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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content. Follow Rory to Pinehurst and on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, or Linkedin. Sitting in the rocking chair of the great Donald Ross.

It’s finally done. Something you wondered why it did not happen years ago.

The Pinehurst Resort has finally purchased the home of the famed architect Donald Ross, that sits alongside the third hole of the famed Pinehurst No.2 golf course.

Resort officials confirmed the previous owner moved out at the December, and the resort has begun making some needed improvements to the home, that will take 1-2 months to complete.

The Donald Ross house alongside of Pinehurst Course #2.

Currently noted architect Gil Hanse is working on Pinehurst #4, doing a restoration. When Hanse returns from an out of the country project, he will be the first person to move into the house under the Pinehurst Resort ownership.

It’s expected that Hanse will stay there until he completes his work on the course #4 restoration.

Course #4 is expected to reopen at some point this fall, likely between Mid-September and October 1st. Follow and or this website for the announcement of the grand opening date.

Pinehurst is working on guidelines as to what special events might take place at the Ross home, or who will be allowed to stay in the house when it’s ready to welcome overnight stays.

The Donald Ross portrait hanging in the Donald Ross Grill in the main Pinehurst Clubhouse

The new Pinehurst sales and or marketing brochure talks about the Ross Cottage experience.

One can only assume that this piece of golf history, will bring many of Pinehurst’s members and resort guests, special memories and experiences in the years ahead.

The Pinehurst Resort master plan continues to evolve in addition to the Ross Cottage and work on course #4.

The Pinehurst Resort’s new brewery is under construction, located in the downtown area behind the Manor Inn. It is expected to open in late spring or early summer. For all the details on Pinehurst, and the numerous improvements to the resort, please visit

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.