Anyone that has had the opportunity to play on the amazing and historic greens of the Donald Ross Pinehurst No. 2 Course at Pinehurst Golf Resort know how truly fantastic this course is. Every player that has ever set foot on the Pinehurst No. 2 Course instinctively knows that there is something different about this hallowed Golf Course in North Carolina. The Pinehurst No. 2 course was, of course, first designed in 1907 is the majestic course at Pinehurst Golf Resort that most clamor to play. It boasts beautiful crowned greens, an impeccable layout that will challenge any golfer’s best game and is one of the most distinguished golf courses in the nation.
This past year, Coore and Crenshaw Inc., an esteemed firm that specializes in golf course architecture and design, began a year long process to bring the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course back to its former glory. The process will take place slowly over time and will not require any course closings or individual hole closings until the winter season (November 15 until March 2, 2011). So why are they modifying one of the most sacred Golf Courses in North Carolina and a legendary Ross creation? To bring it back to the kind of course that Donald Ross loved, appreciated, and hoped that golfers would play. Over the last century, changes were made to the course that did not reflect Ross’s original vision and the makeover team seeks to restore the course back to its natural state. The changes are not large in scale, but these improved details will certainly make a big difference to an already near perfect golf course. This process will include bringing back the sandy waste areas, adding in natural wiregrass and bunker edges, reducing the amount of rough, and perhaps the most noticeable, widening the fairways to bring them back to a dimension reminiscent of a bygone era. In golf, the fairways were designed wider during the period from 1935 to 1960.
In order to maintain the highest standards, Coore and Crenshaw looked back over photographs of the Pinehurst No. 2 Course kept in the Tufts Archives. The powers that be at Pinehurst Golf Resort are impressed with the progress so far and are excited and confident that Coore & Crenshaw will meet their every goal. Currently, the team has already begun widening the fairways and this spring and summer, expect to have the gradual rough turf reduction started quickly. The work is slated to be completed in early 2011. We can’t wait to see the finished product.
Pinehurst Golf Resort has hosted more championships than any other Golf Course in North Carolina and the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course has long been a favorite host course. In 2014, Pinehurst Golf Resort NC will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships; however, Pinehurst’s President, Don Padgett II, related that the executives at the resort were not undertaking this project solely for the Open. He went on to describe that resort officials felt the need to do so to remain loyal to the amazing layout that Ross created and that it was simply the “right thing” to do as stewards of this historic North Carolina Golf Course.
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