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La Quinta, Calif.


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Pinehurst No. 4

Pinehurst, N.C. / 7,227 yards, Par 72 / Points: 59.4574
May 03, 2021

162. Pinehurst No. 4

Gil Hanse & Jim Wagner (2019)

The No. 4 course at Pinehurst has always been something of a Mulligan Stew. Created in the 1950s using parts from other resort courses, it’s undergone a succession of renovations over the years by Robert Trent Jones, Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. The most recent version attempted to differentiate the design from the other Pinehurst offerings with a garden-like presentation studded with pot bunkers. Hanse and Wagner’s new iteration ties No. 4 into the resort’s long-established genetics with exposed sand, provocative green contours, broad fairways and contiguous short grass recovery areas. While it looks at home in the Pinehurst sand hills, it functions as an extroverted counterpoint to the No. 2 course’s subtler stateliness.

100 Greatest/Second 100 Greatest History: Ranked 2013-2014 and current. Highest ranking: No. 170

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Panelist comments, Pinehurst No. 4:

“The redesign adds larger fairways and more dramatic putting surfaces into a traditional layout at a classic site ... it successfully bridges classic style and the modern style in a visually and aesthetically pleasing way. Fun.”

“Wonderful vistas opened up and love the wide fairways and options. Took good advantage of topography which is more interesting than No. 2. Greens are something else ... but may be too sloped in some places…”

“While many of the holes are laid out as before, they have had a makeover with improved features such as better placed and more natural looking hazards and most notable: entirely new greens complexes which are now the backbone of the course...The challenge here is almost entirely presented on and around the greens. Not only are many slightly elevated with fall offs to repel shots, but they are fast, difficult to read and have various degrees of undulation, pitch and/or humps to test anyone’s putting acumen.”

“Bottom line—a step up from the old Fazio layout and a solid compliment to No. 2 on the resort.”

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