Mid Pines Has 20th-Century Look Back

Golfweek – April 8, 2013 – By Alex Miceli

Nearly a century ago, Donald Ross applied the final touches to his new course at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club.

Having spent much time in North Carolina’s Sandhills – notably for his work at nearby Pinehurst – Ross was familiar with the sandy ground, wiregrass and tall, slender pines that define golf courses in the region.

In the ensuing years, some of those features had lost their distinctiveness at Mid Pines. Thanks to a significant restoration started late last year, the course’s early 20th-century look is back.

Kyle Franz, a course architect and shaper, was brought in to rebuild bunkers, restore original green contours and replace fairway rough with the hardpan sand and wiregrass that was part of Ross’ original 1921 design.

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