Pinehurst Resort & Country Club - No. 2

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4.9
26
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
26 out of 26 reviews
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4.7
3
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
1
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0
2 Stars
0
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Conditions
4.7
Value
3.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
100.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 3 reviews
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4.9
7
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6
4 Stars
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0
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Conditions
4.7
Value
3.6
Layout
4.9
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 7588
Slope 138
Rating 76.5
Type Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
U.S. Open 70 7588 yards 76.5 138
Blue 72 6961 yards 73.7 133
White 72 6307 yards 70.7 126
White (W) 72 6307 yards 76.6 137
Green 72 5801 yards 68.2 123
Green (W) 72 5801 yards 73.5 130
Red (W) 72 5257 yards 70.0 126
Red 72 5257 yards 65.2 117
Scorecard for #2
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
U.S Open M: 76.5/138 402 507 387 529 576 242 424 502 191 3760 617 483 484 385 473 202 528 205 451 3828 7588
Blue M: 73.7/133 393 439 350 474 508 203 393 469 174 3403 580 455 419 375 433 183 513 185 415 3558 6961
White M: 70.7/126 W: 76.6/137 376 411 330 434 462 178 385 440 148 3164 455 375 360 358 419 170 478 162 366 3143 6307
Green M: 68.2/123 W: 73.5/130 366 390 309 424 364 170 313 419 140 2895 438 358 336 327 347 153 437 152 358 2906 5801
Red M: 65.2/117 W: 70.0/126 340 342 283 414 274 116 306 400 124 2599 421 320 293 278 337 124 411 145 329 2658 5257
Handicap 11 3 9 1 15 5 7 17 13 18 8 10 6 2 12 16 14 4
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 36 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 5 3 11 1 17 13 15 7 10 14 12 6 8 18 4 16 2

Course Details

Year Built 1907
Fairways Tifway 419 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 - included in green fees
Clubs 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

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Reviews

4.9
26

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Patio Dining 10
Brunch 9
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 14
Bunkers 13
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 14
Advanced Golfers 12
A Weekend Splurge 11
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 11
Worth the Drive 8
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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

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
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

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
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

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
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

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
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

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
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

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
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

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
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krtgolfing
Commented On 02/20/2017

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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