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Pinehurst set to build ninth course

Pinehurst, the host of the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens, will soon begin construction of a ninth course. The news came Tuesday as officials formally reopened a redesigned No. 4 course.

No. 4, first opened in 1919, was designed by noted golf architect Tom Fazio in an effort to give Pinehurst a layout that could rival the No. 2 Course. The Donald Ross masterpiece was the site of last year's U.S. Open and will be the site of the 2005 Open.

Groundbreaking for No. 9, to be the focal point of a separate golf village, will be held in the fall. It will be designed by Rees Jones and possibly opened in 2002.

The course will be built on a 275-acre tract of land in Aberdeen, just outside the town limits.

Pinehurst officials said there's no need to stop at No. 9.

Pat Corso, president and chief executive officer of Pinehurst Inc., said the tract is large enough for three courses.

"There's no timetable on getting to the 10th, 11th or 12th golf course," he said. "The site we've chosen will probably give us three golf courses, but No. 11 could be 10 years down the road."

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