Like a football team searching for the right coach, the resort could never settle on the right identity for the No. 4 course despite a series of major alterations by different architects. It found its match when it hired Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner to carry out a full-scale blow-up and rebuild in 2018 that brought back the sweeping sand-and-pine character we identify with Pinehurst, while initiating a style of shaping in the greens and bunkers that’s confident and distinctly its own.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked from 2013-2014.
2023-'24 ranking: 171st.
Highest ranking: 162nd (2021-'22).
100 Greatest Public: Ranked from 2003-2016 & since 2021.
2023-'24 ranking: 28th.
Previous ranking: 32nd.
Highest ranking: Current.
Best in State: Ranked Top 10 in North Carolina since 2021; Top 15 from 2013-2014; Top 20 from 2011-2012 & 2015-2016.
Current ranking (and previously): 9th.