In Ireland, Hog's Head is scheduled to open later this summer, reports Matt Ginella. (Golf Channel) Sand Valley opened in the second half of 2016 to preview play and will be fully open when the U.S. Open comes to Wisconsin in 2017.  (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)

Golf course project roundup: Ginella on the latest in Ireland, Pinehurst, Sand Valley and Pacific Gales

Matt Ginella has been busy uncovering the latest news on in-progress and future golf course projects that buddies trips will surely have their eye on.

He shared what he's learned from high-profile projects in destination golf coast-to-coast, as well as Ireland, on Golf Channel's Morning Drive.

You can follow golf course news and updates by visiting our news page, and follow us on Twitter, and be sure to follow Matt Ginella as well.

New Robert Trent Jones Jr. design opening in Ireland

First off, golfers planning a trip to Ireland in 2017 may want to consider the newest course and hotel coming to Southwest Ireland. Hog's Head, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. course near Waterville Golf Links, is set to open later this year with rooms onsite. You can see some stunning aerial images of the property in this Morning Drive segment:

Updates underway at Pinehurst Resort

Ginella broke the news last fall about Pinehurst Resort working with Gil hanse to redesign Pinehurst No. 4 as well as add a short course and new practice area. Work is already underway, and Ginella reports on phase one's completion, which affected Pinehurst No. 3 and Pinehurst No. 5.

Pacific Gales

While Bandon Dunes has continued to expand, most recently acquiring the nearby Sheep Ranch, Pacific Gales, also on the southwest Oregon coast, has been working to get off the ground. Ginella reports there have been encouraging developments of late. Permitting, which has been ongoing for years, is finally compete. More details:

Who will design Sand Valley's third course?

It's a big year in Wisconsin for golf, as Erin Hills will host the 2017 U.S. Open. Sand Valley, Mike Keiser's latest golf destination, opened its first course, designed by Coore-Crenshaw, for preview play this fall and is currently building a second 18, this one designed by David McLay Kidd. They are now determining who will build the third course. Ginella reports it's come down to three firms.

Feb 17, 2017

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.