Storied Pinehurst No. 2 Leads the Way at No. 3 in America and No. 1 in North Carolina; No. 4 Rises to 41st, 2nd in State

Golfers looking to add a fistful of highly ranked courses to their resume in one fell swoop can conveniently do so at Pinehurst Resort this season.

Golfweek just released its annual list of the “Best Courses You Can Play in the U.S.” and the “Cradle of American Golf” secured a formidable foursome across both the prestigious national and uber-competitive state rankings.

Storied Pinehurst No. 2, the Donald Ross masterpiece restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is ranked a lofty third in the U.S. and first overall in North Carolina (one of the most golf-rich states in the country with more than 600 layouts).

5th Hole, Pinehurst No. 4
5th Hole, Pinehurst No. 4

No. 4, which re-opened late in 2018 following an extensive renovation by Gil Hanse, ranked 41st nationally, and all the way to second in-state. No. 4 did not appear on the 2019 national ranking by Golfweek since it had just reopened following Hanse’s redesign, but returned in a hurry in 2020 once course raters were able to fully review it.

Tom Fazio-designed No. 8 checked in at seventh in North Carolina, and No. 7, a Rees Jones design, at ninth in-state.

So many courses (more than 15,000 nation-wide), and so little time … how does Golfweek canvas the country to generate so many “best of” lists each year?

14th Hole, Pinehurst No. 8
14th Hole, Pinehurst No. 8

Golfweek’s team of course raters, which currently boasts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses, grading each nominated course on strict standards. Collectively, more than 75,000 votes are tabulated to compile the best-courses lists.

Raters evaluate courses on 10 criteria: routing, design / shaping, land plan, greens and surrounds, variety and memorability of par 3s, 4s and 5s, tree and landscape management, conditioning and ecology and the “walk in the park” test.

One of the longest continually published golf periodicals, Golfweek also rates resort and residential courses. Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 are currently ranked third and 34th in the magazine’s “Top 200 Resort Courses.”

Pinehurst No. 7
Pinehurst No. 7

So how do you go about plugging all these award-winning Pinehurst Resort venues into your upcoming golf trip? We’ve got that covered for you via detailed sample itineraries for two of our most popular golf packages.

First, there’s The Summer Tee package, which includes a complementary fourth round of golf when booking a three-night, three-round stay. And to make it even easier, this popular stay-and-play also includes breakfast and dinner.

Another excellent option is the Donald Ross Golf Package, currently 25% off for stays between Aug. 2-12 and Sept. 9-15. It’s ideal for shorter stays, or additional nights and rounds can be added as you see fit.

Oh, and make sure to find some time for The Cradle.

For more information or to book either, simply visit our “Packages” page for a breakdown of prices and inclusions.

For a complete look at all of Golfweek’s 2020 rankings, click here.