Pinehurst No. 2 - Pinehurst, NC
Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the nation's most celebrated golf courses and the centerpiece of the PInehurst resort. Designed by the legendary Donald Ross, it has served as the site for many national championships, most recently the back to back 2014 Men's and Women's US Opens. The US Open will return again in 2024.
In 2010, the course went through a restoration to bring back Donald Ross' original design intentions. Led by the team of Coore and Crenshaw, the course traded in it's rough for sandy wasteland as was Ross' original intentions for the course. With these changes, the course also led the charge for responsible water consumption among golf courses in America.
Donald Ross had actually built a home on the 3rd green and would study golfers putting on his greens. He would take note of areas of simplicity and actually reshape the greens to add challenge and interest. This was possible as the greens at Pinehurst were actually made of sand until the mid 1930's. Today, the green complexes are some of the most well renowned in American golf.
Some of the more interesting aspects at Pinehurst are not actually part of the golf course. While you warm up on the putting greens you will hit your putts among the legendary Putter Boy statue. As you head over to the first tee you will pass by statues of Donald Ross and the famous Payne Stewart. I made a quick stop to pop some selfies with Payne before I hit the first tee. Payne is certainly missed in the world of golf. His legacy and his 1999 US Open Victory live on at Pinehurst.
After a rough start of +6 through 4 holes, I jumped on the birdie train on #5, #8, and #9. I would lip out for another birdie on #18 and settle respectably into the 70's. I surely would have posed like Payne had that one dropped.