‘Dramatic’ new Pinehurst No 10 course to open April 2024

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Pinehurst No 10. Credit: Matt Gibson

The highly-anticipated opening of Pinehurst No 10, has been set for April 3, 2024.

In what promises to be a momentous year for The Cradle of American Golf, Pinehurst is set to open its first new golf course in more than three decades just two months before hosting the US Open for the fourth time on Donald Ross’s iconic Pinehurst No 2 golf course. It has been designed by the celebrated golf architect Tom Doak, 

“Pinehurst Resort has been fortunate to be hailed as the Cradle of American Golf, and we’re grateful for all of the major championships and historic moments that have come before,” said Pinehurst Resort CEO Bob Dedman Jr.

“We’re delighted to have a date to begin presenting this incredible design by Tom Doak to our guests. April 3 will not only be another great day in Pinehurst’s history, but for our future as well.”

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Pinehurst No 10 has been designed by architect Tom Doak. Credit: Matt Gibson

Doak, who has also designed the likes of Cape Kidnappers, Tara Iti, Pacific Dunes, Barnbougle Dunes, Sebonack, Streamsong Blue and Ballyneal, began construction in January 2023 and, working alongside Angela Moser and her team. Moser’s credentials include work at St. Patrick’s Links, Te Arai Links and Ohoopee Match Club.

Doak has forged a formidable reputation within the game for working with the natural wonder of the land he is given and celebrating that in his designs. With Pinehurst No 10 he is working with arguably some of golf’s most acclaimed real estate: the Sandhills of North Carolina with native wiregrass, natural sand areas, towering longleaf pines and rolling hills.

“We’re excited to show off Tom Doak’s masterful interpretation of Pinehurst golf,” said Tom Pashley, President of Pinehurst Resort. “From the initial routing of Pinehurst No 10 to the shaping and design process, Doak and his associates excelled in all regards. Our very high expectations were exceeded, and we can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

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The piece of land on which Pinehurst No 10 sits. Credit: Matt Gibson

Pinehurst No 10 is located around 4 miles from the main Pinehurst Resort but the benefit of that is a quieter, more remote piece of land that features significant elevation changes and incredible views. The team at Pinehurst are known to have been incredibly excited about the design as it has taken shape, with Doak using the rugged dunes carved out by miners who worked the land in the late 1800s. Speaking about his new design, Doak said, “Pinehurst No 10 starts out fairly gentle, then it starts going into the old quarry works where it gets downright crazy for a little bit, then the course gets up on the hill and there’s a beautiful, sweeping view. All of the holes coming in are challenging, even when you move down into the gentler terrain. It’s a dramatic golf course; more than I originally thought.”

*Golfers wanting to book Pinehurst No 10 can visit the Pinehurst website Pinehurst.com or call 1-800-ITS-GOLF for more information on Pinehurst golf packages. 

Tom Doak: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is Tom Doak, and what is his background in golf course design?

Tom Doak is one of the world’s great golf course architects, known for his innovative and minimalist approach to course design. He founded Renaissance Golf Design in 1989 and is responsible for numerous acclaimed new golf courses worldwide and for the work he has done restoring many, many others. 

What are some of Tom Doak’s most famous golf course designs?

Tom Doak has designed many notable golf courses, including Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes in Oregon, Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand, and Streamsong Blue in Florida, among others.

What sets Tom Doak’s golf course designs apart from others?

Tom Doak is known for his commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the land and creating courses that blend seamlessly with their surroundings.

How can I play a round of golf on one of Tom Doak’s courses?

To play one of Tom Doak’s courses, you need to book a tee time at the specific golf course un question. Some of his courses are part of golf resorts, while others may be private clubs. Check the respective golf course’s website or contact them for booking information.

Pinehurst Resort: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the reason behind Pinehurst’s fame?

Pinehurst holds a distinguished status as the birthplace of American golf, boasting a rich history deeply intertwined with the sport’s development in the United States and beyond. It has played host to an array of prestigious championships, including the US Open, the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, and the US Amateur, to name just a few. However, Pinehurst’s allure extends beyond these tournaments; it emanates from the unique spirit that permeates this corner of North Carolina, an intangible quality that’s challenging to put into words.

Where can I find Pinehurst golf courses?

Pinehurst isn’t merely a single golf course; it comprises multiple courses and more. You’ll discover Pinehurst in North Carolina, USA, situated approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes south of Raleigh and roughly two hours west of Charlotte. The most convenient airport to use is Raleigh-Durham International (RDU), and Pinehurst offers an airport shuttle service for your convenience.

Why is Pinehurst No 2 known for its difficulty?

Pinehurst No. 2 stands as the most renowned and celebrated golf course at the Pinehurst golf resort and holds significant importance in the United States. It has hosted multiple US Open events (in 1999, 2005, 2014, and scheduled for 2024). The devilish challenge posed by this course arises not from long rough or vast distances but rather from its greens, often likened to upturned saucers. These greens’ slopes and lightning-fast speeds have led some, like Johnny Miller, to describe the experience as trying to land a ball on the roof of a VW Beetle.

Can anyone play Pinehurst No. 2?

Access to Pinehurst No. 2, as well as Pinehurst No. 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9, is limited to Pinehurst resort guests or members. However, if you’re not a member or resort guest, you can still enjoy rounds of golf on Pinehurst No. 1, 3, 5, or The Cradle.

Where can I find the best Pinehurst golf packages?

For the best Pinehurst golf packages, visit  Pinehurst.com/packages. For example, they offer a two-night, three-round package that includes daily breakfast and dinner. Pinehurst may not be budget-friendly, but the quality of the experience justifies the cost.

What about the Pinehurst golf shop?

The Pinehurst golf shop is truly remarkable. It offers a vast space filled with a wide range of branded Pinehurst merchandise, including hats, shirts, golf towels, ball markers, tees, and golf balls. The knowledgeable staff in the shop is eager to assist with your needs. It’s the type of place where you might find yourself indulging in a shopping spree.

The founder of The Wandering Golfers, Ben grew up on the links of Scotland learning the game from his beloved Grandpa. Previously a writer and broadcaster for The Times and BBC

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