b'Pinehurst ResortThe Cradle, a nine-hole short course that even the newest to the game can enjoy. Designed by golf architect Gil Hanse, The Cradle features holes ranging from 56 to 127 yards.heCradleofAmericanGolf.acres in all of golf, even Hanse claims The Cradle T TheSt.AndrewsofAmerica.is his most successful project in terms of reaching Whichevertitleisbestowedthe intended end-user. Mere steps from the club-uponPinehurstResort,onehouse, The Cradle was built in the same area where, thingiscertain:Thegolfin1898,Dr.LeroyCulvercarvedPinehurstsfirst isasgoodasanywhereinnine holes out of the sand. Over the next century, theworld.And,afterrecentPinehurst came to be referred to as the Cradle of on-andoff-courseenhance- American Golf.ments,theentirePinehurst experience is better than ever.The response to The Cradle has been significant, with nearly 70,000 rounds being played there in its Even after more than a century, Pinehurst contin- first two years. Music is piped through sandscape uestodevelop.Thatincludesthe2017openingand wire grass every afternoon, and rounds on the of The Cradle, a 789-yard short course aimed at789-yard course can be played in about an hour, the fun side of golf. Or look to the recently openedleading to joyous replay rounds filled with infec-Pinehurst Brewing Co., where the resort restoredtious fun. Kids, playing with an adult, can enjoy the quaint villages historic steam plant that datesThe Cradle for free.back to 1895. PBC offers an array of craft beers to go with a full restaurant that features barbecue,Building on that momentum, Pinehurst brought brisket and ribs from the smokehouse onHansebacktorecreatetheonce-renowned site. course No. 4. After reopening in 1999 follow-ing a remake by Tom Fazio, it was widely PerhapsPinehurstsmostimportantregarded as one of the best courses in the project has been the 2018 redesign ofU.S.,letalonetheCarolinas.Ownership Pinehurst No. 4 by Gil Hanse, one ofcharged Hanse with bringing back No. 4s the leading golf course architects today. original Sandhill aesthetic and authentic Donald Ross design elements.With all of the additions and changes, its been a busy few years at Pinehurst. Much of it can beHanse, designer of the 2016 Olympic Golf Course traced to the overwhelming success of the resto- in Rio de Janerio, envisioned No. 4 as a compan-ration of Donald Rosss masterpiece, Pinehurst No.ion course to its famed sibling, the restored No. 2, by the design team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Co- 2. Hanse, however, is quick to point out the differ-ore. But even after hosting the U.S. Open and theences between architectural approaches, especially U.S.WomensOpeninhistoricfashion-thetwoevident in the green complexes. majorchampionshipswereplayedinconsecutive weeks in 2014, a first in annals of golfPinehurstThere are some greens that are squared off, a trib-refused to rest on its laurels.ute to the old school, as well as bunkers 30-40 yards short of greens, says Hanse. There are a couple In 2017, Pinehurst Resort commissioned Hanse togreens that are reminiscent of No. 2, but the greens designanine-holeshortcourse,TheCradle.In- on No. 4 have their own character and strategy.tended to provide a fun-yet-fascinating way to ex-perience the game, it rapidly emerged as a rousingIn most cases, the greens on No. 2 naturally repel success. Dubbed byGolf Channel the most fun 10shots while No. 4 has numerous speed slopes that 12 ::/homeofgolf @usahomeofgolf @homeofamericangolf'