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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 riverside

  • Designer:

    Ellis Maples

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the River course. Also at CC of Whispering Pines is the 18-hole Pines course (par-71; 7094 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 (River course)

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

Est. 1959

The Country Club of Whispering Pines (River course; fomerly known as the West 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 shorter River course makes greater use of this lakeside environment, containing more than its fair share of water protected holes. Whereas pine trees are predominant on the Pines course, the River layout starts off with oaks and other deciduous varieties lining the sometimes good-width, sometimes tighter fairways. The par-4 4th, played from an elevated tee to a narrow dog-legging right-to-left fairway is one of the toughest of the front nine holes.

The pleasantly wooded, natural and undulating front nine, changes dramatically during the long par-5 10th, where the Little River, and other inlets from Thagards Lake really come into their own. Here on this more open and flatter section of the course, there are several knee-trembling tee-shots to make, with water often flanking one or other side of the fairways and occasionally both.

Little River itself menacingly skirts the leftside of the par-4 11th and 12th holes before it joins up with the lake. This riverside section of the course, is quite unlike any other in the Pinehurst area, and, especially for wayward hitters, its definitely not a stretch to bash away with the driver - that can resume at the longer par-4 17th as you move away from the river and back up to the clubhouse.

Like its companion Pines course, the River provides a good value round of golf, especially when compared with some of its higher priced peers in the Pinehurst area.

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


  • Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

    1010 Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387

    +1 (910) 692 2114

    Visit website

    Built in 1921, the Mid Pines Inn presents a wonderful balance of old-time charm and modern amenities in its 112-room Georgian-style inn sitting atop a knoll overlooking the 18th hole. The recently renovated building offers fine dining, wood-paneled reading rooms graced by vintage photographs and rooms with modern conveniences.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Mid Pines (and Pine Needles 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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