Re-routing of Pinehurst Nos. 3, 5, is under way


Some original-styled sandscape and native areas will return to Pinehurst No. 3 as part of its re-routing. Here, the new 3rd hole continues construction in late January.

Pinehurst reveals new renderings of the re-routing below

UPDATE: New photos of the new holes on Pinehurst No. 3 are here.

In November, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club announced that among its many upcoming design projects, Pinehurst No. 3 would undergo restoration work designed to return elements of Ross’s original design characteristics, including sandy native areas and wire grass. In addition to those design enhancements, there will be a new routing of both No. 3 and Pinehurst No. 5.

Here are a few notes about the upcoming projects and how they will affect Courses No. 3 and No. 5:

What project is necessitating these changes?

The new Gil Hanse-designed short course will be built on about 10 acres that include the first holes of Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 5. The short course is expected to be a 9-hole layout and feature slopes and contours similar to No. 2 that create multiple options and inspire creative play. Our belief is that golfers of all ages and abilities will enjoy the short course.

When will construction begin on the short course?

Construction is scheduled to begin in early May with anticipated early fall opening date.

No. 3 is closed now. What is happening with it?

Two new holes are being built to keep Pinehurst No. 3 as an 18-hole golf course that will play to a par 68. Work is also currently being done to add the sandscape and native area enhancements to many of the holes, restoring Ross’ signature spirit that was evident in the Pinehurst courses he designed.

When will No. 3 reopen?

Pinehurst No. 3 is scheduled to reopen around the first week of April.

Pinehurst #3 Holes 3 and 4 (2) (960x1280)

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How will the routing of No. 3 change?

What has been the 3rd hole of Pinehurst No. 3 will now be the course’s opening hole. Two new par-3s will be added.

The existing 5th hole of Pinehurst No. 3 is being modified to accommodate a new par-4 measuring 301 yards and a par-3 measuring 123 yards.  These holes will become the 3rd and 4th holes.

Kye Grid

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The existing 10th hole of Pinehurst No. 3 is being modified to accommodate a new par-4 measuring 310 yards followed by a new par-3 measuring 132 yards.  These holes will become the new 9th and 10th holes.  We plan to make slight modifications to restore various design elements within many of the other holes based on photographs from archives. The course’s routing from the 11th hole on will remain the same.

Kye Grid

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How will the routing of Pinehurst No. 5 change?

The new first hole of No. 5 will be played on land that has been the second hole of Course 3. The hole will also play in the opposite direction, with a new tee and a new green built. There are no further changes to the Course 5 routing after the first hole.

When will the “new” Pinehurst No. 5 open?

While No. 5 will remain open throughout the winter, the new routing of No. 5 is expected to begin play in early April.