Travel Guide: 4-Day Weekend Golfing at Pinehurst

Before there was Bandon Dunes, Streamsong, or Cabot Links, there was Pinehurst. It is North America’s OG golfing vacation resort. Players have been flocking to the Sandhills of North Carolina since 1897. Now, Pinehurst features 9 eighteen hole golfing programs, furthermore a 9 hole brief study course. The crown jewel, Donald Ross’s masterwork No. 2, is explanation adequate to get on a plane. But there’s in fact so substantially golfing below it is well worth paying some time down in Tar Heel region. Although ten programs in 4 days may be a Sisyphean activity, a lengthy weekend is the excellent introduction to golfing at Pinehurst—plus you can normally appear back again.

Having there

Pinehurst Village is a scant hour and 20 minutes from Raleigh Intercontinental airport and about two hours from Charlotte, so people have a couple options for flights. The Pinehurst Resort delivers a shuttle for company from the Raleigh airport for $a hundred each and every way per human being, so a rental car or truck is not required—but if you’re keen to get off the home, we’d advise just one as Lyft and Uber are non-existent. Although there are cabs, they can be both high-priced and difficult to appear by.


The Carolina Resort
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Where by to Remain

The Pinehurst Resort delivers a number of options for lodging. The Carolina Resort is very easily the most convenient area to remain. Its entrance door is a brief wander (or a speedy shuttle trip) to the major club house and about five minutes on foot to the centre of the Village. It is obtained a posh Old Planet vibe and stately guest rooms, and breakfast is just off the foyer.

The Holly Inn dates back again to 1895 and is the oldest hotel on home. The not too long ago renovated Manor attributes the resort’s ideal whiskey bar—perfect for a tipple before mattress. And larger sized teams can elect to remain at the Carolina Villas, which function guest rooms connected to a shared living place.

Front exterior image of The Manor, Pinehurst's oldest hotel

Pinehurst’s historic Manor Inn dates back again to 1907
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Players who would desire to remain off home also have some nice options, but will not be in a position to pre-book tee situations on Pinehurst Courses. The Lodge at Pine Needles is only a couple minutes away and is itself a stellar golfing vacation resort. There are also options from Marriott, Wyndham, and Vacation Inn for vacationers who want to make or burn details.

Where by to Eat and Drink

It is well worth noting that Pinehurst delivers a couple deals, and some of them incorporate foods (minus drinks). In this article are some preferred locations to gas up and wind down before and immediately after a working day on the environmentally friendly.

Breakfast

The Carolina Eating Area (in the Carolina Resort) attributes a sizeable breakfast buffet with hundreds of options, sweet and savory. But really do not slumber on the homemade biscuits and gravy. Pro idea: Toss a few of freshly fried eggs and some incredibly hot sauce on leading.

Down in the Village, the Agora Bakery and Cafe, which occupies an outdated financial institution, makes a tasty cappuccino a decadent bacon egg and cheese on a buttery biscuit and Elvis Toast with peanut butter, banana, honey, furthermore bacon.

For more diner-design fare, The Villager Deli delivers tasty concoctions your physician might not advise (but we do). 1 of our favorites, the Pinehurst #6 (aka, the Porky Pegg Sandwich) with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, and mayo on toast.

Lunch

You will possible decide up the mid-working day meal from just one of the halfway residences on the study course. The hen salad in a cup is delightful, but if you have a little bit of time among rounds, seize a table exterior at The Deuce so you can watch players strike into eighteen and end their round on No. 2 though you scarf down a burger and tater tots.

Red brick front entrance to Pinehurst Brewing Company

Pinehurst Brewing Organization
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Evening meal

Between the vacation resort and the neighboring place, dining options at Pinehurst are even more plentiful than golfing programs.

The Pinehurst Brewery, as you’d be expecting from the title, is a brew pub with a big assortment of craft beers. The 1895 Lager is very easily the most drinkable—and you will come across a canned edition on the golfing programs. The stout is darkish and prosperous in flavor though the blonde ale is crisp, tart, and goes down a minimal much too simple. For foods, the Brewery primarily serves pizzas and sluggish-and-lower cooked barbecue. If you’re there on a Monday or Tuesday, ribs are on the menu—and they’re legit.

The Tavern is a further strong vacation resort solution with outdated-timey allure inside the Holly Inn. Their pub-design fare is convenience foods finished ideal. The hen fried hen with smashed potatoes, collard greens, and black pepper gravy is a further just one that may attract the ire of your cardiologist, but it is manufactured from a magic formula recipe. (You’re on trip, immediately after all.)

For a vintage Italian menu, vacationers will want to strike up the off-vacation resort Villaggio Ristorante and Bar. A major bowl of house-manufactured pasta in a prosperous carbonara sauce is a fantastic way to tank up immediately after 36 holes. For players who want a refined farm-to-table dining encounter, Elliotts on Linden results in stunning plates applying contemporary, regional ingredients. Those in lookup of anything severely carnivorous should really head back again to the Carolina Eating Area for a twelve-ounce ribeye or steak Diane.

Landscape of Pinehurst No. 4 golf course at the 11th hole

Pinehurst No. 4—11th hole
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Working day one: Pinehurst No. four

Check out to land as early as you can so you can get to the vacation resort for a warmup. You will want to devote at least half your practice session at the brief activity place. Chipping and pitching is distinctive below the tight lies and sandy soil might not concur with the bounce loft combos on your wedges. Some locals and caddies advise seeking to determine out how to chip with an eight iron and many others with a hybrid. It definitely will come down to what’s cozy. You will want to really feel at peace all over the greens before you tee off.

On Pinehurst No. four, you will come across wide fairways that are simple to strike even if you aren’t driving the ball significantly effectively. The check below on Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner’s 2019 renovation is on the 2nd and 3rd shots. Lots of of the greens are shaped to avert all but high quality iron shots from holding the placing floor. Even if you come across the environmentally friendly in regulation, putts can be lightning quickly and difficult to examine. The essential to taking part in effectively below (and practically just about every study course in the place) is to deeply consider the slope and grain before you strike the solution, as the contours can guide the ball both towards and away from the hole.

If you have however obtained some fuel still left in the tank and a couple hours of daylight to burn, pop into the professional shop, and see if they can get you out for an emergency 9.

Working day 2: Pinehurst No. 2 and The Cradle

Pinehurst No. 2 is the explanation you’re below. The Donald Ross masterpiece is gorgeous, framed by large pines and epic sand. The study course has hosted a slew of major and USGA championships and is now an ‘anchor site’ in the rotation of U.S. Open venues for 2029, 2035, 2041, and 2047.

It is a check with not just teeth but fangs. Absolutely sure, there are only a couple spots in which out of bounds appear into perform and only just one water hazard on the course—so you will not shed quite a few balls—but the hazard is in which you come across them. Enormous sandy waste spots with wispy pockets of native grass make taking part in from anyplace but the fairway problematic.

And then there are the greens. Ross, who was born in Dornoch, Scotland—home to Royal Dornoch, just one of our beloved programs on the planet—built environmentally friendly complexes on No. 2 that desire precision. They’re all slick, grainy, and complicated to examine. Lots of function a turtle back again form with edges that can fling your ball 20 yards away. Neglect about the flags, and just hearth for the middle of each and every environmentally friendly and attempt to make a lengthy-ish putt. But really do not get much too intense with the flat adhere, specifically when you’re downhill and down grain, otherwise you may need to have a further club for the up coming shot.

Landscape of The Cradle golf course at Pinehurst Resort

The Cradle, a 9 hole study course built by Gil Hanse, has been referred to as ‘the most pleasurable ten acres in all of golf”—Golf Channel.
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Just after your round and a hearty lunch at the Deuce—where you can watch many others perform into the 18th on No. 2—treat your self to a therapeutic massage if you have obtained time, then seize a beverage and saunter off to The Cradle. It is a 9 hole brief study course built by Gil Hanse that’s excellent for settling or making new bets. You will not need to have substantially more than a wedge for the longest tee shot, but even so it is a obstacle to adhere it close.

Working day three: Pinehurst No. eight and Pinehurst No. 6

Tom Fazio built Pinehurst No. eight for Pinehurst’s a hundredth birthday. It is a fantastic vacation resort study course that rolls up and down the hills and by means of wetlands. Not like most of the programs at Pinehurst, there are some shots that call for a carry around water, like the gorgeous 14th hole. Players can bite off as substantially as they can chew around the marsh to a fairway that doglegs nearly 45 levels from the tee.

Just after lunch, head around to Pinehurst No. 6—another Tom Fazio observe (he labored on this just one with his uncle George Fazio). The study course, laid out in 1975, is a beloved of quite a few regional associates (sure, you can be a part of Pinehurst) and is a little bit of a sleeper with company. There aren’t as quite a few expansive waste spots, but there are a couple water dangers, some tricky canine legs, and a fantastic selection of par threes to check your mid irons.

Working day four

Just after your to start with round at Pinehurst No. 2, possibilities are you will be hankering for revenge. Don’t wait around for your up coming journey. Carpe diem!

If you have booked a late flight, as we advise you do, on the way to the airport, you should really have time to stop and perform Tobacco Highway. It is radically distinctive from just about anything else you have played in the place. Intended by Mike Stranz, it is daring and in your facial area with as substantially visible intimidation as we’ve at any time viewed. The study course attributes hundreds of blind shots and crazy bunkering coupled with waste spots that also provide as cart paths. But on the other facet you will come across wide fairways with a lot of place for imperfect shots and some actually amazing environmentally friendly complexes. Similarly overwhelming is the spicy pimento cheese canine, but we’d advise you just take that on as effectively.

Want to Remain Longer?

If you have obtained the time, the Sandhills have the programs. There are however five more programs at Pinehurst which includes No. one, which begun it all.

The aforementioned trio of tracks, Pine Needles, which will host the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open, Mid Pines and Southern Pines are all unique Donald Ross magnificent patterns, and effectively well worth their personal journey.

 


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