The New Golf Vacation: Quicker, Easier and More Fun

And yet, what’s this? Rising from a pint-size, sand-sculpted golf course near the stately Pinehurst Resort clubhouse in North Carolina is the unmistakable sound of…gaiety and laughter! Undisguised frivolity! Spontaneous good cheer!

The tiny, nine-hole short course is called the Cradle. Since opening in October it has transformed the vibe around Pinehurst, one of America’s most esteemed and storied golf institutions. The Cradle is a par-three course, just 789 yards long and almost always packed. Who plays it? Beginners and casual golfers on vacation. Parents with their children and grandchildren. Gangs of unaccompanied kids. Husbands and wives. But also, in more at

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