North Carolina Golf Holidays

Our North Carolina Golf Holidays are centred on the legendary resort of Pinehurst.

For such a revered golf destination - arguably second only to St. Andrews in Scotland - it seems somewhat ironic that the original reason for the founding of Pinehurst, North Carolina, was to provide a settlement for sick people. Soon after, due to the high costs of running such a facility, it became a place of leisure for the healthy and wealthy.

A patron of Pinehurst named Dr. Leroy Culver accepted an offer to design and construct a nine-hole course on the property. The resulting layout was an instant success and plans were soon made for a new clubhouse and an additional nine holes. In January of 1900, a year after the clubhouse opened, Pinehurst had its first 18-hole course (later called No.1). The following December, it also had a new head professional: no less than Donald Ross.

The demand for golf at Pinehurst grew quickly and soon another nine-holer was open for play - probably designed by Ross. With the addition of another nine holes in 1907 - definitely designed by Donald - the No. 2 course was complete. Still, the interest in golf kept growing. By 1923, the resort had four courses and all had been designed or remodelled by Ross. Throughout the US, nowhere had golf become such an important part of the landscape.

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Today - with eight courses now at the resort and many, many others available in surrounding cities - the Pinehurst area is still the No. 1 golf mecca in America. If you love golf, you've got to go.

Even though its infrastructure was modernized in 1998, the No. 1 course at Pinehurst Resort is pretty much the same tract that guests played in the early 1900s. Like the village of Pinehurst itself, the No. 1 course is a charming trip to another time. Do not, however, be misled by the fact that it's the second-shortest course at the resort (6,128 yards from the furthest of four tees). The fairways are tight, the greens are tiny, and there aren't many flat lies to be found anywhere.

As for the No. 2 course ...Site of the U.S. Open in 1999 and 2005, the consensus No. 1 course in North Carolina, and No. 2 on Golf Digest's most recent list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses." At 7,252 yards from the tips (three other tees are available), the No. 2 course is the longest at Pinehurst Resort.  Getting it up-and-down after a miss to small and sloping greens may take some magic... or a miracle. No doubt about it: Pinehurst No. 2 is a challenging layout. But it's also very pretty, extremely interesting and fun to play.

No. 3 is short but oh so sweet and No.4 is good enough to be used as one of the qualifying courses for the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship. No. 5 has a wonderful variety of holes - uphill, downhill, doglegs, long and short par fours - and gets more play than any course at the resort.  The No. 6 course (opened in 1979) was the last of the eight exceptional courses here to be built near the beautiful and historic clubhouse. Originally designed by Tom Fazio and his Uncle George, No. 6 was completely renovated and updated to USGA specifications by Tom in 2004 - with new greens, new bunkers, and new shot values on almost every hole. No. 6 was a big-time layout before; it's even more of a championship course now (7,157 yards from the tips).

Located a mile from the main clubhouse, Pinehurst No. 7 was built on some of the most rugged land around the village. Thanks to the terrain, there's much more of a "mountain course" feel to this Rees Jones-designed layout than at any other in this remarkable rota. Opened in 1986, the course was renovated and lengthened by the architect in 2003 (500 yards were added and it now measures 7,125 yards from the back tees). Pinehurst No. 8 was created to celebrate Pinehurst Resort's centennial in 1996. A Tom Fazio design that's sturdy enough to have hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship in 1997 and 1998, No. 8 is also considered a "player friendly" golf course.

Eight gorgeous golf courses, very different from each other but very close. Pinehurst is where you can relax, live and breathe golf and enjoy the wonderful ambience and climate of Pinehurst.

   

Golf Accommodation and Hotels

  • Pinehurst Resort & Spa4 star 

    Pinehurst Resort & Spa

    At Pinehurst you'll have the choice of three distinctive properties - the regal Carolina, the historic Holly Inn, or the tranquil Manor. Each one is full of the flavour of the Old South and is centrally located near the Village of Pinehurst. Guests also have a choice of nine gourmet restaurants, …

     
  • Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club4 star 

    Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

    The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club features 271 guest rooms and suites, including the elegant Presidential Suite and Homestead Suite, and a selection of equally luxurious deluxe, master and junior suites and four family suites. Each room or suite overlooks the magnificent championship Duke …

     

Golf Courses

  • Carolina National golf course

    Carolina National

    Carolina National Golf Club is a 27-hole Fred Couples Signature golf facility set along the Lockwood Folly River and is certified as an Audubon Sanctuary Golf Course. The pristine layout winds through scenic low country terrain and offers an endless variety of playing experiences. The course was …

  • Longview golf course

    Longview

    When a commitment is made to create the region’s finest golf community and to dedicate this community to excellence without compromise, who else would one turn but to Jack Nicklaus?  More than just another golf course, Longview is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, a designation that …

  • Pinehurst golf course

    Pinehurst

    Pinehurst No. 1    This is where it all began. Even though Dr. Leroy Culver built the first rudimentary nine holes and John Dunn Tucker added the next nine, it is clearly Donald Ross' touch that can be seen on this first golf course. Don't let the short 6,128-Yard, Par 70 fool you - it's …

  • Washington Duke Inn & Club golf course

    Washington Duke Inn & Club

     Enjoy a fun and challenging day on the links with friends, family or colleagues. The beautiful 18-hole championship Duke University Golf Course opened in 1957 and is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. Redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994, the Course is …

  • Medinah Country Club golf course

    Medinah Country Club

    A Tom Bendelow Course, updated by Rees Jones in 2003, which upholds golf tradition and history.

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Our North Carolina Golf Holidays are centred around the Pinehurst resort, with 8 Pinehurst golf courses now at the resort and many, many other North Carolina Golf Breaks available in surrounding cities.