Short But Exciting: What You Need To Know About Pinehurst No. 3
December 13, 2022


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Originally designed by Donald Ross in 1910, Pinehurst No. 3 underwent renovations in 2017 to restore the course’s sandscapes and native elements. The shortest of Pinehurst’s nine courses at just 5,155 yards, this par 68 shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s sure to delight golfers of all skill levels.

A round at No. 3 is a great warmup to No. 2 or No. 4 or a fun standalone round. It’s a true test of golf, requiring smart tee shots, accurate irons and strong putting.

Aerial of course 3 hole 4
Hole 4 Green From Above

I just don’t think people understand how good those holes are. They’re filled with interest. They’re shorter, but there’s plenty of character to them.

Ben Crenshaw

What Makes The Shortest Course at Pinehurst So Interesting?

Don’t let the accolade of “shortest” fool you into thinking No. 3 is a pushover. While you’ll enjoy limited bunkering and just one water hazard, this course features small, classic Donald Ross turtleback greens and tons of variety with multiple doglegs. That means you’ll need to be extra precise and take a delicate approach to most holes.

Greens, water and bunkers of Course 3 Hole 4
Hole 4 Green From Fairway

How Does Pinehurst No. 3 Compare to No. 2?

No. 3 is a par 68, compared to par 72 on No. 2. The combination of shorter holes (nearly 2,500 yards shorter than No. 2) and par 4 and 5s means you’ll have several opportunities for birdies–or maybe even an eagle.

no 3 flag and scorecard
Course No. 3 Flag and Scorecard

Whether played as a warm-up for the tougher Pinehurst challenges ahead, or as somewhere to hone your iron play and short game, this is a course that exudes craftsmanship and style.

Where 2 Golf

How To Navigate Course No. 3

You can access No. 3 from the main Clubhouse, just half a mile from the Carolina Hotel. Catch the complimentary shuttle or grab your clubs and get some extra steps in.

Golf carts and push carts are available at this course and you’ll be able to reserve a caddie (optional) when you book your round. A round on No. 3 takes most players 3-4 hours.

After your round, refuel at The Deuce in the main clubhouse and keep the good times rolling at Thistle Dhu or The Cradle.

Food and drink from the Deuce
Food and Drink From The Deuce

Hole-By-Hole Walkthrough

Explore Pinehurst No. 3 hole-by-hole here.

Map of no 3 course
Map of No. 3

Book Your Trip To Pinehurst No. 3

Ready to book your trip? Contact us today to book your visit to Pinehurst and ask about tee times on No. 3. One of our reservations agents would be happy to help you plan your trip.

Donald Ross Package

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
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