Episode 16: Pinehurst Resort (No. 2, 4 & 8)

If you’ve never made a trip to Pinehurst, it’s time to promptly change that.


The home of American golf offers one of the best all-around experiences a golf enthusiast could ask for. Aside from the nine (yes, nine) championship golf courses, Pinehurst Resort boasts a history-filled clubhouse, expansive practice facility, 18-hole putting course, first-class resort accommodations, and a quaint downtown village, perfect for evenings after the round.

Of the nine courses, we played three — numbers 2, 4 and 8.

Pinehurst No. 4

Our first round saw us navigating the number 4 course, which features decent sized fairways, elevation change, and ample well-positioned pot bunkers.

It also turned out to be a perfect warm-up for number 2, as many of the greens are crowned with shaved run-off areas, allowing you to test your game on these difficult style greens.

The centerpiece of the property is the large lake that provides continuous great views, and a challenge to a few holes.

And to end the round , the final par 4 utilizes the brilliant clubhouse as a backdrop to the uphill approach.

Pinehurst No. 2

The crown jewel of the resort, Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted endless world-class championships throughout time. It was the vision of the great Donald Ross, and one that is absolutely brilliant.

The greens are as tough as you’ve heard. Crowned, with endless runoffs and most spots leaving impossible up-and-downs.  Still, I think if you miss in the correct side of the green, you’ll have a chance. So take a caddy and be sure to ask him the best spot to miss the green!

I was surprised at how narrow many of the fairways were, too.  And, because they run firm-and-fast, many tee shots will scurry into the ample sandy waste areas flanking every hole. Be ready to play out of the sand, because eventually you will.

With all the history that’s taken place on Number 2, it brings up a nostalgic feeling as you walk the fairways and navigate the many difficult holes.

It’s amplified walking up the final hole, thinking about all the greats who have made the very same trek. Don’t be surprised at how close the 18th green is to the clubhouse — rather, focus up and do your best to finish in style.

Pinehurst No. 8

The number 8 course takes you off the main resort property to a secluded location about 10 minutes down the road. It’s not your “typical” Pinehurst style golf course, but is every bit as fun to play.

Number 8 still has plenty of tree-lined fairways, and features quite a bit of elevation change on the front nine.

The back nine is highlighted by a fresh water marsh that adds beauty and challenge to the course.

If you’re looking to mix it up with a friendly, fun layout, add Number 8 to your tee sheet.

Thistle Dhu

Located adjacent to the Number 4 course 1st tee (on the main resort club), you’ll find the 18-hole putting course. It’s a great way to settle wagers, kill some time between rounds, or enjoy as the sun goes down.

The green is quite expansive, with some crazy undulations throughout. The pre-set course works around the perimeter of the green for the most part and is a fun little layout. However, I’d suggest making it up as you go, and really create some unique and undulating putts!

Downtown Pinehurst

Pinehurst is about as quaint of a town you could ever want. Shops, restaurants and bars line the quiet streets that have just enough bustle to keep you interested.

Pick a restaurant and enjoy some post round spirits, just a few minute drive (or walk) from the golf courses and Resort.


Final Thoughts

Pinehurst Resort is an absolute must for the golf enthusiast. It’s one of those places that has a special feeling to it — something that’s tough to describe, and one you simply must experience for yourself.