Pinehurst Resort: Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World

An aerial view of Pinehurst No. 8.
Pinehurst, and its golf courses, needs little introduction
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Quick Facts

  • Number of Rooms

  • Amenities

    Eight restaurants / putting course / par-3 course / brewery / spa / lawn sports
  • Number of courses

  • Course designers

    Pinehurst No. 1 (Dr. Leroy Carver, John Dunn Tucker, Donald Ross), Pinehurst No. 2 (Donald Ross), Pinehurst No. 3 (Donald Ross), Pinehurst No. 4 (Donald Ross, Gil Hanse), Pinehurst No. 5 (Ellis Maples), Pinehurst No. 6 (George/Tom Fazio), Pinehurst No. 7 (Rees Jones), Pinehurst No. 8 (Tom Fazio), Pinehurst No. 9 (Jack Nicklaus)

Resort Overview

It’s accepted that St. Andrews is the “Home of Golf.” If that’s the case, the home of American golf is Pinehurst. For some, a trip to the Sandhills is like leaving home for college — golf college. Everything you’d want — all nine courses (with a 10th on the way), housing, dining — is elaborately placed around weaving roads and paths on a sprawling campus, pine straw bordering every turn. The quad in this analogy is just as delightful as your alma mater’s grassy space. It’s made up of an 18-hole putting course named Thistle Dhu that abuts a 9-hole short course named The Cradle, with a grassy perch filled with lawn chairs overlooking it all. A true Pinehurst Day involves all of them — say, 18 on Gil Hanse’s wide-open redesign of No. 4, a wedges-only loop on the short course and settling bets on the putting course. To complete the syllabus, pop in for a pint in the Ryder Cup Lounge or the new Pinehurst Brewing Co. Or, if you made birdie on any of No. 2’s par threes, a free beverage awaits in its 19th hole, the Deuce. Congratulations, graduate.


the deuce at pinehurst

The Deuce is perfect to eat, drink and watch golfers battle Pinehurst No. 2’s 18th green

Pinehurst Cradle

The Cradle short course is the ideal way to end a day

the pinehurst brewery

A brewery and BBQ? Say no more

3 things to know

  • Best time to go

    The fall brings pleasant temperatures without the humidity
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Croquet, the way it was meant to be played
  • Insider Tip

    Play in the late afternoon — the tall pines and their shadows create an epic canvas