It’s never too early to begin planning a trip to the ‘Cradle of American Golf.’
North Carolina’s Sandhills have a plethora of golf courses and packages from which to choose, one of the more popular being Pinehurst Resort’s Summer Tee Package. This stay-and-play package offers a third night and fourth round of golf, free, with a two-night stay in any of its three hotels, on-site luxury villas and spacious condos.
Starting at $1,335 per person and running from May 27 through June 26, the Summer Tee Package features lodging at the historic Carolina Hotel, Holly Inn, the Manor, Carolina Villas and Condos at Pinehurst, as well as a selection of nine championship caliber layouts including Donald Ross’ legendary No. 2, Gil Hanse’s reimagined No. 4, and Tom Fazio’s Centennial, No. 8.
Between rounds, golfers can relax with a drink in hand while enjoying the Hanse-designed Cradle Short Course, with nine-holes compactly sited on 10 acres adjacent to the resort clubhouse. The Cradle has become the model of many new “short courses’’ around the country and is an ideal way to prep for a round of golf or wind down following a round of golf.
Located next to The Cradle is the 75,000 square-foot 18-hole putting course, Thistle Dhu, calling to mind the legendary Himalayas Course at The Old Course at St. Andrews. And there also is “Maniac Hill,’’ the resort’s practice range located just outside the resort clubhouse and within a few hundred feet of the first tee of Pinehurst No. 2, Ross’ masterpiece.
The Summer Tee Package also includes Pinehurst’s famed Southern breakfast and three-course dinner, daily, cart fees, club storage and unlimited use of the world-class practice facilities, complimentary shuttle service. The resort offers a variety of dining experiences, including casual fare at The Deuce overlooking the 18th hole of No. 2 and fine dining at the 1895 Grille in the historic Holly Inn.
If you want to play Pinehurst No. 2, don’t wait too long to book your Pinehurst golf trip: the famed course will play host to the 2024 U.S. Open, and will close following the 2022 season to prepare the track.