Pinehurst Golf News Archive

New renderings of Hanse’s No. 4 Redesign are revealed

Joined by Pinehurst President Tom Pashley on The Golf Channel, Hanse describes plans for Pinehurst No. 4

We’re excited to offer a further glimpse into the Gil Hanse redesign of Pinehurst No. 4 with two hole illustrations.

The illustrations are of the 6th and 9th holes of No. 4, revealing some of the sandscape and native characteristics Hanse plans to return to No. 4. The illustrations also include renderings of how the two holes look currently.

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“When you look at No. 4, you look at the scale, and the topography on it is really stunning,” Hanse said on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Wednesday. “It’s more dramatic than what Bill (Coore) and Ben (Crenshaw) and Donald Ross had to work with on No. 2. We think as you look through the great vistas that come about there – there’s a beautiful lake in the center of the property – and there’s a lot more undulation to it. If we reintroduce these characteristics – the sandy, scrubby nature – on a scale that fits this piece of property, I think the potential is really pretty exciting.”

Hanse added more details on how he feels he can incorporate Ross’ original spirit into No. 4.

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“It’s a golf course that’s been changed and altered. There’s no way to take it back to the original Ross design; a lot of those holes are gone,” Hanse said. “But looking at the Ross designs, his plans, were there elements of that that we could bring back into it that will make the course truly feel a lot more like Ross? So, some cross-hazards, some more diagonal bunkering, looking at the green complexes and getting them to sit softly into the landscape, maybe some slight elevation changes as he did on No. 2.”

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Gil Hanse surveys the 4th green from the bridge on Pinehurst No. 4 during a visit in July.

Pinehurst announced in early November that Hanse Golf Design would redesign Pinehurst No. 4 and develop a short course as part of a master plan to further restore the original character and spirit to the Pinehurst golf experience. Hanse’s design and routing, which seeks to create a landscape similar to Pinehurst No. 2, will include exposed sand and native wire grass, wider fairways and natural topography. The project is scheduled to begin in fall 2017 with the course reopening in fall 2018.

“It’s just going back in and reimagining the look of it to fit in with what Bill and Ben did on No. 2 – that whole Pinehurst feel to it. … As with any project, if you’ve got sand underneath, we’re excited, so we’re excited to be playing in that sand,” Hanse added.

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Video: New details revealed about Pinehurst No. 4 redesign


Pinehurst Resort & Country Club President Tom Pashley joins Matt Adams on Fairways of Life to discuss Christmas at Pinehurst before diving into more details about the Pinehurst No. 4 redesign by Gil Hanse.

Did we mention it includes a rendering?

For more about all of the new projects at Pinehurst, including building a short course, go here.

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Tiger Woods at the 2005 U.S. Open

A clip of Tiger Woods playing the 13th hole during Sunday’s final round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 – with commentary from Michael Campbell – and a fist-pump.

And the first tee shot at the Hero Challenge:

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The club twirl returns

It’s an opening tee shot of a pro-am for a small-field tournament, but it’s video of Tiger Woods happy with a tee shot and the signature club twirl. (We’ll see how long this video lasts online…)

It’s been 16 months since the golf world has seen that. In that time, a lot has happened at Pinehurst. Here are 9 of the biggest moments.

A few Tweets from this morning:

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…Since Tiger’s last competitive swings…

So, a few days before he returns to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge, here’s Tiger’s Woods’ golf swing with his driver from a practice round on Monday:

Tiger spotted today with the Taylormade M2 driver prepping for the #HeroWorldChallenge in the Bahamas via: @brianwacker1

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With that in mind, back in September when Woods announced his hopes for returning to golf, we put together a list of all the changes and improvements that have been made at Pinehurst since his previous PGA Tour appearance at the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015.

But after Woods’ withdrawal before a Tour event in October, our list has grown. To wit:

9. Gil Hanse to redesign Pinehurst No. 4, build short course – In early November Pinehurst announced that Hanse Golf Design will redesign Pinehurst No. 4 and build a short course as part of a master plan to further restore the original character and spirit to the Pinehurst golf experience.

Beginning this winter and unfolding in several stages over the next few years, the plan also includes restoring Donald Ross’ original characteristics to Pinehurst No. 1 and No. 3 while enhancing Maniac Hill and Thistle Dhu.

8. Sadly, we lost Arnold Palmer and Peggy Kirk Bell – Two giants in golf, both with legendary Pinehurst connections. We’ll miss them every day.

7. Pinehurst won the Ryder Cup Wager with St. Andrews – The Pinehurst No. 2 flag flew proudly on the 18th hole of The Old Course at St. Andrews after the United States defeated Europe in the Ryder Cup. That’s video we’ll never get tired of watching.

Nearly $2.5 million is being invested to spruce up all 168 guest rooms in the main tower of the Carolina Hotel.

Nearly $2.5 million is being invested to spruce up all 168 guest rooms in the main tower of the Carolina Hotel.

6. Room Renovations at The Carolina Hotel – This year, all 168 guest rooms in the Carolina Hotel’s main tower have received enhancements. The upgrades will enhance the guest experience by providing a modern look without losing the hotel’s timeless feel.

5. Pinehurst No. 5’s New Greens – The greens at Pinehurst No. 5 have been converted to champion ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass, a move that will extend peak conditions throughout the year.

Six of the resort’s nine courses now have the heat-tolerant Bermuda grass installed. No. 1 successfully converted to Bermuda in 2012. Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 8 followed in 2013 and famed Pinehurst No. 2 underwent the conversion following the back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in 2014.

4. History Hall has more…History – This year, we’ve taken a few minor steps in what we hope will be an improved experience with the vintage photos in the hallway of Pinehurst’s main clubhouse. With the help of the wonderful Tufts Archives, we’ve restored many of the photos, which had been damaged over time.

Also, we’ve updated the framing and matting, and in what may be our favorite part, added contextual captions with each photo. Most of these captions go into further detail about every photo – you already know the where; here, we add the who, the what and the why.

3. Paul Simson Makes History, Then Makes it Again – Since Woods teed it up to start the 2015 Wyndham, amateur golf legend Paul Simson has won two more North & South championships – each of the last two Senior Men’s North & South Amateurs. His 2016 victory in August gave him eight total North & South wins, making Simson the most decorated golfer in Pinehurst tournament history.

2. Kelly Mitchum Does It Again – Kelly Mitchum, the 1993 North & South Amateur champion and one of the leading instructors at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, continues to make viral waves with his original 3-putt.

But in January, Mitchum may have outdone himself with his sequel – another 3-putt that boggles the golfer’s mind.

1. The Deuce Opens – For decades, golfers and guests have gathered on the veranda overlooking the 18th green of famed Pinehurst No. 2. Now, they are able to do so in The Deuce, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s new bar and restaurant. And after just a week, the reviews were rolling in:

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