By Golf Trip Junkie

 

The team at Golf Trip Junkie often receives questions from groups of golfers asking us what the best destination is for their next golf vacation. Without fail, three of our favorite resorts immediately come to mind—Pinehurst Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Pebble Beach Resort. Of course, budget normally plays a factor in deciding upon these great golf destinations, as well as other U.S. destinations that we work with, but many go with our recommendation for Pinehurst Resort, therefore, for the purpose of this particular article, I will focus on and highlight some of what makes Pinehurst Resort so awesome from a golf perspective.

Pinehurst Resort, in my personal opinion, is such a special place, both from enjoyment and historical point of view. With nine golf courses to choose from PLUS all the amenities the resort has to offer, the traveling golfer simply cannot go wrong there.

Here are some of what I love most about Pinehurst Resort and what all golfers should have a part of their Pinehurst Resort golf vacation.

 

PINEHURST NO. 2—A PREMIER & TOP-RANKED DONALD ROSS

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Originally designed by Donald Ross in 1902, with a restoration that occurred in 1974 by Robert Trent Jones and a recent one by the team of Coore & Crenshaw to bring the design back to its roots in 2010, just in time for the Men & Women’s U.S. Open Championship.

Pinehurst No. 2 is the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort. Made famous by hosting several U.S. Open Championships, golfers flock from all over the globe to experience what the world’s best golfers have come to know about this tremendous Donald Ross masterpiece. Tee shots are challenging and fun with awesome looks off each teeing ground. If you are fortunate enough to find the fairway, the real fun continues when planning approach shots into, what Donald Ross was most famous in his designs—crown-shaped and undulating greens. Even the slightest miscue on an approach will see golf balls rolling off the “false front” greens. Of course, the fun does not stop there. Once, finally on the putting surface, the speed of the greens challenge even the most skilled putters.

Sounds like fun, right?

Well, it certainly is!

At Golf Trip Junkie, we have yet to have golfers say that they would never want to play Pinehurst No. 2 again. In fact, even if the golfer(s) have taken a bit of a “mental beating” during their round on Pinehurst No. 2, more often than not they cannot wait to get back to take it on all over again.

Here is a list of just some of the championships played on Pinehurst No. 2:

  • 1902 to 1951 – North & South Open Championship
  • 1903 to present – North & South Women’s Amateur Championship
  • 1901 to present – North & South Men’s Amateur Championship
  • 1989 – U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • 1962, 2008 – U.S. Amateur
  • 1994 – U.S. Senior Open
  • 1936 – PGA Championship
  • 1951 – Ryder Cup
  • 1999, 2005 – U.S. Open Championship
  • 2014 – U.S. Men’s & Women’s Open Championships

Future championships scheduled include:

  • 2019 – U.S. Amateur (co-hosting with Pinehurst No. 4)
  • 2024 – U.S. Open Championship

 

PINEHURST NO. 4—A GIL HANSE MASTERPIECE

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Donald Ross originally designed Pinehurst No. 4 in 1919, followed by several restorations, including the most recent by Gil Hanse in 2017-2018.

In the fall of 2017, Pinehurst No. 4 closed for a full year while Hanse and his team oversaw a multi-million dollar golf course design restoration with the intent to create a landscape and golf course routing similar to the famed Pinehurst No. 2. The primary focus, to widen the fairways, expose the sand bunkers, and highlight the natural topography of the land.

Even before the Gil Hanse restoration, Pinehurst No. 4 was typically ranked in the top 5 for public or resort golf courses in North Carolina. No doubt a great golf course prior to the changes, and now will be an even better golf course experience, it is anticipated that Pinehurst No. 4 will be ranked #2 in North Carolina, only behind Pinehurst No. 2.

The changes that Hanse implemented on Pinehurst No. 4 are highly acclaimed and anticipated with the re-opening, scheduled for September 20, 2018. These changes to No. 4 will most certainly elevate Pinehurst Resort to an even higher level as a global golf destination than what it already is.

In 2008, Pinehurst No. 4 was the site for the Stroke Play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship, and will be again in 2019.

 

THE CRADLE SHORT COURSE—THE ULTIMATE SHORT GAME FUN

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Designed by Gil Hanse and opened in the fall of 2017, The Cradle Short Course has received tremendous fanfare from all customers of Golf Trip Junkie visiting Pinehurst Resort.

While creating golf packages for our customers, The Golf Team at Golf Trip Junkie always recommend The Cradle Course for a late afternoon round. Simply put, it is a boatload of fun for the avid golfer.

A course that plays 789-yards, this 9-hole course is an easy walk, especially following a round on Pinehurst No. 2 or No. 4 (or any of the other courses at Pinehurst Resort). All that is required are a few shorter clubs and away you go. With holes ranging in length from 56-yards to 127-yards, it is the perfect end to a day of golf, especially with a $50 green fee for unlimited play in a single day.

 

THISTLE DHU 18-HOLE PUTTING COURSE—A UNIQUE PUTTING SKILLS TEST

As the story goes, a gentleman by the name of James Barber—Owner of Barber Streamship Lines of New York, owned a home in Pinehurst, North Carolina. On his property, he built an 18-hole course, which has been touted as the first miniature golf course in the United States.

Upon completion of the miniature course and seeing it for the first time, Barber simply said “This’ll Do”, translated to Thistle Dhu.

Years later, the name stuck on this massively undulating and tremendously fun putting course.

Without question, Pinehurst Resort is among the most popular for customers of Golf Trip Junkie, and one that all avid golfers should experience at some point in their lives. Pinehurst Resort is a special and historic place, one that has a certain peace about it, and definitely well worth the experience.

 

To create your ideal Pinehurst golf package, contact one of the golf vacation specialists at Golf Trip Junkie today – 877.634.0790.

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