Country Club of Whispering Pines - River Course

3.8938117647 3.9 stars from 5 (99)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6521 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 70.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6521 yards 70.8 130
White 71 6044 yards 69.0 126
Gold 71 5534 yards 67.2 114
Gold (W) 71 5534 yards 72.4 130
Red (W) 71 5140 yards 70.3 121
Red 71 5140 yards 65.3 109
Silver (W) 71 4623 yards 67.8 112

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 99 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
44
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

85 out of 97 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for locals playing multiple courses seniors   Challenges include water hazards elevation changes bunkers  

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"River Course"


Tar1059's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We always play The River Course when our wives are with us. It is very fair for them as they don't hit the ball very far. It is challenging enough for the fellas. The fairways in the greens were in Immaculate shape. Price was exceptional. This is about a 50 minute ride for us, but well worth it. Only criticism is that some of the bunkers the sand is too hard period on one hole I had to put out instead of using my wedge. We love the course. Just wish it was closer to where we live.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good layout, good condition"


bjdeaton's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had played course before but not in a couple of years. New management group - Brown Golf - doing a good job in improving course condition. Definitely worth playing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The river course"


u000008123232's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in great condition, it plays short and requires shot making skills which I don’t have them all lol, but I really enjoy it , back 9 has water on most of the holes .. can’t wait to play the pines the other side


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




u000004477556's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are way past replacement due date. No ranger and one group had entire course backed up.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"A funny thing happened on the way to...."


zanardi's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played this course dozens of times over the last 25 years. It's always been a nice course, not special. The fairways and greens are always in good shape but this course tends to stay wet for a few days after heavy rain. Of all the courses in the area I rate it a "C+." Monday I took some friends there for the first time and they were blown away by the beauty of the course, the layout and the conditions. Sometimes its nice to see something through new eyes. We had a great day and definitely recommend you give it a try!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Ray6133068's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Whispering Pines West Course (River)"


mcglynnjf's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

I had played this course many years ago but did not fully recollect it until the 7th hole a long uphill par 5 that I couldn't reach the top of the hill then and did not today either. Course layout is a little tight off the tees visually but has some room in the fairways. Front nine and back nine are similar except the back nine has water in play on 5 holes. Conditions were good today, greens rolled well, bunkers were nice. Recommend this course and there is also a East course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Whispering Pines"


James4731660's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We came to Pinehearst for the weekend. Found this course on GolfNow. Great course and great value. We will definitely play it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



meagan531's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice!!"


Dennis2388125's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice golf course. Both courses are challenging, however the Pines is the best


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun Course"


RonInNC's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Greens were pretty firm and fast, and often required an accurate approach shot to hold. Fairways were in good condition. Pine needles off the fairways often gave you a chance to recover from a bad drive, although making par may be difficult. Bunkers had plenty of sand. Several interesting long 5s. Most par 3s were short irons. Overall, was a fun course with good greens that I'd like to play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


u1359100078's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was pretty and fun. The layout was not to difficult but was a challenge for a high handicapper. The greens needed a little work but beside that we were pleased and will play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good Course"


Dennis2388125's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed this course. It has a good mix of challenge - dog legs, sand, water. Got a good rate on Golf 18 Sandhills. I have played both 18's and enjoyed the experience on each.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Free Istate"


uBYJZ1366BY's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sand traps need lots of attention. Greens rough and hairy. Fairways descent. This is a $25.00--$30.00 course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



gdvmdphd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"RIVER COURSE, WHISPERING PINES"


markdahl1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played the Pines course the week prior and enjoyed it very much, so decided I would play the River course. The greens had been recently punched so they were a bit slow and bumpy, but are coming back nicely. This is a fairly short course. I enjoyed the front nine but really liked the back 9. The course was great fun to play. I purchased my tee time on Golf Now. recommend it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good bang for your buck"


u000005797027's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

$23 for this was xmas comes early. Great track. Greens rolled well. Fairways in good shape. A lot of uphill blind shots


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course!"


rbruck66's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
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Reviewed on

We've played here a few times and it's a great course! It would be even better if there were a food and beverage option after nine holes, since you don't come back by the clubhouse. Course is beautiful and the golf is challenging!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



dhelton11's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The Country Club of Whispering Pines River Course– A Tranquil Location with Challenging Golf"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The Country Club of Whispering Pines is a 36-hole facility owned and managed by Brown Golf Management who also owns nearby Foxfire Golf Club. This gives local Brown Golf members access to 72 holes of championship golf in the Pinehurst Area of North Carolina! More on that in a minute.

The original 18 holes at the Country Club of Whispering Pines opened for play in 1962. An additional 9 holes were added in 1965, and the club operated as a 27-hole facility for about 4 years until 1969 when the final 9 holes were added. Since then, changes have been made and some hole rerouting has taken place and the Country Club of Whispering Pines is now a 36-hole facility. The courses have been renamed the River (formerly the West) Course, and the Pines (formerly the East) Course. Both courses were designed by Donald Ross protégé Ellis Maples way back in 1959 and 1965 respectively and share one thing in common – variety. One example of this is the types of grass used on the greens – The Pines features Champion Bermuda and The River, Bent grass.

Before your round, head over to the practice area, where you’ll find a full-length driving range, a practice pitching green complete with sand bunkers, and two putting greens to get you ready for your round.

The River Course

The River Course features towering oak trees that line the fairways and overhang several greens. The River course is not as demanding as the Pines Course (a slope of 130 on the River versus 134 on the Pines); however, you’re still going to have to play the role of shotmaker if you want to score well out here. Especially on the back none, where water is present on every hole. The greens are smaller and the rough is thicker, so it’s best to be hitting out of the short grass on a regular basis. There’s more emphasis on accuracy than on distance.

The River Course plays to a par of 71, and from the back tees, plays 6,521 yards with a course rating of 70.8 and a slope of 130. Most golfers will choose the White Tees, which play 6.044 yards (69.0/126) and be challenged the entire round. Ladies typically play from 5,140 yards.

Memorable Holes

The 4th hole plays 396 yards from the White Tees and requires you to thread your tee shot through a narrow opening between pine and oak trees. If you can hit a draw, now’s the time. A good drive will leave a negotiable-length approach shot to an elevated green that slopes severely from left to right. It’s handicapped number 5, but plays much tougher.

Number 10 is where the water really starts to come into play, and in a big way. It’s a big, sweeping dogleg right par 5 that plays 533 yards from the White Tees. If you try and cut the corner or hit it too far right, there is a pond waiting to greet your golf ball. Although it brings the sand traps up near the green into play more, this hole is best played down the left side.

Your round on the River Course concludes with the toughest hole on the back nine. Number 18 plays 394 yards from the White Tees. It’s another hole where left is best and takes the pond on the right out of play. Avoid the bunker that guards the left side of the green and the one short right and you’re well on your way to a successful completion.

The two courses at The Country Club of Whispering Pines offer peace and relaxation. Out here, you far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, all that’s left to do is put that little white ball in the hole. Eighteen times!

I spoke with several members while I was there who all raved about the dining room and how well Brown Golf Management was doing in restoring the club to its former splendor. The Grill features all of your clubhouse favorites and what’s most impressive – they all taste good. From the Grilled Reuben to the Ellis Maple Burger, you’ll enjoy every bite. They also feature several beers on tap and have a full bar.

According to the members, one of the best thing about joining the club is that you have access to unlimited golf at two 36-hole facilities in the Pinehurst area, as well as unlimited range balls.

The Country Club of Whispering Pines also has 32 hotel-style rooms as well as 9 condo/suites for those looking for a stay and play vacation. The rooms are a short walk to the clubhouse and first tee include free wireless Internet access, unlimited use of the outdoor pool and tennis courts (as well as the 24-hour fitness center.

For more information on The Country Club of Whispering Pines or to become a member, visit their website www.countryclubofwhisperingpines.com.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




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