When the decision makers at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club decided it was time to make enhancements to the golf courses, they knew who they wanted.
Gil Hanse, whose design reputation has skyrocketed in recent years, has been hired to redesign Course No. 4 at Pinehurst and to create a new short course near the main clubhouse.
At course No. 4, currently a Tom Fazio design, Hanse will do a complete redesign with new routing while incorporating more of the natural area look that helps define Pinehurst No. 4. The project is scheduled to begin next fall and be completed in fall 2018.
“We think this approach will create a more authentic, visually interesting golf course and one that feels in tune with its unique surrounds,” Hanse said in a statement.
Bob Dedman, owner and CEO of Pinehurst, said the overwhelmingly positive feedback to the Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 was influential in the decision to rework No. 4.
“We think Gil Hanse with his timeless and natural design philosophy is the right person for the project,” Dedman said.
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Another large piece of the Hanse-Pinehurst collaboration will be a new short course built on 10 acres where the first holes of Courses No. 3 and No. 5 currently sit. The course, which will be similar to the short Coore-Crenshaw course at Bandon Dunes, will be 8 to 12 holes with similar shapes and contours to Course No. 2.
“Fun and skill development are the most important concepts behind the short course,” said Tom Pashley, Pinehurst president and COO.
Additionally, the practice range (known as Maniac Hill) and the large Thistle Dhu putting course will be renovated with more natural elements introduced to both. Also, courses No. 1 and No. 3 will undergo restoration work to bring back more of the original Donald Ross qualities.