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The First Holes

The First Holes

Challenges abound across the 27 holes at Willowbend, and the best ways to play each one—maximizing your chances for birdie or par—aren’t always obvious. Here, in the first installment of a nine-part series of tips and playing advice, we take a closer look at the first holes on all three courses.


The Second Holes

On paper, the second holes on The Bend, The Bay, and The Bog don’t look that difficult, but the two par 3s—on The Bend and The Bog—are deceivingly tricky, while The Bay’s first par 4 intimidates players for what they can see and penalizes them by what’s less visible. Scoring well on these holes requires plenty of course knowledge (and some prudent advice from a trusted guide).


The Inspiration-v2

The Inspiration

When the famous No. 2 course at Pinehurst reopened a decade ago, its restored holes were visually enthralling. In the years since, other revered Golden Age golf clubs like Baltusrol, Southern Hills Country Club, and the Los Angeles Country Club have made bold investments into the restoration and enhancement of their own championship venues…Read More

The Pros and Cons of Pine Straw…And How To Successfully Play From It - v2

The Pros and Cons of Pine Straw

Every year, when the gates of Augusta National Golf Club open for The Masters, avid golfers and enthusiastic golf fans all around the world are provided a fresh glimpse at the pristine and beautiful grounds that make up that exclusive club. Our eyes are always drawn to the carpet of long-needle pine straw that stretches out underneath…Read More

New Flags a Symbol of Continued Golf Course Enhancements - v2

New Flags a Symbol of Continued Golf Course Enhancements

The Keene Cup, our headlining event for the men’s golf season, is fast approaching. With it comes championship-specific flags that are flown for the duration of the event, starting on July 14 and concluding July 17. Once that foundational tournament has passed, however, members will notice another change to Willowbend’s greens…Read More

A New – But Still Familiar – Friend - v2

A New – But Still Familiar – Friend

When golf members return to Willowbend and tee it up on The Bend course this spring, they’ll quickly discover that a familiar friend has benefited from a much-needed facelift. Over the years, the short par-4 third hole has become exceedingly difficult, especially off the tee, as a beech tree near the end of the fairway has grown so large…Read More

The Appeal And Challenge Of Fescue On The Bog - v2

The Appeal And Challenge Of Fescue On The Bog

When the U.S. Open was played at Pinehurst in 2014, we were awestruck by the No. 2 Course’s transformation. Back in 2010, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw restored the hallowed Donald Ross design, replacing much of the rough with native and wild-looking waste areas. It was a change that gave the course a much more natural appearance…Read More