No. 1 Before Greens Were Green

It all started here. When Pinehurst No. 1 welcomed players in 1898, golf aficionados flocked from the North to enjoy a winter round (early visitors included John D. Rockefeller and President William McKinley). After English golf legend Harry Vardon conducted a series of golf demonstrations at No. 1 in 1900, Pinehurst was on its way to being on the world golf map. Dr. Leroy Culver built the first nine holes and John Dunn Tucker added the next nine, but it is clearly Donald Ross’s touch that you feel on Pinehurst’s first golf course.

After his initial efforts reworking the back nine, he implemented changes on the front, and made further revisions in 1913, 1937, 1940 and finally in 1946, shortly before his death. The simple yet strategic philosophy that informed Ross’s later design work is very much in evidence on No. 1, which is all the more remarkable when you consider that this was for all intents and purposes his first design.

Recalling his Scottish heritage, Ross made liberal use of bunkers, both across the fairway and around the green. Don’t let the short 6,089-yard par 70 fool you; wild drives or a sloppy short game can make for a long day. No. 1 was a great start for Pinehurst, and it’s a great start for your visit.

 

Golf is synonymous with Pinehurst, but it was not until 1926 that golf was permitted on Sunday – and then only in the afternoon.

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Course Overview

Hole Par Blue White Green Red
1 4 391 365 365 319
2 4 401 391 358 358
3 4 353 345 345 331
4 5 466 458 422 422
5 3 173 143 118 118
6 4 375 349 349 281
7 3 167 161 143 143
8 4 366 332 332 249
9 3 148 126 126 109
10 4 367 357 327 327
11 4 410 394 394 385
12 3 222 218 157 200
13 4 414 369 331 331
14 4 337 324 324 316
15 4 352 345 324 324
16 4 390 381 303 303
17 4 331 318 318 288
18 5 426 418 418 389
Total 70 6089 5794 5454 5193
Course Illustration for Pinehurst No. 1

No. 1

Landscaping
  • Tees

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Fairways

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Rough

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Greens

    Mini Verde ultradwarf

Characteristics
  • Total acres of turf: 81
  • Total acres of fairways: 34
  • Total acres of rough: 40
  • Total square footage of greens: 105,000 sq ft
  • Total number of sand bunkers: 40

Hole-by-Hole Walkthrough

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 1
Yardage
  • Blue 391
  • White 365
  • Green 365
  • Red 319

The 1st Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 3/3

A fairly easy hole to get your round started. Favor the left side of the fairway with your tee shot to avoid the bunker on the right. The green is well-protected by bunkers, so aim for the center of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 2
Yardage
  • Blue 401
  • White 391
  • Green 358
  • Red 358

The 2nd Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 17/1

Grip it and rip it on this tee shot to the widest fairway on the golf course. Avoid the bunkers around the green and par is attainable on this, the No. 1 handicap hole.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3
Yardage
  • Blue 353
  • White 345
  • Green 345
  • Red 331

The 3rd Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 1/7

Tee shot needs to stay left of center on this dogleg-right par 4. A well-placed tee shot allows for an open approach to this fairly flat green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 4
Yardage
  • Blue 466
  • White 458
  • Green 422
  • Red 422

The 4th Hole

on No. 1

Par 5 | HCP 5/17

For longer hitters, hitting the fairway is a must on this reachable par 5. If laying up, choose a yardage you are comfortable with to hit this elevated green.

 

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 5
Yardage
  • Blue 173
  • White 143
  • Green 118
  • Red 118

The 5th Hole

on No. 1

Par 3 | HCP 9/9

If in doubt in your club selection, choose the longer club for this elevated par 3.

 

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 6
Yardage
  • Blue 375
  • White 349
  • Green 349
  • Red 281

The 6th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 7/5

Challenge the bunkers on the left with your tee shot in order to avoid trouble on the right and allow for an easier approach shot.

 

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 7
Yardage
  • Blue 167
  • White 161
  • Green 143
  • Red 143

The 7th Hole

on No. 1

Par 3 | HCP 11/13

This par 3 plays about a half-club longer then the yardage. If in between clubs the front of the green allows for shots to roll up onto the putting surface.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 8
Yardage
  • Blue 366
  • White 332
  • Green 332
  • Red 249

The 8th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 15/11

This short par 4 is much tougher than the yardage. Tee shot must be played down to left side to allow for a short-iron to this elevated green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 9
Yardage
  • Blue 148
  • White 126
  • Green 126
  • Red 109

The 9th Hole

on No. 1

Par 3 | HCP 13/15

This signature hole of No. 1 presents a challenging, downhill par 3 that requires a precise yardage. If between clubs choose the longer of the two in hopes of avoiding the large bunker protecting the front of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 10
Yardage
  • Blue 367
  • White 357
  • Green 327
  • Red 327

The 10th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 2/8

A well-placed tee shot is a necessity on this par 4. The second shot plays approximately a club longer uphill to a relatively flat green

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 11
Yardage
  • Blue 410
  • White 394
  • Green 394
  • Red 385

The 11th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 4/2

A tough par 4 with a demanding tee shot as well as approach shot. Hitting the fairway is a must off the tee as well as favoring the right side of the green on your approach.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 12
Yardage
  • Blue 222
  • White 218
  • Green 157
  • Red 200

The 12th Hole

on No. 1

Par 3 | HCP 18/12

A very long and difficult par 3 for men, and a short par 4 for ladies. Tee shots must avoid the bunker on the left, and short of the green will allow an opportunity for a par.

 

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 13
Yardage
  • Blue 414
  • White 369
  • Green 331
  • Red 331

The 13th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 6/6

Favor the left side of the fairway off the tee because of the terrain. Approach shots play a little downhill to the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 14
Yardage
  • Blue 337
  • White 324
  • Green 324
  • Red 316

The 14th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 10/14

Tee shots should favor the moguls on the left side of this par 4. Avoid the fairly deep bunker right of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 15
Yardage
  • Blue 352
  • White 345
  • Green 324
  • Red 324

The 15th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 8/10

Tee shot is played to a wide fairway. On the approach shot, avoid the bunker on the left of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 16
Yardage
  • Blue 390
  • White 381
  • Green 303
  • Red 303

The 16th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 12/4

Favor the left side of the fairway on your tee shot to avoid trouble on the right. On your approach shot be sure of your yardage because of the back-to-front sloping of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 17
Yardage
  • Blue 331
  • White 318
  • Green 318
  • Red 288

The 17th Hole

on No. 1

Par 4 | HCP 16/16

A short par 4 that can be attacked. Avoid the bunker on your tee shot and you will have a short-iron to this green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 18
Yardage
  • Blue 426
  • White 418
  • Green 418
  • Red 389

The 18th Hole

on No. 1

Par 5 | HCP 14/18

A reachable par 5 with two well struck shots. Second shot plays approximately a club longer and is uphill to a fairly small green.

 

The Clubhouse

The Resort Clubhouse features the Donald Ross Grill, a favorite lunch destination, and the 91st Hole, the ideal spot to gather after a round of golf, and shop for the best in Pinehurst apparel and merchandise in the Pro Shop. In 2013, Pinehurst completed a $3.7 million renovation to the member clubhouse, which is adjacent to the Resort Club. The renovation includes an interior redesign and dramatic architectural improvements to the East Veranda overlooking Pinehurst No. 2.

Getting to the Course

All courses are just minutes away each Pinehurst Resort accommodation with our complimentary shuttle service.

If you are driving to the course, you may use these driving directions. Parking is available at The Clubhouse. Visit our Travel Information page for more details.