124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2



Overview

Sitting far closer (just eight miles) from the Canadian border than from any major city in Montana, Wilderness Club was an ill-timed residential development venture a decade ago, and thus the once-private club now accepts outside play, much of it from day-trip Canadians. The stunning design benefits from quick-draining sandy soil native to the site, some of which is used in free-form waste bunkers on several holes. There are many lakes in play, including long Grob Lake that dominates the left side of the par-3 17th and par-5 18th. Three mountain ranges surround the site: the Whitefish, Purcell and Rockies Mountains. Pine trees are prevalent but not imposing. In an age of destination golf, Wilderness is still undiscovered by most American tourist golfers. Perhaps its appearance on America’s 100 Greatest Public will change that.

About

Holes 18
Length 7207
Slope 146
Price $169
Facility Type Public
Designer Nick Faldo

Awards

100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest Public: Ranked 42nd, 2019-'20. 2023-'24 ranking: 44th.

Best in State: Ranked inside the top five, 2013-'20, 2023-'24. Ranked sixth, 2021-'22.
2023-'24 ranking: 4th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.1952
Character
7.0991
Challenge
7.1355
Layout Variety
7.185
Fun
7.0906
Aesthetics
7.3514
Conditioning
7.1423

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