No. 3 A Classic Gem

This classic Donald Ross design (circa 1910) is the shortest course at Pinehurst at just 5,862 yards. But don’t let its modest distance fool you.

Tiny elevated greens – averaging just 4,500 square feet each – demand precision, the kind of delicate approaches that will surely come in handy as you gear up for No. 2. A combination of longer par-3s and shorter par-4s provide ample opportunities to polish your long and middle-iron play. Accuracy and distance control also come into play on a number of well-conceived doglegs.

I just don’t think people understand how good those holes are. They’re filled with interest. They’re shorter, but there’s plenty of character to them.

- Ben Crenshaw

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Course Overview

Hole Par White Green Red
1 4 288 288 274
2 4 350 350 341
3 4 336 301 301
4 4 388 388 372
5 4 391 357 357
6 4 351 311 311
7 3 148 148 112
8 4 291 291 273
9 3 148 130 130
10 4 376 337 337
11 4 327 327 327
12 4 342 327 313
13 5 494 431 431
14 3 196 177 121
15 5 434 434 415
16 3 187 172 129
17 4 317 317 291
18 4 314 314 292
Total 70 5678 5400 5127
Course Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3

No. 3

Landscaping
  • Tees

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Fairways

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Rough

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Greens

    Champion Ultradwarf

Characteristics
  • Total acres of turf: 70.8
  • Total acres of fairways: 25
  • Total acres of rough: 42
  • Total square footage of greens: 85,000 sq ft
  • Total number of sand bunkers: 30

Hole-by-Hole Walkthrough

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 1
Yardage
  • White 288
  • Green 288
  • Red 274

The 1st Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 11/17

A short par 4 to start your round. Avoid the tree in the center of the fairway on your tee shot and you will have a short-iron into a undulating green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 2
Yardage
  • White 350
  • Green 350
  • Red 341

The 2nd Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 3/9

Favor the left side of the fairway on this straightaway par 4. Avoid the bunker on the right on your approach to this green.

No. 3 Hole #2

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3
Yardage
  • White 336
  • Green 301
  • Red 301

The 3rd Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 5/7

A challenging tee shot because of out-of-bounds on both sides of the fairway. Tee shot should favor the right side of the fairway because of the dogleg. Your approach shot plays about a club shorter downhill to the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 4
Yardage
  • White 388
  • Green 388
  • Red 372

The 4th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 15/1

Out-of-bounds guards both sides of the fairway again on this straightaway par 4. Play for the center of this sloping green and par is a good score.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 5
Yardage
  • White 391
  • Green 357
  • Red 357

The 5th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 1/5

A fairly wide fairway that allows a break from the demands of the previous holes. Favor the left side of the green because of the severe drop off on the right.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 6
Yardage
  • White 351
  • Green 311
  • Red 311

The 6th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 7/5

A perfect tee shot is played over the bunker on the right side of the fairway to this dogleg right par 4. Be careful of the right greenside bunker on your downhill approach to this green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 7
Yardage
  • White 148
  • Green 148
  • Red 112

The 7th Hole

on No. 3

Par 3 | HCP 13/11

A challenging par 3 with water in front and a deep bunker on the left. A big green allows for safe shots that can be two-putted for par.

No. 3 Hole #7

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 8
Yardage
  • White 291
  • Green 291
  • Red 273

The 8th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 9/15

Trust your yardage guide on this blind tee shot. Favor the left side of the fairway on this short par 4. A well struck tee shot allows for a short second shot to another green that slopes away in all directions.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 9
Yardage
  • White 148
  • Green 130
  • Red 130

The 9th Hole

on No. 3

Par 3 | HCP 17/13

A tough finishing hole to the outward nine. Be careful of where the pin is when determining your yardage. This green slopes severely from back-to-front so putting can be difficult on this par 3.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 10
Yardage
  • White 376
  • Green 337
  • Red 337

The 10th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 4/2

Another hole where trusting your yardage guide is very important. Favor the left side of the fairway off the tee to avoid the out-of-bounds that is to the right. On your approach play to the right side of the green because of the severe dropoff on the left.

No. 3 Hole #10

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 11
Yardage
  • White 327
  • Green 327
  • Red 327

The 11th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 6/8

Favor the right side of the fairway on your tee shot to this fairly short par 4. Your approach to the green plays approximately a club longer uphill to a green that slopes severely from back-to-front.

No. 3 Hole #11

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 12
Yardage
  • White 342
  • Green 327
  • Red 313

The 12th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 2/4

Play your tee shot to the right side of this fairway to ensure an open shot to the green for your second. Add approximately a club on your second to this elevated green that slopes from back-to-front.

No. 3 Hole #12

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 13
Yardage
  • White 494
  • Green 431
  • Red 431

The 13th Hole

on No. 3

Par 5 | HCP 16/16

Challenge the right side of the fairway off the tee to shorten this dogleg right par 5. If you are a longer hitter go for the green on your second. If not, lay up to your favorite yardage and attack with your third shot to this sloping green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 14
Yardage
  • White 196
  • Green 177
  • Red 121

The 14th Hole

on No. 3

Par 3 | HCP 10/6

A very difficult par 3 that plays slightly uphill. This green is open in front and will allow shots to run up to the fairly flat green surface.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 15
Yardage
  • White 434
  • Green 434
  • Red 415

The 15th Hole

on No. 3

Par 5 | HCP 18/18

A short par 5 that will allow for a birdie opportunity. Challenge the left side of the fairway on your tee shot to allow for a shorter second shot. The green is fairly flat and allows you to be aggressive on your approach.

No. 3 Hole #15

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 16
Yardage
  • White 187
  • Green 172
  • Red 129

The 16th Hole

on No. 3

Par 3 | HCP 18/12

Another tough par 3 on the back nine. Try to avoid the bunker that is short and right of the green. The green is open in front and will allow shots to run onto the putting surface.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 17
Yardage
  • White 317
  • Green 317
  • Red 291

The 17th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 14/14

A short par 4 that requires a tee shot placed just left of the mounding on the right side of the hole. The green slopes from back-to-front so short of the pin is ideal.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 18
Yardage
  • White 314
  • Green 314
  • Red 292

The 18th Hole

on No. 3

Par 4 | HCP 8/10

A tough finishing hole to a short, but very challenging Donald Ross classic. Favor the left center with your tee shot to make your approach to this green easier. Your approach plays approximately a club longer uphill to a green with a bunker left and a dropoff to the right.

No. 3 Hole #18

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.