Rated 5 out of 5 by TArnold1234 Insane but fun, bring lots of balls
Bring lots of balls, no prisoners are taken. Seriously hit great tee shots, or drink liberally. fun time though, must play it for your bucket list. loved it, worth the travel to find it. great for scramble or better ball 1st time. Buy a yardage book to help club you, or at least a phone GPS that shows the hole layouts.
also liked Talamore, Southern Pines, Pine Wild, Pine Needles, & The Pit
October 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by BostonGolfTraveler Love it or hate it you need to play it
What a fascinating round of golf. Starting with the clubhouse which was a very cool building with a fully stocked pro shop and plenty of food options. As for the course, I have heard it called goof golf and a true challenge to your game, I would say it's some of both. The first tee shot makes you think you made a big mistake choosing to play here but like most people will tell you, just hit it where the architect wants you to and you will be fine, A ton of blind shots make it a course you will need to play a second time to score well on as you are guessing on some of your tee shots, BUY A YARDAGE BOOK. The only real "goofy" hole is 13 where the green is almost entirely hidden by a hill on the right and a huge wall bunker on the right. We enjoyed the course and I would play it again for sure. Is it a top 100 public course in the country? Probably not but it is one that should be on anyone's Pinehurst itinerary. Lastly, if you are flying in and out of Raleigh and driving to Pinehurst this course, about halfway between the two, should be on your first or last day of the trip.
October 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jjrjeff Every hole is an experience
This is by far the most awesome course I've ever played. The greens were forgiving but oddly so firm I never made a divot. If you liked to be challenged mentally then this place is a must. I played on the three day package with seven lakes and legacy. They were really nice but Tobacco Road is an experience. The app is a must. Expect to be in the sand at least a few times as most greens are surrounded by it. This makes it forgiving though since the sand will keep you from losing balls on missed shots. I live 4 hour away and will make the trip back as soon as I can. I missed the timeframe on a promo to go back on a promo feel today and even my wife was bummed. And she just drove the cart!!
September 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jane5641591 A thinking course.
First time playing this.Lots of people told me you will either love it or hate it.I loved it but not sure I could concentrate that hard every time I played.You have to think about pretty much every shot you play as getting in the wrong place on this course will severely punish your score.In great condition and beautiful.Everyone was very helpful and pleasant.I agree with the person that said Chambers Bay mixed with the Open.Would go back just to see if I could improve my score now I have an idea of layout.Apparently there is an app download it .Recommended.
August 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by u677262368 Best Greens Ever
I played 36 holes in late July with my annual outing buddies with absolutely no regrets. This is probably the most visually intimidating course I have ever played. Although, once you’ve been around once, the forced carries are much less daunting and fairer than you think. You will definitely want to play the appropriate tees though. I have to say that I’ve never experienced greens like these before. Being from Ohio I’m more accustomed to bent grass but the greens at this course are almost impenetrable. Can’t say that I fixed a ball mark all day. Firm and true yet they hold balls very well. Positively and without a doubt a must play. Not tricky golf, just a round you will never forget. Awesome!
August 3, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by u00000672374 Never Again
This course made me think of those extreme golf holes calendars. I kept looking for the clown and the windmill. There are so many outstanding courses in the Pinehurst area, I wouldn't waste my time or money playing here again.
June 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LouisianaGolfer Absolutely Amazing Course
This place is awesome. You pull into a clean heavily pined area with a nice rustic looking clubhouse. They are playing some banjo or moonshiner music at the cart barn. The driving range isn't anything special but it'll do the job. The putting green sets the tone for what could be if you don't hit an approach shot on the right tier of the green. The first hole is absolutely amazing. make sure you download their app for yardages. Also go ahead and buy a yardage book too. The course never really gets easy. Your best bail out is a bunker on most holes. If you drive the ball straight or if you can hit a good controlled hybrid or long 3 iron......225 is then you can score on the front nine. Have fun on the 9th hole but just get the ball up in the area of the green because the entire green funnels to the hole. The back nine is a beast. #11 isn't bad though. #13-#18 are awesome, the most precise shots will be needed. #13 is a par 5 and if you go for it in 2, you had better hit the green and it better come in high. #14 is probably the most demanding and the scariest hole out there. Hit the green or you're gonna bogey most likely. Hit driver on #15 and play a cut. It will also be a tough green to stick it on. #16 is up to you. I hit driver right at the furthest left bunker and i birdied the hole. The smart play would be 3 iron. #17 gives a little bit of a breather but short is your bailout. #18 looks very very tight and tough but play a draw with a driver or hybrid and it opens up. This course is absolutely amazing and the staff is friendly and talkative. I've played TPC Louisiana, TPC Sawgrass, and I've played in Ireland, and this course compares to those all day long. Its like a mix of Chambers bay meets the british open, placed in arizona. Its 5 stars all day and its only $100 during the week. Military makes it $90. I will bring every friend that visits me to this course. I LOVE this place. Watch your ball closely.
May 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by EGL847 New Favorite Course
My buddy and I were looking to play a nicer course than your typical public course. He has had some friends that have said this is an amazing course that's fun to play while challenging. It turned out to be exactly that!
We got there and had an early tee time. The driving range is under repair/construction so if you're a golfer that needs to hit some drives before you head out, you may want to warmup elsewhere first. Definitely not a big deal. We ended up getting paired with a very nice couple from DC- they drove 5 hours just to play this course! The gal may have been the best female golfer I've ever seen, especially off the tee!
Anyway, the first hole sets the tone for what you're in for. What's fun about this course is that each shot demands an accurately well placed approach, which forces you to focus and dial in your swing. It looks like there is a ton of sand, and there is, but it is in play and not played as a hazard, meaning you can ground your club in any sand area. The holes here are very unique and the architecture is amazing. You can definitely see why it's earned so many accolades and why it's consistently a top 5 NC public course- which is saying a lot!
The pace of play was awesome. We felt like we were the only ones out here! There aren't any holes that have much visibility to other holes, so you feel as though you're in the middle of this awesome piece of land with rustic farm equipment and old buildings decorating the land.
If you're looking for a fun and unique experience, this is the course for you. My buddy and I will definitely return- we had a blast! Worth the price tag and Highly recommend!
April 20, 2015