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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content. Follow Rory to Pinehurst and on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Linkedin and Facebook. On the Par 3 course the Cradle at Pinehurst.

PINEHURST, that is known as the “Home of American Golf”, or the “Cradle of American Golf” has a new Par 3 course called “The Cradle”, and it does rock.

The Cradle is part of a mater plan the Pinehurst Resort is using to keep it’s long storied history and tradition in place, but making modern day improvements to all the facilities so the resort is keeping current with today’s demands from their members and guests.

The Cradle that opened last fall has been a big hit, sometimes demand is so strong that groups have gone out in six-some’s. But no worries, pace-of-play is really not effected. Looking for a deal to play Pinehurst Golf, play the Cradle at $50, and you can keep going around all for your $50. It is one of the best deals in all of Pinehurst.

A view from the 7th hole on the Cradle.

While the Cradle is been making most of the news in Pinehurst, other items of note include, the new Pinehurst Restaurant and Brewery opening this summer, and then this fall the reopening of Pinehurst #4, after the Gil Hanse Renovation.

Course #4 should reopen about October 1st, says resort President Tom Pashley.

The resort has also purchased the historic home of Donald Ross and took control at the start of 2018. The resort is doing some fix up work to the house and then will use it for special events to TBD.

Click here to hear our interview with Pinehurst Resort President Tom Pashley.

The resort has had a great sucess with the new restaurant called “Deuces” behind the 18th green of Pinehurst #2, and the resorts new swimming pool. More work on courses #1 and #3 will start after things conclude on Course #4. When the course work is complete, courses 1-4 all designed by Ross will have more of an original feel to them.

On the lodging side, the Holly Inn the first hotel in the village that opened on Jan. 1 1896, has recently come off a full renovation of all 82 rooms. The Carolina Hotel is having it’s walk of Pinehurst photography history redone as well. Pashley still expects the old Pinehurst area course called “The Pit” will return in new form at some point. Stay tuned for that update. In the meantime 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.