The Cradle is a nine-hole short course with holes measuring from 56 to 127 yards. Placed just steps from the clubhouse, it features more contour than you might expect from the softly rolling landscape, with lily-pad-like greens popping up along the surface, their flagsticks standing at attention.
“The directive from Pinehurst was, ‘Hey, let’s give players the landscape that was so wonderfully restored on No. 2 and give players the chance to practice hitting shots out of wiregrass or scrubby ground and hit some putts on turtleback greens,’” says Hanse. “But it wasn’t intended to be a knockoff of No. 2.”