No. 9 A Jack Nicklaus
Signature Golf Course

Legendary in his golf achievements and golf course designs alike, Jack Nicklaus constructed a masterpiece set amidst the long leaf pines of Southern Pines. This 18-hole championship layout features classic Jack Nicklaus architecture: wide fairways, lush course conditions and undulating putting surfaces that test your mind and your true golfing ability.

Pinehurst No. 9 is a magnificent 7,122-yard course and is as meticulously designed as it is compelling. An intriguingly well-balanced course which, according to Golf Digest, “has come to enhance even the lofty Sandhills image for world-class golf amenities.”

Each hole has been customized to create a great diversity in the way it can be played. Added to this uniqueness are tall pines, grassy swales, groomed waste areas and a natural variety of lakes and stream beds beautifully fashioned to give No. 9 its own distinctive look.

“The idea has been to preserve and build upon the great golfing tradition, which is the Sandhills.”

- Jack Nicklaus

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Course Overview

Hole Par Gold Blue White Green Red
1 4 410 390 373 294 264
2 3 191 172 167 99 89
3 4 415 378 340 302 282
4 5 570 547 526 496 436
5 4 439 397 372 347 317
6 4 426 389 361 310 300
7 4 419 375 353 321 281
8 5 535 505 486 451 441
9 3 160 140 120 92 74
10 5 510 481 454 417 367
11 4 420 390 335 319 294
12 3 180 155 137 105 86
13 4 442 402 360 327 287
14 4 414 397 372 322 312
15 5 530 501 478 406 376
16 4 383 355 314 267 257
17 3 218 187 178 145 124
18 4 460 434 402 358 348
Total 72 7122 6595 6128 5378 4935
Course Illustration for Pinehurst No. 9

No. 9

Landscaping

Hole-by-Hole Walkthrough

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 1
Yardage
  • Gold 410
  • Blue 390
  • White 373
  • Green 294
  • Red 264

The 1st Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 5

The Knoll

A dogleg left is your opener to the Nicklaus Signature design on No. 9. Play your drive down the right center of the fairway to give yourself the best angle to the green. Avoid the bunkers short and right of the green. The only bail out is short & left of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 2
Yardage
  • Gold 191
  • Blue 172
  • White 167
  • Green 99
  • Red 89

The 2nd Hole

on No. 9

Par 3 | HCP 13

Doon Carry

The Doon Conservatory guards the front & right side of the green. Missing the green left is no bargain since it leaves you with an awkward chip shot with the green sloping toward the water.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3
Yardage
  • Gold 415
  • Blue 378
  • White 340
  • Green 302
  • Red 282

The 3rd Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 7

Narrow Way

This sharp dogleg right will test your shotmaking abilities as the hole is made for a power fade off the tee. Avoid the fairway bunker by staying left or, for you longer hitters, by carrying it. The approach is drastically uphill so hit an extra club. You can use the severe tier in the middle of the green as a backstop.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 4
Yardage
  • Gold 570
  • Blue 547
  • White 526
  • Green 496
  • Red 436

The 4th Hole

on No. 9

Par 5 | HCP 1

Dogwood Bend

This par 5 is a true 3-shot hole, which doglegs sharply right. The banking on the left side of the fairway allows you to aim away from the water off the tee. Avoid the fairway bunkers on your layup shot. Your approach needs to be high into the elevated green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 5
Yardage
  • Gold 439
  • Blue 397
  • White 372
  • Green 347
  • Red 317

The 5th Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 3

Batten’s Wall

Play your tee shot down the right side of the fairway to avoid the bunkers on the left. The difficult downhill approach shot is the key to playing this hole well. If you’re not sure of the club selection, over club & play a bank shot off the slope that flanks the back left of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 6
Yardage
  • Gold 426
  • Blue 389
  • White 361
  • Green 310
  • Red 300

The 6th Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 11

Pointe of View

Hit the sloping left-to-right fairway off the tee as you need to spin your approach on this bunker-free par 4. The front left of the green is a false front that funnels short approach shots off the green. Note the severe tier in the middle of the green that slopes from front to back. Club selection and placement are crucial to hit this green in regulation.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 7
Yardage
  • Gold 419
  • Blue 375
  • White 353
  • Green 321
  • Red 281

The 7th Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 9

Pots-N-Hollows

A wonderful par 4 that plays short, where if you play with control, there is a good chance for a birdie. Position your tee shot to the left-center of the fairway to have the best angle to the green. The deep green gets narrow towards the back.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 8
Yardage
  • Gold 535
  • Blue 505
  • White 486
  • Green 451
  • Red 441

The 8th Hole

on No. 9

Par 5 | HCP 15

Prairie Dunes

This par 5 offers the best scoring opportunity on the front 9. Play your drive down the right side to give yourself a chance at hitting the green in two. The very deep green slopes dangerously from the front to back.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 9
Yardage
  • Gold 160
  • Blue 140
  • White 120
  • Green 92
  • Red 74

The 9th Hole

on No. 9

Par 3 | HCP 17

Cornerstone

With water flanking the left side of the green, the picturesque par-3 9th will test your nerves. Note the collection area on the right side of the green that funnels marginal shots off the green. And be wary of the slope off the back of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 10
Yardage
  • Gold 510
  • Blue 481
  • White 454
  • Green 417
  • Red 367

The 10th Hole

on No. 9

Par 5 | HCP 10

Fortress

This is a classic risk/reward par 5. It is reachable in two for many golfers, but the lake that flanks the right side of the entire hole has captured numerous misplayed shots. Play smart and note the 130-yard lay-up distance to position yourself for a wedge approach.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 11
Yardage
  • Gold 420
  • Blue 390
  • White 335
  • Green 319
  • Red 294

The 11th Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 14

Pine Valley

This short par 4 demands precision placement. If the pin is on the right side of the green, your tee shot needs to be on the left side of the fairway to see the flagstick. This green is very wide, but the ridge in the middle of the green makes an accurate approach shot necessary.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 12
Yardage
  • Gold 180
  • Blue 155
  • White 137
  • Green 105
  • Red 86

The 12th Hole

on No. 9

Par 3 | HCP 18

The Crest

The shortest par 3 on the course, but varying winds and hole location can make this hole play as much as two clubs longer. Avoid the bunkers on the right at all costs. This dramatic two-tiered green makes putting from the wrong tier very challenging.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 13
Yardage
  • Gold 442
  • Blue 402
  • White 360
  • Green 327
  • Red 287

The 13th Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 6

Lone Pine

Your tee shot should favor the left-center to avoid the large pine tree on the right. Big hitters may want to choose a club that will leave them no closer than 125 yards to the green. A good drive leaves a mid-iron to this three-tiered green, which is well-bunkered on both sides.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 14
Yardage
  • Gold 414
  • Blue 397
  • White 372
  • Green 322
  • Red 312

The 14th Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 2

Knobby

The most demanding par 4 on the course. The fairway has a large slope down the right side that will feed drives to the left. Accuracy is a must off the tee to approach this green, which is guarded by bunkers short and left. To approach this elevated green, note the green depth & hole location.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 15
Yardage
  • Gold 530
  • Blue 501
  • White 478
  • Green 406
  • Red 376

The 15th Hole

on No. 9

Par 5 | HCP 12

Flats

Play your tee shot down the right-center of the fairway. No need to flirt with the left fairway bunker. In planning your approach shot, be sure to consider the multi-tiered green. A ball hit towards the front-left half of the green will roll off left. The back half has a gentle slope towards the back and there is an elevated tier on the middle left of the green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 16
Yardage
  • Gold 383
  • Blue 355
  • White 314
  • Green 267
  • Red 257

The 16th Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 8

Castle Pines

Big hitters may not want to hit a driver on this hole. Choose a club that will leave you 85-to-125 yards to the green. The middle of the green is the smallest target as there is a formidable drop off from front to back.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 17
Yardage
  • Gold 218
  • Blue 187
  • White 178
  • Green 145
  • Red 124

The 17th Hole

on No. 9

Par 3 | HCP 16

Crooked Pine

This hole looks deceptively shorter when looking at the bunker that is actually well short & left of the green. Trust the yardage & note the green depth and hole location. You can roll the ball onto the left half of the green, but a high shot is necessary to get the ball close to any right-side hole location.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 18
Yardage
  • Gold 460
  • Blue 434
  • White 402
  • Green 358
  • Red 348

The 18th Hole

on No. 9

Par 4 | HCP 4

Bear’s Valley

This long par 4 will make you earn a good score to close your round. By playing your tee shot down the right side you may be able to shorten the hole, but you run the risk of getting hung up in the trees. Your approach shot requires a long iron into a well-guarded green. Par is a good score on this testy finishing hole.

The Clubhouse

A short shuttle ride away from resort hotels will bring you to the expansive clubhouse at No. 9. This beautifully appointed facility, with 32,000 square feet, offers a wide variety of rooms and outdoor space for members and guests alike.

Getting to the Course

No. 9 at Pinehurst National is only a short shuttle ride from resort hotels.

If you are driving to the course, you may use these driving directions. Parking is available at the No. 9 course. Visit our Travel Information page for more details.