No. 5 The Cornerstone of Our Classic Courses

No. 5 was designed in 1961 by Ellis Maples, a protégé of Donald Ross, and part of North Carolina’s first family of golf course design and construction. (His father Frank, was Pinehurst’s golf course superintendent for over 40 years, beginning in 1907.)

Like Ross, Maples believed that it was the designer’s job to find the golf course that resided in the land’s structure, and his fealty to the land is evident in No. 5’s variety—holes meandering up and down, left and right, and over water. (No. 5 has more water hazards than any of the other courses at Pinehurst.) The combination of water carries, elevated greens and overall greater yardage favors longer hitters.

One of Pinehurst’s prettiest holes, the par-3 15th, is here. Known as the Cathedral Hole, it’s fronted by a pond and encircled by a stand of ancient pines, the tops of which resemble the pipes of an organ. The Cathedral Hole actually predates No. 5; it was once the sixth hole on No. 3.

No. 5 offers classic Pinehurst golf—more challenging than Nos. 1 and 3, but less taxing than No. 2. It won’t disappoint.

Eight of the last 12 North & South Women’s Amateur champions are on the LPGA Tour, including Yani Tseng, who beat Morgan Pressel (the 2004 champion) in 2005 before going on to win six LPGA majors – and counting.

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Course Overview

Hole Par Gold Blue White Green Red
1 4 391 385 380 338 330
2 4 412 403 375 337 310
3 5 484 480 450 443 414
4 4 393 352 327 315 289
5 4 428 420 392 351 323
6 3 168 168 160 141 128
7 4 407 403 391 368 319
8 4 374 353 327 317 288
9 4 434 425 389 338 290
10 4 381 372 363 353 315
11 4 369 363 334 300 292
12 4 386 381 324 311 287
13 3 185 180 158 138 110
14 5 523 511 479 439 415
15 3 188 180 161 121 106
16 4 437 397 370 350 322
17 5 504 497 471 420 407
18 4 384 370 360 329 303
Total 72 6848 6640 6211 5709 5248
Course Illustration for Pinehurst No. 5

No. 5

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: 48
  • Total square footage of greens: 87,000 sq ft
  • Total number of sand bunkers: 47
  • Total acreage of lakes: 6.25

Hole-by-Hole Walkthrough

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 1
Yardage
  • Gold 391
  • Blue 385
  • White 380
  • Green 338
  • Red 330

The 1st Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 5/9

A fairly tough tee shot to start his Ellis Maples classic. Be careful of the bunkers on both sides of the fairway to make for an easier approach to this dogleg-right par 4.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 2
Yardage
  • Gold 412
  • Blue 403
  • White 375
  • Green 337
  • Red 310

The 2nd Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 3/3

Another tough driving hole that requires precision off of the tee. Keep your tee shot right of the fairway bunker to allow for an easier approach to an elevated green. The bunker on the left of the green is deep so keep the ball right of it on your approach.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3
Yardage
  • Gold 484
  • Blue 480
  • White 450
  • Green 443
  • Red 414

The 3rd Hole

on No. 5

Par 5 | HCP 7/13

A wide fairway allows you to use all your power on this tee shot. If you have the distance, go for the green. If not, lay up to the yardage you would like for your third shot and attack this fairly flat green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 4
Yardage
  • Gold 393
  • Blue 352
  • White 327
  • Green 315
  • Red 289

The 4th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 1/11

A dogleg-left par 4 that requires a tee shot that avoids the bunkers on the right side of the fairway. Be careful of the false front on your approach to the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 5
Yardage
  • Gold 428
  • Blue 420
  • White 392
  • Green 351
  • Red 323

The 5th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 11/7

Favor the left side of the fairway on your tee shot to have an easier approach. Short of the green allows for an easy up-and-down whereas long is much more difficult.

No. 5 Hole #5

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 6
Yardage
  • Gold 168
  • Blue 168
  • White 160
  • Green 141
  • Red 128

The 6th Hole

on No. 5

Par 3 | HCP 17/17

A somewhat difficult par 3 because of the bunkers surrounding the green. This green is very deep so make sure the pin placement is taken into consideration when determining your yardage.

No. 5 Hole #6

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 7
Yardage
  • Gold 407
  • Blue 403
  • White 391
  • Green 368
  • Red 319

The 7th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 9/5

A straightaway par 4 that doesn’t allow for much room left or right off of the tee. A large slope on the left side of the green will funnel the ball to the center on your approach.

No. 5 Hole #7

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 8
Yardage
  • Gold 374
  • Blue 353
  • White 327
  • Green 317
  • Red 288

The 8th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 15/15

A tee shot that favors the left-center of the fairway makes for a shorter approach to the green. If in position off of the tee take advantage of hitting a short-iron for your second.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 9
Yardage
  • Gold 434
  • Blue 425
  • White 389
  • Green 338
  • Red 290

The 9th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 13/1

Out-of-bounds left and a bunker on the right makes hitting the fairway very important. A downhill second to a shallow green with a deep bunker on the right will challenge even the best players.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 10
Yardage
  • Gold 381
  • Blue 372
  • White 363
  • Green 353
  • Red 315

The 10th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 16/6

Favor the left side of the fairway on this 90-degree dogleg-right par 4. Second shot plays approximately a club downhill to a back-to-front sloping green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 11
Yardage
  • Gold 369
  • Blue 363
  • White 334
  • Green 300
  • Red 292

The 11th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 4/4

This tee shot is played to a wide fairway. Water to the right of the green makes the second shot difficult, but lots of room to the left of this green.

No. 5 Hole #11

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 12
Yardage
  • Gold 386
  • Blue 381
  • White 324
  • Green 311
  • Red 287

The 12th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 10/12

A well-struck tee shot takes the water out of play. On your approach make sure to add at least a full club to avoid coming up short of the green.

No. 5 Hole #12

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 13
Yardage
  • Gold 185
  • Blue 180
  • White 158
  • Green 138
  • Red 110

The 13th Hole

on No. 5

Par 3 | HCP 18/16

A fairly difficult par 3 that is all carry to a very shallow green. Play for the center of the green and par will be attainable.

No. 5 Hole #13

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 14
Yardage
  • Gold 523
  • Blue 511
  • White 479
  • Green 439
  • Red 415

The 14th Hole

on No. 5

Par 5 | HCP 6/14

A generous landing area on this straightforward par 5. On your second shot avoid the fairway bunker and then attack the green. The green is elevated and has a false front so make sure you get the ball to the center of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 15
Yardage
  • Gold 188
  • Blue 180
  • White 161
  • Green 121
  • Red 106

The 15th Hole

on No. 5

Par 3 | HCP 14/10

A downhill par 3 that plays over water. Even though the tee shot is downhill make sure you don’t underclub and end up in the water.

No. 5 Hole #15

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 16
Yardage
  • Gold 437
  • Blue 397
  • White 370
  • Green 350
  • Red 322

The 16th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 2/2

A very sharp dogleg-right par 4. The right side of the fairway bunker is a good target and will open the green up for your second shot. Be careful of the deep bunker guarding the left side of this deep green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 17
Yardage
  • Gold 504
  • Blue 497
  • White 471
  • Green 420
  • Red 407

The 17th Hole

on No. 5

Par 5 | HCP 12/18

A straightaway par 5 with ample room for your tee shot. Avoid the fairway bunkers on the right and this hole is much easier. If you have the distance, try for the green on your second. If not, choose a club that leaves you a comfortable third shot and attack the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 18
Yardage
  • Gold 384
  • Blue 370
  • White 360
  • Green 329
  • Red 303

The 18th Hole

on No. 5

Par 4 | HCP 8/8

Favor the right side of the fairway off of the tee. Your approach shot will be played to a narrow green that is protected by a deep bunker on the left.

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.