No.2 Clubhouse Blvd,
Whispering Pines, North Carolina NC 28327
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and residential.
18-hole par-71 West course (6521 yards)
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 (East course): Whispering Pines, just a few minutes north-east of Pinehurst, is an area that's home to several lakes, and two excellent championship golf courses.
The East Course, following an out-and-back design, is longer than, and makes less use of the lakes than 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-5's - 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.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory.
To create two championship golf courses at Whispering Pines, the original 18-hole course was divided equally between today's East and West courses. Each of the new layouts comprising nine-holes from the original course, and nine newer holes (also designed by Ellis Maples). The "join" between old and new is not immediately obvious to the untrained eye. On the East 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 West course it is harder to tell, suffice it to say that holes 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 and 15 thru' 18 are part of the original course, the rest are the newer holes. Layout changes at Whispering Pines were followed much more recently by renaming the courses. What used to be the 18-hole Pines course became the current East course, while today's West course was originally known as the River course.
No.2 Clubhouse Boulevard, Whispering Pines, NC 28327
+1 (910) 949 4323Visit website
The Country Club of Whispering Pines owns and operates 32 villas and 9 suites for guests wanting to stay and play at Whispering Pines. Attractive packages provide reserved tee times, full breakfasts, and dining opportunities in the clubhouse.
Whispering Pines (East and West courses).
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Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8; Mid South; National; Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Southern Pines; Pit Golf Links; Tobacco Road (22 miles).
Village of Pinehurst, NC 28374
+1 (910) 295 6900Visit website
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