Experience The Restoration of Pinehurst No. 2

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1907

Pinehurst No. 2 opens as an 18-hole course for the fall season. Total yardage: 5,860. Donald Ross, course architect, incorporates such elements as 60 ft. square sand/clay greens, "whisker" mounds of native wire grass, cross hazards, and sand bunkers in front of the greens.

Pinehurst No. 2 opens as an 18-hole course for the fall season. Total yardage: 5,860. The Men's United North and South Amateur Championship is moved to its permanent home on Pinehurst No. 2, eight years after its inauguration. All major championships transfer to No. 2. Ross and golf course superintendent Frank Maples plant an experimental plot of Bermuda grass, with the intent of finding a strain that would survive summer heat and provide firm and fast playing conditions. Grass is slowly established on the No. 2 fairways. Donald Ross is quoted in the local newspaper that "many of the greens have been relocated and the surroundings cunningly devised in dips and undulations, with bunkers and apparent natural divergence in contour, which puts a premium upon the proper shot." He finishes the project two years later - all with the intent of making the greens more challenging. Walter Hagan wins the first of three North and South Open Championships. Story goes, he showed up at the first tee straight from an all-night party and still won the match with a sobering 66. Present third and sixth holes of No.2 replace old third and fourth. Ross installs the first irrigation pipes - a five-mile system - on No. 2. Ross undertakes a renovation of No. 2. Elevated grass greens replace sand on all 18 holes of No. 2 (overseeded with rye in winter) in preparation for the 1936 PGA Championship. The course is extended to 6,879 yards. Present fourth and fifth holes replace old ninth and tenth holes.

Ross, speaking of the mounding around the greens created during the renovation, said "This mounding makes possible an infinite variety of nasty short shots that no other form of hazard can call for."
Pinehurst hosts the 1936 PGA Championship. Ben Hogan has his first professional win at the North and South Open. He goes on to win the tournament again in 1942 and 1946. Pinehurst No. 2 architect Donald Ross dies in Pinehurst. No. 2 lengthened to 7,007 yards for the Ryder Cup Matches, won by the American team 9 1/2 to 2 1/2. Sam Snead is playing captain; Ben Hogan and Jimmy Demaret are on the American team. The Women's North and South Senior inaugurated. Jack Nicklaus wins the North and South Amateur. No. 2 lengthened to 7,058 yards for the U.S. Men's Amateur Championship. Labron Harris Jr. defeats Downing Gray 1 up. President Eisenhower is a prominent member of the gallery.

Billy Joe Patton says of No. 2 "There's one word to describe it. It's the only word, although it's a kind of old and worn-out expression. Masterpiece is the word. It's a masterpiece."
No. 2 greens changed from Bermuda to bent grass to accommodate year-round play. Hard sand and wire grass natural areas flanking the fairways were replaced with grass. Professional golf returns to Pinehurst for the World Open, won by Miller Barber by three strokes over Ben Crenshaw. Greens on No. 2 converted from bent grass to Bermuda. Greens on No. 2 converted from Bermuda to bent and rebuilt to USGA specifications; Jack Nicklaus is selected as design consultant. Fairways converted to Tiffway 419 II Bermuda. Native wire grass restored in natural areas. The TOUR Championship contested on No. 2, and the course plays at a 7,005-yard, par-71; Craig Stadler defeats Russ Cochran in a playoff.

Chip Beck says at the same event, "Donald Ross must have been the toughest, hard-nosed architect in the world, because this course has stood the test of time….It's like Fenway Park or Wrigley Field. It's a standard to judge by."
Simon Hobday wins the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, beating Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Pinehurst No. 2 reopens after a nine-month renovation, with Rees Jones as consultant. Greens are rebuilt to USGA green construction specifications and seeded with Penn G-2 bent grass, a denser bentgrass able to withstand the Sandhills summers. New tees are built for the 5th, 6th, 10th, 12th, and 18th holes; holes 2, 4, 11 and 14 are lengthened. The U.S. Open is conducted on No. 2 for the first time with the course playing 7,175 yards. Payne Stewart defeats Phil Mickelson with a historic 15-foot putt on the 18th green. He's the only player to finish under par. Minor renovations to No. 2 center on the upcoming U.S. Open. Five holes are lengthened to bring the course to 7,265 yards. Pinehurst hosts the U.S. Open Championship. Michael Campbell wins by 2 strokes over Tiger Woods. Pinehurst hosts the 2008 U.S. Men's Amateur Championship. Eighteen-year-old Danny Lee sets a record as the youngest winner, defeating Drew Kittleson, 5 and 4. In 2009, the record is broken by 17-year-old Byeong-Hun. Pinehurst hires design firm of Coore & Crenshaw to restore No. 2's natural and strategic character. The project is scheduled to be finished in March 2011. In 2014, Pinehurst will become the only site in the world to have hosted all five USGA championships when it has the honor of hosting both the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open Championships. It will mark the first time in history that both tournaments will be played in the same year, on the same course.

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