It's a must play on your Pinehurst trip.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 44
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

chipping and putting

greens and first cut around the greens were extremenly inconsistent.

once putt off the green would get stuck and another would fly.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

An easier alternate Pinehurst Course

I loved No. 5 for its playability, diverse design and, ultimately, what felt like a laid back vibe. The course features fairly wide corridors and gentle greens that we found pretty receptive and scorable compared to No. 8. The only warning I would give is that the conditioning in the fairways and bunkers is not on the level of some of the other courses (No. 4 and No. 9). I think this course would benefit from a mild facelift and you can see the potential on the 18th hole where they dressed up the fairway waste area and the green (the 18th hole looks more like No. 4 than the rest of the course). Overall, I had FUN which is the point really and you're not getting beat up over and over on No. 5. Will definitely play again and I think this pairs very well as an afternoon round after a round on No. 2 or No. 4.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging Golf Course

The golf course is well conditioned and has a good variety of design throughout. I cannot fault this golf course as a true test of a great player but in comparison to some other Pinehurst courses (No. 4, No. 9) it isn't as fun. The greens, while not wild or terribly undulating, are hard to read and subtly fall off and repel shots constantly. As a mid single digit handicap I found this to be much tougher to score on than No. 4, No. 5, and No. 9. The stretch of holes on the back from No. 14 - No. 18 is particularly brutal. Again, I think this course is just designed for very good players and as someone who is not there yet, it wasn't much fun. The staff were very nice and, again, it is a well run golf course but is much harder than I gave it credit for.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Staff
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Perfect

This place is special. Enjoyed it much more than #2 and didn't have a bad thing to say about #2. Conditions were immaculate and the course was difficult but manageable. Cannot wait to get back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Pointless & Expensive

We were told the greens would be perfect after being aerated two weeks earlier. They were terrible. The course is 5100 yards. Often playing like a muni pitch & putt.. It’s simply not worth it, whether you’ regularly shoot scratch or 100.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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