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Tom Fazio does something he's never done before. He and his partners have invested in his own designs by buying Forest Creek Golf Club in Pinehurst.
The main event at the eight-course Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst No. 2, was the most beloved by Donald Ross, who lived off the third fairway and was constantly tweaking the course until his death in 1948, and it is no coincidence that two of the toughest greens here are the ones closest to his house: No. 3 and No. 5.
The No. 4 Course at Pinehurst Resort represents a mix of old and new, originally built in 1919 by Donald Ross and then redesigned by architect Tom Fazio in conjunction with the 1999 U.S. Open. It plays near the venerable No. 2 Course at most points and the routing is still tight and very walkable with small distances from green to tee.
Topographically, No. 7 is the most severe of the golf courses at Pinehurst Resort and demands many uphill approach shots to elevated greens, while there are also numerous elevated tee shots as well. Originally built in 1986, the course reopened in 2003 after a 10-month closure to renovate the golf course, which included rebuilding green complexes and adding bunkers and length.
Golfers flock to Pinehurst Resort & Country Club for the eight golf courses, not eight-course meals. But like everything else at this historic resort in the North Carolina Sandhills, the dining is part of an experience of excellence. From the Carolina Dining Room and the Ryder Cup Lounge at the Carolina Hotel, to The Tavern and the 1895 Grille at the The Holly Inn, the menus are both diverse and divine.
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