Pinehurst #2

1 Carolina Vista Village
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Pricing: $151 - $199
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Tommy Armour once remarked about Pinehurst, "the man who doesn't feel emotionally stirred when he golfs at Pinehurst beneath those clear blue skies and with the pine fragrance in his nostrils is one who should be ruled out of golf for life". The course was designed in 1898 by Scottish golf course architect Donald Ross, a recent redesign by Coore/Crenshaw, and plays 7,335 yards from the back tees with a 76.0 handicap and a 137 slope. The simplicity of Pinehurst is brilliant, wide fairways through the pines to diabolical green complexes where you can forget about getting up and down from just off the green in most cases. The greens are large, on average 5,000 feet, but over half of the green area is not available for pin placements due to the slope and undulations. More professional championships have been held at Pinehurst than anywhere else in the US, including the 1936 PGA won by Denny Schute, 1951 Ryder Cup,-US, 1999 US Open-Payne Stewart, and 2005 US Open-Campbell, and will again host the US Open in 2014.

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Posted by: Subparhopes

Nov 5th, 2012

I played #2 today, and would recommend you have your short game in order before you try playing here. You will need bump and runs, flop shots, putts or rescues from off the green, etc. No course I've every played has challenged my short game like #2 did. At the starter house for #2, there is a practice green that is similar to the greens on the course. I would strongly suggest arriving early and heading to the practice green to work on the various short game options for the "crowned" greens. I played the whites and hit it about 250 and it was all the challenge I could handle as a 14 HC. Regardless, enjoy the experience, its truly a championship layout.

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Posted by: pat9mkl

Jul 24th, 2011

Finally got to play #2, the first time since the renovation, and it was a step back in time to the way the course was originally designed. The wall-to-wall grass look has been eliminated, now just two lengths of grass: greens and everything else, and there's no rough. Instead there's now, natural areas of hardpan, sand, pine straw and wiregrass that were originally here. The fairways were widened by at least half in some areas, really opened it up off the tee, and were running hard and fast. Eight new tees have been added to the championship course, increasing the total championship yardage to 7,485 yards from 7,214. The greens are all A1/A4 bent grass, and were fast and more undulating than I remembered. The bunkers have been restored, eliminated or reshaped based on the original design, and were quite striking and imposing. They only touched a couple of greens to make room for more pin placement areas, but otherwise left intact. In my mind the restoration now makes the price you pay much more defensible, although I can't do it often.

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Posted by: LNewsome

Nov 6th, 2010

Update on No 2's closing: Pinehurst Resort will close its No. 2 course, which hosted the U.S. Open in 1999 and 2005, for four months as part of a renovation aimed at more closely reflecting the original design. Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore’s design company will strip all 26 acres of rough, leaving No. 2 with two lengths of grass -- fairway and green. The course will close Nov. 16 until March. The changes are being made with the help of photographs from the 1940s and are intended to restore the golf course to Donald Ross’s “natural” design, according to a news release from the resort. The redesign will bring back “some of the shot values and strategic play that have been lost over time.” “We’ve never wanted to radically change the golf course,” Coore said in a statement. “We’re just trying to uncover some of the character that had faded.” The removal of about 550 sprinkler heads will reduce irrigation by about 30 percent, the resort said, without revealing how much money that will save. Natural bunker edges that have become “too rigid and defined” over the years will be re-established, said Crenshaw, the 1995 Masters Tournament winner. The signature turtleback-shaped greens will be re-sodded with bent grass, though their size, shape and slopes won’t be altered. Other changes since work began in February have included making fairways wider and harder to allow for more strategic playing options. With firmer ground, offline shots will roll into distressed areas of pine straw and native grasses, which were part of the course’s original topography. Eight new tee boxes have been added and the layout will be lengthened by less than 100 yards (91.4 meters). Pinehurst No. 2 is scheduled to host the 2014 men’s and women’s U.S. Opens.

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Posted by: mickr

Jul 20th, 2010

The greens here have a multitude of interesting pinpositions and really puts an emphazis on shotmaking and control. The runoff areas provide a great hazard in themselves and tests the recovery shots for the scratch golfer who are forced to chip/putt/flop of a tight lie. At the same time this is a relatively easier hazard to negotiate for the lesser skilled golfer compared to surrounding the greens with deep bunkers. When the greens are fast and the surrounds cut short it really showcases lack of control (while still providing a great round of golf for the lesser skilled golfer who are 'happy' just being around the green in regulation). I pesonally also liked how the routing took advantage of the elevation changes and provided good variety with some memorable uphill and downhill teeshots.

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Posted by: TonyK

Jun 9th, 2010

The course is pretty tight with most of the fairways framed by pine trees. If you are not striping it, you will be hitting a lot of punch shots from off of the pine straw. If that weren't tough enough, you'll have to judge your distance perfectly on approach shots because all of the greens are turtle backs. Anything too long or too short is going to run off of the green and into the collection areas, and is a tough up and down. It was one fabulous experience, played with a caddie, conditions were excellent, just wished I could have scored better.

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Posted by: Chuck Strum

Mar 25th, 2010

Great course but play is too slow.

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Posted by: Chuck Strum

Mar 25th, 2010

I played Pinehurst No. 2 in the mid 70's maybe over 100 x's.I could play golf back then.I consistently broke par from the back tees.Now I can bearly break 80.It is one of my 5 favorite courses of all time. I tried to play it a few years back when I was a member at CCNC and it was just to crowded and slow for my taste.I hope that they maintain the vision of Donald Ross. It is a true treasure to the world of golf.

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Posted by: GeorgeM

Mar 8th, 2010

From the Pinehurst Daily Pilot: Ben Crenshaw, recognized as one of golf’s top players and a defender of the game’s tradition, and course design partner Bill Coore have begun a restoration project of Pinehurst’s famed No. 2 course.An agreement has been reached with Coore and Crenshaw Inc. to return both natural and strategic character to the championship No. 2 course, a release from Pinehurst and the design firm announced Friday. The course has already hosted two U.S. Open Championships and will make history in 2014 when it is the site of both the U.S. Open and the Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks. Work will be conducted gradually in 2010, without any closure to the course or to individual holes until mid-November.The project’s philosophy is to restore the course’s natural aesthetic characteristics and to bring back strategic play originally crafted by Donald Ross, but that have been lost over time, the resort said. The changes include returning sandy waste areas, native wiregrass and natural bunker edges; widening the fairways to play as they did in the era from 1935 to 1960; and reducing the amount of manicured rough.

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Posted by: mickr

Aug 31st, 2008

Restaurants in area: Carolina Dining Room Dougans Pub 1895 Room Theo's Taverna Basil's Chef Warren's

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