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Pinehurst (No 2) Golf Course

Last updated: 21 March, 2024

‘It’s all about the greens’ is a common refrain when talking about Pinehurst No 2. Sure, Donald Ross brought the idea for the small turtleback greens and their wicked fall offs from Royal Dornoch in Scotland, and there’s no doubt this is a course that penalises errant approach play.

But ever since Pinehurst opened for play in 1907, it’s been considered one of the greatest of all American courses. Every hole is exceptional, but the 5th, 9th and 16th are world-class.

The course has hosted three US Opens, most recently in 2014 when Martin Kaymer shot the second-lowest score in US Open history. Play it once and you’ll understand just how remarkable that feat was.

Logistics

Price from: £230
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

No 2 is part of a complex of nine separate courses at the northern edge of the village of Pinehurst. No 2 is by far the most popular course of the nine and Pinehurst reserves tee times for its resort guests, but you can pay and play by calling the pro shop at least 24 hours in advance.

When to do it

The course is open all year round, seven days a week. The best times to play are the shoulder seasons of March to May and September to October, when the weather is milder and you avoid the summer humidity. North Carolina is quite rainy, so check the forecast and pack the appropriate gear.

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