Five Dollar Rounds Now Available at the “Cradle of American Golf”

Youth on Course – the non-profit organization providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program – has partnered with world-renowned Pinehurst Resort and Country Club to include select golf courses to its portfolio of 900-plus member properties.

Youth on Course members may play courses No. 1, 3 and 5 for the usual rate of just five dollars. The addition of Pinehurst now headlines an impressive stable of U.S. golf courses in the Youth on Course portfolio. Members can take advantage of discounted rates at 34 different golf courses included in Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list. To find a complete list of locations, visit here.

“We are honored and thrilled to announce a partnership with America’s most storied golf destination,” says Adam Heieck, Youth on Course Executive Director. “As Pinehurst opens its doors to welcome our program, members nationwide have the opportunity to experience one of golf’s most revered properties.”

Known as the “Cradle of American Golf,” Pinehurst boasts a wide variety of golfing options, including nine championship courses and The Cradle, a nine-hole short course referred to by Golf Channel as, “the most fun 10 acres in all of golf.”

“We take the future of our game very seriously at Pinehurst,” says Tom Pashley, President of Pinehurst Resort. “With the recent addition of The Cradle, Youth on Course perfectly aligns with our goal of making golf as fun and accessible as possible for golfers of all ages and skill levels.”

With more than 40,000 members on pace to complete 115,000 rounds at 900-plus golf courses nationwide, Youth on Course continues to gain momentum in the golf community. Since 2017, partnerships with state and regional golf associations have increased by 120 percent, which positions the organization more than halfway to its goal of providing affordable golf to kids in all 50 states.

Besides Pinehurst Resort & Country Club other local golf courses that partner with Youth on Course include Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines Golf Club and Whispering Woods Golf Club

About Youth on Course

The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. Members play hundreds of courses for $5 or less, benefit from employment through the caddie and internship program, and receive college scholarships. Headquartered in Pebble Beach, Youth on Course is a 501(c)3 organization that began as the charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association. Since 2006, nearly 650,000 rounds have been played by Youth on Course participants and more than $1.4 million has been raised for college scholarships. Currently, Youth on Course serves Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin with the goal of delivering affordable golf in all 50 states by 2021.

Gil Hanse Design Destined For Sandhills Stardom

Visually stunning from tee to green, exposed sand areas, vast cross bunkers and native wire grass meld with the site’s rolling topography and natural ridge lines to create dramatic vistas and strategic options on every hole. Hanse’s design of Pinehurst No. 4 is a brand new and bold expression of pure, timeless Carolinas Sandhills golf.

“We’ve returned the original landscape to the course, and from there, we then created the features, slopes and green locations,” says Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro. “We believe golfers are going to appreciate how No. 4 fits into the Pinehurst lineup and elevates the entire golf experience.”

The par-5 9th hole is a shining example of how No. 4 has been reinvented through Hanse’s vision and touch. More than 25 pot bunkers are replaced with sprawling, sandy native areas, and a massive crossbunker spans the width of the fairway, connecting with nearby holes and tying together the natural landforms. Green complexes throughout the course have been lowered to fit the landscape, and are complemented by Hanse’s unique bunker designs.

“Among Pinehurst’s nine golf courses, No. 4 has always held a special place in the resort’s history,” says Bob Dedman, Jr., in speaking for the Dedman family, the owners of the resort. “We entrusted Gil and his team to interpret and execute the vision of making No. 4 more natural and authentic to the Sandhills of North Carolina. Gil, Jim and the team have been great to work with and have far exceeded our expectations.”

The USGA has already named No. 4, along with No. 2, as co-hosts for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. It marks the third time the prestigious event will be played at Pinehurst and the first since 2008. Stroke play will be contested on both courses with the match play championship held on No. 2. Hanse says this is exactly the type of symbiotic relationship that should exist between the two courses.

“No. 4 is a companion in the landscape, but it is not a tribute to No. 2 in the features,” Hanse says. “The greens are different, the approaches are different and we wanted to take advantage of the landforms, which are much more dramatic than those on No. 2.”

Completion of No. 4 is bittersweet for Hanse, who spent parts of the past two years onsite with partner Jim Wagner and his construction crew, “The Cavemen,” working both on No. 4 and Pinehurst’s short course, The Cradle. He describes living in the Dornoch Cottage – Donald Ross’s home in Pinehurst – as “one of the most meaningful things that has ever happened to me.”

The reimagination of No. 4 is the latest in a series of bold moves for one of the world’s most iconic golf destinations. The restoration of No. 2, acquisition of No. 9, the opening of The Cradle and an expansion of the 18-hole putting course Thistle Dhu are complete, as are restorative enhancements to Pinehurst No. 3. The Pinehurst Brewing Company will open this fall, located in the village’s historic steam plant.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to visit Pinehurst,” says Tom Pashley, President of Pinehurst Resort. “All of the recent changes and enhancements have resulted in a new energy level and fun factor that’s contagious. I can’t wait for visitors to see the stunning transformation with the new Pinehurst No. 4.”

Article originally appeared in GolfTipsMag.com on July 27, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pinehurst Resort.