Pinehurst – The cradle of USA golf

Located in North Carolina, Pinehurst is often referred to as the ‘cradle’ of United States golf. With a staggering nine 18 hole courses on-site, plus other notable amenities to keep you busy, Pinehurst deserves its position in the elite group of golfing destinations worldwide.

When to go

You can golf all year round at Pinehurst, but there are riskier times to attend like most locations. From November to February, you are dealing with the risks of winter golf. You may have the course to yourself some days. Shoulder seasons will always be popular as the middle of summer can get scorching hot. Playing 36 holes a day is also easier from March to October.

If you are planning on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, we suggest autumn as the best all-around season.

Getting there

The easiest option for getting to Pinehurst is to fly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where you can find rental cars or shuttles direct to Pinehurst. Moore County Airport is also an option if you are traveling on a private plane.

If you are driving, be prepared to travel through the rural areas. Pinehurst is located at least an hour from any major city so bring your GPS, albeit driving conditions should be relatively easy.

The Golf

Where do you start? With 9 courses plus an amazing short course known as the Cradle, and the Thistle Due putting complex, Pinehurst is a golfer’s dream. As a general rule, book your trip around the availability of #2 and #4. It would be best if you planned to play at least one. #2 is a Donald Ross masterpiece and has hosted numerous US Open events. Whilst a tad pricey, it is not an expense you will regret. #4 is quickly growing in prestige also since the development by Gill Hanse. #8 is often regarded as the hidden gem of Pinehurst, but #3 should also not be overlooked.

Do your research and talk to your group. All courses have their charms and quirks, so you really can’t go wrong with what you pick.

What you must not do on any Pinehurst trip is skip the Cradle. An essential part of USA golf folklore. Wander the perfectly manicured course with a drink in hand and even bare feet and enjoy the simplicities of golf.

Where to stay

Pinehurst is famous for many things, but the famed #2 course and the refurbished #4 cours may be the prime attraction in recent years. To play these courses, you must be a resort guest. The good news is that there are 3 hotels on-site plus villas and condos for larger groups.

Staying at Pinehurst is not cheap, but it is part of the experience. Room-only rates can start from $350 per night, but most guests will take up the ‘stay and play deals.

You can stay off-site in private accommodation, which will save some money but have you been to Pinehurst if you have not played the big courses?

Time to eat?

Pinehurst may offer some of the more extensive food and beverage options of any golf resort worldwide. From the relaxed and iconic Pinehurst Brewing Co pub to the fine dining options of The Carolina Hotel, there is something for everyone.

Make sure you check out the Ryder Cup lounge to soak up the history of the 1951 event. Having a few cocktails is a good way to close out your Cradle experience.

For the non-golfer?

Pinehurst offers a range of activities for the non-golfer. The Village of Pinehurst is a delight to explore before sampling a wide range of spa and health and fitness services. Plus don’t forget Tennis, lawns sports, carriage rides and so much more. You could easily stay a week at Pinehurst and never run out of things to do.

What the locals say 

In between rounds, walk into the Village for an amazing sandwich at the Villager Deli. You won’t be disappointed.

Bonus Points

Located 30 mins away from Pinehurst is Tobacco Road Golf Course. One of the quirkiest but still desirable courses in all of the USA.  If you can spare the time, ensure you check out Tobacco Road with your buddies

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