Gil Hanse Reimagines Pinehurst No. 4

Pinehurst No.4 5th Hole

In 2017, Pinehurst hired world-renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse to build a 789-yard short course called, The Cradle. After this fun and inviting course opened to critical acclaim, the resort’s leadership brought Hanse back to reimagine the property’s course No. 4. Hanse set out to revive its original sandy, scrubby and rugged aesthetic.

Hanse, designer of the 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janerio, envisioned No. 4 as a “companion course” to its famed sibling, No. 2. Recognizing the seamless connection, the United States Golf Association named the two courses hosts of the 2019 U.S. Amateur. Hanse knew it, now the golf world is taking notice.

Pinehurst No.4
11th Hole

Although No. 4 will be a natural counterpart to No. 2, it will not be a duplicate. In fact, Hanse believes No. 4 features the most interesting topography on the entire property.

“It is a companion in the landscape, but it is not a tribute in the features. The greens are different, the approaches are different and we wanted to take advantage of the landforms, which are much more dramatic than those on No. 2,” says Hanse.

Hanse equated re-designing No. 4 as a chance to “play in the sand” as nothing in golf compares to the Sandhills region of North Carolina and its underlying soil. His team restored No. 4 back to its original landforms by recreating the hole corridors and reconnecting the elevations and natural features.

With a gleaming lake as the centerpiece and natural ridgelines defining corridors, golfers are now treated to a brazen blend of sand, native wire grasses and wider fairways. Golfers of all skill levels will surely appreciate Pinehurst’s second rendezvous with Hanse, as both parties continuously set out to create an enjoyable, interesting and welcoming golf experience.

Pinehurst offers a wide variety of golf packages, including the popular Donald Ross Package, which includes two nights stay and three rounds of golf plus breakfast and dinner each day. For all golf packages, visit

Located just over an hour from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and within a half-day’s journey from many East Coast cities, Pinehurst is a surprisingly accessible property. With the many entertaining and unique additions that have been made to the property, including the brand-new Pinehurst Brewery, now more than ever it’s a golf oasis worthy of an annual pilgrimage.

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