The ridge behind the third green and fourth tee at The Cradle is one of the best-known spots on the popular par-3 course at the Pinehurst Golf Resort, home to a stretch of Adirondack chairs and a wood-paneled drinks trailer called the Pinecone.
Soon, it will feature a new pavilion area and open-air bar called “the Cradle Crossing” that overlooks the nine-hole, Gil Hanse-designed layout. There will also be two fire pits alongside the area, which will only add to the friendly, casual vibe of The Cradle. Music plays throughout the short course, where golfers with Sunday bags slung over their shoulder and drinks in hand take on holes ranging from approximately 50-130 yards that have some of the coolest greens on property.
Construction on the Cradle Crossing is expected to continue throughout the summer, with the area scheduled to open sometime in the fall.
With a history that stretches over 125 years and nine courses in addition to its newer short course, Pinehurst has earned the nickname “Cradle of American Golf.” The resort has continued to evolve and improve in recent years, from the renovation of its popular No. 2 and No. 4 courses, the opening of its Thistle Dhu putting course, Deuce Bar and the nearby Pinehurst Brewery. But Pinehurst Resort President Tom Pashley said The Cradle is the addition he’s most proud of during his tenure.
“The Cradle is my happy place right now,” Pashley said. “My office is in the clubhouse, so it takes me 30 seconds to walk from my office to the steps overlooking The Cradle. Anytime I have spare time, I’ll do that. I can’t even begin to explain how much energy and fun that’s added to the overall Pinehurst experience.”
For those golfers who have gotten to stroll The Cradle as the sun sets, fear not, the Pinecone that guests have gotten to know and love isn’t going away. In fact, come this fall, when the Cradle Crossing opens, golfers just might get to see it a bit more throughout Pinehurst.
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