Tom Doak's Pinehurst No. 10 Set to Join His Top-Ranked Courses Worldwide

Tom Doak completes design of Pinehurst No. 10 in North Carolina in under 24 months, a record-breaking timeframe. The course features visually intimidating vistas, dramatic elevation changes, and unique challenges for golfers.

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Tom Doak's Pinehurst No. 10 Set to Join His Top-Ranked Courses Worldwide

Tom Doak's Pinehurst No. 10 Set to Join His Top-Ranked Courses Worldwide

Renowned golf course architect Tom Doak has completed the design of Pinehurst No. 10 in North Carolina, a project he finished in a record-breaking timeframe of under 24 months. The sprawling course, situated in the Sandmines area five miles from the village of Pinehurst, is expected to join Doak's other top-ranked layouts around the globe.

Doak, who already boasts six courses in Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World, pushed the boundaries of golf course construction with Pinehurst No. 10. "That is a year faster than anything I've done, except for one project I took over from another architect that was already permitted and ready to go," Doak remarked on the swift completion of the project.

The course features visually intimidating vistas and dramatic elevation changes through a former quarry, with the terrain offering unique challenges for golfers. Angela Moser, Doak's lead associate on the project, described the landscape: "It's really beautiful, rolling terrain with humps, bumps, and lots of heather. There are a couple holes that have nearly blind or completely blind shots, and from the very start of my golf career, I always thought that was very cool."

The par-4 8th hole, which requires a nearly blind shot toward a formidable 25-foot mound, has already garnered significant attention among golf enthusiasts. Doak's design philosophy prioritizes creating courses that cater to recreational players aiming to break 90, rather than focusing solely on tour professionals.

Pinehurst Resort, known for its rich golfing history, is home to several renowned courses. Pinehurst No. 2, the resort's crown jewel, is set to host the U.S. Open next month. With the addition of No. 10, the resort anticipates the new course will compete with visitor favorites No. 4 and No. 8 for the runner-up spot on guests' must-play lists.

The project began nearly two years ago when Pinehurst president Tom Pashley approached Doak to design the course. Doak, reflecting on his craft, stated, "Hopefully, the more you build, the better you get at the craft of building. The ideas and the concepts don't change very much over time, but you just get better at actually executing." With Pinehurst No. 10, Doak has once again showcased his mastery in golf course architecture, delivering a unique and challenging layout that is set to captivate golfers from around the world.

Key Takeaways

  • Tom Doak designs Pinehurst No. 10 in NC in record-breaking 24 months.
  • The course features dramatic elevation changes and visually intimidating vistas.
  • Doak's design prioritizes recreational players aiming to break 90.
  • Pinehurst No. 10 is expected to compete with No. 4 and No. 8 for visitor favorites.
  • The course is set to open, showcasing Doak's mastery in golf course architecture.