Pinehurst No. 5: What You Need to Know
September 14, 2022


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What To Know Before You Play No. 5

Pinehurst No. 5 is one of the resort’s best-kept secrets. Located near the main clubhouse, No. 5 is a fun and forgiving course. Designed by Ellis Maples in 1961, No. 5 takes advantage of the surrounding landscape, trading Pinehurst’s trademark pine tree-lined fairways for a more open feel. It also features more water hazards than any other Pinehurst course. 

One of those water hazards is the pond on hole 14, the famous Cathedral Hole. Encircled by a stand of ancient pines, the tops of which resemble the pipes of an organ, it’s one of the most picturesque holes in all of Pinehurst.

Pinehurst No. 5
Cathedral Hole on No. 5

If your handicap is high or mid-range, or you’re looking for a social round of golf, No. 5 is challenging without being frustrating. It’s a beautiful, relaxing course with ample birdie opportunities. 

This golf course isn’t one of the first that will come to mind on a visit to Pinehurst, but be sure not to overlook this gem.

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How To Navigate No. 5

Pinehurst No. 5 is a great warm-up or cool-down from No. 2 or No. 4. It’s the perfect way to start or end your Pinehurst trip. 

Playing No. 5 

Pinehurst No. 5 presents many opportunities to fit into the perfect trip itinerary.  Play it as a warm-up or cool-down from No. 2 or No. 4. Or if you have three rounds on your trip, play it as your middle round to build your confidence before your final round.  

Generous landing areas off the tee into wide fairways make Pinehurst No. 5 approachable for many types of players. This course features long and short par fours, holes with subtle movement both left and right (but no doglegs) and both uphill and downhill holes offer variety for 18 holes.

No.5 Hole 17
Pinehurst No. 5, 17th hole

Carts are included in your green fees and push carts are available for those that choose to walk No. 5. Caddies are also available. It takes most players 3.5 – 4.5 hours to play this course.

Pinehurst’s No. 5 Course is certainly more forgiving than some of its Sandhills neighbors. For mid or high handicappers, and social or family golf, it’s just the ticket.

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What To Expect When I Get There

If you’re staying on site at Pinehurst, take the trolley to the main clubhouse. Here, we’ll show you to the pro shop before you tee off. If you want to warm up first, there’s a driving range at the clubhouse.

Before you tee off:

  • Carts and caddies are available on No. 5
  • If you prefer to walk, lighten the load and use a provided push cart from the main clubhouse at no extra charge. 
  • The Deuce and 91st Hole are the nearest spots for food & drinks before or after your round
wings and burger at the Deuce
Wings and Burgers at The Deuce

What Makes The No. 5 Course Stand Out?

The architecture is what really makes Pinehurst No. 5 stand out. By incorporating the surrounding landscape, Ellis Maples created a course that offers approachable, diverse and relaxing play. 

Read what our Director of Golf, Ben Bridgers, and longtime Vice President of Course Maintenance, Bob Farren, had to say about the course in this interview.

How Does Pinehurst No. 5 Compare to No. 2?

As we mentioned, No. 5 isn’t as demanding as No. 2. Where the greens on Pinehurst No. 2 are elevated and severe, the greens on No. 5 are much less undulating. No. 5 is slightly shorter than No. 2, but both courses are a par 72.

These two courses are uniquely Pinehurst and complement each other well. Playing both No. 2 and No. 5 will give you a well-rounded Pinehurst experience.

Hole-By-Hole Walkthrough

Explore Pinehurst No. 5 hole-by-hole right here.

No 5 hole by hole map
No. 5 Hole By Hole Course Map

Book Your Visit Now 

Ready to book your trip? Contact us today to book your next trip to Pinehurst and ask about tee times on No. 5. One of our reservations agents would be happy to help you plan your trip.

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