Pinehurst No. 4 Set to Re-Open

Pinehurst to Open Redesigned No. 4 September 20

Ask the average golfer about Pinehurst, and they’ll likely be able to tell you about No. 2, the course that has hosted numerous major championships.  If things go to plan, those golfers may soon be able to tell you about No. 4, as well.

On September 20, Pinehurst will unveil a No. 4 “reimagined” by architect Gil Hanse.  Hanse is best known for his work on the 2016 Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro and the recently-opened Streamsong Black.

One key facet of the redesign has been returning to the original Sandhills landscape, as you can see in the photos and the drawing above.  This creates not only a striking, unique look, but also more interesting play.

In addition to adding cross bunkers and waste areas, many of the greens have been lowered to fit the landscape and allow more varied approaches.

No. 4 has already been named the host of the 2018 US Amateur Championship, along with No. 2.  Both courses will host stroke play rounds, and the match play rounds will be contested on No. 2.

The redesign of No. 4 is only one in a series of changes that Pinehurst has undertaken in the past few years.  Among the others are the restoration of No. 2, the expansion of the putting course, Thistle Dhu, and the opening of The Cradle, a short course.

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