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Country Club Of Whispering Pines, East Course

2 Clubhouse Blvd, Whispering Pines, North Carolina, 28327
Type: Semi-Private, open to the public
No. Holes: 18
910-949-2311
Architect: Ellis Maples (44)
                      
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Country Club Of Whispering Pines, is a Semi-Private, 36 hole golf facility located in Whispering Pines, North Carolina. The facility has two 18-hole courses, they are: The East Course (formerly the Pines Course) and The West Course (formerly the River Course). The Country Club of Whispering Pines is nestled among the pines in the heart of North Carolina's Sandhills. Located just minutes from Pinehurst, the club offers two of the Sandhills' premier championship golf courses

The Country Club Of Whispering Pines courses were designed by Ellis Maples. The East Course opened in 1961. The West Course opened in 1974.

EAST COURSE:_______________

The Country Club Of Whispering Pines, The East Course (Pines Course) measures a maximum distance of 7,138 yards and plays to a par of 72. The course rating is 73.9 with a slope rating of 125.

Championship tees: par-72, 7,138 yards, 73.9 / 125

Blue tees: par-72, 6,406 yards, 70.7 / 124

White tees: par-72, 5,890 yards, 67.8 / 117

Red tees: par-72, 5,542 yards, 72.0/123

WEST COURSE:_______________

The Country Club Of Whispering Pines, The West Course (River Course) measures a maximum distance of 6,363 yards and plays to a par of 71. The course rating is 70.3 with a slope rating of 128.

The inward nine is known for its tranquil beauty, natural setting and for the protection provided by Little River and Thagard Lake on 6 of the final 9 holes. Length is not as important on the West Course, however a premium is placed on strategic accuracy and shot placement. Well placed shots are rewarded with generous greens and birdie opportunities. Often referred to as "the thinking man's golf course" you are constantly playing two shots ahead in order navigate this Ellis Maples challenge.

Championship tees: par-71, 6,363 yards, 70.3 / 128

Blue tees: par-71, 6,015 yards, 68.6 / 125

White tees: par-71, 5,533 yards, 66.8 / 118

Red tees: par-71, 5,135 yards, 69.8 / 121

This course has been reviewed 4 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, 100 Days 100 Courses
Needham, MA
Golf Course ranking Photo

(cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2019 at 8:00 AM

Day 62 - 100 days, 100 courses (Tuesday, May 14, 2019)

Two realizations today.

1) I don’t have to worry about Gators anymore and

2) most of the kids in the High School championship going on here could beat me. Both very sad.

Today I played golf with a friend of many years, Cynthia Frost. It was great to see her and spend a few hours on the course. Everyone at the course was very friendly and the course had some challenging holes. It’s going to take some getting used to being away from the coast. Courses play very differently. Lost 2 balls and shot a 94 which was disappointing.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 029542
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Lakeland, FL

Guest (cart included), played on Thursday, July 2017 at 9:16 PM

The Country Club of Whispering Pines is a 36-hole facility owned and managed by Brown Golf Management who also owns nearby Foxfire Golf Club. This gives local Brown Golf members access to 72 holes of championship golf in the Pinehurst Area of North Carolina! More on that in a minute. The original 18 holes at the Country Club of Whispering Pines opened for play in 1962. An additional 9 holes were added in 1965, and the club operated as a 27-hole facility for about 4 years until 1969 when the final 9 holes were added. Since then, changes have been made and some hole rerouting has taken place and the Country Club of Whispering Pines is now a 36-hole facility. The courses have been renamed the River (formerly the West) Course, and the Pines (formerly the East) Course. Both courses were designed by Donald Ross protégé Ellis Maples way back in 1959 and 1965 respectively and share one thing in common – variety. One example of this is the types of grass used on the greens – The Pines features Champion Bermuda and The River, Bent grass. Before your round, head over to the practice area, where you’ll find a full-length driving range, a practice pitching green complete with sand bunkers, and two putting greens to get you ready for your round. The Pines Course The Pines course has been referred to by some as an “inland links” style course, because of the absence of water. Donald Ross’ influence is evident in the way this Maples design hugs the natural contour of the land, as well as in the use of open, hardpan areas in the rough that are sparsely covered with pine straw and native grasses. You’ll also see his touch in the shaping of the greens and positioning of the sand traps. A great golf course from a golf design icon. From the back tees, The Pines plays 7,094 yards to a par of 72, with a course rating of 74.5 and a slope of 134. Most golfers will find that the White Tees (6,409/71.1/131) offer an adequate test. Although the Pine Course offers generous fairways, you’ll still end up hitting every club in your bag because of the variety of holes. Ladies will have a great time from the Red Tees (5,324/71.4/121). Memorable Holes The par 5, 5th hole is not only the toughest ranked hole on the course, it’s also one of the more scenic holes out here. From the White Tees, the hole plays 544 yards, so for most of us, it’s a 3 shot hole. There’s a large pine tree on the right side off the tee that needs to be avoided; your best line is to bisect the left bunker and the pine tree. The landing area for your layup shot is wide open and the right center of the fairway will leave the best angle in to the green. Your approach shot is about half a club downhill over water to a large green protected front right and back left by sand. It’s easy to see why this is the toughest hole; it takes 3 good shots to get on and an accurate pitch if you want to score better than average. Another hole that will test your mettle is the par 4, 10th. It plays 401 yards from the Whites Tees, predominantly uphill. It’s a narrow hole that requires two long, straight shots into another oversized green which is fronted by bunkers on either side. With all of the elevation changes out here, you’re in for an interesting round. You’ll be hitting from uphill, downhill and side hill lies, but that’s a lot of what you find in the area. Trust me, it beats flat! Let me leave you this this piece of advice: if you tend to slice your tee shots, use a white ball. It will make it that much easier to find on the range! The two courses at The Country Club of Whispering Pines offer peace and relaxation. Out here, you far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, all that’s left to do is put that little white ball in the hole. Eighteen times! I spoke with several members while I was there who all raved about the dining room and how well Brown Golf Management was doing in restoring the club to its former splendor. The Grill features all of your clubhouse favorites and what’s most impressive – they all taste good. From the Grilled Reuben to the Ellis Maple Burger, you’ll enjoy every bite. They also feature several beers on tap and have a full bar. According to the members, one of the best thing about joining the club is that you have access to unlimited golf at two 36-hole facilities in the Pinehurst area, as well as unlimited range balls. The Country Club of Whispering Pines also has 32 hotel-style rooms as well as 9 condo/suites for those looking for a stay and play vacation. The rooms are a short walk to the clubhouse and first tee include free wireless Internet access, unlimited use of the outdoor pool and tennis courts (as well as the 24-hour fitness center.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 028871
Golf Course ranker Photo
Greensboro, NC

$21 (cart included), played on Thursday, September 2012 at noon

Always friendly staff. Never have to wait in afternoon during week. Members friendly. Great value and always above average conditions. Low handicapers I take here always shoot higher than their handicapand leave impressed .

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 018644
Golf Course ranker Photo, Golfer Bob
Eldersburg, MD

$21 (cart included), played on Tuesday, February 2006 at noon

I played the Country Club Of Whispering Pines East Course on Valentine's Day, 2012, during our annual retreat from the northern winter. Very nice course, with country club amenities and service. East course has bermuda everywhere, except the bent grass greens, so it's all pretty much beige at this time of year. West course is overseeded with winter rye, so there is a better contrast with the surroundings. The East course is fairly flat, with some modest elevation change, and a couple of really dramatic holes which take advantage of the few hills. Not too much water or sand, and what there is is reasonable and avoidable. Greens are pretty large, and most are modestly sloped, with very few huge undulations. We thought that some of the yardages were actually longer than shown on the scorecard and from the markers, but overall, it's a fair test of one's game.

Course is walkable for those in good shape: perhaps not for us seniors! The houses adjacent to the course are not intrusive, all of them sitting well back from the playing area. Oh yeah, there is not a railroad tie in sight, anywhere!! (Take that, Pete Dye...)

Our only piddling negative is that some of the cart paths are in poor shape, and need to be redone in the next few years. This course is about mid-grade for the Pinehurst area, but would be an A-level in most other areas of the country.

Staff we met were very cordial and appreciated our business, and so did a couple of the members we encountered. Pro shop is nicely stocked with logo merchandise, and the restaurant/bar is top notch. We recommend both courses at this club.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 016807
4.0/5
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