Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club

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4.6
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.5
88.2%
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5.0
Value
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
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4.8
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5.0
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4.0
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4.6
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5.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 7015 yards
Slope 135
Rating 73.5
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Medal 71 7015 yards 73.5 135
Ross 71 6436 yards 70.6 126
Regular 71 5985 yards 68.5 120
Executive 71 5516 yards 66.8 115
Forward (W) 71 4936 yards 68.6 119
Scorecard for Pine Needles Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Medal M: 73.5/134 504 481 145 403 218 459 455 360 385 3410 525 414 412 208 454 530 180 461 421 3605 7015
Ross M: 70.6/128 W: 77.2/137 482 438 135 382 181 411 407 353 371 3160 482 369 350 181 402 485 169 432 406 3276 6436
Regular M: 68.8/122 W: 74.6/132 462 419 126 342 171 378 348 324 351 2921 460 311 312 162 387 469 161 414 397 3073 5994
Executive M: 66.4/119 W: 71.3/124 462 380 126 333 116 314 348 318 351 2748 450 304 306 131 350 462 130 334 301 2768 5516
Forward M: 64.3/111 W: 68.5/118 383 373 110 266 116 308 313 284 259 2412 348 284 253 131 342 401 130 334 301 2524 4936
Handicap 11 5 17 9 7 1 3 15 13 4 12 14 16 2 6 18 8 10
Par 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 35 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 71

Course Details

Year Built 1928
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1928) John Fought (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Pine Needles Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

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

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4.6
21

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The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 6

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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
Cold weather
Used cart

Pine Needles is a just a gem.

Pine needles is beautiful setting for a golf course. The course is a great design cut through the woods with lots of up and down and some of the fastest greens around.

The course itself is a test of your golfing skills that is for sure. Like most courses in area there is little rough and just tons of waste area and pine straw. Better make sure your driver is on point (mine was not). Front nine has some gorgeous holes like hole 3 and 4 and hole 16, 17, 18 are fantastic finishing holes. Had caddies the other courses we played on the trip and struggled here with not knowing where to hit. I really suggest study everything because we had multiple shots hit greens as good shots and roll off to collection areas. Just need that local knowledge. Great place check it and make sure to get hot dog in the restaurant they are DYNAMITE !!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

A premium experience at a reasonable price

This is my favorite course in the Pinehurst area. The combination of an outstanding course at a price that is a third of #2 makes this one you can't miss.

You can see right away the course layout is a key reason they have hosted the most Women's US Opens. It is an old Donald Ross with all the best features. The greens aren't as tricked up as #2 and is much more playable day in and day out.

The staff was extremely friendly. Spent time talking to us on and off the course about what can be done to enhance our experience. They walked us through the course and the history before we went out, which helped us enjoy it even more.

Conditions were great. Fairways and greens were pristine. Saw the maintenance crew throughout the course working on bunkers and trees too, so no resting on their laurels.

I could not recommend playing Pine Needles enough. The course is the star here, but the staff helped set the right stage to enjoy it all.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
3.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Slowest play I've ever experienced

I'm not sure where all of these 5-star reviews come from. Maybe I just hit a really bad day for the course, but I was pretty unimpressed. This place obviously caters to an older crowd, and the pace of play was miserably slow. We ended up quitting and just going to our next destination because we were just sitting in the cart for an extraordinary time between shots. It was horrible. There was nobody pushing pace-of-play and those who refuse to keep up with the group in front of them were allowed to do as they please. The course was in great shape, the staff was nice as can be, but if you expect a 4 hour round, find somewhere else. The combination of oblivious hackers and elderly make a pace-of-play here a disaster.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best Course in Pinehurst?

Our group of 9 mid-handicap golfers played Pine Needles for the first time this year. Of the 15 or so courses we have played in the area, we may have liked this one the best. Conditions were flawless, and as the starter indicated, none of the holes have hidden surprises that you wished you knew about when you hit your tee shot. The only difficult aspect to the course is the Donald Ross greens. It's tough to land an approach or even a chip shot close to the pin, and there are opportunities to roll a putt clear off the green with some pin placements. Definitely recommend the course if you are considering options above $200 in peak season

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome course in Pinehurst area

Course was in excellent condition and very challenging. Course played longer than yardage indicates. Rolling hills, dog-legs, and well bunkered with classic Donald Ross greens. It takes a few times to get the hang of where to and where not to hit the approaches to the greens. Staff was very friendly and it was a great experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Denver Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

More must play Ross

Pine Needles is another Ross sample in the Pinehurst area. It has a championship pedigree and the clubhouse has many artifacts. The club has all the amenities that you could want.

The course is in great shape and the greens were also in great condition. This is another Ross gem complete with turtle back greens. I found this to be more challenging than Mid-Pines. Find the correct side of the fairway to attack the greens. They were firm and fast when I was there but ground options existed. Unlike Pinehurst, Pine Needles has some elevation changes and big hitters are rewarded by conquering The upslopes.

If in the area, this is another to place on the itinerary. They have deals through here or Mid Pines for stay and play. Enjoy 36 and start to unlock the best strategies.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
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
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pine Needles is classic, enjoyable don't-miss Donald Ross

Of the two courses, Pine Needles and Mid Pines, Pine Needles is certainly the more playable and perhaps more fun. There's no shortage of great holes out there, and the greens are certainly a little less severe. Like Mid Pines, it's been wonderfully restored in recent years and is a classic Sandhills experience through and through, from the great old clubhouse and practice facilities, old school locker rooms and dining room to the golf course. In short, I liked every hole out there, from the great variety of par 3s to the finishing stretch.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging

Played this course for the 1st time. Greens and fairways and sand traps are in excellent shape. Greens are still a bit firm, but they are fast and true. Do not go over the green as you will be penalized. Course seemed to play longer to me. Now that I have played it once, I will be better prepared with my aiming next time around. Great range. Course was packed solid, so pace of play was kinda slow - 5 hour round. Play this course right now as course conditions cannot get much better.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Boston Advisor
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played

Second time was as good as the first

This course during our maiden trip to Pinehurst three years ago and this time around it was just as great as the first time. The course was in spectacular shape as usual and the layout is still one of my favorites in the Carolinas. You get a nice feel of this being a Donald Ross course by the waste areas in almost every fairway that gives you a subtle Pinehurst #2 look. The tee boxes, fairways and greens were all in spectacular shape and condition wise this course rivaled Pinehurst #8 which we played earlier in the week. There are so many reasons for you to play this course including condition, value and customer service that you really must put it on your itinerary when you're heading to Pinehurst. Make sure you stop in to the clubhouse and check out the bar area for some pretty cool artifacts as well

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Tough Donald Ross design with challenging greens.

It seems like every single green is crowned and surrounded by bunkers.. I found more than a few, yet still had a blast playing here. Great layout, course was in great shape even with a recent cold-spell. Great Donald Ross track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good golf course

Played in late feb weather was great and course looked really good. They overseed most of the course so looked nice for feb. course has a really good fun layout. Greens were fairly new really firm and a little on slow side. Another year the greens will be nice. I had super high expectations for this course cause i had been here for the last woman's us open so was a little let down, not fair to compair but its a really good course with lots of history. The old lodge is great with the pics and historical stuff bar was awesome good food. We played for a discounted rate of $69 and it was worth that. I think peak season its would be about $ 100 to $ 125 course. Dont think i would pay the $200 or more. All in all nice place cant wait to check out mid pines across the street

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First time visit. Would love to play again.

Great golf day. Temp in 60's with light wind. Not crowded and place of play very good. Played with 3 women who all enjoyed the course. Greens moderately fast but typical Donald Ross difficulty. Sand bunkers were variable with some quite fluffy others very firm.

We could not play #8 as bunkers were under repair and fairway blocked by equipment. Played #1 again as make up hole.

Staff was very friendly and we were using discounted CGA fees .

Fairways were wide and receptive.

Overall great experince for course i have wanted to play and hope to come back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Take In The Trip Up 18

Terrific course and layout, with greens that made me want to scream. I could never figure them out. I was either racing them by 10", or leaving them 10' short. Definitely slow down and enjoy the walk/ride up to the 18th green. The Inn and back patio looking out over the 18th is incredible and feels like something you'd see on tour. I want to go back and actually stay in one of the Inn's, as opposed to staying elsewhere. Incredibly friendly bar room staff and pro shop. Definitely worth the price of admission, with the history attached to it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

A beast

Just when you think you might be in good shape on a hole, the greens bite you straight in the rump.

I had two inch roll outs on my driver and 15 yard roll outs on my wedge shots. I putted off the green more than once. Brutal stuff.

The place is gorgeous and just about as cozy as it gets. The starter is super and the staff is friendly.

Bring your A game.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

By all means...play !

An old fashioned layout that will suit all of your golfing wishes. Will "test" your game, but not overly so...go play !!

PS If you have the time, stop at the bar on the lower level, the young bartender impressed even wise old vets with his expertise and nice sense of humor.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

What am I missing?

I must admit that perhaps I was expecting too much because of A) the location within one of my favorite golf meccas, and B) because of the history of the course, which has hosted several women's major championships. But I was a bit underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong. It's a nice enough course, but it would not be in my top handful of favorite courses to play in the region and I honestly don't think it is worthy of it's lofty ranking in the top half of America's Top 100 public courses. The course is rather short and there isn't a lot of trouble awaiting off the tee. In my opinion, like most Ross courses, this is a second shot golf course. While these turtle-back greens aren't as penal as their cousins across the street at Mid Pines, you can get in trouble on them. Three putts can sneak up on you. I really like the Lodge itself. There is just a feeling I get when I am in a place with so much history. From the dim lighting to the creaky staircase, this is neat spot to spend a little time exploring. I also really liked the practice area. We were relegated to hitting off mats on the driving range due to the cold temps, but it was actually pretty cool hitting out of the individual stalls that look like a horse stable. And one thing you absolutely must do if playing here: find your way to the other side of the range, near where the private instruction area is. There you will find a 4-hole short course, which includes three par 3s and a par 4. I actually enjoyed playing it more than the course itself. I wouldn't dissuade anyone from giving Pine Needles a spin. In fact, they have renovated all the greens since we played, so it may be better than I remember. But if I had one round to play on either of this facility's courses, hands down I'm playing Mid Pines.

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

High Class Feel

When you pull up to this course you get the feeling its going to be an amazing day. You walk into what is an amazing and extremely high class old school club house with a masters clubhouse feel, its amazing. Little lounges and amazing locker rooms and great, i mean great staff that are more than friendly. Im a younger guy (27) so i usually expect to get treated a little worse than the older guys but they treated me like a king. The facilities are great, titleist range balls and a great putting green. The front nine is less than aw inspiring. The holes were pretty straight forward with plenty of burnt out spots. It does get better on the back nine and the lady at the turn was awesome, they have cold towels and apples and anything you can drink. The back nine seems to be well though out and it was fun. But to be honest, you can play the same golf course for $80 less at Southern Pines. But everything else about the course is amazing. Staff, Facilities, Food, everything was great, but the course was underwhelming.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Boston Advisor
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

WOW, what a great course

I can not begin to tell you how great everything was at Pine Needles. The staff was great, the practice facility was in fantastic shape and the course, well WOW. We got off the plane in Raleigh and drove straight to Pine Needles for our first round on this trip and afterwards we could have just gone home satisfied. I can see how Pine Needles has hosted some large events as it is a phenomenal course. The tee boxes, the fairways and the greens were all in amazing shape and the layout is one of the best I have ever played. I would recommend this course to anyone going to Pinehurst for a golf trip. Don't forget to stroll the clubhouse and lockerroom area as well, it will make you feel like you are in an exclusive country club, which you are.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Pine Needles Golf Club feels like a pure classic

Pine Needles, a Donald Ross original dating to 1928, has hosted three U.S. Women’s Opens. The quality of the winners, Annika Sorenstam (1996), Karrie Webb (2001) and Cristie Kerr (2007), certainly matches the merits of the 7,015-yard course. The terrain of the Sandhills at Pine Needles gently rises and falls. Big-hitters can challenge doglegs but only at their peril. Ending up in the pine straw under the mammoth pine trees is just asking for trouble. The doglegs left at No. 10, a par-5 reachable in two, and No. 17, a par-4 barely reachable in two, are particularly strong. The classic look of Pine Needles complements the newly renovated Mid Pines Golf Club across the street. Combined for a weekend getaway, they're two of the best golf experiences of the Sandhills.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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