What is bound to be a popular addition to Pinehurst Resort, the nine-hole short course called The Cradle is about to open. Located just steps outside the main clubhouse at the resort, The Cradle was designed by architect Gil Hanse and has holes ranging from 56 yards to 127 yards.
It was built some 120 years since golf first appeared in Pinehurst and takes its name from those who believe Pinehurst is the Cradle of American Golf.
It’s no ordinary pitch-and-putt. Hanse took great care in designing The Cradle with greens, bunkering and natural areas that fit in remarkably with the Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw revamping of Pinehurst No. 2.
“The beauty of golf at Pinehurst is that it is very natural, traditional and classic, especially architecturally,” says Hanse, whose restoration credits include projects at The Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club, Merion Golf Club and Oakland Hills Country Club as well as the original design work of The Olympic Golf Course in Brazil.
“That Pinehurst character, we believe, permeates through The Cradle. These nine little golf holes are on a historic piece of land, and we feel like each hole has its own identity that fosters the creativity golfers have enjoyed here for more than a century.”
Hanse has also been tapped to redesign the No. 4 course at Pinehurst. That work will begin in October.
The Cradle opens Sept. 30 and will be open to the public. It will have a greens fee of $50 for the fall months. The greens fee will adjust seasonally, the resort said. Juniors 17 and under can play The Cradle free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The Cradle opens just ahead of Thistle Dhu, the putting course that will be adjacent to The Cradle. At 75,000 square feet, Thistle Dhu is four times larger than the original putting green. It will open in early October, is open to the public and free to play.