GOLF AT PINEHURST
“If I had one golf course, from a design standpoint, one that I really love, it would probably be Pinehurst. There’s a totally tree-lined golf course where trees are not a part of the strategy.”
- Jack Nicklaus
A three-time U.S. Open Site. A three-time winner of Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine's Best Golf Resort in America award. The home of the famed No 2. golf course.
Pinehurst's story begins in 1895, when Boston Philanthropist James Walker Tufts purchased 5,800 acres of ravaged timberland in the Sandhills region of central North Carolina. This land once held a flourishing pine forest that had been cut for timber and used for its plentiful supply of turpentine and building supplies. What was left behind was a barren, sandy wasteland and a pasture; the perfect location for what would become the Home of American Golf.
On September 9, 2020, the USGA announced Pinehurst is the first Anchor Site of the U.S. Open, with the championship returning to Pinehurst in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041, and 2047. The U.S. Open's return in 2024 will mark the first time in over a century the USGA has awarded four Opens to a single site in a span of 25 years. It will also mark the 25th anniversary of the moment Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open with a dramatic par putt to win by a stroke over Phil Mickelson.
"I have great memories of visiting Pinehurst in the old days. For a kid from Latrobe to visit the golf capital of the world was a special treat."
- Arnold Palmer
FEATURED RETREAT COURSES
No. 2 - The Centerpiece of Pinehurst
Pinehurst No. 2 has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and hosted back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open Championships for the first time in 2014. Created by Donald Ross, the course exists in a class unto itself but it is not alone in its charm and challenge. With multiple works by Ross and others by some of the game's great designers - Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Gil Hanse, Rees Jones among them - the course is blessed by grand designs.
No. 4 - The Perfect Complement
Gil Hanse’s redesign of Pinehurst No. 4 is a bold expression of pure, timeless Carolinas Sandhills golf.
Visually stunning from tee to green, exposed sand areas, vast cross bunkers and native wire grass meld with the site’s rolling topography and natural ridge lines to create dramatic vistas and strategic options on every hole. Less than a year after reopening in 2018, No. 4 joined famed No. 2 as the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur.
No. 7 - A Championship Test
Designed in 1986 by Rees Jones and Robert Trent, Jr., No. 7's layout unfolds over dramatic, hilly terrain that’s dotted with wetlands in lower-lying areas. Every hole on No. 7 features something to test your game. Just ask Tiger Woods, who won his lone Pinehurst title to date here in the 1992 Big I Junior Classic.
No. 8 - The Centennial
Opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst’s centennial, Tom Fazio designed No. 8, synthesizing all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout. Fazio took full advantage of the 420 acres of rolling terrain and natural wetlands to fashion a course that’s visually enthralling and challenging yet fun to play.