Forest Creek Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Tom Fazio 1996 (South) and Tom Fazio 2002 (North)

Cost:  Private

Phone Number: (910) 693-1996

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Forest Creek's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 200 Meyer Farm Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Photos:  See additional photos of Forest Creek (North) and additional photos of Forest Creek (South)

Accolades: Ranked 13th (North) and 14th (South) in North Carolina on Golf Digest’s 2013-14 Best in State rankings.

Signature Hole:  North 15th - 432 Yard Par 4 - The signature feature at Forest Creek’s North course is the lake that three holes on the back nine, the first of which is the 15th hole. The tee shot plays over a corner of the lake with the water continuing down the right side while a collection of fairway bunkers are found up the left side of the short grass. The hole plays straight and flat and features a small bunker in front of the green and another left of the putting surface. It’s a memorable hole and a classic Fazio trait where Tom saves the prettiest holes for last.

15th Hole at Forest Creek North (432 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Forest Creek North (432 Yard Par 4)

Runner up:  South 18th - 458 Yard Par 4

18th Hole at Forest Creek South (458 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Forest Creek South (458 Yard Par 4)

What to Expect:  Forest Creek is a 36 hole residential development complex that features Tom Fazio’s work. The courses were installed six years apart, one named North and the other South. The newer North course has enjoyed more accolades and the Gurus concur with the North’s superiority. Conditioning at Forest Creek is top notch with the North track displaying exceptional turf conditions and beautifully rolling greens. Gently moving ground provides ideal golf course terrain while the lake on the back nine of the North course provides a beautiful feature in which three holes play around. Trees line all the fairways and provide a comfortable seclusion hole to hole. The South course provides some water features near the clubhouse that come into play on the downhill finishing holes of each nine. The South course also boasts a “hog hole” where bets can be settled as players tee it up on a par three over a large pond. All in all, Forest Creek is a first class facility that features solid hole after solid hole all day long. The North course is rather underrated and makes an argument as the elite course of the Sandhills and one of North Carolina’s finest.

By the Numbers:

Tees (North) Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship 72 7209 74.7 144
Long 72 6695 72.1 138
Intermediate 72 6240 70.0 133
Medium 72 5945 69.1 129
Short (Women) 72 4938 69.6 126

By the Numbers:

Tees (South) Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship 72 7095 73.7 139
Long 72 6603 71.1 133
Intermediate 72 6292 70.0 130
Medium 72 5909 68.8 121
Short (Women) 72 5047 69.8 120


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  North 16th - 212 Yards - The last par three on the North course is an attractive hole that boasts two of the largest bunkers on each side of the green. The putting surface is raised above the sand and the lake rests well right of the hole. Though the bunkers pinch down the fairway in front of the green, a ground shot or aerial approach can be utilized to find the putting surface. With the surrounding trees creating a large amphitheatre for the hole, it yet another attractive hole at Forest Creek.

16th Hole at Forest Creek North (212 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Forest Creek North (212 Yard Par 3)

Runner up:  South 17th - 195 Yards

17th Hole at Forest Creek South (195 Yard Par 3)
17th Hole at Forest Creek South (195 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  South 16th - 419 Yards

16th Hole at Forest Creek South (419 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Forest Creek South (419 Yard Par 4)

Runner up:  North 7th - 455 Yards - The 7th hole reaches out to the far western portion of the property before the North course works back to the east. The tee shot plays to an elevated fairway with a large bunker on the left that will catch mishit tee shots. The approach shot plays down a sweeping fairway that works to the right. The putting surface is raised above the fairway before spilling over to the next tee box. A fairway bunker is located 25 yards short of the green while a greenside bunker is recessed to the right of the putting surface and runs the full length of the green. The isolated setting and sweeping nature of the fairway and approach shot make this the best par four on the course.

7th Hole at Forest Creek North (455 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at Forest Creek North (455 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  South 14th - 525 Yards

14th Hole at Forest Creek South (525 Yard Par 5)
14th Hole at Forest Creek South (525 Yard Par 5)

Runner up:  North 3rd - 560 Yards - Fazio is famous for creating massive bunker complexes that can run over 100 yards in length and one of those Sahara style bunkers is found off the tee at the 3rd hole. While visually impressive, the bunker isn’t in play for most golfers since it can be cleared relatively easily with a driver. The interest of this hole increases as the golfer is presented with a double dogleg that cuts right and then back left before getting to the green. The green is quite wide and shallow which presents an extra challenge if trying to reach the putting surface in two. Two bunkers protect the front right corner of the green and collect a significant amount of shots due to the narrow landing area offered by the green. Reaching this green in two will require playing up the right side of the hole for most golfers and then threading a fade shot into the green in order to utilize the largest width of the putting surface.

3rd Hole at Forest Creek North (560 Yard Par 5)
3rd Hole at Forest Creek North (560 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  North 4th - 168 Yard Par 3 - Featuring another of Fazio’s 100+ yard long bunkers, the sand is mainly cosmetic and the only thing on your mind should be where the pin is. With a short iron in your hand and teed up lie on the perfectly groomed tee box, throwing a dart at the hole should be no problem. The slightly raised green is relatively round with no major areas to be leery of so take dead aim and stick one close!

4th Hole at Forest Creek North (168 Yard Par 3)
4th Hole at Forest Creek North (168 Yard Par 3)

Runner up:  South 8th - 352 Yard Par 4

8th Hole at Forest Creek South (352 Yard Par 4)
8th Hole at Forest Creek South (352 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  South 9th - 429 Yard Par 4

9th Hole at Forest Creek South (429 Yard Par 4)
9th Hole at Forest Creek South (429 Yard Par 4)

Runner up:  North 12th - 406 Yard Par 4 - At just over 400 yards, the 12th hole doesn’t look intimidating on the scorecard, but when you are standing on the tee box the intimidation level goes way up. Looking up the fairway it appears to be more sand than grass to land your tee ball on. The largest trouble area is a bunker in the landing zone that eats up three-quarters of the right side of the fairway. Beyond that bunker on the left side of the hole is a collection of bunkers is peppered all the way up to the raised green. The best angle to the green is found by hitting a tee shot as close as you can to the bunker on the right without rolling in the sand while a tee shot up the left side will bring several bunkers into play and the shallowest part of the green to land on. Brute strength isn’t needed here, but accuracy and precision is in order to avoid a bogey.

12th Hole at Forest Creek North (406 Yard Par 4)
12th Hole at Forest Creek North (406 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:    Grade A-

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Final Cut:    Grade B-

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