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Pinehurst No.2 Golf Course

1 Carolina Vista Drive,

Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina NC 28374

  • Office

    +1 (855) 235 8507
  • Pro shop

    +1 (910) 235 8141
  • Fax

    +1 (910) 255 3360
  • Golf pro

    Eric Alpenfels (Head Academy Instructor)
  • Academy

    Pinehurst Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Inland sandhills course. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and other Pinehurst golf courses

  • Designer:

    Original design by Donald Ross (1907), with subsequent modifications by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1974), Rees Jones (1998) and Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2010).

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Fanning out from Pinehurst Resort's impressive clubhouse, are five of the Resort's ten 18-hole golf courses: No.1 course (par-70, 6089 yds from back tees); No.2 course (U.S. Open venue, par-72, 7588 yds); No.3 course (par-70, 5722 yds); No.4 course (par-72, 7117 yds); No.5 course (par-72, 6848 yds). Also adjacent to the clubhouse is the 9-hole Cradle course (par-27, 789 yds, designed by Gil Hanse) and 18-hole Thistle Dhu putting course.

Located within two miles of this central clubhouse, and separate from each other, are four more Pinehurst Resort courses: No.6 course (par-72, 7053 yds); No.7 course (par-72, 7216 yds); No.8 course (Centennial, par-72, 7092 yds) and No.9 course (formerly National GC, par-72, 7118 yds). <br/><br/>5 miles to the south lies the Resort's newest 18-hole course, the Tom Doak designed No.10 (formerly The Pit Golf Links).






How to get there:

1 mile W of Pinehurst Traffic Circle

From the Pinehurst traffic circle (intersection of the US-15-501, 211 and 2) follow the 2-West direction Pinehurst. After 1.3 miles turn left into Carolina Vista Drive. After 300 yards parking is on your right (bag drop straight ahead).

Pinehurst No.2 Golf Course

5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!

Est. 1907

Pinehurst No.2 Golf Course is the most famous of all the Pinehurst courses, revered the world over, and understandably so. Designed by the legendary Donald Ross, "No.2" opened in 1907. Ross, who was born in Dornoch in Scotland, regarded the course as “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” He was associated with the course for nearly a half-century, living in a brick built house next to the third green and continually improving the course until his death in 1948.

Talk to anyone who has played this Donald Ross masterpiece, and they may not recall the wonderfully understated design, the immaculate upkeep, absence of water hazards and out-of-bounds, or the mature pine trees that beautifully define the holes. They may even forget to mention the relatively flat good-width fairways, or the "scruffy" waste areas that line them ( ... these fabricated sandy waste areas are liberally, and somewhat unnaturally dotted with clumps of wire-grass, as tough to play out of as thick Scottish heather. However, what most remember, perhaps with shot-by-shot clarity, are the adventures they had in and around the greens.

Call them what you will .... turtle-backs, inverted saucers or upturned pudding bowls. Pinehurst No.2 has some of the most difficult crowned greens that you'll find in golf. Slick run-off areas around these domed putting surfaces simply serve to magnify your troubles. If any part of your game needs to be completely on song to score well on No.2, it's your chipping and putting. Your bunker play will also need to be top draw. Getting into the many deep steep-faced bunkers that fiercely protect the greens is easy; much harder to get out of them.

Without doubt Pinehurst No.2 is one of the most celebrated of the world's major championship courses. But whether you regard it as a fair test of golf, or a cruel one, may largely depend on the strength of your short game on and around the greens.

Stay&Play at Pinehurst Resort: three historic Pinehurst Resort hotels (Carolina Hotel, Holly Inn and Manor Inn) are located o.5 mi from the golf clubhouse, from which courses No.1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 radiate out (see Where2Stay section below).

List of courses: Pinehurst, NC


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Non-resort guests can only book 1-day ahead.

Green fees

Contact club/resort for information on golf rates and Stay&Play packages.

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted if accompanied by a caddie. Caddies available at all times and generally used by visiting players. Golf carts must remain on the cart path. On a first outing here, it's best to take a caddie - difficult to read the greens without one.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Overlooking the 18th green on the No.2 course is Pinehurst's Walk of Fame, with statues honouring Payne Stewart, Richard Tufts (grandson of Pinehurst's founder James W. Tufts), Donald Ross and Robert Dedman (whose Dallas-based Club Corporation of America, revived Pinehurst in the 1980's).

Pinehurst Resort's clubhouse is also a great place to spend some time. Strolling its impressive corridors provides the opportunity to review many showcases of memorabilia from U.S. Opens and other top level championships that have been played here. The brick built house to the left of the third green on the No.2 course is the former home of Donald Ross.

Pinehurst No.2's Roll of Honour includes many distinguished legends of the game. Ben Hogan won his first professional tournament here (1940 North & South Open), which convinced him to remain a touring professional. Jack Nicklaus and Curtis Strange both won here as amateurs (North & South Men's Amateur).

Perhaps the images most strongly etched in golfers' minds are those associated with Payne Stewart winning the US Open here in 1999. In 2005 Michael Campbell won that same title on the No.2 course; in 2014 it was Martin Kaymer's turn. The U.S. Women's Open was also played here in 2014, Michelle Wie collecting her first victory in a major championship. For more details see Major Golf Tournaments at Pinehurst No.2 golf course.

Published ranking

No.2 course:
North Carolina's No.1 course (Golf Digest, 2023/24).
USA's 29th best course and 6th best public access course (Golf Digest, 2023).
World's 21st best course (GOLF Magazine, 2023/24) and 15th best public access course (Golf World, 2023).


  • The Carolina Hotel5-star

    Carolina Vista Drive, Village of Pinehurst, NC 28374

    +1 (910) 295 6811

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    The Carolina opened in 1901 and is a world-class hotel. Dubbed the Queen of the South, it has 210 rooms and 12 suites, and is located just a few hundred yards from the historic Village of Pinehurst, and five of the nine Pinehurst Resort championship golf courses (which share the same stunning clubhouse) just across Cherokee Road.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (all located at Pinehurst Resort clubhouse, o.4 mi from hotel).

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Pinehurst Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10; Pine Needles; Mid Pines; Talamore; Mid South; Longleaf; Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); The Carolina; Southern Pines.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Whispering Pines (East and West courses); Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).

  • The Holly InnAAA 4-Diamond

    Village of Pinehurst, NC 28374

    +1 (910) 295 6811

    Visit website

    Opened in 1895, the Holly was Pinehurst's first Inn. To this day it retains all the character, warmth and charm of a wonderful old property. Its 79 rooms and three suites have recently benefitted from a $31 million renovation, ensuring the old world charm is matched with today's highest standards of comfort. The 1895 Grille provides a wonderful dining experience.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10; Pine Needles; Mid Pines; Talamore; Mid South; Longleaf; Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); The Carolina; Southern Pines.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Whispering Pines (East and West courses); Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).

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124th US Open: the No.2 Course at Pinehurst once again plays host to this most illustrious championship (June 13-16). Wyndham Clark defends his title, having won at Los Angeles CC in 2023.

79th Women’s US Open: the second women’s major championship of the season gets underway at Lancaster CC in Pennsylvania. It’s the second time the championship has been held here.
(May 30-June 2).

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