Site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur, Pinehurst No. 4 has built a reputation all its own as a friendly rival to Pinehurst No. 2. Originally designed by Donald Ross in 1919, it has undergone multiple redesigns and restorations over the years, but most notable is the new design by Gil Hanse in 2018.
With the 2018 redesign, Gil Hanse focused on the natural landscape. The course takes advantage of the area’s rolling topography and ridgelines to create beautiful vistas, a unique routing and an old world feel that will make it seem like you’ve stepped back in time for 18 holes.
It quickly gained much acclaim upon opening as Golf Magazine named No. 4 the best new course of 2018 and Golf Digest ranked it second on their list of best new courses in 2019. It has become a favorite among guests and members, with many golfers going so far as to say No. 4 is their new favorite Pinehurst course.
No.2 is one of the most famous courses in the world and will always reign as the king of Pinehurst, but Hanse’s work on No. 4 has created the most legitimate rivalry the resort has ever known and instantly becomes a must-play course when coming to the Sandhills of North CarolinaGolf Course Gurus
Pinehurst No. 4 Course Layout
Playing No. 4
Pinehurst No. 4 features wide and forgiving fairways and accepting green complexes that bring approach shots toward the hole. The new design was intended to emphasize fun and these design elements do just that and make it appealing for low to high handicappers.
Caddies are popular on No. 4, so be sure to book yours ahead of time.
The elevation changes and the exceptional use of sandy, wooded, and lakefront property into each hole design set apart Pinehurst No. 4. Wonderful green complexes that, at times, feel like they’re perched on top of mountains.Golf Digest
How Does Pinehurst No. 4 Compare to No. 2?
While both courses are par 72s and the fairways are comparable in width, No. 2 is around 360 yards longer. Unlike the famous crowned greens on No. 2, No. 4’s greens are less elevated and more accepting of approach shots. On the other hand, No. 2 is relatively flat overall, while No. 4 embraces the dramatic land movement.
The two courses complement each other without competing with one another.
We wanted to build a golf course that felt comfortable sitting next to course No. 2, but we didn’t want to build a golf course that was either going to compete with it or copy it.Gil Hanse, designer of No. 4’s renovation in 2018
What To Expect When I Get There
If you’re staying at the Resort, take the trolley or shuttle from your hotel to the main clubhouse. No. 4 begins just a short walk from the main clubhouse and driving range, so arrive early to get a warm up in. Golf carts are available, but if you prefer to walk, we’ll have pushcarts ready for you at the starter hut. Once you’re done with your round, head back to the clubhouse to grab a bite to eat at The Deuce or shop for Pinehurst gear in the pro shop.
Take a closer look at No. 4 here.
Book Your Round at Pinehurst No. 4
Ready to book your trip? Contact us today to book your next trip to Pinehurst and ask about tee times on No. 4. One of our reservations agents is waiting to help you plan your trip.
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Our most popular year-round golf package includes an extra round of golf.
- Resort accommodations for two nights
- Three rounds of golf
- Overflowing breakfast buffet and dinner daily