The Pit Golf Links is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Aberdeen, North Carolina.
This Dan Maples designed golf course first opened for play in 1985.
Par for the course is 71. From the back tees the course plays to 6,600 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 4,759 yards.
This shot-maker's course was formerly a sand quarry. It has very narrow fairways and well-manicured greens that are fast, and several of them are island greens. Water hazards come into play on five holes, including #12, a 167-yard, par 3, featuring an island green. Some holes were built with the classical Pinehurst style in mind, featuring rolling fairways bordered by pine trees.
The Pit had character. It has been described as a "if you dare" type of links layout. There were pinhead-sized greens including #8 with a tree guarding the front-left portion of the small green, blind shots, zigzag fairways, mounds, dunes, the aforementioned island green, forced carries, and no carries, hole #16, a 90-yard par-3.
The Pit garnered the cache of a "cult classic" until Mike Strantz created an even more dramatic version called Tobacco Road Golf Club in 1998. It out pitted The Pit and drew away business. The Pit eventually succumbed to financial pressures and closed.
The course closed December 2010. Pinehurst Resort owner Robert Dedman Jr. purchased The Pit Golf Links and its surrounding 900 or so acres in February 2011.
(cart included), played on Sunday, February 2011 at 6am
As of our visit to Pinehurst in early February 2011, The Pit is closed. Apparently the previous owners could not make it work, so it has been sold at auction. Local hearsay is that the new owners will reopen the course "soon." Hope it happens, as this is a terrific layout and well worth a visit.
Guest (cart included), played on Wednesday, September 2008 at 10am
This course offers tight fairways to large fairways, with medium size greens. One of the best in the Sandhills area and a must play.
$31 (cart included), played on Sunday, July 2008 at 8am
The layout has always been "different", but I have played the course several times, and considering the time of the year, with the heat and other weather conditions, the course was in great condition. They had over 3 inches of rain the night before, so it was cart path only, and the bunkers were packed, but the greens and fairways were great.
$46 (cart included), played on Tuesday, February 2008 at 8am
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