Whispering Pines - Texas - USA

Whispering Pines Golf Club,
1532 Whispering Pines Dr,
Trinity,
Texas (TX) 75862,
USA


  • +1 936 594 4980

  • Chad L. McCormick

  • Chet Williams

  • Chris Rowe


Whispering Pines Golf Club is located some 90 miles to the north of Houston and the course opened for play in 2000.

Since opening, Whispering Pines has regularly been rated the No.1 course in the Dallas area by the local press and its pristine conditioning is a credit to the club’s passionate staff, helped also by being closed for play for fifty percent of the year. With a mere 160 members playing Whispering Pines in spring, early summer and autumn, the course hardly gets overplayed.

The 7,480-yard Whispering Pines course is set within a 400-acre property bordered by lakes and meandering creeks. It was a Nicklaus design project led by Chet Williams and he used the natural lie of the land to great effect, especially the last six holes which play alongside Caney Creek and Lake Livingston.

Home to the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, Whispering Pines is rapidly gaining a reputation for turning amateur golfers into professionals. In its short history, the championship has hosted more than 300 amateur golfers, of which 54 went on to play professionally for the PGA, LPGA and Men’s and Ladies European Tour.

It’s hard to understand how the club make ends meet as half the membership fees are benevolently donated to charity.

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Description: The 7,480-yard course at Whispering Pines Golf Club is set within a 400-acre property bordered by lakes and meandering creeks. Rating: 5.7 out of 6 Reviews: 3

What an amazing track, thanks so much to Mr. Robertson for allowing myself SFC Zachary B Whispering Pines Golf Course - Photo by reviewer Conklin, and CPT Jared Kuth from FT Polk La to enjoy a day playing the 9 hole executive course, and the amazing Championship course as well. No question why this course is ranked so high in the top 100.

6 / 6
Whispering Pines
February 25, 2018


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In 2005 I was Argentina Captain for the Spirit and spent 5 days at Whispering Pines. Up to that moment it was the best course I had ever played. Whispering Pines Golf Course - Photo by reviewerAfter 2 days experiencing Houston, on Monday morning we were taking to Whipsring Pines for the Sponsors ProAm. My team played with a Local guy and I carried TWO bags, as there were not enough caddies and course was soked wet due to rain. On Tuesday for practice day I was allowed to play (from the Championship tees, 7200yds) with my team and I really enjoyed it. Made some birdies and some doubles as well, greens were extremely fast and missing a green was a sure bogey. I remember holing a 50ft putter for birdie on 17th which had 3 different brakes. The course is a typical Nicklaus, but with perfect tifway greens, excellent fairways, killerWhispering Pines Golf Course - Photo by reviewer rough, a lot of water and very big crocodiles in the river by the course. Like Cypress Point it has 2 consecutive par 3s, short 15th and very tough 16th where you go over water carrying 200yds. Final hole is a very tough par 4 where birdies were impossible to get. Best holes were par 5 5th, par 4 11th, par 4 14th were Jason Day playing with us got it to 3 feet and made eagle. What was special of that event is that many of the players are now on Tour and some of them VERY SUCCESSFUL: Sophie Walker, Paige Mackenzie, Felicity Johnson, Anti Ahokkas, Edoardo Molinari, Day, Sam Saunders, Jamie Moul, Oliver Fisher, MARTIN KAYMER and many more. It is a great memory having participated on that event.
6 / 6
Whispering Pines
March 18, 2016


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The town of Trinity, TX is not easy to get to from Boston, MA - but after experiencing the club - I would happily walk the 2000 miles for my next invitation. In the state of Texas, this young club is spreading it's wings and flying above the legendary Colonial Country Club. Having played the top 100 golf courses in USA, I'm putting Whispering Pines in my top 5 in every category. It went from being "Whispering Where?!"....to "this is the best golf course you've never heard of".

You'll experience rolling terrain, a routing in every possible direction, commanding pine trees lining the fairways and a finish which would blow your imagination. Even if you had never seen a golf course before, you would find yourself appreciating what you were looking at. The 15th is a long par 3 to an island green, with a bunker running the entire way around the green. It would rival any par 3 Harry Colt ever designed in Surrey, UK. The 15th at Whispering Pines is like a longer version of the 10th at Pine Valley, just with water all around it. The 16th is an even longer par 3 through a tunnel of trees with a huge pond in front of the green. It's relentless! It's a good thing this Irishman had a 1 iron in his bag, because this hole is as demanding as Cypress 16.

Golfers don't enjoy having the stare down their ball until it comes to rest, but you'll find you do that alot at this venue. The 17th is a par 5 with a beautiful river running up the left-hand side, and the hole progressively moves closer to the river as you approach the green. You actually lose your breath just trying to focus on keeping the ball in play while enjoying the surroundings. The 18th will put manners on any professional golfer. You must carry 240 yards to the fairway from the tips, then after hitting your Sunday best, you're left with 200 yards into a plateau green well protected with bunkers & a pond, and to add to the excitement, it's as if Donald Ross adding the false front just for fun. It's an architectural masterpiece which is hidden away from the world. If there's one phrase in golf which I hate hearing, it's "this place has the best finishing holes in golf". Well if more people played Whispering Pines, then this phrase would be removed from golfing vocabulary, because the debate would be over.

I can't count the number of times I whispered "wow" to myself while standing on a tee box. This is the most under-rated golf course in America and deserves so much credit not only for the layout, but the charity work that the club promotes. As with most American clubs, the hospitality, the clubhouse and the service was 5 star. You'll even find music being played on the driving range, which once you get used to it, it actually makes you smile with the novelty.

Texas isn't known for many top rated golf courses outside of Colonial and the relatively new Dallas National, but Whispering Pines is in a class of it's own. I hope you can discover the secret amongst the pines.
5 / 6
Whispering Pines
July 03, 2011


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Slade Grant
January 30, 2012
Im glad you enjoyed WP as much as you did!! I was fortunate to be the lead shaper during construction. We are currently building a 9 hole par 3 course that will rival any set of par 3s in the world that should be open for play in Oct 2012. Have a good day.
Javier Pintos
March 18, 2016
I was Argentine Captain at The Spirit in 2005. a fantastic event on the fastest greens you can play.