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One of the most recognised names in the game of golf, Pinehurst is a bucket-list destination with over eight golf courses onsite and over twenty-five in the vicinity. With multiple accommodation options throughout the resort, you will find hotels, inns, condos and private villas. Ideal for romantic getaways, corporate events, groups of friends or families, Pinehurst Resort boasts one of America’s Best Golf Academy’s, the famed No. 2 and No. 4 golf courses, with 6 other championship golf courses including No. 8. Such a strong resort setup that ideally accommodates golfers is found at Pinehurst in North Carolina, considered by some as the golf capital of the world.
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Pinehurst No. 1
Designed by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross, the Pinehurst No. 1 golf course recalls classic Scottish links courses. With very liberal use of bunkers across fairways and greens, the course is a fun challenge that will make you feel like you are playing in Scotland. It is a great course to begin your visit to Pinehurst Resort.
Pinehurst No. 2
Widely considered Donald Ross’ masterpiece, the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America. It was built in 1907 and has been refurbished by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw in 2011 who revitalized the challenges Ross originally built, adapting the course to modern technological advancements made in the sport. Its undulating greens acknowledged as some of the wildest in the world, form the centrepiece of Pinehurst No. 2 & Donald Ross’ architectural style.
Pinehurst No. 3
The third course designed by Donald Ross at Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst No. 3, was designed around 1910. It is the shortest course at Pinehurst Resort at just 5,862 Yards / 5,360 Metres. What it lacks in lengths, it makes up for in difficulty with tiny elevated greens causing frustration and exultation to every golfer who experiences the course. Precision is demanded on each of the Pinehurst No. 3’s 18 holes.
Pinehurst No. 4
Designed by Gil Hanse, 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 ridgelines 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.
Pinehurst No. 5
Designed in 1961 by Ellis Maples who actually studied under Donald Ross, the Pinehurst No. 5 golf course has taken the philosophical approach of moulding the course to the land using as little man-made intervention as possible. Holes meander up and down, left and right, over water and everywhere. The course has more water hazards than any other course at Pinehurst, so you know where to go if you like water! The water carries, elevated greens and overall larger yardage favours bigger hitters. The course is more challenging than No. 1 & No. Three but less demanding than No. 2.
Pinehurst No. 6
Designed by Tom and George Fazio, the Pinehurst No. 6 golf course is located a few miles from the centre of Pinehurst Resort. It is the first Pinehurst design of Tom Fazio who began work on it in 1975 with his uncle George, a famed course architect in his own right. A rugged, undulating 18-hole golf course comprises Pinehurst No. 5; Tom returned in 2005 to carve new bunkers, soften angles and seed faster greens. The par-71 golf course features many bunkers, trees, water hazards, wetlands and woods; its back nine is among Pinehurst’s most challenging halves.
Pinehurst No. 7
Designed by Rees Jones, Pinehurst No. 7 was built in 1986, located on the site of a long-forgotten nine-hole employee golf course that was laid out by Donald Ross. It is one of the longest of Pinehurst Resort’s golf courses at 7,216 yards / 6,516 metres long. Dramatic hilly terrain comprises much of the golf course, but its low-lying areas are dotted with wetlands. Elevated tees and greens with various hazards in between demand a lot of accuracy but provide stunning visual appeal throughout the 18-hole course.
Pinehurst No. 8
Designed by Tom Fazio in 1996 to celebrate Pinehurst’s 100th birthday, the No. 8 golf course is also known as the Centennial Course. Rolling terrain and natural wetlands create a stunning golf course that is visually enthralling, challenging yet fun to play. Perfectly synthesizing all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout, the No. 8 golf course has achieved it better than any of the other courses. It is the most enjoyable and scenic golf course to play by travelling golfers.
Pinehurst No. 9
Designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1988, the Pinehurst No. 9 golf course is 7,122 yards / 6,512 metres in length. A well-balanced course, it has been meticulously designed with wide fairways, undulating putting surfaces that test your mind and true golfing ability. Each hole has been laid out so that there is no right or wrong way to play it. Tall pines, grassy swales, groomed waste areas and a natural array of lakes and stream beds give Pinehurst No. 9 a unique feel, and we highly recommend this Nicklaus golf course at Pinehurst.
The Carolina Hotel
You will feel like you’re stepping back in time at The Carolina Hotel. Dubbed “The Queen of the South,” the Carolina Hotel has the most guest rooms in Pinehurst Resort. You have a choice of Premium Rooms or Carolina Suites. All rooms are furnished with comfortable furniture, elegant ambience and homely feel.
The Holly Inn
With 82 guest rooms and suites, The Holly Inn was built in 1895 as the Resort’s first hotel. Located in the heart of the village, The Holly Inn is unique, intimate, and homely at the same time. You have the option of either Double rooms or King rooms, which simply distinguishes between one or two beds. The Holly Inn exuberates history, from Tiffany lamps to the antique bar in the Tavern brought to Scotland, to every nook in your room.
Built in 1923, the Manor has recently undergone a year-long renovation. The result is that the accommodation retained its original charm but provides modern luxuries from well-appointed rooms to the spacious and communal lobby. Newly opened North & South Bars serve a wide range of whiskeys, cocktails and craft beer from Pinehurst Brewing Co. The Manor also features two golfer-designed hospitality suites, perfect for golf groups of up to 20, ideal for your entire stay or booked to celebrate after your round.
Located adjacent to the Carolina Hotel, the Carolina Villas at Pinehurst feature 4 separately-keyed bedrooms, each with 2 queen beds. They connect to a central living area and full kitchen. First-floor villas feature a private patio, whilst second-floor villas feature a private porch. Ideal for golf groups either for corporate use or groups of friends, the Pinehurst Carolina Villas will accommodate everyone.
With either golf course or lake views, the Condos at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina are located a short shuttle ride from The Pinehurst Village and other resort amenities. Two and three-bedroom condos are available and each feature a full kitchen and spacious living area with two bathrooms. The Condos are a very tranquil option for week-long stays. They are ideal for laid-back golf groups who might want to cook for themselves, play 4-5 rounds of golf and relax by the lake in the afternoons.
Carolina Dining Room (CDR)
Open for breakfast and dinner, the Carolina Dining Room at Pinehurst Resort offers hand-selected aged beef and signature dry seasoning rub for steaks and chops. Menus change seasonally, invoking the fresh flavours of the region. The Carolina Dining Room is refined, elegant and suave.
Overlooking the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, The Deuce has recently been refurbished. The cuisine is made from scratch and features a wide range of snacks, meals and drinks. An open-air bar inside and the best views of No. 2 from the veranda, The Deuce serves lunch as well as an array of appetizers through dusk. The bar serves fantastic cocktails and nearly a dozen craft beers on draft including local North Carolina microbrews.
The Ryder Cup Lounge
Named after the 1951 Ryder Cup held at Pinehurst, the casual lounge restaurant and bar features history in every nook and cranny. The cuisine at the Ryder Cup Lounge features classic American fare with a twist. Menu items consist of things like deconstructed nachos, salads, burgers and club sandwiches, steaks and desserts.
The 1895 Grille
Located within the Holly Inn, the 1895 Grille is a four-star dining experience in every way. Serving breakfast and dinner, the Pinehurst 1895 Grille restaurant features food from local Carolina farms, whilst the award-winning chefs prepare nightly specials that make each visit unique. Classic menu items consist of steaks, seafood, ducks, soups, salads, chicken and lamb with a fantastic array of fine wine and beer.
Located within the Holly Inn, the antique Tavern restaurant and bar draws direct influence from Scotland, which forms the centrepiece of the Tavern. A cozy bar open for lunch and dinner, the cuisine features sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, beef and other entrees throughout the day. The complimentary house-made chips are a fantastic addition to the experience. Seasonal outdoor patio seating is available depending on the weather.
Pinehurst Brewing Co
A fantastic feature of Pinehurst Golf Resort is the Prinehurst Brewing Co. Serving great beer and smoking the best barbeques for miles, the brewery is located in the historic steam plant building in the Village of Pinehurst. Craft beer with a menu of pulled port, beef brisket, ribs and chicken smoked on site with high quality Oak and Hickory wood is what the Pinehurst Brewing Co. is all about.
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.
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.
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.
The Spa at Pinehurst
A sanctuary of tranquillity, the AAA Four Diamond Spa at Pinehurst features classically inspired architecture and a menu of more than 50 relaxing treatments. Effectively results-orientated, the Pinehurst Facial or the ultra-luxe Thermo-Marine Mud Body Treatment are a must. The Spa also features a fitness centre and full-service salon. It is the ideal place for a relaxing day or multiple treatments over the course of a week.
18 clay tennis courts feature at Pinehurst Resort. The staff are certified by USPTA as professional instructors ready to teach and play. Resort guests enjoy access to all tennis amenities including ball machine, equipment and court rentals. What better way to spend your post-golf afternoon than settling competitions on the tennis court.
Croquet & Lawn Bowls
Fun for everyone, the classic games of croquet and lawn bowling are alive and vibrant activities at Pinehurst Resort. Two croquet courts and one lawn bowling green are open to resort guests; you can enjoy your beverages surrounded by friends enjoying one of these competitive yet low-key activities. You can play with Pinehurst Country Club members or arrange for your own court time.
A 200-acre private lake where you can swim, fish, boat or just relax. You can rent kayaks, paddle-boards and pontoon boats for a fun day on the water between golf days. Rods and tackle are also available, so you can catch everything from largemouth bass to catfish. Resort shuttles are complimentary from any resort hotel to the lake.
Village of Pinehurst
The charming Village of Pinehurst features boutique shops and pubs that exist to be discovered. You can take a guided tour of historic homes that is well worth it. Visit the Tufts Archives which showcase the history of Pinehurst or take a romantic carriage ride through the winding Village streets.
The best way to get to Pinehurst Resort from international destinations is to fly to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), then take a 90-minute drive to the Resort. The resort does have an Airport Shuttle running during peak hours for a fee, and private airport transportation is available for off-peak season. Alternatively, we can arrange private rental vehicles depending on the size of your group.