Pinehurst No.2 Course
The No. 2 recently celebrated its centenary, and Donald Ross' design is not only among the world's best, but has also hosted more championships than any other in the United States. Play here, and you will be following in famous footsteps, evoking memories of golf's finest moments, the 1951 Ryder Cup and Payne Stewart's poignant US Open victory in 1999 to name just two. The 7,335 yard layout is championship golf in its purest form.
Pinehurst No.1 Course
Leroy Culver's rudimentary 1898 design for the No. 1 Course was heavily reworked by Donald Ross with outstanding results. Though relatively short - 6,128 yards - like any other Donald Ross layout, No. 1 is challenging, but playable for everyone. Straight driving and a sharp short game are essential.
Pinehurst No.3 Course
Though it only reaches 5,682 yards, Pinehurst No. 3 is a fascinating challenge; indeed, the great Ben Crenshaw is just one of the many admirers of the course, whose holes are crammed with character and charm. No. 3 is the perfect way to get used to the Pinehurst terrain before heading for the main attractions.
Pinehurst No.4 Course
The No. 4 Course may have retained its name, but Donald Ross' original 1919 creation was essentially rebuilt by Tom Fazio in 2000. Some 140 pot bunkers pepper the new layout, which will be used for the 2008 US Amateur Championship. The best holes are the scenic, water-surrounded 13th and 14th.
Pinehurst No.5 Course
Pinehurst No. 5 was created in 1961 by Ellis Maples, who stayed true to the fundamental design ethos of Donald Ross - that is, the natural character of the landscape dictated how the course was created. There are countless hazards and changes in elevation, but the 6,848 yard layout will be enjoyed by one and all.
Pinehurst No.6 Course
In 2005, Tom Fazio's redesign of his original 1979 creation of the No. 6 Course was unveiled, with brand new putting surfaces and more astute bunkering. The rolling hills are beautiful, and the demanding back nine is classic Fazio.
Pinehurst No.7 Course
Pinehurst No. 7 was opened in 1986, and spans some of the most rugged and beautiful land to be found around the resort. Designed by Rees Jones, and measuring 7,216 yards, No. 7 is a masterpiece that features challenging wetlands and fingered bunkers, demanding creative use of every club in the bag.
Pinehurst No.8 Course
Commissioned to commemorate the resort's centenary in 1996, No. 8 rounds off Pinehurst's impressive portfolio, and has been extremely well received since opening. Tom Fazio's creation is a tribute to Donald Ross, the heart and soul of Pinehurst. Gullies and swales around the greens are typical, demanding a delicate short game above all else.
Make sure your short game is tight at Pinehurst; the crowned greens, with their notorious closely mown run-off areas, demand the most delicate touch.