Four Days At Pinehurst Resort

Celebrate 100 years at the cradle of American golf

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Day 1 2007 is a special year for Pinehurst Resort: The new Pinehurst Golf Academy recently opened its doors to students, and Nos. 2 and 4 will be in tournament shape as they prepare for the 2008 U.S. Amateur. But the big news is that  Pinehurst’s most famous course, Donald Ross’ legendary No. 2, turns 100 years old.

With its turtleback greens and well-positioned bunkers, the Ross layout may be 100, but the Southern gem hasn’t lost its bite. Remember two years ago? New Zealand’s Michael Campbell squeaked out a U.S. Open victory over Tiger Woods by shooting even par for 72 holes.

Of course, Pinehurst isn’t just about the legacy of Donald Ross and birthday celebrations; the resort will also host the U.S. Kids World Championships in August, and it’s consistently ranked as a top resort for families to visit and play together. Put simply, Pinehurst offers something for every member of your family. 

Day 1: Play No. 3
From March to November, Delta Airlines flies into Moore County Airport, located about five miles from the resort. If you’re traveling during other times of the year, fly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport, located about 70 miles away. Rent a car or request a hotel shuttle, and hit the road for Pinehurst. Once you’re there, you won’t need a car, as shuttles are available to all resort amenities.

Since you’re probably itching to tee it up (but might be a little rusty), we suggest heading to Pinehurst No. 3, the resort’s shortest course. Although the average hole measures only 315 yards, No. 3 is the perfect warm-up for your four-day Pinehurst getaway. In fact, the 1910 Donald Ross design recently underwent a renovation that saw its greens replaced with Penn G-2 bent grass, a move that has placed more of an emphasis on short game skills. Even the legendary putter Ben Crenshaw commented that, “there’s plenty of character [to the holes],” so get in some practice before your trip, especially with your flatstick. You’ll need it over the coming days.

Where To Stay

The Carolina
220 Four-Star guest rooms, including suites, The Carolina Dining Room and Coffee Shop, The Cupola Apparel Shop, West Lawn pool and complimentary shuttle service.

The Holly Inn
82 Four-Star guest rooms, including suites, an outdoor pool, the Four-Diamond-rated 1895 Grille and The Tavern, which features an authentic hand-carved Scottish bar. 

The Manor
45 deluxe guest rooms, including suites, Hackers Bar and Grill, and the Pine Room (a lounge for reading or watching TV).

Villas & Condos
There are currently 10 four-bedroom villas or 40 individual villa guest rooms and 100 condos available.

Day 2Day 2: The Academy & Course No. 7
On your second day, choices abound. You can either schedule 36 holes or spend the morning at the recently opened Pinehurst Golf Academy. You’ll be guaranteed plenty of attention on all aspects of your game. Those who need improvement with their short game should check out their hi-tech putting studio complete with video technology that analyzes your stroke.

With eight courses to choose from at Pinehurst, you probably won’t play all of them, so mix it up with a bit of the old and new. Today, if you choose to play 36, tackle the newer courses like Nos. 7 and 8. Both are designed by two of the world’s most celebrated architects, “Open Doctor” Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. Unlike the historic Ross courses, Nos. 7 and 8 were constructed within the last 25 years.

No. 7, a 1986 Jones design, was renovated in 2002 and regularly ranks as the second most-difficult course at Pinehurst Resort, so choose your shots wisely. No. 8 twice hosted the PGA Club Pro Championship and ranks highly among men and women alike.


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