Pinehurst adds ninth course to portfolio

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club is adding to its stable as the 2014 U.S. Open approaches, buying the nearby Jack Nicklaus-designed National Golf Club.

The National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C., has been folded into Pinehurst Resort’s network of courses.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed course has been bought by Pinehurst Resort & Country Club and will be renamed Pinehurst No. 9. No purchase price was announced. The course opened in 1988 and occupies a parcel that straddles the border of Southern Pines and the Village of Pinehurst.

The deal includes the 18-hole course, practice grounds, clubhouse, pool, tennis and outdoor recreation. The club will be operated under the aegis of Pinehurst golf and maintenance. Members of the (former) National Golf Club will be folded into a new arrangement that will include access to Pinehurst No. 7 across the street. Pinehurst Country Club members also will be up able to upgrade their membership to include access to Nos. 7 and 9.

In addition, Pinehurst Resort is in the process of exploring the development of a 10th course, this one by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and incorporating ground of The Pit Golf Club in nearby Aberdeen, N.C.

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