No. 3 Donald Ross

Explore Pinehurst No. 3

This classic Donald Ross design (circa 1910) is the shortest course at Pinehurst at just 5,155 yards. But don’t let its modest distance fool you – this is a fun par 68 that was renovated this year to return many of Ross’s original design flourishes and characteristics throughout the classic layout.

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. An interesting combination of par-3s and shorter par-4s provide ample opportunities to play aggressively in search of a low score. But beware – accuracy and distance control also come into play on a number of well-conceived doglegs.

In April, Pinehurst No. 3 reopened after restoring much of Donald Ross’ spirit and vision. You may read more about the changes here.

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

Course Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3

No. 3

  • Tees

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Fairways

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Rough

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Greens

    Champion Ultradwarf

  • 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

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.