Officials at Pinehurst Resort were so pleased by the restoration work done by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore on course No. 2, they’ve asked them to design the resort’s ninth golf course.
It’s not likely to be built for at least two years, but the project is under way with routing plans being finalized.
“We’re not anywhere close to building it, but (owner) Bob Dedman (Jr.) wanted Bill to go ahead with the routing,” Don Padgett II, president of Pinehurst, said.
“We wanted Bill to have the land he wanted, and he carved out what he’d need for 18 holes.”
A portion of the new course will be on property where The Pit golf course is located. Pinehurst bought The Pit last year after it closed because of financial difficulties. Resort officials decided not to reopen The Pit but will use a piece of the land near Aberdeen for its new layout.
Pinehurst is preparing to host the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in consecutive weeks in 2014, the first time the Opens have been back-to-back at the same site.
“I don’t think we’ll kick this off before now and the Open,” Padgett said, “and it will probably take two years to build.”
A San Diego resident and a big sports fan, Mickelson said he would hope to bring former Padres great Tony Gwynn into the franchise if the O’Malley family’s bid wins out.
On the eGolf Tour, Foley has one victory and four more top-10 finishes in just seven starts to sit atop the tour money list with $57,066 in earnings.
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According to reports, McIlroy practiced some Saturday then showed up in Paris with Wozniacki. Good for him.
Just guessing here, but I suspect McIlroy and his game will be just fine when he shows up at the U.S. Open in two weeks. We might get a preview this week at The Memorial.
When the conversion project begins June 4, the layout will feature shorter holes with 6-inch cups on temporary greens. It’s a good way for beginners to play without feeling the pressure of dealing with a bigger golf course. There also will be reduced greens fees ($15 to walk 18 holes during the week; $25 on weekends). Sounds like a really good idea, especially the 6-inch cups.
Television announcer Peter Kostis realized the mistake Johnson was making but did the right thing by not alerting Johnson to his oversight. It’s a tough position for Kostis, but it’s on the player to remember. Johnson probably won’t make the same mistake again.