Pinehurst No. 2, host of three U.S. Open championships and future host of the 2024 event, is ranked sixth in the nation on Golf Digest magazine’s annual list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.
Other Pinehurst area courses ranked on the list include Pinehurst No. 4 (32nd), Tobacco Road Golf Club (49th), Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (73rd), Pinehurst No. 8 (76th) and Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (93rd).
“Once again, these rankings reinforce that the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area is the ‘undisputed home of American golf,'” said Phil Werz, President and CEO of Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen. Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “While these courses are central to any trip to the Pinehurst area, we offer a wide variety of quality courses to choose from which provide an incredible golfing experience for a number of price ranges.”
A total of 17 courses made the list for the first time, including Pinehurst No. 4 after a complete overhaul by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner in 2019. Prior to the renovation, the previous version of No. 4 was ranked No. 4 in 2015 – 16.
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club will host the 2022 US Women’s Open, the fourth time the event has taken place at the Southern Pines course. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club celebrates its 100th anniversary this fall. Tobacco Road has been ranked since 2009, with this year marking its highest position in the poll, rising from 52nd place. Pinehurst No. 8 has been ranked since 2003.
In addition to hosting the 2024 US Open, Pinehurst No. 2 will also host this national championship in 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047. In 2020, No. 2 was named the USGA’s premier anchor site. ‘USGA.
For a comprehensive overview of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest, click here.