The Pit Golf Links


410 Pit Link Lane, (off Hwy 5), Aberdeen, North Carolina NC 28315

  • Office

    +1 (800) 574 4653
  • Pro shop

    +1 (910) 944 1600
  • Fax

    +1 (910) 944 7069

About the course

  • The Course:

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

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and lakeside.

  • Designer:

    Dan Maples

SSS or slope






How to get there:

5 miles S 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 1.4 miles, at traffic lights, turn left onto Hwy 5 direction Aberdeen. After 3.5 miles turn left into The Pit Golf Links. Follow road for o.6 miles to golf parking.

The Pit Golf Links

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

Est. 1984

The Pit Golf Links: GOLF COURSE CLOSED IN 2010, and was subsequently bought and redeveloped by the Pinehurst Resort. It has now become their No.10 course, with a completely new design by Tom Doak, which opened for play in 2024.

[Original Where2Golf description of "The Pit"]: Sometimes confused for a Mike Stranz design (see our "Tobacco Road" course details), it was in fact Dan Maples who discovered this former sand and gravel quarry. He transformed it into one of the Sandhills' most arresting and challenging golf courses.

The front-nine is not so different from many other quality layouts in the area. A very natural and enjoyable out-and-back loop through well-spaced, tall pine trees, characterised by tightish and pleasantly undulating fairways. The par-3 4th is a terrific short hole played from an elevated tee; terrific becomes terrifying if attempted from the 229 yard back-tee.

Having enjoyed the waterless front-nine, get ready for something very different on the back, which is played through an area that was heavily quarried. A good-sized lake first comes into play at the dog-legging par-4 11th, again at the wonderful island green par-3 12th, and finally at the par-4 13th, requiring a tee-shot over water to reach the safety of the fairway. Don't think your departure from the lake signals an easier time ahead.

The closing stretch contains several tight holes, with thick vegetation lining the fairways - not even enough room for bunkers. The very challenging par-5 15th (one of Pinehurst's toughest holes) is played from elevated tees onto a pencil-thin fairway that continues to narrow all the way to the small, well-protected green.

The 18th brings you back out to a relatively open area in front of the clubhouse, where you can reflect on your round in "the Pit" - a very natural domain that combines easier going pine forest, a great lakeside stretch and a challenging, tightly wooded finish.

List of courses: Pinehurst, NC


Who can play and when?

Course permanently closed in 2010.

Green fees

Course permanently closed in 2010.

Other information

Walking permitted.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Following its closure in 2010, The Pit Golf Links was later bought by the Pinehurst Resort. The course eventually reopened in 2024, having been subject to a complete redesign and rebuild by renowned golf architect Tom Doak.

In the early 1920s the Aberdeen Sand Company began work on a 230-acre site near Pinehurst, excavating sand for projects including the Blue Ridge Parkway. Over the years, with nature's helping hand, a unique landscape was created. In 1984 Dan Maples discovered this domain and set to work sculpting it into one of Pinehurst's most memorable golf courses.


  • The Pit Vacation Golf Villas

    410 Pit Link Lane, Hwy 5, Aberdeen, NC 28315

    +1 (910) 944 1600

    Visit website

    BEFORE THE 2010 CLOSURE, The Pit Golf Links offered accommodation in smart new golf villas for golfers wishing to Stay&Play and explore the multitude of courses in the Pinehurst/Sandhills area of North Carolina.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      The Pit

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, Talamore; Mid South; Longleaf; National; Southern Pines.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Pinehurst Nos. 6 & 8; Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Pine Needles; Mid Pines; The Carolina; Whispering Pines (East and West courses); Little River.

  • Best Western - Pinehurst Inn

    1500 Sandhills Boulevard, Aberdeen, NC 28315

    +1 (910) 944 2367

    Visit website

    The Best Western Pinehurst Inn is located close to the shops and restaurants of Southern Pines and Aberdeen, with almost 50 golf courses within a 15-mile radius of the hotel.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8; Pine Needles; Mid Pines; Talamore; Mid South; Longleaf; National; Southern Pines; Pit Golf Links.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      The Carolina; Whispering Pines (East and West courses); Pinewild (Magnolia and Holly courses); Little River; Tobacco Road (25 miles).

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