Pinehurst buys National GC, renames it Pinehurst No. 9

Pinehurst No. 9, National Golf Club
Courtesy of Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst No. 9, formerly known as National Golf Club, is the only Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the Sandhills region of North Carolina.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

At the Pinehurst Resort, everybody is focused on the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open doubleheader coming up in the next two weeks. But clearly somebody is multi-tasking.

Pinehurst has purchased the National Golf Club, which is also in the Village of Pinehurst, for a price tag that wasn't disclosed, and is christening it Pinehurst No. 9. 

The most noteworthy aspect of the purchase is that it adds the only Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the Sandhills region to the Pinehurst portfolio, which also includes courses designed by, or restored by, some of the game's most recognized names, including Donald Ross, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Ellis Maples.

"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 Pinehurst Senior Vice President of Golf and Club Operations Jay Biggs. "The golf course presents a challenging test in a beautiful setting that complements our eight other courses."
 
 
National Golf Club – with a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse along with pool, tennis courts, restaurant and banquet facilities – opened in 1989, and has been a popular destination in the Sandhills ever since. The club recently underwent a renovation that re-grassed the greens with bent grass and softened the greens' contours.
 
Pinehurst struck the deal with Neil Robinette, the National GC's 26-year-old CEO, who took over in January after his grandfather, Claude Smith, died in January, according to the Triangle Business Journal. Robinette said he had discussed the deal with his grandfather before he died, and that the timing of the sale wasn't related to the U.S. Open. 
 
National is open to its current members and Pinehurst Country Club members. Pinehurst Resort guests will able to play there starting in early July.
 
The acquisition "reflects Pinehurst's continued emphasis on enhancing amenities for members and resort guests," the resort said in a news release. "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."