Originally designed by Donald Ross in the early 1900s, the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course was turned into an 18-hole route in the 1950s. Since then, various famous golf architects including Robert Trent Jones, Tom Fazio and most recently Gil Hanse have redesigned and refurbished the golf course. The result after so many legends fine tuning the course is a championship 18-hole layout that embodies Carolina Sandhills golf, and it should be on your golf package today.
The Pinehurst No. 4 golf course is visually stunning from tee to green. Exposed sand areas, vast bunkers and native wire grass compound to create a golfing challenge that most people would agree is Pinehurst Resort’s second-best golf course after Pinehurst No. 2. Natural ridge lines and natural rolling terrain create dramatic vistas when combined with the golf course’s man-made hazards. Blending well with the landscape, Pinehurst No. 4 is a favourite with travelling golfers and a timeless reflection of Carolina Sandhill golf.
Gil Hanse refurbished the Pinehurst No. 4 course that was originally a 9-hole course designed by the late, great Donald Ross in the early 1900s. It was turned into an 18-hole course in the early 1950s, whilst 20 years later Robert Trent Jones had a go at redesigning it. 10 years later, his son Rees redesigned it, and in 1999 Tom Fazio made his mark upon the No. 4 course. Gil Hanse’s latest refurbishment follows Tom Fazio’s routing with the exception of some new par 3s. The visual components altered consists of turning bunkers into natural sand waste areas with native sands, to appear more like a wasteland with native grasses everywhere. Pinehurst has been classified as a potential rival to the No. 2 course and we think it definitely gives No. 2 a run for its money.
Donald Ross is credited with inventing the driving range, so it is without surprise that Pinehurst should have one of the best practice facilities in America A full-length driving range with over 50 bays, along with multiple putting greens, chipping areas and practice bunkers are all on display for golfers to utilise when at Pinehurst Resort.
The Clubhouse at Pinehurst is as old as its first golf course, albeit with relevant refurbishments along the way. An old plantation-style building, the exterior features terracotta roofs with multiple chimneys, white arched verandas and plantation-style windows. The restaurant within the Pinehurst clubhouse is The Deuce, overlooking the eighteenth hole of Pinehurst Number Two. An ideal spot for lunch, the Deuce features classic clubhouse cuisine from burgers to salads, meat and vegetarian dishes. The Clubhouse also features one of the best Pro Shops on the Eastern Seaboard; it is well-worth grabbing some souvenirs after your round.
One of the finest in America, Pinehurst Golf Academy with a low 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio means that you will receive plenty of personal attention. The instructors are led by Eric Alpenfels, a PGA Master Professional whose research into training techniques has been published a number of times in Golf Magazine. The tuition programs are designed for both avid golfers and those new to the game. The editors of Golf Digest labelled Pinehurst Golf Academy as one of the best in America.
Caddies are highly recommended at Pinehurst and walking with a local who has in-depth knowledge can be one of the most pleasant experiences of your stay. Caddies are available for all Pinehurst courses but are particularly advised for No. 2 & No. 4. You can get a Single Premium Caddie, Double bad Caddie or a Forecaddie.
Thistle Dhu Putting Course
Pinehurst’s 18-hole putting course is named Thistle Dhu after James Barber, creator of the first miniature golf course in America. 18-holes of mind-bending journeys specially designed to entertain everyone in the family, from the beginners to scratch players. Play is free to resort guests, just bring a ball and putter.
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