Pinehurst Resort Unveils Sandmines

by | Mar 26, 2024 | Where to Play

Pinehurst Resort’s first original golf course in three decades now has more than just the number “10’’ to go by. Reflecting the features and history of the North Carolina sandhills, the Tom Doak-designed course and environs now has a name – Pinehurst Sandmines – revealed by Pinehurst Resort CEO Bob Dedman, Jr..

Located on more than 900 acres – most of which is still wooded and undeveloped – just a few minutes from Pinehurst Resort proper, Sandmines offers Pinehurst the potential to expand its guests’ experiences. A variety of future developments are being evaluated, including an additional 18-hole golf course, a short course, a clubhouse, and guest cottages.

Sandmines sits on the property once occupied by The Pit, a Dan Maples-designed course. Pinehurst Resort purchased the property more than a decade ago. Interestingly, the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, while they were renovating Pinehurst No. 2 in 2010, created a routing for a 10th course within that 900 acres. But timing problems kept them from going any farther. Enter Doak, who created a design along the property’s northwest ridge that will likely be second only to Donald Ross’s No. 2 masterpiece in popularity among the resort courses. Pinehurst No. 11, whenever it is built, likely will be the Coore/Crenshaw design.

pinehurst-sandmines“A year ago, we were excited to announce that Tom Doak would begin carving a new era of Pinehurst golf on this exceptional property,” says Bob Dedman Jr., CEO of Pinehurst Resort. “Today, we take another step forward into our continued evolution with a nod to what came before.”

Beginning in the 1920s, the sandy soil in this location proved useful to multiple mining operations, specifically Pleasants Sand and Supply, which was founded after World War II. Over the next half-century, sand mined in Aberdeen was shipped along the adjoining railroad for building projects all over the United States, notably including another North Carolina landmark – the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Following Pleasants’ closure in the mid-1970s, rugged dunes, mounds, and berms forged from mining excavations were left behind to be reclaimed by nature. Now, decades later, that land and the untouched surrounding areas are being reimagined among the towering pines that restored it, the first fruit of which will be Doak’s newest original, No. 10, which comprises about 250 acres of the total property.

“There’s a lot of history at this place, and you just want to honor it,” said Angela Moser, Doak’s lead design associate on No. 10. “You want to make it part of what you’re building, so you’ll see reminders of it.”

That is also reflected in the Pinehurst Sandmines logo. A rail car, dashed in railroad red color befitting the area’s industrial innovations, features subtle hints about the property’s past and future within the car’s structure and design. The car carries a “Matterhorn” shaped mound that resembles the 25-foot sand deposit framing No. 10’s dramatic 8th hole – a tangible, signature remnant of the commercial mine’s influence that Doak freshly incorporated into No. 10’s routing.

“Pinehurst’s past, present, and future are right here in the sand,” said Tom Pashley, president of Pinehurst Resort. “We look forward to seeing what more can be mined in this area.”

Artwork Courtesy of Pinehurst Resort

Photo: The eighth hole on Pinehurst No. 10 (Pinehurst Resort)


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Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.