The first four courses at Pinehurst were famously laid out by Donald Ross, and No. 5 didn’t fall far from the tree thanks to Ellis Maples, an affiliate of Ross. No. 6 marked a distinct change of direction for the resort during 1975, when it hired George Fazio and nephew Tom to construct the sixth course at America’s home of golf.
The result was something that embraced both the ongoing trends in golf design, as well as the signature Carolina sand hills visage. The course required distance from the tee to tighter fairways, as well as many more water hazards than seen at the other Pinehurst entries. Consider holes like the par five 10th, which is rather reachable in two at just 500 yards. Tigers will need to consider that the fairway tightens to a ribbon between two ponds, and play their drives accordingly.
Tom Fazio returned 40 years later to soften the angles of his original greens and allow for quicker putting surfaces in the process. He also led the planting of wiregrass throughout as part of the resort’s wider return to a more natural-looking aesthetic.
Pinehurst must have liked the Fazios’ work at No. 6; after all, they invited Tom back to design the No. 8 course.
Pinehurst no 6 was originally designed by George & Tom Fazio in 1975 and opened in 1979. Tom Fazio returned in 2005 to refurbish the course
No 6 covers some rugged undulating terrain at times and has a different feel to other Pinehurst courses. I found it quite challenging. I also liked the variety- from flattish tree lined fairways, to holes framed by water, to holes with significant elevation change
No 6 is a short shuttle ride away from the main complex at Pinehurst but the system works well and it is no inconvenience to get there and back.
Notable holes include:
-hole 7, a longish par 4 over water and bunkers
- hole 9, a long dog leg par 4
- hole 10, a pretty par 5 with water threatening on both sides
- hole 13, a long downhill par 3 with a pond on the left of the green
- hole 14, a strong par 4 with water intimidating both the tee shot and approach
- hole 16, a long picturesque par 3 from an elevated tee
Pinehurst no 6 is a quality golf course. As you would expect at Pinehurst the course is beautfully conditioned and a pleasure to play.
If you stay at Pinehurst more than a few days put no 6 in your schedule..(but only after you have locked in no 2, no 4 and The Cradle!)
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Number 6 is a Fazio design and is fun, yet demanding. However, it starts off grabbing you by the collar and shaking you. A long uphill par four with an elevated green protected by bunkers on the right and left. The par five 2nd is a little more user friendly. Dogleg left with a large bunker on the inside elbow and to keep you honest, a smaller one on the right. Left is better as there are two fairway bunkers and two greenside bunkers on the right. The 3rd is a mid-distance par 3, Whatever you do, do not skull it over the green and avoid the bunkers on the left. The short par 4 4th is a super birdie oppyt. Dogleg right, do not let your eyes get bigger than your stomach. If your tee shot does not clear the trees, you will end up in the ravine scrambling to save bogey. The fifth is the number one handicap hole and I don’t know why. Mid-length, I hit a nine iron to the green and made the putt. If I can birdie it how difficult can it be? The 6th is a fun par five. A reachable par five with some challenges. Off the tee the BAB on the left is very reachable. There is also a small pond on the right that can sneak up on you. This is an elevated green, so take an extra club and back to front contour of the green is noticeable. The 7th is a mid-distance par 3 with a carry over water. The green slopes hard left to right. The 8th is a birdie oppty, but alas, it also is a 3 putt oppty. However, be cognizant of your distance on the approach to this multi-tiered green. The long par 4 9th is a dogleg left with too many bunkers on the left elbow. While a draw is preferable off the tee, make sure you do not over cook it.
The backside starts off with an interesting par 5. The fairway hourglasses with water on both sides. There is a sign that stated the water was 206 ( I think) yards from the tee. I think the yardage is incorrect. I hit a good drive and was about ten yards short of the hazard and had about 200 yards to the green. This is an uphill green and is at least one extra club. The par 4 12th is a dogleg left and is way uphill, at east two clubs to a redan green. Does not look like much on the card but it will require two good shots. The 13th is a pretty par 3, downhill with water left. Depending upon pin location it is at least one club less. The 14th is a fun par four. There is water all the way down the right side so favor the left on your tee shot. Your approach will be over a valley to a tricky green that slopes left to right. The par 5 15th is reachable if you cut the corner on this dogleg left. Warning this fairway runs hard to the right. The downhill par 3 16th is a neat hole as well. The green is shaped like a guitar pick with the widest part in the back. There are bunkers front right and left. The downhill tee shot on 17 gives you two options, fly the left bunker or lay up. I think the layup is the better option, as there is also a landing area bunker on the right. The 18th is a good finishing hole. What you see is what you get. OB left and right with fairway bunkers staggered left and right. The green is elevated with bunkers protecting it on the front left and right.
A fun course, I would pay to play it again.