Photo of The Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines course)

The Country Club of Whispering Pines

No.2 Clubhouse Blvd,

Whispering Pines, North Carolina NC 28327

  • Office

    +1 (910) 949 3000
  • Pro shop

    +1 (910) 949 3000
  • Fax

    +1 (910) 949 3233
  • Golf pro

    Charlaine Hirst (Head Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and residential.

  • Designer:

    Ellis Maples

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Pines course. Also at CC of Whispering Pines is the 18-hole River course (par-71; 6521 yds from back tees).






How to get there:

6 miles NE of Pinehurst Traffic Circle

From the Pinehurst traffic circle (intersection of the US-15-501, 211 and 2) follow the 2-East direction Southern Pines. After 200 yards turn left into Airport Road direction Whispering Pines. After 3.7 miles, at traffic lights, cross straight over Hwy 22 and remain on Airport Road. After 1.5 miles, at end of airport, turn left into Hardee Lane. After 1.2 miles turn left into Country Club Blvd. Follow road into golf parking.

The Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines course)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1959

The Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines course; formerly known as the East course): the Whispering Pines neighbourhood, located just a few minutes north-east of Pinehurst, is home to several lakes, and two excellent championship golf courses.

The Pines course, following an out-and-back design, is longer than, and makes less use of the lakes than the River course (formerly known as the West course). This said, the tail end of Pine Lake ensures that water still comes dangerously into play on three holes, not least at two long par-5s - the 5th, where water fiercely protects the front of the green, and the 11th, where water skirts the entire leftside of the fairway, from the wonderfully elevated tee, all the way round the right-to-left dog-leg to the water-flanked green.

Most of the remaining holes are without water hazards, laid out on undulating terrain in a pleasantly wooded environment; real estate where it is present, seems to blend effortlessly into the background. Tall pines handsomely frame the holes, while dogwoods and magnolias add extra colour, particularly in the spring months.

The opening stretch of the back-nine is perhaps the best section of the course. The par-4 10th swings from elevated tee to elevated green; then onto the water-protected par-5 11th, followed by a delightful, though equally watery par-3 12th, which might also capture a ball or two.

The closing stretch of five "old" holes (see Did You Know below), occupies flatter terrain, where finding stray tee-shots under the pine trees may not be too difficult, but scoring well will still require good course management and deft shot-making. When compared to some of the other higher-priced courses around Pinehurst, one can certainly applaud the value for money that Whispering Pines delivers.

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  • Photo of The Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines course)
  • Photo of The Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines course)
  • Photo of The Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines course)
  • Photo of The Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines course)
  • Photo of The Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines course)


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Contact club for golf rates. Dynamic pricing applies.

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Creating two 18-hole championship courses at Whispering Pines required the original 18-hole course to be divided equally between today's Pines and River courses. Added to each of the "old" nines were nine new holes, also designed by Ellis Maples. The "join" between old and new is not immediately obvious to the untrained eye.

On the Pines course, old and new are basically separated by Hardee Lane - what lies to the north of the Lane is "old course", with the "new holes" to the south.

On the River course it is harder to tell between "old" and "new". Suffice to say that holes 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 and 15 thru' 18 were part of the original course; the others are "new".

Whispering Pines' courses have flip-flopped namewise. The Pines course was for many years known as the East course, before reverting back to its original name. Today's River course enjoyed a spell as the West course, but has also switched back to its original name.


  • Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

    1005 Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387

    +1 (910) 692 7111

    Visit website

    Casual elegance with warm charm and gracious hospitality has been the legacy of the Bell family since 1953. The chalet-style Pinewood Lodges are connected by covered walkways to the clubhouse, which contains the full-service dining room, the In the Rough Lounge, and the golf shop.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Pine Needles (and Mid Pines just o.5 miles away).

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8; Talamore; Mid South; Longleaf; National; The Carolina; Southern Pines; Whispering Pines (Pines and River courses).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Pit Golf Links; Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).

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