After our morning round on the River Course at CC of Whispering Pines we had a little lunch in the grill room before heading to the 1st tee of the Pines course for our afternoon round. Before I get to the course I want to point out that the experience we had here was great. This club is semi-private which means that they although they have members, visitors are welcome as well. I’ve been very fortunate to have visited a lot of private clubs throughout my Top 100 quest and one of the things that I always love the most about those experiences is that it almost always runs smoothly. The Country Club of Whispering Pines was no different. The transition from morning round, to lunch, to afternoon round was as smooth and seamless as can be. I don’t know if it was our good planning with the tee times or the clubs flawless execution, but whichever it was we had an easy and smooth transition that did not give the “herded cattle” feel that sometimes happens at public courses.
When we spoke to the guys in the pro shop at check in I had picked up on what I interpreted as a preference for the Pines course. After enjoying the River Course in the morning I was looking forward to an afternoon on the Pines Course. I didn’t take a whole lot of photos during this round but I’ll share a few favorites. Again, please note that these pictures were taken in mid march while the fairways were over seeded with winter rye and the bermuda rough was still dormant.
Below is a shot of the approach into the 5th green which is a long par 5 that we played from 544 yards. Getting home in two is probably not likely for most players and the layup needs to be well calculated to be sure not to run into the hazard that crosses the fairway in front of the green.
Here we have a photo taken from the 6th tee box which we played as a 377 yard par 4. There is not much going on in this picture, but I included it because I feel like this tree lined hole with an uphill tee shot to a blind landing area is very typical of what is found at the CC of Whispering Pines . . . and some might even say the North Carolina Sand Hills region in general. I have not played a TON of golf in the Pinehurst area, but this is the type of look that I think of when someone says Pinehurst.
The 11th hole was my favorite hole on the course because it had a pretty big risk reward option. The photo below was taken from the tee box and players who choose the aggressive line will aim their ball between the trees and carry the water which cuts off a significant amount of distance on this 540 yard par 5. No one in our group hit the green in two, but I do believe its possible by taking a bold line off the tee and hitting an excellent second shot.
Here is a look into the green from the fairway.
I enjoyed this course, but I have to say that my preference was for the River Course which is weird because the River Course has a lot more water than the Pines Course and I usually prefer courses without water on them. The Pines Course was definitely an enjoyable round, but I just happened to prefer the River. Either way, both courses are very nice and very fun. Spending a day here and playing both courses is a great day of playing golf.