You would think it would seem impossible to make the Golden Hour at Pinehurst better.

Think again.

If you’ve driven by The Cradle (or stowed away on the train that passes by a few times a day – not recommended), you may have noticed on the ridge where the Pinecone sits that some construction has begun in that area.

That ridge, with the Adirondack chairs overlooking the Punchbowl’s green of the third hole and the fourth tee, remains one of the most popular spots at Pinehurst. No doubt, the Pinecone – and Sheila’s Transfusion mixing skills – allow for one of the best scenes within the gaze of the Putter Boy.

A rendering of the Cradle CrossingA rendering of the Cradle Crossing

In that same area, we’ve begun to build what will be a new addition to The Cradle – a pavilion area and small bar overlooking Gil Hanse’s design. This, friends, is the Cradle Crossing – an open-air bar, complete with several areas of great seating, a couple of fire pits, a terrific staff – and a few much-needed restrooms. The above rendering will give you an idea.

No worries, the Pinecone isn’t going away. (Neither are the Transfusions.) And you may even see it more around Pinehurst. And the Cradle Crossing will even feature aspects of the Pinecone you’ve come to know and love.

The project will continue through the summer and be ready sometime in the fall – still in time for all of those glorious sunsets.