The short answer is yes, you definitely can walk during your round on Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4. In fact, it’s encouraged to do so for a better overall experience.
Both Pinehurst No. 2 and Pinehurst No. 4 are cart path only. Since the renovation of No. 4 by Gil Hanse, the cart paths are actually a good distance from the fairways so walking actually makes more sense. So much so that Pinehurst Resort is currently running a test program for push carts whereby, for those that are interested, they have them next to the first tee. Unfortunately, there currently is limited supply of push carts—16 to 20 of them—so it’s based on a first come, first serve basis.
Walking Caddies on Pinehurst No. 2 & No. 4
The caddie program at Pinehurst Resort is second-to-none. Caddies can be booked in advance by your Golf Vacation Specialist at Golf Trip Junkie, so be sure to inquire at time of confirming your reservation. Typically, the way caddies are set up at Pinehurst (as well as other top resorts) is they are double-bags, meaning one caddie carrying two bags. Single-bag caddies are more difficult to confirm, but the request can always be made.
Here is the fee structure at Pinehurst Resort, as of October 2018:
Walking Caddie Fee
$65 per golfer for double-bag caddies (paid in the Pro Shop on day of play) + $35 gratuity per golfer (paid in cash at the end of the round)
$90 fee for single-bag caddies (paid in the Pro Shop on day of play) + $50 gratuity per golfer (paid in cash at the end of the round)
$30 per golfer (paid in the Pro Shop on day of play) + $25 per golfer gratuity (paid in cash at the end of the round)
To get the best overall experience on Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4, taking caddies would be a great decision, especially if you have never played them before. In particular with No. 2, the caddies know the golf course, the bounces, and the greens like the palm of their hand. It’s in their best interest to make you feel comfortable and have the best experience possible.
Carry Your Own Golf Bag
By all means, for those golfers out there similar to myself, if you’re used to carrying your own golf bag, then by all means, feel free to do so. When we played Pinehurst No. 2, we chose to ride, however, it was at the end of a long golf trip so the idea of making our way around the golf course on a cart was quite appealing at the time. And, oddly enough, I hit it bad enough that day that I was close to the cart paths anyway.
That said, when we play Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 again, I think we will likely go with carrying our own clubs. It’s what we do and used to.
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