Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 2
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 2
The second hole at Pinehurst No. 7 heads uphill to an elevated green. Courtesy of Pinehurst
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 1
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 1
Pinehurst No. 7 opens with a snaking par 5 first hole playing 520 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina
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Pinehurst No. 7 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina
Pinehurst No. 7 was designed by Rees Jones and features a slew of elevated greens. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 5
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 5
The par-3 fifth hole on Pinehurst No.7 plays 205 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 6
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 6
One of the prettier holes on Pinehurst's No. 7 course, the par-4 sixth hole heads downhill off the tee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina - No. 7
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Pinehurst No. 7 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina - No. 7
The par-4 seventh hole at Pinehurst No. 7, "Devil's gut", demands a shot over wetlands to the green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 10
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 10
The 10th hole is a par-4 dogleg left and up a hill at Pinehurst No. 7. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 11
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 11
No. 11 is a sharp dogleg left at Pinehurst No. 7. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 course - Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina
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Pinehurst No. 7 course - Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina
Pinehurst No. 7 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 16
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 16
The par-3 16th hole on the No. 7 golf course at Pinehurst Resort plays over a vast waste bunket. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 17
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 17
The seventh hole is a straightaway par 4 to an elevated green at Pinehurst No. 7. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 18
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Pinehurst No. 7 golf course - hole 18
The par-5 18th hole plays downhill the entire way on Pinehurst No. 7 Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Elevated tee shots, uphill approach shots bring the challenge at Pinehurst's No. 7 Course

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. -- Pinehurst No. 7 is the second most recent course design of the eight courses at the Pinehurst Resort (if you're counting the original 1919 design of Pinehurst No. 4 before the Tom Fazio redesign).

No. 7 winds through a residential community on most spots. Topographically it's the most severe of the Pinehurst courses and demands many uphill approach shots to elevated greens, while there are also numerous elevated tee shots as well. The course plays 7,216 yards from the championship tees (only No. 2 is longer from the U.S. Open tees) and features five sets of tees as close as 5,183 yards. Originally built in 1986, the course reopened in 2003 after a 10-month closure to renovate the golf course, which included rebuilding green complexes and adding bunkers and length.

No. 7 is located in its own clubhouse and location about a 5-10 minute shuttle drive from the main Pinehurst village.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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Pinehurst No. 7's greens are some of the resort's largest, but hitting them is tough for another reason: about half of them are elevated. It makes for dramatic, demanding golf on the most severe terrain of Pinehurst's eight courses, Brandon Tucker writes.
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Elevated tee shots, uphill approach shots bring the challenge at Pinehurst's No. 7 Course
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