- Location: Pinehurst, NC
- Rooms: 350+
- Courses: Nine
- Amenities: Eight restaurants / putting course / par-3 course / brewery / spa / lawn sports
- Also good for: Best for Buddies (#2)
6 things you need to know
- Best time to go: The fall brings pleasant temperatures without the humidity.
- Daily stay-and-plays start at: $450
- Golf experience: Nine courses. How can you beat that?
- Best non-golf amenity: Croquet, the way it was meant to be played.
- While you're there: Visit the Ryder Cup Lounge and immerse yourself in golf's rich history.
- Insider tip: Play in the late afternoon — the tall pines and their shadows create an epic canvas.
It’s accepted that St. Andrews is the “Home of Golf.” If that’s the case, the home of American golf is Pinehurst. For some, a trip to the Sandhills is like leaving home for college — golf college. Everything you’d want — all nine(!) courses, housing, dining — is elaborately placed around weaving roads and paths on a sprawling campus, pine straw bordering every turn. The quad in this analogy is just as delightful as your alma mater’s grassy space. It’s made up of an 18-hole putting course named Thistle Dhu that abuts a 9-hole short course named The Cradle, with a grassy perch filled with lawn chairs overlooking it all. A true Pinehurst Day involves all of them — say, 18 on Gil Hanse’s wide-open redesign of No. 4, a wedges-only loop on the short course and settling bets on the putting course. To complete the syllabus, pop in for a pint in the Ryder Cup Lounge or the new Pinehurst Brewing Co. Or, if you made birdie on any of No. 2’s par threes, a free beverage awaits in its 19th hole, the Deuce. Congratulations, graduate.