5 Reasons to Choose the Pinehurst Golf Academy

Golfers can fall into a trap, beating balls on the range endlessly and hoping to find the magic somewhere in the dirt. After all, it worked for Hogan.

But we’re not Hogan.

Here are five reasons why you should seek help at the Pinehurst Golf Academy.

It’s Science

While the Pinehurst Golf Academy is routinely listed as one the best golf schools in the world, there are a few things that set it apart even further. Much of what Pinehurst does – its teaching methods, its drills, its coaching – is rooted in substantial research and science.

Master Golf Professional and the Director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, Eric Alpenfels, is a regular presenter at the World Scientific Congress of Golf – held every four years and hosted by, ahem, St. Andrews. Why? Because Alpenfels’ research over the last 25 years is that highly regarded in all facets of golf, from instruction to technology to equipment. It’s nice to have Einstein in a polo watching your swing.

Something called “Transfer Practice”

Pinehurst’s practice range, dubbed Maniac Hill, is one of the very first practice ranges in all of golf. And while a good deal of Golf Academy instruction is done on this historic land, well, there are NINE golf courses at Pinehurst. So you’ll want to get on the course, right?

Well, getting back to research, Alpenfels over the years has found that a golfer is going to improve more quickly if he can immediately take what he’s learned at the range to the course. And so in Pinehurst, there’s on-course instruction with a Pinehurst golf pro as part of the daily routine.

What’s better than learning from short-game wizard Kelly Mitchum in the morning, and then taking that info directly to the most demanding short-game course in the world, Pinehurst No. 2?


Speaking of, You Get to Meet Kelly Mitchum

He’s played in four PGA Championships, dozens of PGA Tour events, the Walker Cup, was a U.S. Amateur semifinalist and won the North & South Am. Now he’s teaching you.

Oh, and dude can do this:

You’re the VIP

There may be no better guest experience at Pinehurst than that of a Golf Academy student. Overnight accommodations, breakfast in the morning, followed by golf instruction, lunch, golf instruction on the course, time to play the course in the afternoon, evening socials and dinner, and a lot of times, new friends for life.

Like many resorts, Pinehurst encourages post-stay surveys with our guests. Every single year, the Pinehurst Golf Academy gets the highest scores in total guest satisfaction. The numbers don’t lie.

It’s Pinehurst

Ouimet. Hagen. Snead. Hogan. Nicklaus. Watson. Payne. They all won here.

The 1936 PGA Championship. The 1951 Ryder Cup. In 2024, Pinehurst will host its fourth U.S. Open in just 25 years, something no site has done in a century.

But it’s not just that history.

Now the Pinehurst experience includes The Cradle, its fun new 789-yard short course. It includes Thistle Dhu, a 75,000-square-foot, 18-hole putting course. It’s the Putter Boy. The Payne Stewart Statue. The Village Chapel chimes. The Deuce, an open-air pub overlooking the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2. And soon, we’ll welcome the Pinehurst Brewery and a redesigned Pinehurst No. 4.

Need we say more?