Editor’s Note: As the year comes to a close, Pinehurst will reveal its Top 10 Stories from 2017. We’ll have one recap a day with links to the original stories if you would like to reflect more. We appreciate your engagement with each of these stories and several others from throughout the year, and we look forward to making more news in 2018.
And since we like numbers at Pinehurst, that’s exactly how we’ll count these down:
No. 1: Pinehurst Opens The Cradle, its New Short Course
Even with nine courses, it’s not every day that Pinehurst builds a new golf course.
But that’s what Pinehurst did in 2017, and at the very end of September it opened The Cradle, a 789-yard, nine-hole short course that lies on the very same land of many of Dr. Leroy Culver’s first holes ever designed at Pinehurst in 1898.
Hailed by major media outlets and kids alike – Golf Channel called The Cradle the best golf design in America for 2017 – The Cradle could be considered the cornerstone of Pinehurst’s efforts to improve the golf experience here at The Cradle of American Golf.
Not only that, but there seems to be a fun new story coming off The Cradle every few weeks:
- Ella Hannant, at 8 years old, became the youngest to record an ace on The Cradle.
- Kelly Mitchum played The Cradle for all of the winter solstice – the shortest course on the year’s shortest day – and his numbers there were staggering.
- Paul Rudovsky may be the most well-traveled golfer in the world, but he wanted to mark a special milestone on The Cradle.
- Who knows how long The Cradle’s course record will stand?
- Darlind Davis, at 70 years old, feels like her father is watching when she plays The Cradle.
- What game do you want to play on The Cradle? The choices seem endless.
And finally, perhaps best of all, kids play The Cradle for free when with a paying adult. And all replay rounds on The Cradle are free.