Location: Pinehurst, N.C.
Course architect: Ellis Maples
Redesigns: Robert Trent Jones 
Tee – Yardage l Rating / Slope:
Gold — 6,828 | 73.1 / 135
Blue — 6,617 | 72.0 / 132
White — 6,174 | 69.8 / 126
Green — 5,685 | 67.4 / 119
Red — 5,223 | 70.2 / 121
Saturday morning green fee: $$$ [$100-$149; non-resort guest]
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: No
Fairways: Tiff 419 Bermudagrass
Greens: Champion UltraDwarf Bermudagrass
Starter: Ellis Maples is a name not too familiar among visitors to Pinehurst, but Maples was a protégé of Donald Ross’ golf course design and a member of the first family of golf course architects from North Carolina. His green complexes are tamer than those that Ross built, therefore No. 5 will give the average golfer a much better chance at par.
Play because ...: This golf course isn’t one of the first that will come to mind on a visit to Pinehurst, but be sure not to overlook this gem. It is not overly long, and the drive zones are generous on most holes. One of the reasons for visiting Pinehurst is to play as much golf as possibe. No. 5 offers variety, with holes bending both left and right, but there are no severe carries or doglegs. Both nines are par 36, but the first nine has only one par 3 and one par 5.
Takeaway: Course designer Ellis Maples spent seven seasons as assistant superintendent to his father at two earlier courses in the Pinehurst family. His father, Frank, was heavily involved in carrying out Donald Ross’ designs at Pinehurst. Ellis was also a good player and a life-long member of the PGA of America, but he decided against becoming a professional and instead started his own design firm in 1953.
THE RATINGS [1 to 10 scale; 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 10.0
Pro shop: 10.0
Pace of play: 7.5
THE COURSE | Scorecard
Best par 3: No 13 [185 | 180 | 158 | 138 | 110 yards]
Play for the center of the green on this fairly difficult par 3. Water comes into play on the right and in front of the green. There is also a bunker behind the green, but the green is fairly large so getting a putt at birdie is realistic. Par is a good score here.
Best par 4: No. 10 [381 | 372 | 363 | 353 | 315 yards]
This hole swings a bit from left to right, and the approach shot on this short par 4 is one of the most scenic views in all of Pinehurst. The approach is downhill to a green that slopes back to front. Take one club less than the yardage would dictate. There is a bit of a bailout area short and right. The takeaway from this hole, though, is the view of the scenic lake behind the green on the approach. Don’t be distracted.
Best par 5: No. 3 [484 | 480 | 450 | 443 | 414 yards]
This is the first hole where water comes into play, but a decent tee shot should not bring the lake, located left of the fairway, into play. The second shot will either continue to be right of the water or will have to be a prodigious crack to reach the green in two. The green is fairly flat, which aids in any birdie attempt. In contrast to the earlier constructed courses that have little or no water hazards, course No. 5 has 6 acres of water in play.
Rater: Craig Smith