2014EventRentals — March 2013 Print
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Bob Barmore

“I’ve always thought Pinehurst No. 2 to be my favorite golf course from a design standpoint. I’ve enjoyed going out on No. 2 and seeing a totally tree-lined golf course without a tree coming into play.”

The wind moving through the majestic pines towering over historic Pinehurst rustle and softly whisper the legends of golfers like, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, Tiger Woods and those who have gone before and experienced one of America’s greatest golf courses. Nestled among the Sandhills of North Carolina, The Village of Pinehurst invites you to become part of its golf history and experience the ambiance of southern hospitality and elegant accommodations. The stories of champions and the traditions of championship golf have been created in the Village of Pinehurst since 1898. As the site of more major championships than any other golf course in the country, Pinehurst is truly the Home of American Golf.

Conceived by James Walker Tufts in 1895 as a health resort, he with the assistance of esteemed landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead, took only seven months to create the Village of Pinehurst. When guests began harassing the local dairy cows by hitting little white balls in the pasture, Tufts built the first nine hole golf course. In 1900 Donald Ross was hired & redesigned the rudimentary 18 hole course (Pinehurst No.1). Ross’ first full 18 hole design was perhaps his most famous: Pinehurst No.2. Today a National Landmark. Opened in 1907, No. 2 was designed by Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” Ross was associated with the course for nearly a half-century, improving the course continually until his death in 1948. No. 2 is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complex and widely hailed in the world. As the century turned so golf course design evolved and Donald Ross stamped his mark on the land by providing the gems that are known simply as Pinehurst No.1, No.2 and No.3. Since then, Pinehurst has added another 5 courses, with layouts designed by Ellis Maples, Tom Fazio and Rees Jones all of whom, to a greater or lesser extent, have acknowledged the original Donald Ross design philosophy of allowing for natural routing through the pines and incorporating swales and hollows around the greens. But it is Pinehurst No. 2 which has received the most kudos and not just for the quality of the original design but also for its historic restoration.

In 2010 Pinehurst Resort hired Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to restore the characteristics of Ross’ design. Working from Ross’ original plans and historic photographs of the course Coore & Crenshaw took the course back to how No. 2 would have appeared when Ross roamed the fairways. The fairways have been widened and made more firm, producing more roll off the tee. A reward to tee shots running true but a penalty to shots running either left or right as they will find sand, pinestraw and distressed areas. Although the course offers acres of sandy areas the restoration actually eliminated many bunkers, today only 20 bunkers are present on the course.

From it’s modest beginnings in 1898 Pinehurst has become the major focus of US Golf. Pinehurst is the only venue to host PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, US Mens Amateur, US Womens Amateur, PGA Tour Championship, US Senior Open, US Mens Open and in 2014 the US Womens Open. Pinehurst No. 2, the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. Today it is ranked as the #1 Inland Golf Course in America. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and, in 2014, will make history again, becoming the first to serve as host to the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks.

Pinehurst has been called the St. Andrews of America, this link between St. Andrews Links and Pinehurst Resort is strong, beginning with Donald Ross, who came to Pinehurst in 1900 after studying under Old Tom Morris in St. Andrews and stayed until his death in 1948. In 2005, sand was ceremoniously placed from the Road Hole bunker into the 18th greenside bunker on Pinehurst No. 2. The Pinehurst Resort is among the game’s most coveted destination for the majors it hosts, the pure golf atmosphere, which is impossible to duplicate, and the hospitality of its people.