By Dan Vukelich

There’s a reason the U.S. Open will be returning again and again to Pinehurst: Pinehurt No. 2, the Donald Ross classic design, is a compelling test that stands up to modern golf, and the resort, which calls itself “The Cradle of American Golf,” lives up to its name.

With nine regulation courses – make that 10 once Pinehurst No. 10 opens on April 3, 2024 – the resort is a veritable golf playground. For serious golfers, it has excellent practice facilities, casual and fun golf options, and great food.

Service is exquisite – from the outside services staff who will expertly shepherd your clubs from curb to cart at no charge, or onward to the your next course, again at no charge, to the shuttle drivers who ferry you from course to hotel to dinner – yes, at no charge.

As my colleague, Alabama Golf News Editor Gregg Dewalt, noted iyesterday n his overview of Pinehurst’s latest – Pinehurst N0. 10 – it’s a place you must visit.

That said, here’s want to know to help you o plan your visit:

Pinehurst stay-and-play packages

The resort’s top-of-the-line “Premier Package” includes rounds on No. 2 and No. 10, a round on The Cradle, and as many other rounds as you can squeeze in during your stay, plus breakfast and dinner daily.

Depending which of the three main lodging venues you choose and the time of the year you go, a three-night package runs $2,873-$3,206 per person double occupancy; and $3,033-$4,158 per person for a four-night package double occupancy. The highest rates are charged in spring and early fall, with a price drop during summer. The resort also has packages for couples and families.

Lodging options

The resort has four main lodges, plus villas and condos. The Carolina Hotel, built in 1901, is the grand dame of the resort with 230 rooms and suites. The Holly Inn, built in 1895, is down the street near the center of the Village of Pinehurst. Its Queen Anne and Arts & Crafts style has a cozier, wood-paneled feel than the main hotel with its expansive lobby. The Magnolia Inn, which dates from 1896, and the resort’s Manor Inn, built in 1923, are also near the village center, close to pubs, restaurants and shops. All four lodges are easy walks from one… More