North Carolina is steeped in history and distinction. Keeping with this tradition is one of
the top golf destinations within the state, Pinehurst. You have nine courses on the beautifully
landscaped two thousand acre property to choose from, each with its own challenges and
unique characteristics. Pinehurst is considered the cradle of American golf and has had legends
make their mark on their memorable courses since its inception. When you purchase one of the
available Pinehurst golf packages you will also have the opportunity to make your mark and
create memories that will last beyond a lifetime.
The story of Pinehurst started in 1895 when a philanthropist from Boston named James
Walker Tufts purchased the barren, completely forested land. Many people thought the man
was a fool for purchasing what was viewed as worthless land but he had a vision and he wanted
to help his fellow ailing Americans. He worked quickly and within the first year he was doing
quite well with his endeavor. In the beginning of Pinehurst many recreational activities were very
popular (such as tennis, hunting, and archery). However, it wasn’t until 1898 that golf first made
its appearance- when some guests were apparently hitting a small white ball around the cattle
grazing fields, which did not please the cows. Tufts hired a man by the name of Dr. D. Leroy
Culver to design and build the first set of nine holes which was quickly followed by the
clubhouse. John Dunn Tucker was Pinehurst’s first golf professional and was asked to add
another nine holes onto the course. This first set of eighteen holes became known as Pinehurst
No. 1, and by 1903 the Pinehurst Golf Club was established and becoming quite notable and
The humble beginnings of Pinehurst have given way to a property that has hosted more
championships than any other golf resort in the country. The world renowned courses have
been designed by the best course architects and each course offers players a whole new
experience. The Pinehurst golf packages offer you two nights and two courses to play on so
then the questions becomes, “which two courses do you choose?”
The first course is rich with history and is quite reminiscent of Scottish courses, with the
liberal use of bunkers. Donald Ross had a simple, yet effective philosophy for his course
architecture which is what you feel as you play.
Pinehurst No. 2 is celebrated worldwide and has been open since 1907. It’s known for
rolling greens which are considered some of the most challenging in the world. This course was
restored in 2010.
No. 3 is the shortest course but comes with tiny elevated greens that will give you a run
for your money. Accuracy is a necessity for this course.
Pinehurst No. 4 was recently reimagined by Tom Fazio. Fazio followed Ross’s classical
routing but brought the routes a more modern design.
Course 5 was designed by Ross’s protégé, Ellis Maples. This course gives a wonderful
variety of holes that follow the natural flow of the land. This course has more water hazards than
the other holes.
No. 6 is more rugged than the other courses, and was designed Tom Fazio and his
uncle George and the style of the course makes that partnership very apparent. This is
considered one of Pinehurst’s more challenging courses.
Pinehurst No. 7 is one of the longest tracks. It was designed by Rees Jones and is on
the site of an old employee course. This course demands accuracy, aggression, and patience.
Course No. 8 was designed to celebrate Pinehurst’s centennial and Tom Fazio designed
the perfect accolade for this momentous occasion. This course is a nod to No. 2 and truly an
embodiment of what Pinehurst is all about.
No. 9 was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus and embraces the natural swells of
the land. The course is interesting but well-balanced and will make any golfer happy.
Pinehurst golf packages are the best way to get the most for your money and be sure to
talk to one of our experts to cater a package just for you!
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