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Pinehurst Resort Shares First Look at Renovated #4 Course
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In less than two months the famed North Carolina Sandhills will another modern classic golf course back in play. The vaunted Pinehurst Resort will re-open their #4 course on September 20th after an extensive renovation by designer Gil Hanse.

Formerly a course known for wall-to-wall greenery over a Tom Fazio layout, #4 has been re-sculpted into a look more in keeping with the native terrain.

“We’ve returned the original landscape to the course, and from there, we then created the features, slopes and green locations,” says Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro in a news posting for the Pinehurst Resort. “We believe golfers are going to appreciate how No. 4 fits into the Pinehurst lineup and elevates the entire golf experience.”

The par-5 9th hole is a shining example of how No. 4 has been reinvented through Hanse’s vision and touch.  More than 25 pot bunkers are replaced with sprawling, sandy native areas, and a massive crossbunker spans the width of the fairway, connecting with nearby holes and tying together the natural landforms. Green complexes throughout the course have been lowered to fit the landscape, and are complemented by Hanse’s unique bunker designs.

“Among Pinehurst’s nine…

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