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Pinehurst Resort Adds Ninth Course


North Carolina's famed Pinehurst Resort has acquired National Golf Club. Crafted by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1989 in the Village of Pinehurst, National is the only course in the Sandhills designed by golf's Golden Bear.

The resort now boasts courses designed by Donald Ross, Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Rees Jones and Ellis Maples.

The Ross-designed No. 2 course at Pinehurst will serve as the host for both the men's and women's U.S. Opens, the first time in history the USGA has held these two major championships in back-to-back weeks. The U.S. Open starts June 12, with the U.S. Women's Open beginning on June 19.

"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," Jay Biggs, a senior vice president of operations for Pinehurst, said in a statement.

"The golf course presents a challenging test in a beautiful setting that complements our eight other courses."

National Golf Club will be open to members and resort guests in July. Terms of the acquisition were not released.