Pinehurst (No.2) - North Carolina - USA

Pinehurst Resort,
1 Carolina Vista Drive,
Village of Pinehurst,
North Carolina 28374,
USA


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Pinehurst Resort & Country Club played host to the 1951 Ryder Cup matches between the USA and Great Britain. Team Captains were Sam Snead (US) and Arthur Lacey (GB). Sam Snead often cited Pinehurst No.2 as his favourite course and the US Captain turned the event into a rout despite a rather bizarre interlude when the competition was suspended so that both teams could attend a football game. Arthur Lees spared the British embarrassment by scoring 2 points and Jimmy Demaret retired from Ryder Cup competition with the best unbeaten record (6-0-0) in event history. USA 9 ½ - GB 2 ½. The Ryder Cup was played at Ganton in 1949 and at Wentworth in 1953.

With more than 100 years of history and nine golf courses cleverly routed through 2,000 acres of North Carolina’s sandhills, you’ll need to schedule a little more time than usual to fully absorb the incredible Pinehurst experience.

Donald J. Ross made the trip from his native Scotland to America in 1899 with the objective of introducing the royal and ancient game to a burgeoning nation. Shortly after his arrival, James W. Tufts, the visionary behind the Pinehurst Resort, commissioned Ross and he stayed on at Pinehurst for a further 48 years.

In the early days, Pinehurst had a simple rudimentary 9-hole course but that was soon to change. Ross cut his golfing teeth at Royal Dornoch and their domed greens were soon to become his hallmark. Pinehurst No.2 opened for play in 1907 and its green sites are the ultimate test, legendary and quite unique. These average sized putting surfaces have been known to reduce a grown man to tears. With wicked fall offs around the edges, these greens are actually much smaller than they look and they will hold only the best or the luckiest approach shots. Vivid imagination and the finest skill are required to negotiate these greens in regulation.

So, is Pinehurst No.2 all about the greens? The short answer is no. No.2 course has a few world-class holes (5th, 9th and 16th) and as a complete course it has to be one of the most finely balanced and most difficult courses we have ever played. It’s no wonder it was the chosen venue for the 1999, 2005 and 2014 US Opens. And we’re sure many people will recall with affection Payne Stewart’s remarkable final hole putt, which secured the 1999 title.

“Americans, unlike the British, are not given to playing in the rain,” wrote Robert Trent Jones in The Complete Golfer, “but at Pinehurst they make what is perhaps their one exception. I dare say that more people play in the rain at Pinehurst than at any other golf course in America. In fact, if you have a wind-breaker and an umbrella, it’s a rather pleasant thing to do, because the sand underfoot makes for relatively dry walking. In the rain, the pine trees seem to glisten, making each hole an individual jewel.” Maybe playing in the rain at Pinehurst is not a bad idea... the greens will be more manageable perhaps?

The design firm of Coore and Crenshaw was engaged at Pinehurst with a brief to return the No.2 course to its 1930s sandy character. The renovation work was based on old aerial photographs, which included increasing fairway widths, removal of turf in the rough with sandy waste areas and numerous bunker modifications. The work started in spring 2010 and completed in 2011. The renovated Pinehurst No.2 staged the 2014 US Open and it proved to be a formidable test for all but one player. Martin Kaymer coasted to an eight-shot victory after shooting a pair of 65s in the opening two rounds, carding a 72-hole score of 271, the second lowest in U.S. Open history. Only three players finished the tournament under par.

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Description: Pinehurst No.2 course opened for play in 1907 and its green sites are the ultimate test, legendary and quite unique. Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Reviews: 28
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David Wilkinson
Great course and well worth the pricey green fee. In my opinion, there are no real stand-out holes but eighteen huge tests of every shot in a golfer's armoury. The crown greens are rapid and very difficult to approach from most angles! Some tricky pin positions mean you can expect to go 'over' the green quite a few times. The one disappointment about the Pinehurst experience was the poor range - well-worn, overcrowded and not at all in keeping with the rest of the resort. If you appreciate the finer points of golf architecture and want to experience the challenges of a Donald Ross course, look no further.
May 23, 2010
8 / 10
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Mac Plumart
A true test of golf. No gimmicks or obstructions to get in the way of a purely joyful golf experience. From the tee box, pick a course of action. Execute that action. And see if you can live up to the demanding task at hand. Shots which are not struck well, will not hold the green. And recovery shots will have to demonstrate skill as well. Not only in execution, but in strategy development. Excellent course!!
May 05, 2010
10 / 10
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Hamish Wilson
As a Scotsman I am used to play on great courses and this is one. In great condition I played it before the US Open but not off the back tees. It was managable (handicap 12) and there for enjoyable. My only gripe was the terrible food at the halfway house but who cares!
January 19, 2010
10 / 10
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John
A great course but a bit overrated. That said Pinehurst No.2 is gimmick free and the greens are unreal and have some painful quirks. They break in opposite directions and a like glass. It’s one of those courses you must play but don’t expect to play anywhere near handicap nor expect to remember much about it. There is no signature hole to speak of and no hole will wow you but each is cleverly designed and challenging. For the handicap golfer a par here is like a birdie or eagle elsewhere. In my book the best course at Pinehurst is No.8. closely followed by No.7 then No.2 and then No.4. Take a caddie if you can and listen to what they have to say about the line for some of those putts… 90% of the time they are spot on.
June 27, 2009
8 / 10
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Pinehurst Steve
As a local Pinehurst member I'm biased but believe #2 is a near religious experience. Keep the ball underneath the hole and use your 8 iron vs. sand wedge off the greens. #4, 6 and 8 are outstanding courses as well. If you're in the area find a member to get you on the CCNC Dogwood course.
June 17, 2008
10 / 10
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Brock Lynch
Played Pinehurst #2 in late June 2007. Great Course that grows on you as you move from one hole to the next. Driving is not the difficult part here. The green sites are fantastic and require the most accurate iron play as well as a imaginative short game. You will experience a variety of short game situations on Pinehurst #2. This course is like no other you will play. I also recommend playing as many of the other courses here as you can. All of the courses are great and the variety among the courses is also great. Don't dismiss course #3 because of its length. #3 is another Ross gem and should not be missed.
July 03, 2007
10 / 10
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Neil S
Was lucky enough to stay at the Pinehurst resort in Nov 2006 and play Nos - 2,3,4, and 8 - quite simply the experience of a lifetime. The hospitality and friendliness of all the staff is second to none and the golf courses truly magnificent. No4 is absolutely beautiful, some of the holes take the breath away. No2 is all about history and those greens, to be able to hold them from any distance spin is essential (not my strong point). Some of the putts really need careful thought as a 6ft putt could leave you 30 or more away - not for the faint hearted. At the end of my round I on No 2 I felt both drained and elated but also sad that such an experience had come to an end. Would recommend that anyone thinking of playing No2 should play one of the others first to get some idea of the green (it still won't prepare you fully!). What an experience - maybe one day I'll get back and play 1, 5, 6 & 7, and of course number 2 again - everhopeful.
June 22, 2007
10 / 10
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paul stewart
February 21, 2008
hello, agree totally with your comments regarding no 4 and the excellence of the welcome and staff. came all the way from St Andrews, loved every minute
Billy
Played and stayed at Pinehurst just ahead of the Open and it was a truly magnificent experience. No.2 is just an amazing course and putting on those greens is something else for mere mortals like me... I actually managed to putt off the green and into a bunker twice and I consider myself a decent putter! Everything about this place oozes style and class. Loved every moment of my stay at the lovely Pinehurst.
July 03, 2006
10 / 10
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Michael Feiler
November 07, 2006
The overall experience at Pinehurst is tough to match, the hospitality and history permeating the entire resort town. It is hard to overstate the difficulty of famed # 2, however. The turtle back greens, suited to testing the giants of the game, have become so severe in recent years (yes, the course has changed) as to rob some of the enjoyment from the handicap golfer (even the single digit variety). If you go to play #2, being a positive attitude and plenty of patience, you will need it. Then go play some of the others (I recommend #4) for more fun.