Broderick stated changing the Fazio course to 2, more-relaxed programs was pushed by the membership’s new house owners, Brookfield Asset Administration, which paid $233 million for the membership in 2018. “We’re unbuttoning the highest button of our golf shirt, and we’re stress-free the principles,” she stated. “We wish individuals to have enjoyable.”
Firestone Nation Membership in Ohio, a non-public membership that was initially the corporate membership for the tire producer of the identical identify, has lengthy been recognized for being a robust take a look at of golf. It has hosted many years price of PGA Tour occasions, most lately the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in addition to the Bridgestone Senior Gamers Championship. Tiger Woods has gained eight PGA Tour occasions at Firestone.
But, extra lately, the membership has opened as much as restricted stay-and-play choices.
“We at all times had three actually good golf programs,” stated Jay Walkinshaw, the membership’s common supervisor. “Because the membership and the membership has developed, we realized we had these 86 visitor rooms on property and a few extra capability. That was after we began eager about opening up Firestone.”
Opening it for semipublic play has introduced in income with out hurting member play. “It’s a vacation spot for golf fanatics, and now we’re accessible to them,” he stated
Even venerable Pinehurst in North Carolina, the host of 4 United States Opens within the subsequent twenty years, has loosened up. Its important attraction, Pinehurst No. 2, thought-about among the many finest Donald Ross-designed programs, stays a sought-after take a look at of golf simply as when Payne Stewart beat Phil Mickelson within the 1999 U.S. Open. But it surely now has the Cradle, a nine-hole course, with music piped in. What it’s lacking in historical past, the Cradle goals to make up in enjoyable.
“There’s this theme at Pinehurst of going again to our historical past and tweaking it for the fashionable period, and the Cradle is a superb instance,” stated Tom Pashley, president of Pinehurst. “Having music on the Cradle is lauded now, nevertheless it was a really troublesome choice. It’s added to the relaxed ambiance we wished. It’s a part of the allure now of taking part in the Cradle.”
Likewise, Pebble Seashore Golf Hyperlinks in California this yr transformed an underused par-3 course into the Hay, a brief course designed by Tiger Woods with lengths that commemorate historic moments at Pebble, together with a duplicate of the course’s seventh gap, the brief par-3 surrounded by water.