Located a few minutes northeast of Pinehurst, North Carolina, the village of Whispering Pine is home to several picturesque lakes, and two championship-caliber golf courses. Whispering Pine also holds one of the world’s finest layouts – the Country Club of Whispering Pines golf course. This lovely golf vacation destination was designed by Ellis Maple, who called Whispering Pines his home, and was opened to the public in 1961. The golf club features two layouts, The East and The West course. Here’s a look at some of the best features of the East course.
The Country Club of Whispering Pines East is a par 72, 18-hole, tree-lined parkland course. The length of the East course, combined with understated terrain changes, makes this golf vacation destination a very unique one. The East course also follows an out-and-back design, which is quite longer than the West course, and that it makes use of lesser lake features than the West course. And since the holes are laid out in rolling terrain amidst scenic wooded environments, only few holes have the water hazards. What makes the course extra superb is that tall pine trees perfectly frame the holes, while magnolias and dogwoods add extra vibrancy and color to the scenery, especially during spring. According to regular visitors, the back nine opening stretch is perhaps the most excellent section of the golf course.
Since 1961, the Country Club of Whispering Pines East has captivated lots of golfers. Its designer, Ellis Maples, has definitely perfected the art of designing golf courses, under the gazing eyes of his mentor, the legendary Donald Ross. Donald Ross’ influence is seen in the way Ellis followed the natural contours of the land when designing the course, shaping the greens and positioning the sand traps. The Country Club of Whispering Pines East is one of Ellis Maples creations that have successfully conquered the test of time, and also represents one of his best works. The next time you plan your weekend or holiday golf vacation package, make sure you include the Country Club of Whispering Pines East in your shortlist of options.