Thistle Dhu – In Time [Video]

Pinehurst Resort’s newest attraction, Thistle Dhu, continues to draw rave reviews from guests and members alike. At just about any time of day, one can find players enjoying themselves on a course like few have seen anywhere.

Now we offer you a look at the maturation of the course, which is playing firm and fast just a few months after ground was broken and the design of Coore and Crenshaw’s Toby Cobb and Dave Axland came brilliantly to life.

Kudos to the incredible staff at Pinehurst. It truly is amazing how quickly Thistle Dhu came together.


Built: 2012

Opened: Aug. 31, 2012

Playing surface: MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermuda

Design: Toby Cobb and Dave Axland, associates of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw

Size: 15,000 square feet

Local Rules:

  1. Only club allowed is a Putter
  2. There is no out of bounds.
  3. Balls that exit grass must be returned to the edge of grass, without penalty.
  4. If tee markers are present, they are considered an immovable obstruction.
  5. Free relief from sprinkler heads, one putterhead.

Cost: Free to resort guests and Pinehurst members

History: James Barber, owner of the Barber Steamship Links of New York, built his home, Thistle Dhu, in Pinehurst in 1919. On its grounds, he constructed the first miniature golf course in America. The story goes that upon first seeing the home and course, he pronounced, “This’ll Do.” It was translated into Thistle Dhu and the name stuck. Nearly a century later, the name returns once more, and it does so at its rightful home of Pinehurst, where the Resort honors America’s first putting course by rekindling the historic name.

Recommended Forms of Play:

Stroke Play:

Individual: A competition in which each competitor plays as an individual.

Foursome: (Alternate Shot) A competition in which two competitors play as partners and play one ball.

Four-Ball (Best Ball): A competition in which two competitors play as partners each playing his/her own ball.  The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole.

Match Play:

Single: A match in which one player plays against another.

Foursome: (Alternate Shot) A match in which two players play against two other players, and each side plays one ball.

Four-Ball (Best Ball): A match in which two players play their better ball against the better ball of two other players.