No. 4 Tom Fazio’s Tribute to Pinehurst

No. 4 combines the classical routing of Donald Ross with the contemporary vision of Tom Fazio, who re-imagined the course in 2000.

Fazio, who considered No. 4 his tribute to Pinehurst, tipped his hat to Ross with crowned greens on many holes, and the addition of more than 140 pot bunkers. These, combined with several sprawling waste bunkers and more traditional sand traps, give the track a dizzying 188 sand hazards.

Though adjacent to No. 2, No. 4 has a distinctively different look, in large part thanks to the lake that acts as its centerpiece. The lake comes into play on several holes, including the par-5 13th, which demands a drive to a small landing area bounded by the lake on the left and bunkers on the right. From here, big hitters will be tempted to go for the green – which is tucked between sand and water – in two. Two par-3s, the 4th and the 14th, require you to carry the lake if you’re going to be putting for birdie.

Most agree that Fazio elevated a good course to a great one with his work on No. 4. Indeed, it was selected as the co-site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur.

 

I have great memories of visiting Pinehurst in the old days. For a kid from Latrobe to visit the golf capital of the world was a special treat.

- Arnold Palmer

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Course Overview

Hole Par Gold Blue White Green Red
1 4 402 368 337 315 294
2 5 495 487 471 439 405
3 4 428 398 370 348 316
4 3 197 169 145 117 98
5 4 450 427 405 391 354
6 3 182 176 160 132 107
7 4 445 410 380 353 348
8 4 406 382 353 322 289
9 5 522 507 477 432 417
10 4 400 388 363 354 329
11 4 451 401 370 347 313
12 3 210 186 164 149 126
13 5 510 500 487 462 415
14 3 229 189 160 124 112
15 4 381 367 345 315 273
16 4 405 368 331 305 275
17 5 548 535 506 426 421
18 4 456 400 390 346 325
Total 72 7117 6658 6214 5677 5217
Course Illustration for Pinehurst No. 4

No. 4

Landscaping
  • Tees

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Fairways

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Rough

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Greens

    Penn G-2

Characteristics
  • Total acres of fairways: 30
  • Total acres of rough: 35
  • Total square footage of greens: 126,000 sq ft
  • Total number of sand bunkers: 172
  • Total acres of waste areas: 15
  • Total acreage of lakes: 6

Hole-by-Hole Walkthrough

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 1
Yardage
  • Gold 402
  • Blue 368
  • White 337
  • Green 315
  • Red 294

The 1st Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 5/7

A relatively short hole to start your round on No. 4. Favor right side of fairway for best approach into perched green. Large waste area to left of fairway and cluster of five pot bunkers on right are trademarks of No. 4 you’ll see all day.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 2
Yardage
  • Gold 495
  • Blue 487
  • White 471
  • Green 439
  • Red 405

The 2nd Hole

on No. 4

Par 5 | HCP 13/15

A reachable par 5 with two bold pot-bunker complexes. Second shot must be short of the bunker complex or well past it to avoid a difficult approach shot from the sand. Beware going past the pin when it’s positioned on the front of the green.

No. 4 Hole #2

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3
Yardage
  • Gold 428
  • Blue 398
  • White 370
  • Green 348
  • Red 316

The 3rd Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 3/3

Uphill tee shot should be played right of the pot bunkers guarding the inside of this dogleg-left hole. Be sure to take plenty of club on approach – anything short of green will roll 20-to-30 yards back down a shaved-turf slope.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 4
Yardage
  • Gold 197
  • Blue 169
  • White 145
  • Green 117
  • Red 98

The 4th Hole

on No. 4

Par 3 | HCP 15/11

A spectacular downhill par 3. The green’s shallowness puts a premium on accurate club selection. Three-putts will be common if you play to the wrong side of a 120-foot-wide putting surface.

No. 4 Hole #4

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 5
Yardage
  • Gold 450
  • Blue 427
  • White 405
  • Green 391
  • Red 354

The 5th Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 1/1

This long par 4 demands a well-struck tee shot to clear the crest of the slope running downhill toward the tee. Long-left, short-right off the tee could find bunkers. Relatively open green front allows for run-up shot with long-iron.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 6
Yardage
  • Gold 182
  • Blue 176
  • White 160
  • Green 132
  • Red 107

The 6th Hole

on No. 4

Par 3 | HCP 7/5

What you see is what you get on this slightly downhill par 3. Waste bunker left, two pot bunkers right. Aggressive plays at rear hole locations can be dangerous as the green falls off sharply to contoured turf area.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 7
Yardage
  • Gold 445
  • Blue 410
  • White 380
  • Green 353
  • Red 348

The 7th Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 7/5

Difficult par 4 with waste area flanking entire right side of dogleg-right hole. Risk-reward options off tee – flirt with waste area to shorten hole and provide wider angle into green; play safely to left side to ensure green-grass lie for approach.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 8
Yardage
  • Gold 406
  • Blue 382
  • White 353
  • Green 322
  • Red 289

The 8th Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 11/9

Narrow fairway flanked by waste area and pot bunkers right and turfed fall-off left. Perched green is bunkered short-left, and green falls off sharply front left into shaved-down swale. Middle of fairway, middle of green and two putts is a good score here.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 9
Yardage
  • Gold 522
  • Blue 507
  • White 477
  • Green 432
  • Red 417

The 9th Hole

on No. 4

Par 5 | HCP 9/13

Pot bunkers galore on this stragetic par 5. Ideal drive will split the fairway and set up second shot. Strip of 15 pot bunkers splits fairway from greenside to about 100 yards out. Left of right-side approach angles might depend on hole location.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 10
Yardage
  • Gold 400
  • Blue 388
  • White 363
  • Green 354
  • Red 329

The 10th Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 8/10

Relatively short par 4 presents birdie opportunity if you can negotiate severely crowned green. Favor right side of fairway for best angle of approach. Take care on approach when pin hangs over complex of pot bunkers to left of green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 11
Yardage
  • Gold 451
  • Blue 401
  • White 370
  • Green 347
  • Red 313

The 11th Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 10/6

This dogleg-left is the longest par-4 hole on the course. There’s little trouble off tee into wide fairway, and left-side position affords shorter distance into perched green. Grass fall-off to rear of green provides particularly challenging recovery.

No. 4 Hole #11

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 12
Yardage
  • Gold 210
  • Blue 186
  • White 164
  • Green 149
  • Red 126

The 12th Hole

on No. 4

Par 3 | HCP 18/18

Another downhill par 3. Back-left hole locations particularly difficult to access with three pot bunkers short-left and shaved turf depression long. Front-right pins can accept run-up shots. Err to front-right of green off tee.

No. 4 Hole #12

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 13
Yardage
  • Gold 510
  • Blue 500
  • White 487
  • Green 462
  • Red 415

The 13th Hole

on No. 4

Par 5 | HCP 6/8

Heroic par 5 presents do-or-die options. Hug left of fairway for chance to go for green from 200 yards out. Conservative tee balls played center or right-center still offer options on second shot – bite off however much lake you want for shorter third shot.

No. 4 Hole #13

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 14
Yardage
  • Gold 229
  • Blue 189
  • White 160
  • Green 124
  • Red 112

The 14th Hole

on No. 4

Par 3 | HCP 16/12

Beautiful, long, difficult par 3. Hole location can mean three clubs difference off tee into deep, two-tiered green. Lake to left will swallow many an errant tee shot. Run-up shots to front-hole locations is smart strategy.

No. 4 Hole #14

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 15
Yardage
  • Gold 381
  • Blue 367
  • White 345
  • Green 315
  • Red 273

The 15th Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 4/4

Short but sassy par 4. Play to top of hill off tee – perhaps with fairway wood – as close to pot bunkers on right side as you dare. Distance is everything on approach to small, heavily bunkered green. Do not be long.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 16
Yardage
  • Gold 405
  • Blue 368
  • White 331
  • Green 305
  • Red 275

The 16th Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 12/14

Relatively wide fairway flanked on left by expansive waste area. Left-center provides best access to the putting surface. Green well-guarded by bunkers and waste area.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 17
Yardage
  • Gold 548
  • Blue 535
  • White 506
  • Green 426
  • Red 421

The 17th Hole

on No. 4

Par 5 | HCP 14/16

Favor left side of fairway on the longest hole on course. Entrance to 150-foot deep green is well-protected by bunkers on all sides. Take care to note hole location on deep green and play second shot to 100 yards out – perfect full-wedge distance.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 18
Yardage
  • Gold 456
  • Blue 400
  • White 390
  • Green 346
  • Red 325

The 18th Hole

on No. 4

Par 4 | HCP 2/2

Closing out with a par or better will be outstanding on this challenging par 4. Waste area begins left of tee, runs down fairway, crosses fairway and stretches to right of green. Three pot bunkers left and sharp slope up to green on right make hitting the green in two a chore.

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.