VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. -- Pinehurst No. 4 represents a mix of old and new at Pinehurst Resort, originally built in 1919 by Donald Ross and then redesigned by architect Tom Fazio in conjunction with the 1999 U.S. Open.
Whereas Pinehurst No. 1 and No. 3 both play well under 6,000 yards, No. 4 was built with modern championship intentions and stretches to 7,117 yards and plays a slope/rating of 74.2/135. Played out of the same clubhouse as Pinehurst No. 2, No. 4 plays near the U.S. Open course at most points and the routing is still tight and very walkable with small distances from green to tee.
In fitting Fazio fashion, No. 4 features rolling mounds and elevated tee shots to keep the visuals as appetizing as anywhere on property, and there is also little real estate and out-of-bounds on the perimeter of the course. A large pond hosts the par-5 13th hole and par-3 14th, perhaps the most wide open space of all the Pinehurst golf courses. The course does keep the Ross-style mounded greens in effect on many holes, so expect runoff areas and some crowned greens.
Pinehurst No. 4 jostled for position as Pinehurst's second fiddle with Tom Fazio's newest addition to the resort, the stand-alone Pinehurst No. 8 minutes away, opened in 1995.