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Course Spotlight: Pinehurst No. 2

Posted by: Princeton Group | Posted on: October 25th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Established in 1895 by James Walker Tufts, founder of the Arctic Soda Fountain Co. and president of the American Soda Fountain Co., the Pinehurst Resort is one of the top rated golf courses in the country.

The Pinehurst Resort will host the 2014 U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships, next June. This will be the first time both championship tournaments will be played in the same year and on the same course. From 1902 to 1951 Pinehurst hosted the North and South Open, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments at the time. Since, Pinehurst has hosted many other championship golf tournaments such as the PGA Championships, the Ryder Cup, and the Tour Championship. In 1996 Pinehurst was declared a National Historic Landmark by the department of the Interior. After this year’s U.S. Open is complete, Pinehurst will be the first course to host all five USGA Championships.

Stretching nearly 200 acres, Pinehurst No. 2 is one of eight unique courses at the Pinehurst Resort and is consistently ranked among the world’s best. Known for its crowned and undulating greens, which are extremely intricate and widely acclaimed, No. 2 remains one of the most celebrated courses in the world. Donald Ross designed Pinehurst No. 2 in 1907 and continued to perfect and tweak it into the perfect course throughout his life. Ross described the course as, “The fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.”  Ross was a strong believer in providing golfers with strategic choices and Pinehurst No. 2 is a clear example of that philosophy.

After being restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw the course has been reverted to the natural and strategic course Ross had first intended. The course has removed about 35 acres of turf, which were formally the rough, and reintroduced native wiregrasses, making it the only time the in recent years the U.S. Open will be played without a traditional rough. The fairway has been widened as well to give golfers more strategic options from the tee to the green. The restored fairways will generate more roll off of the tee and will benefit players that remain on the fairway more.

The 2014 U.S. Open Golf Championship will take place on Pinehurst No. 2 on June 12th through the 15th.