Pinehurst Golf News Archive

What would Donald Ross think about The Cradle?

With just a few days until the official opening of The Cradle, Pinehurst’s new short course, we pondered: what would Donald Ross think of The Cradle?

To reserve a tee time on The Cradle, call 1-800-ITS-GOLF.

Greens fees for The Cradle are $50 this fall and replay rounds are free. Rates will vary seasonally. Guests are welcome to play the course more than one time in a day. Kids 17 and under play free when accompanied by a paying adult, and resort guests may book tee times in advance. Public tee times are available 24 hours in advance. Replays will be booked at the conclusion of each round.

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Games and different ways to play The Cradle

We had a little fun on Facebook and Twitter last night, and posed a simple question about The Cradle:

And boy, did the responses come flying in. Seems y’all have some pretty creative ideas for The Cradle, which opens on Sept. 30. Here are a few we enjoyed sharing, and if you have more ideas, please feel free to let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

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Pinehurst to open The Cradle, its new 9-hole short course, on September 30

Upon seeing the first golf course built in Pinehurst, founder James Walker Tufts was struck by how naturally the game fit into the landscape in front of him. “Golf experts and all those who cherish the hope of becoming such will find excellent opportunity to indulge in the game at Pinehurst,” Tufts remarked wistfully in 1898.

On September 30, nearly 120 years after golf arrived at Pinehurst, the historic resort will open The Cradle, a nine-hole short course that even the newest to the game can enjoy. Designed by golf architect Gil Hanse, The Cradle, at 789 yards, features holes ranging from 56 to 127 yards. Mere steps from the Resort Clubhouse, it is the same area where, in 1898, Dr. Leroy Culver carved the first nine holes out of the sand at Pinehurst. Over the next century, Pinehurst came to be referred to as the Cradle of American Golf.

“Pinehurst’s place in golf goes back almost as far as the time the game was first introduced in America,” says Pinehurst Owner and CEO Bob Dedman Jr. “As we embark on the latest era at Pinehurst, it’s symbolic that our newest course sits on the same ground as the original first holes of golf at Pinehurst. We look forward to watching players of all ages and all abilities enjoy golf at The Cradle.”

DIFFERENT GAMES TO PLAY AT THE CRADLE

Hanse’s design incorporates the native sandscape and wiregrass common to the original courses of Pinehurst. With holes that meander along the rolling terrain, The Cradle’s greens subtly blend into the surrounding landscape and are protected by rough-hewn bunkers, all features that have long been hallmarks of Pinehurst golf.

“The beauty of golf at Pinehurst is that it is very natural, traditional and classic, especially architecturally,” says Hanse, whose restoration credits include projects at The Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club, Merion Golf Club and Oakland Hills Country Club as well as the original design work of The Olympic Golf Course in Brazil. “That Pinehurst character, we believe, permeates through The Cradle. These nine little golf holes are on a historic piece of land, and we feel like each hole has its own identity that fosters the creativity golfers have enjoyed here for more than a century.”

Kids 17 and under play The Cradle free when accompanied by a paying adult, and The Cradle will be open to the public.

Greens fees for The Cradle are $50 this fall, and will vary seasonably. Kids 17 and under play free when accompanied by a paying adult, and resort guests may book tee times in advance. Public tee times are available 24 hours in advance. Tee times can be made by calling 1-800-ITS-GOLF.

Bordering The Cradle will be Pinehurst’s expanded putting course Thistle Dhu, which surrounds the Putter Boy statue. At 75,000 square feet, the new Thistle Dhu is four times larger than the original putting course built in 2012, with rolling hills and sweeping valleys sure to delight golfers of all kinds. Thistle Dhu, which will open in early October, will be free to play.

 

The Cradle logo features the Golf Lad, an iconic figure featured in original advertising for the resort and most recently used in the logo for the U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateur Championships at Pinehurst. In the Cradle logo, the Lad is shown resting comfortably in the nook of the letter “C”.

“Like the Putter Boy, who now overlooks play on The Cradle, the Golf Lad has been a lasting symbol of the genuine joy and passion for golf at Pinehurst since the game arrived,” says Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “We hope golfers will share those same feelings on a short course designed to be fun and challenging while at the same time inspiring others to take up the game we all love.”

The opening of The Cradle and expansion of Thistle Dhu are two elements of a multiyear plan Pinehurst unveiled in November 2016. Following the successful opening of the Deuce, a new tavern overlooking the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst announced it hired Hanse to build the short course and begin a redesign of Pinehurst No. 4. Hanse will break ground on the No. 4 redesign in October.

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Pinehurst No. 2 ranked again among the very best courses in the world

Golf Magazine revealed its biennial rankings of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World on Wednesday, and for the 2017-18 rankings season, Donald Ross’ famed Pineuhrst No. 2 comes in as the 18th best golf course in the world.

As always, we at Pinehurst are proud to be included among such incredible venues, and we look forward to the next era in golf course design here at the cradle of American golf.

UPDATE: Golf.com released its rankings for its Top 100 Courses in the United States for 2017-18 on Thursday, and again Pinehurst No. 2 found its way high on the list, making the top 10.

 

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This golf swing might break the Pinehurst Golf Academy

If somehow you haven’t yet seen the viral golf swing pro Steve Wheatcroft tweeted from his pro-am round this week, then take a moment and admire.

We’ll admit, we’re a bit worried about what this might do once the Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels and his team get a look at it because truly, it may blow their minds. (Then again, one of them has been known to do this AND this, so maybe not.)


Anyway, once we hear from them, we’ll let you know if they survived with their expertise intact.

After all, the result is really good.

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