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4.7
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
95.1%
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29 out of 30 reviews
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4.8
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
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4.9
9 Reviews (9)
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4.5
Value
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Layout
4.9
Pace
4.9
Amenities
4.5
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4.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 7015 yards
Slope 135
Rating 73.5

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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4.7
30 Reviews (30)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 6

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5.0
First Time Playing

What a Course!!

This course was an absolute blast. The pin locations were tough, so if you made the putt...a fist pump was warranted. We also were provided with a walking tour. I was VERY impressed with Kyle Franz who explained how the course was rehabed to bring out the natural flora and beauty of the area. I was amazed at how much work and Intel goes into designing a course. Bradley Klein is a wealth of information on anything to do with golf, golf history, etc. I don't know how he does, but I'm glad he does. We had lunch at Pine Needles twice. Both times the food and staff were both excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Another new course

We had been advised that the greens here were tricky, and while they were indeed, they were also in great shape. We really want to come back here next year and play this one again.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tough but great course!

I love playing this course but it can eat me up. The sloping greens on all sides and false fronts make club selection and approach shots key. There are a few blind shots on some holes. Starting with hole 10 there is a beautiful stretch of holes that wander through the tall pines and it's vintage Carolina sandhills. Very pretty! The course is always in great shape and the greens are always fast. The food is excellent and the course history documented on the walls throughout the clubhouse is legendary.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing

Another Scenic Ross Course

Another absolute gem. The course requires razor sharp precision as the greens are mounded and quick. False fronts await around every corner. Host site to a US Senior Women’s Open, and I can see why. The day we played it was soft in front of the greens from the tropical storm that rolled through. Would like to play it again when firm time get the true feel of the course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Enjoyable walk

Long flowing lines to the place, contrasting with Mid Pines or Pinehurst No. 2. Much more sensible, uncluttered, straightforward in presentation.

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

What a gem!!

Recently took a group of 12 to the Pinehurst area for a 6 day golf trip. We ended up playing a total of 3 rounds at Pine Needles. I can't say enough about this course. It was in absolutely immaculate condition. All aspects of the course were spot on!! Everyone from the bar, the starter to the pro shop staff were wonderful. This is a must play if you are in the Pinehurst area. We will definitely be back next year!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Would play everyday

Staff might have been the friendliest at any course I have ever played, and the golf course is a treat. Hands down the best track I have played in the Pinehurst area (haven’t played 2 or 4).

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

One of the best courses in Pinehurst Area

In a week full of Pinehurst and Southern Pines Courses, this one was one of my favorite. It is truly a championship course offering plenty of distance, variety and difficulty for any player.
We played the week after USGA Womens Sr Open and the conditions were pristine. Greens were perfect and fast The lodge is also very cool and has a well appointed Pro Shop and great bar for after round drinks.

This is a can't miss course in the area.

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
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Walked

Terrific Donald Ross Sandhills Golf

Pine Needles was a terrific golf experience. The condition of the course was great despite the wet weather. The Ross green complexes were really fun to negotiate and the strategy and shotmaking that the course required was all I could hope for out of my first Ross sandhills golf experience. Just a wonderful golf course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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
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
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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
Difficulty Moderate
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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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
Top 10 Contributor
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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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
Difficulty Somewhat 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

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
Difficulty Moderate
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
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