Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club
|Forward (W)||71||4936 yards||68.6||119|
|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|
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.