The tranquil and quiet atmosphere at Pinehurst, North Carolina made it a preferred vacation destination and a perfect place to live in. With the 8 world-renowned golf courses, Pinehurst has already hosted a number of golf championships. Famous golf legends and designers like Fazio, Ross, Maples, and Jones made Pinehurst a home to their own masterpieces. This 2,000-acre land area now holds some of the world’s challenging and exciting golf holes.
This #1 course is the first stay and play facility of Pinehurst. The course’s par 70, 6, 128 yard layout has the Donald Ross’ touch even though Dr. Leroy Culver built the first nine holes while John Dunn Tucker added the next nine challenging holes. It is more of a course than it originally appears that wild drives or a sloppy short game can make a long day.
This second stay and play facility is the considered as the best of the best. The challenging course Pinehurst #2 features the undulating greens, carefully placed bunkers, and the strategic layout have tested even the experienced golfer. According to Ross, “it is the fairest test of Championship golf.” The course was also cited as one of the country’s top ten layouts.
The topography of Pinehurst # 3 is a bit more rolling as compared to the rest of the courses. In this course, it is said that distance is not a factor but rather the direction. The entire layout still carries the typical Ross characteristics with the tricky greens as well as the straightforward layout. This course involves 5,682 yards of play.
This fourth stay and play facility is another course with the majority of Ross’ original routing. The course first opened in 1919 but after Fazio renovated the entire layout, there were already 140 new pot bunkers and an incredible new lake making the course entirely different from the first time it opened. Fazio reopened Pinehurst # 4 in 2000 as a brand new course.
Designed by Ellis Maples, Pinehurst # 5 holds true to a key Ross feature. With Mother Nature as the best guide in golf architecture, Maples placed more water hazards than any of the other courses. The layout is also considered as the one of the prettiest especially the Cathedral Hole which is the par-three 15th. Variations of an uphill and downhill, left-to-right or vice versa and the long and short par fours are expected to come into plays.
The George and Tom Fazio tandem has created this sixth stay and play facility. Pinehurst # 6 has the dramatic sites with plenty of elevation changes. Its terrain is more rugged and the entire layout is surrounded by woods, water, and the thick vegetation. The back nine is still considered as the toughest as compared to the other esteemed courses.
Pinehurst # 7 is located a mile away from the clubhouse. This 7th stay and play facility has an added interesting features like the vast bunkers that require bold tee shots and the wetlands to clear and double doglegs. Its 18th hole that is a downhill par 5 to a green flanked by water requires power and pinpoint accuracy. Some of the old bunkers were also incorporated in the layout.
This 8th stay and play facility was opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst’s centennial celebration. Fazio added the sloping greens, false fronts, and the dips and swales around the greens that were considered as signature Ross features. Pinehurst # 8 served as the site for the Club Pro Championship in 1997 and 1998. The layout is located 2 miles away from the main clubhouse.
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