With its acquisition of Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst Resort and Jack Nicklaus are brought together again
By Lee Pace
My golf writing career and the single Pinehurst-area Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course have something in common: Both sprouted out of the mid-1980s golf boom.
I had covered quite a bit of golf at the Durham Morning Herald in the early 1980s before repairing to the staid world of corporate public relations. But the itch to have a front-row seat as the sport expanded—riding flush economic times, a squeaky-clean image and the Baby Boomers’ trade of their tie-dies from the Sixties to their Pickering golf shirts—kept my eyes peeled for good stories throughout the Carolinas to peddle to the rapidly expanding universe of golf publications.
So when developers Mike Sanders, Allen Jordan and Claude Smith announced in early 1987 that they had signed Nicklaus to design a course just southeast of the Pinehurst roundabout, I rode the story for all it was worth. I even took a day of comp time from my job in Charlotte in the spring of 1987 to attend a sales-and-social gathering on the job site when Nicklaus was in town to inspect the early earth work for what was originally called Pinehurst National Golf Club.