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No. 6 rests a few miles from the center of Pinehurst, and is also a departure from the first five courses in design and temperament.
Tom and his uncle George, a famed designer in his own right, began work on No. 6 in 1975. The result was a more rugged, undulating track that demands bigger drives and more aggressive approaches. Tom returned in 2005 to carve new bunkers, soften angles and seed faster greens. The addition of native wiregrass throughout the course gives it a distinctive Pinehurst feel.
1979: George/Tom Fazio
Redesigns & restorations
2005: Tom Fazio
Hole Par Gold Blue White Green Red 1 4 441 411 381 355 322 2 5 537 529 515 461 422 3 3 198 176 163 136 112 4 4 402 379 342 310 239 5 4 415 391 366 339 324 6 5 515 492 467 452 397 7 3 213 171 159 151 131 8 4 385 371 344 324 294 9 4 441 420 401 381 335 10 5 500 500 442 403 377 11 4 417 398 376 355 278 12 4 413 359 344 322 269 13 3 212 186 172 146 132 14 4 391 368 340 313 272 15 5 499 490 465 413 399 16 3 223 181 149 135 92 17 4 415 387 357 332 306 18 4 436 425 397 355 291 Total 72 7053 6634 6180 5683 4992
The 1st Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 5/9
A well-placed drive down the right side of this straightaway hole gives the best angle into this green. Be sure to select the right club, for the second shot plays uphill into a narrow green that slopes from back-to-front, guarded by two deep bunkers.
The 2nd Hole on No. 6Par 5 | HCP 7/5
A driver from the tee is a good choice to go for the green in two, but avoid the fairway bunker on the left. If you aren’t able to get through the narrow opening by the green, lay up with a mid-iron to be in good birdie or par position.
The 3rd Hole on No. 6Par 3 | HCP 15/17
Select a club here that will get you to the front third of the green. A short miss will be playable but it may be difficult to make par from behind this green. Par is a good score here.
The 4th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 17/1
This par-4 dogleg-right will present a choice from the tee – leaving either a short-iron second shot from the left for shorter hitters or a short pitch into the green for longer hitters. The “bail-out” area is left of the green to avoid the deep right bunker.
The 5th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 1/15
A tee shot that favors the left will give you the best angle into the green – away from the right-side waste area. The green can be deceptively quick at times and is divided by a large middle ridge that can make back-hole locations difficult.
The 6th Hole on No. 6Par 5 | HCP 9/7
With a straight, long drive you could go for the green in two on this par 5. Stay right of the left fairway bunker and beware the pond just short of the green. The green slopes from back-to-front, so get a good read on the break for your putt.
The 7th Hole on No. 6Par 3 | HCP 13/11
A tough par 3 with a tee shot that must carry over the water running up the right side. If you need to bail out to the left, you will be left with a tricky up-and-down. Once you get onto the green your ball will continue to feed toward the water.
The 8th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 11/13
A short but enticing hole that will give you the opportunity to be aggressive with the driver or to play safe with the fairway wood. The key is to make sure your birdie putt will be attempted from the same zone as the flagstick.
The 9th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 3/3
The longest par 4 you will play, your drive should favor a slight draw. Make sure to choose the right club for your approach shot and play for the center of the undulating green. The green entrance is narrow and guarded by a bunker on each side.
The 10th Hole on No. 6Par 5 | HCP 14/8
There is a premium on accuracy for each shot here. Play for position off the tee, favoring the right side of the fairway. Your approach must be long enough to reach the uphill green and avoid bunkers and collection areas that guard it.
The 11th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 8/12
This downhill par 4 offers a scenic view from the elevated tee. Out-of-bounds guards the right side, and a lateral water hazard to the left. Your best approach shot is to pitch it from right-to-left. The green’s false front will repel any shots that are not hit the correct distance.
The 12th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 4/2
This dogleg-left par 4 slopes upward toward a very elevated green. If you try to cut the dogleg, beware of the out-of-bounds on the left and the fairway bunker to the right. The two-tiered green is guarded by a left-side bunker. Try to stay below the hole.
The 13th Hole on No. 6Par 3 | HCP 16/18
This picturesque, downhill par 3 offers a short-iron shot from the tee due to the elevation change. The pond guarding the green’s left is very much in play, and the out-of-bounds spans the right side to wrap behind the green. Correct club selection is all-important if you want to have a birdie putt.
The 14th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 2/6
Just like the 10th, longer hitters do not need a driver, but you should favor the left side of the fairway from the tee. Your second shot goes over a valley to a slightly elevated green that is pitched from back-to-front and slopes right-to-left. To card a birdie, expect a slick, sloping putt.
The 15th Hole on No. 6Par 5 | HCP 10/14
With a drive that cuts the dogleg, longer hitters will be in a good postion to go for the green in two. Favor the left side to stay away from the slope leading towards the fairway bunker and out-of-bounds. The usually firm green will only accept a well-struck shot that clears the bunkers fronting the green.
The 16th Hole on No. 6Par 3 | HCP 18/16
This par 3 has an absolutely beautiful view from an elevated tee. You have two options to hit it close here. One is to run the ball in low through the opening to the green and the other is to bring the ball in high, working it with a draw or a fade depending upon the hole location. The green is wide but not very deep.
The 17th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 6/10
From the elevated tee, the long hitter can drive over the left bunker and make the hole play shorter. You can also lay up to the 150-yard marker, taking the bunkers out of play. Take enough club to have your approach shot reach the uphill green.
The 18th Hole on No. 6Par 4 | HCP 12/4
This strong finishing hole is a slightly uphill, straightaway par 4 with an elevated tee and green. You need to be accurate with your drive. Out-of-bounds stakes line both sides of the fairway. The green is narrow, well-bunkered, and roughly 30 yards deep. An accurate approach will give you a chance to finish your round with a birdie.
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