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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 70
Length 7588 yards
Slope 138
Rating 76.5

Course Details

Year Built 1907
Fairways Tifway Bermuda Grass
Greens Champion Ultradwarf Bermudagrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1907) Ben Crenshaw (2010) Bill Coore (2010) Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1974) Rees Jones (1996) Rees Jones (2004) George Waters (2011)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Pinehurst Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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4.1
33 Reviews (33)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Patio Dining 13
19th Hole Scenic Views 11
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 17
Bunkers 15
Plays Long 8
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 17
Advanced Golfers 15
Playing Multiple Courses 13
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 14
Worth the Drive 10

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Great history, challenging course, but not a great value

If you're planning to play #2, your probably dreaming of its extensive championship golf (pro & amateur) history, its consistent top 10 rating and all the kudos the Crenshaw/Coore remodel has received.
You're probably well aware of the $400-$600 you'll drop to play.
What you're probably not thinking about are the forced minimum 5+ hour rounds, greens that are built for scratch golfers and the roll of the dice luck with the love grass in the sandy waste areas.
If you've never played and love golf history, then it's definitely a bucket list course. The restoration made great improvements to a great course. But the goal of this course is to host championships, not your average resort or club golfer. The greens and surrounds are not built for hybrid and long iron approaches. Unless your a single digit handicap, I would not recommend the white tees (6300 yards) even though the length is reasonable - move up to the white/green or the green to give yourself a chance to hold the greens (and almost always just shoot for the middle of the green) and shoot a "happy score".
The tee shots are not overly demanding, though our group found the sandy waste areas far too often and it's 50-50 whether you can do anything but a punch out. The greenside bunkering is usually fair. But you have to be able to hold the greens or you'll have a challenging recovery shot (many times you'll be able to use your putter vs. chipping off thin lies).
#2 (like #4) is cart path only and the paths are set well back from the fairways. Trolleys are available, but if you can afford it, taking a caddie is well worth the advice you'll get and not much more walking than taking a cart.
Unfortunately like too many bucket list courses, management is trying to maximize revenue (see other reviews about rain checks) and sets playing time at 2:30 a side (tee times off both #1 and #10 from 8:00 thru 10:20). After taking our time and having a ranger ask us to slow down, we finished the back in 2:10, waited 25 minutes at the turn and played the front nine behind the last #1 tee time in 2:45.
So do you play #2 or play 4 other very solid Pinehurst area courses for the same money? I leave that choice to the reader.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Booking during hurricane seqson

The course refused to return each of our $300 deposit after determining that hurricane Dorian wouldn’t affect the golfing. Unfortunately, they didn’t make this determination until the day that we were supposed to play. This was a golf trip planned with 8 guys and the timing of their decision would not have allowed us a chance to cancel flights and make any new golf reservations. It basically left the group hanging. This was a very inconsiderate action to paying guests. Be very careful when planning a trip during hurricane season as you will likely lose your money if a hurricane hits NC.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Great Experience but way over rated

Yes, it's a bucket list course. Yes I get the "it's the whole experience" thing. Facilities are second to none, caddie and walking the course is the way golf should be played. Everything about Pinehurst is great. But if just talk about the course, #2 isn't that "great." Greens are borderline goofy golf, and the rest is beautiful, and can played at several other courses right down the road. Nothing different about it than Pine Needles? Dormie's a way better Track. It's a beautiful above average track with goofy greens. Was the experience great, yes. I Paid $195 + $65. And am satisfied with checking it off my bucket list. But I wouldn't pay it again. And NO WAY would I pay $400+. And you wantto know how nice Pinehurst Management is, there is a sign right where you pay, No rain checks given for any reason. If you pay for your round and they tell you to get off the course because of lightning, no refund. That is a ridiculous policy and definitely not customer friendly. I'm glad I played it and the "experience" is amazing, but it's just not that great of a course. Sorry, very nice but over rated. No way #2 should be in the Top 50 courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Playing a Masterpiece

What can be said that hasn't already been said about Ross' finest work of art in #2? I can tell you this much, no picture or video or painting can do it justice if you haven't seen it for yourself. It is like stepping back in time and playing something that is out of a golf course design museum.

Conditions were a perfect 10 and as one caddie said, it is US Open ready right now. So much has been said about the greens and rightfully so, they are unlike anything you have ever seen. When you miss and you will miss(or not hold) a green, your chip shot will be hit with no perspective for distance, It will inevitably be up hill without sight of the hole and off a tight lie. It is something to behold.

Tee to green is fair but the fairways are on the tighter side and a miss will be left to fate in the copious amounts of sand and wire grass where you will undoubtedly find your ball but be praying for a good lie while looking.

This is a course that demands precision and short games will be exposed. Still no matter the score, the more you reflect on it, the more you will love it. It is an experience akin to the Old Course, Muirfield, Pebble, etc. It is a must -do and one you will want to do again. No trip to Pinehurst is complete without a visit here.

After your round, you will sit on the veranda, cocktail in hand and watch this beauty as the sun sets and the pines cast their shadows across the landscape. You will reflect on shots made and missed, then yearn to walk it again,

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked

Five Stars...I Guess??

Great variety in the par 5s and 4s. Par 3 holes are slightly repetitive in yardage if the wind isn't blowing. Turf conditions great, greens rolled perfectly. Great course but I was slightly unimpressed for whatever reason.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Chicago Milwaukee Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Straight to #1 course I have ever played

Words and pictures can not describe this place. When you walk up the stairs and see this place you just get the chills from all the history at Pinehurst.

The amenities and people are amazing. The driving range is really nice the putting green is so cool, (make sure you play the putting course called Thistle Dhu so much fun and so crazy)

We walked the course with 2 great caddies that filled us in on lots of tips, history, and crazy things the USGA does for the US opens ex: putting mortar on the fairways to make it fast.
From the tee shot to your final putt every shot is a grind because the moment you get out of position especially around the greens big numbers show up. I believe each guy in my group had a putt roll back to their feet when putting from off the green.

As I try to come up with which hole is my favorite I realize I cant because they all were so amazing and memorable. I suggest taking your time and soaking it all in. The walk up 18 was priceless just knowing the history just gives you the chills.

I highly suggest playing here if you get the chance. This is bucket list course and place that will not disappoint. Just soak it all in. Also we didn't play the cradle but it looked awesome and seemed like they had speakers all around the course playing great music. Pinehurst a place I wanna retire to someday.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Boston Advisor
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

A true test of golf

I had played Pinehurst #2 after the redesign in the 90's when it had rough and now playing with the Coore Crenshaw redesign it made for a true test of my game. Honestly, the fairways are not that tight so you can hit driver off of most tees with knocking your knees together too much. The test is when you hit it into the waste area, when you miss the greens and putting on lighting fast surfaces. It was great to have a caddie, he really helped with the reads. The problem for me was, coming from the northeast, I am not used to putting from 10-15 feet off of greens. Most courses in New England have rough around the greens that you can chip from but everything at Pinehurst #2 is shaved and the greens are all elevated. My lack of knowing how to play those putts made for some sub-par scores on holes I played well to that point. You should play this course if you get the chance, even at the $500 all in price point.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Bucket List Course

I've lived an hour and a half away for 12 years and had never played #2. Decided to go ahead and do it this summer. Course is very playable but there is trouble everywhere particularly around the greens. Lots of subtle and not so subtle breaks. Putted off the green 2 times. Had a caddie, which definitely saved me a half dozen strokes at least. Definitely worth doing one time, though it is expensive. Great experience and I'll always remember it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Walked

Everything you think it is

No matter what anyone says about #2, you are playing there. How could you not want to try your hand at a place that hosts US Opens. There is so much history there with championships that you will be in awe.

Ok...now to the golf. The course is beyond tough. You need to hit the fairway so you have a shot to hold the greens. The greens fall off on all sides, so hitting it in the right spot is your only goal when you are in the fairway. That spot is not always so obvious and is likely small. You also may have to land it in a bad spot to roll it in a good spot.

As you can see from the above, you need a caddie. They can take a handful of strokes off for you not only on green reading, but getting you to hit the right spots in the fairways and greens.

The amenities and staff are very friendly at Pinehurst. It is a premium resort experience, so they know how to treat you.

The conditions on the course were great as well. As you would expect from #2.

Finally, the only real issue is the price here. You are paying $400 for the round BEFORE another $100 for a caddie (including the tip). Is it a $500 experience? It isn't too often you get to play a US Open course, so yes, it is worth it once. Would I play it day in day out? No, the value isn't there for ongoing play...especially with how challenging it can be.

Enjoy your round and know it will live up to what you expect of #2.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

A Gem from the Master

The crowning achievement of Donald Ross, restored by Coore/Crenshaw to resemble its beginnings. Spectacular holes, easy to walk layout, challenging greens, and history walks with you as a playing partner.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Denver Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

An American Classic

Played #2 as walking threesome with caddies in four hours. Every step was a treat. The course is in great condition and a challenge to all. It is also a great walk and a classic second shot course. The fairways are wide, but you need to hit the proper side for the approaches to the turtle back greens. There are shot options for apporoaches, but just aiming for the middle is helpful. Taking a caddie will also help as they can let you know the miss or the place to aim so that the ball rolls to the appropriate section.
Unlike many courses which allow you to ease into your round, holes 3-5 and quite frankly 1 and 2 will challenge you right off the bat. What separates Pinehurst from other courses is the fact that you can play the same ball for a whole round. Hazards exist, but since they are not water, you won’t lose a sleeve. The green sites and the difficult recovery for par ensure that it is not a pushover but pleasurably interesting.
Having played and loved Dornoch, you can see that Ross brought the challenge of those green sites over to the States. This place has everything you could want and spending time at the putting course and in the halls reading the history on the walls is time well spent.
If you want a taste of American Parkland golf of the highest order, then play #2. It is a great walk, a rewarding course and just everything that a day should be. The restoration has brought back Ross architecture of the highest order.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

A must play for any serious golfer

If you love golf and appreciate the nuances of classic design, then No. 2 is a must, especially after the renovation/restoration a few years ago by Coore-Crenshaw. This is a golf course that has truly withstood the test of time. Of course, this isn't a course for novices. You don't have to be single digit, but you do need to be able to stop the ball on these upside-down saucer-like Donald Ross greens. I was able to do that, but I also putted one into a bunker, too, so you have to pay attention. And that's the beauty of a golf course like this. It's a whole new ballgame once you get to the greens. And this is where the caddie really helps, especially with reads and just determining whether a putt is downhill or uphill (it's really not that easy to tell at times).

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Most Unique Set of Greens in USA

There's basically nothing that hasn't been said about No. 2. It's historical significance to the game of golf in the USA is almost unmatched.

The course, to the untrained eye, could probably be construed as "nothing special". There isn't really a "signature" hole. But that's not the point of the course. As I made my way around the course from the Blue tees (one tee in front of the US Open tees) I'd keep saying to myself, "well, this isn't that special". And then I'd get up to the green. Where each and every one is a work of art. The course is intentionally pretty generous off the tee but is also easy to get stuck hitting from waste area to waste area.

The greens can be comical at times. For example, on the very first hole I hit a piped a perfect drive down the right center. Hit my approach pin-high to the right just off the green. I proceed to hit what i thought was a great chip (rolled across the green into the bunker) hit out from the bunker and then 2-putted from 30 feet for 6...all after being in Position A off the tee. That is to say the real work comes around the greens.

I feel it's also the type of course you admire and appreciate the more you play it. However, at such steep prices, not sure many people have that opportunity.

As for Bucket List, I'm glad I played it and hope to play it again some day, just think there are others that might come before it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Amazing facility!

First time visiting pinehurst and what a great experience. Played course 4 on Saturday and course 2 on Sunday. The course could not have been in any more perfect condition. Caddie I had was fantastic. On a few greens I was like there is no way to breaks that much, but I believed the caddie and putted great. Take course medicine when you miss the greens. Just get in on the green and take your two putt for bogey. Do not be the guy hitting the impossible shot as a bad chip on this course could leave you in worst shape than before. I will be back soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Unlike any course on the planet

Deceptively forgiving off the tee but even more deceptively penal around the greens. Fairways are generous and the waste areas are very playable. Precise approaches are rewarded but anything less than that will be rejected and makes for a difficult up and down. Greens are difficult to read but every putt stays on line. This was the most mentally taxing round of golf I've ever played, there are no "easy" holes.

The course is extremely walkable. If possible, would absolutely recommend walking and taking a caddie. One other thing that isn't immediately intuitive is that if you have enough length off the tee (i.e. If you hit driver more than 250), I would recommend playing the blue tees instead of the whites as you will frequently have better angles to the already reasonably wide fairways. This is particularly important as the angle of approaches to these challenging greens makes more difference than perhaps any other course I've played.

No. 2 is a true "bucket list" course. If you are able, I would not hesitate to play this truly unique track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Dopey greens

Want to start by saying that I am hereby reviewing the golf course...not the total golf experience, which would include the clubhouse, the history (Ross, US Opens), the pro shop, the practice facilities, etc. So here we go: tee to green, quite good, esp. after the work done in '12 or '13...fair and playable. However, the greens are silly severe, primarily because they shave the slopes to encourage the ball to ran down, off, and away a significant distance. A great many players just cannot handle the contours...met a scratch golfer who, counting them all, shot 85. (I have a running bet with any of my friends who play it: I'll bet you can't get to within 10 shots of your handicap counting them all...no picking up and taking a double after you've just putted the ball off the green). Worth a play once for bucket list purposes, but just not worth the $ to me. Go play 7, 8, or 9(!), or Dormie or Mid South if the greens are rolling nice, at a fraction of the price of 2.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Sounds like your scratch golf lied or had an off day. I shot a 81, but scored better than I hit the ball. Course number 4 has the saucer greens as well. Scored better on #2 than #4.

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Commented on 07/21/2016

A bit harsh here no? The whole point of this golf course is that it plays really fair tee to green and challenges you around the greens. That's the genius of the design. Just because your score went up doesn't mean you should ding the rating of one of the best facilities in the world.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

#2

Got the chance to play #2 with some of my friends and absolutely loved it! took caddies and i totally recommend it so worth the money.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing

About the experience, not the score

No.2 is a very polarizing golf course. I think the players that don't have good things to say upon putting out on #18 has more to do with what they shot. My best advice to a player of any skill level before teeing up here is to temper your expectations in relation to the scorecard. I take my golf very seriously, especially on brass ring tracks, but telling myself that I was not going to get frustrated by my score at the end of the day was the best thing I could have done. My round was more about sharing this experience with my 14-year-old son. It was about listening to the stories our caddy shared about the course. It was about trying to beat the fading daylight walking up the 18th fairway to finish. It was about sitting in the glow of moonlight on the veranda a few minutes later and burning the day's round into my memory over a cold beer. Yes, the greens are diabolical. That's why you come. I, too, putted a ball across and off a green. Embrace it! I normally break 80, but shot 86 with three double bogies. Here's two more pieces of advice to anyone playing here for the first time: 1) play to the middle of greens. Shots will hold if struck well to the middle of most greens. 2) practice putting balls from off the green up dramatic slopes. That is a shot I am just not accustomed to playing in my area and are difficult to gauge. Being comfortable with this type of shot can save you 5 shots in my opinion.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

checked one off the bucket list

Gor the chance to play #2 and could not have been more impressed with the course. Lots of talk about how its not as appealing to the eye as it used to be.... To each their own but I absolutely loved it. The course is as fair as a "Major Championship" course should be. The fairways are wide enough but being on your tee game will help setup an imperative part of what will make or break your day,approach shots in to some of the most diabolical green complexes I've ever played. Even with the course "dumbed down" for us everyday amatuers if you missed on the wrong side of the hole getting up and down was very difficult,typical of a Donald Ross design. I loved it and look forward to another trip back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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