Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course will become Pinehurst No. 9.
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club announced it has completed the acquisition of National Golf Club under terms finalized with current club owners, the Robinette family. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course, also located in the Village of Pinehurst, opened in 1989 and is the only course by the famed designer in the Sandhills region.
The course will be named Pinehurst No. 9 and is immediately available to Pinehurst Country Club members. Pinehurst Resort guests will begin play at No. 9 in early July.
“We’re very excited to add this ninth course to our offering and look forward to welcoming National’s members to the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club family,” said Jay Biggs, SVP of Golf and Club Operations for Pinehurst. “The golf course presents a challenging test in a beautiful setting that complements our eight other courses.”
The acquisition of National Golf Club reflects Pinehurst’s continued emphasis on enhancing amenities for members and resort guests. Pinehurst recently completed a $4 million renovation of its clubhouse and has plans for an expansive, multi-million dollar aquatics facility targeted for completion in summer 2015.
“On behalf of the Smith and Robinette families, this is an exciting time and great opportunity for the members of National Golf Club,” said Claudia Robinette, President of National Golf Club, Inc. “Pinehurst Resort is synonymous with the great legends of golf, and to be a part of one of the strongest brands in the industry will help National reach its full potential and create lasting value for the members and their property.”
The acquisition gives Pinehurst a collection of courses designed, or restored, by some of the game's most recognized names, including Donald Ross, Jack Nicklaus, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Rees Jones and Ellis Maples.
National Golf Club opened to rave reviews nearly three decades ago and continues to offer one of the top golf experiences in the Sandhills. The club recently underwent a renovation that softened green contours and re-grassed with more consistent A1/A4 bent grass. National Golf Club also includes a 30,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, five tennis courts, pool, banquet facilities and restaurant.
“We’ve budgeted considerable capital resources for both the golf course and the clubhouse,” Biggs said. “We will immediately implement enhanced maintenance practices for the golf course and will begin a clubhouse renovation and expansion in the coming months.”