MISTWOOD GOLF DOME located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, opens daily at 7 Am. But you need to call or book online a hitting bay in advance. Lessons and Club Fittings are available. So now you can also enjoy McWethy’s Sports Bar. For more information call the dome at (630)-739-7600 or visit online Mistwoodgolfdome.com Demo days coming. ______________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook/LinkedIn.
WHEN YOU ARE THE HOME of American Golf, there is always plenty going on and plenty to do.
But somewhere in the middle of everything, much has changed at the “Cradle or Home of American Golf.”
The last decade started with changes to Pinehurst Course #2, and they haven’t stopped since.
Because it seems like than no sooner than Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw finish their restoration of the famed Donald Ross design, then architect Gil Hanse arrived to upgrade Course #4. But Hanse didn’t stop there, after the resort found Hanse a few acres to work with, an amazing new 9-hole par-3 course “The Cradle” was opened, to say it’s been a big hit with golfers would be the under-statement of the year.
But there has been more, much much more. A new swimming pool, a brew pub that fills up every night, and leaves all the patrons full by the time they leave. Renovations to the Holly Inn, the Manor Inn, have done nothing but bring more golfers into this historic resort.
The moves the resort has made are like the movie title, all the right moves. As Pinehurst has walked the line of preserving it’s historic traditions, that have brought guests and golfers for decades to the sandhills of North Carolina. They have added pieces that will attract today’s younger travelers.
But now the biggest piece is the addition of the United States Golf Association (USGA), who is moving their testing facilities and museum to Pinehurst. But it doesn’t stop there, as Pinehurst is the first “anchor site” for plenty of USGA Championships going forward. Many more than just the U.S. Open, and might host all of the USGA championships they offer, by some point in-time.
In the middle of all the planning and the progress, has been resort President Tom Pashley. Who as you might guess is pretty excited about what the Pinehurst has accomplished. Plus what it plans to do, in the years ahead.
Pashley has navigated the ship through the pandemic, and has keep things moving forward as the resort gets closer to returning to the old normal. So while some things at Pinehurst are “new”, there is still plenty of “old” for guests who love tradition.
EARLIER THIS WEEK, Pashley sat down with Golfers on Golf to discuss the last 13 months since our 2020 interview, and what the next few years could look like. Which includes a 3-month shutdown of Course 8, in the summer of 2022. Changes to the Cradle, that likely includes a relocation of the famed Pinecone beverage cart. For all this and more, hear our interview with Tom Pashley below.
CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW with Pinehurst Resort President Tom Pashley.
For more information on the Pinehurst Resort, Covid precautions for guests, all the hotels, restaurants, and 10 golf courses, see Pinehurst.com.