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Built in 1901, The International’s Pines Course is steeped in history. More than 120 years later, a redesign breathes new life into a classic venue while honoring the vision of one of golf’s historic greats.

From the earliest days of golf in America, the game has always had a home in Boston. The area is synonymous with the biggest events and best players the sport has ever seen, and at the heart of it all is The International.

Founded in 1901, The International and its original Pines Course have long been a staple of New England golf. The course’s rich history is intertwined with the history of golf and, like the game itself, is constantly evolving.

The father of golf in America, Francis Ouimet, who kick-started the game in the US with a historic victory in the 1913 US Open, lent his name to the Pines Course in 1954. Ouimet consulted architect Geoffrey S. Cornish about an expansion of the nine-hole layout that created the entire course that exists today. Then, in 1972, Robert Trent Jones added his famed touch by modifying the smooth greens and challenging bunkers found throughout the landscape.

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And now, nearly 70 years since Ouimet’s vision was brought to life in The International, acclaimed design duo Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw are reshaping the Pines Course for today’s generation.

The project is due to be completed in 2024 and will enable the natural landscape to create 18 new and distinctive golf holes that present a modern challenge while preserving the foundations laid years ago by Cornish and Ouimet. In Coore and Crenshaw’s all-new routing, they cut dramatic tree-lined corridors that present a brand new and visually stunning challenge.

“Given the design features that Geoff Cornish and those who came before us at the Pines have given us to work with and the landforms, vegetation and soils nature has provided, we are excited about the prospects,” said Coore.

He and Crenshaw bring nearly 50 years of golf course design knowledge and expertise to this project at The International, adding the Pines Course to the likes of Pinehurst No. 2 and Riviera Country Club in their star-studded portfolio.

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With this renovation, the design duo will enhance Boston’s already rich golf landscape with a course that provides a fresh look and feel, while also complementing the famed New England styling of surrounding layouts such as The Country Club and Myopia Hunt. Club.

“We hope to present a course whose character is perhaps a little more classic New England golf architecture,” said Coore. “By that I refer to architecture with more abrupt hills, ridges, hollows and sometimes quirky but very interesting wave features. We hope to create a course that complements the heritage of golf architecture in the Boston area.”

While still a way out of the expected 2024 completion date, the Pines Course redesign is already starting to take shape as Coore & Crenshaw chart the new and improved route. The architects will not give away a taste, but Coore pointed out the potential of the Pines Course and their vision of The International.

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“As I continue to walk the route and the proposed course plans, I realize that I can be excited about all the holes and the potential they offer when combined in the course as a whole,” said Coore. “There are no holes that have little or no potential or are extremely difficult to make interesting or playable. Even very interesting sites often have a few holes that take a lot of work to make them measure up to their siblings. I don’t see that requirement at the Pines Course.”

Since acquiring The International – the only 36-hole private club in Greater Boston – in 2021, Escalante Golf has implemented an aggressive approach to build a strong national and international membership that has sparked much interest from passionate golfers. Become part of this revamped golf nirvana that is growing fast. Contact Tony Giannetti at: [email protected] before start-up costs increase on August 31, 2022, or visit www.theinternational.com.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek