Pinehurst (No.6) - North Carolina - USA

Pinehurst Resort,
No.6 Course,
97 Juniper Creek Blvd,
North Carolina (NC) 28374,

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  • Ben Bridgers

  • George Fazio, Tom Fazio

  • Matt Barksdale

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.

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Description: Originally fashioned by George and Tom Fazio in 1979, the No.6 course at Pinehurst is set a few miles from the heart of the resort. There’s demanding topographical variation on No.6 with significant elevation changes. Rating: 6.3 out of 10 Reviews: 4
M. James Ward

This summer Pinehurst #6 will serve as the host course for the inaugural USGA Adaptive Championship which will include a field of those competing with various disabilities. The visibility will be a big time plus for a layout that is often overshadowed by the likes of big brother #2 and the recent updating of #4 by Gil Hanse.

So how good is #6 since the updating by Tom Fazio a number of years ago?

The layout is a fun test, but one must deal with the cluster of homes that engulf the layout. In a number of instances, the homes flank the fairways and the available space for the golf is hemmed in by out-of-bounds markers prohibiting play on both sides. It is dumbfounding-- and rather disappointing -- that the home involvement is so ubiquitous.

The plus side if the terrain. The land does have movement and the holes do provide a good array of challenges without being oppressive.

The opening hole is a good test at 441 yards. The two-shot hole sets the tone by mandating smart placement with flanking bunkers in the drive zone.

The 2nd hole is a quality counterpoint as a par-5 of 537 yards. Players can attempt to cut the corner but be forewarned of a deep inside placed fairway bunker on this dog-leg left. The green is smartly positioned in a perched position with a major fall-off to the left. Birdie is possible but higher numbers ca happen if dumb executions happen.

Hole 3-6 provide routine golf that is straightforward but hardly riveting. The tee shot at dog-leg right 4th is an interesting test of how much risk to take on. The par-5 6th is fairly similar to the 2nd -- this time the green sitting lower with water to the right of the green.

The two best holes on the outward side come at the par-3 7th and the par-4 9th. The former generally plays into a prevailing headwind as the 213-yard hole mandates playing smartly away from water on the right.

The concluding 9th starts from an elevated tee that goes downhill and turns left in the drive zone. You will see a mega-sized solitary tree that protects the left side -- but what many may not realize is that two additional trees are also on the same side and must be accounted for. The putting green is nicely done -- with falloffs included.

The inward half starts with a scenic par-5 of 500 yards. There is a penalty area to the left and the green is elevated so those opting to go for the green have to be precise.

While the par-4 11th is fairly formulaic the par-4 12th ups the ante. The 413-yard hole turns left with a reverse camber movement to the right. There's also a double-tiered green that calls upon players to be precise with the approach.

The par-3 13th that follows is simply a connector hole to get you to the 14th.

At the par-4 391-yard hole the fairway plateaus out at 290 yards, The prudent play is to get to the end point but go no further for the remaining pitch shot to the green which has two distinct sections. An engaging hole that requires a clear understanding of what to do before pulling the trigger.

The part-5 14th that follows is replica of the two front nine par-5 holes -- turning left in the drive zone but this time being an easy play for the player who opts to take some risk to ensure birdie. The reward side is present but little risk is actually present to serve as a meaningful deterrent.

The par-316th is another dropshot hole and the main ingredient is its overall length of 223 yards.

The penultimate hole starts from an elevated tee and the two fairway bunkers encountered are placed in an offset manner and taper the landing area for those seeking to max out one's drive. The green also has a fall-off area in the right and rear locations.

The concluding hole is a lengthy two-shot hole at 436 yards. The par-4 again features offset fairway bunkers -- the left coming in play at roughly 285 yards and the right nearer to 300. The green is nicely contoured with a fall-off in the rear. A good hole but not one that really stands out in a noticeable manner.

Overall, #6 has a few moments of arousing architecture but there are just too many holes that simply fill out the dance card and are either repetitive or fairly basic. Is #6 worth checking out? Yes, but be advised of the mixed bag you will be encountering.

April 19, 2022
6 / 10
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Larry Jacobs

Awesome course. I love this place. Everything about it is to notch. They hosted a Michelob Ultra Invitational so I was able to play. I was happy with my 89 in a tournament - my 1st ever! Short game let me down but one of the best golf trips ever. The group I played with was just fabulous...hope i get to go again someday. Thank you MICHELOB THANK YOU PINEHURST. Larry Jacobs Oldsmar Florida.

January 10, 2022
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Peter Wood

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!)

Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.

August 03, 2020
6 / 10
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Colin Braithwaite

Recently, we had the pleasure of playing all 9 Pinehurst courses. Sean Delaney of was instrumental in coordinating our itinerary and at a reasonable price. I heartily recommend Sean and

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.

January 02, 2019
6 / 10
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