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Excitement building for Open double at Pinehurst No. 2

Posted April 3, 2013

— Men and women, corporate sponsors and casual duffers, Pinehurst offers something for golfers and golf fans of all types. And in 2014 the famed No. 2 course will host a never-been-tried back-to-back: The United States Golf Association will hold both the men's and women's Open Championships. 

The men tee it up first, June 12 to 15, 2014, and the women play the following weekend, June 19-22. It's the third time Pinehurst has hosted the Open Championship. The men played there in 1999 and again in 2005.

Don Padgett, president of Pinehurst Golf Resort, said his staff is up to the challenge.  

Pinehurst area ready for U.S. Open boom Pinehurst area ready for U.S. Open boom

"Pinehurst is not quite ready for prime time," he said. "The clubhouse is still undergoing renovations, and the greens could be greener. But Pinehurst began teeing off for the next U.S. Open just after the last one ended."

For 18 months, companies have been buying hospitality packages, some valued at more than $100,000, to reserve space to entertain clients along the course.

Tickets are already on sale to members of the USGA, and the go on sale Monday, June 10, for the general public. Pinehurst hasn't listed the ticket price, but the top passes to this year's Open Championship, at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., cost almost $2,000.

The USGA has also signed up thousands of volunteers, and local hotels and restaurants expect to see a boom as well.

"A lot of people have come here and played it and touched it and felt it and have a history with it," Padgett said. "They have a different feeling about an Open here than they would in some place they never get to play or see."

Caleb Miles, president of the Pinehurst/Southern Pines Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the worldwide television exposure will go further than hotels booked and meals sold. 

"There are certainly numbers associated with the impact, but that may be the greatest one – the fact that you're in the spotlight, to tell your story – so that's what we're going to be focusing on," Miles said.

He estimated the financial impact at between $140 and $150 million for the area. The Open Championships will draw more than 500,000 visitors and an estimated 350 million will watch some of the 44 hours of television coverage produced for the two tournaments.

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  • Hokies94 Apr 6, 3:05 p.m.

    Constitutional defender-what is your problem???? Last time I checked, America is still free(in... View More

    — Posted by baldchip

    Solid statement.

  • dehowell2 Apr 4, 12:57 p.m.

    Defender needs to get a life. I am not a golfer but think the Open here is a terrific financial boon for the area and I wish them well. As for defender, well they will not print what my real thoughts about such a weasel.

  • KTs Reich Apr 4, 12:53 p.m.

    The only people excited about watching a bunch of BAGS beat a little white ball into a small... View More

    — Posted by Constitutional-Defender

    Having an iron maiden album cover for an avatar is unfortunate at best.

  • baldchip Apr 4, 10:52 a.m.

    Constitutional defender-what is your problem???? Last time I checked, America is still free(in spite of President Obama and his gang of Socialists)!!

    Golf is not for everybody-for sure. But we don't go around knocking your tidaldy winks-so leave golf alone.

    Many millions of dollars will come to NC for these events. Many more dollars will come because of the TV exposure in future tourism dollars. Pinehurst is a golfing destination and a real treasure for North Carolina.

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 4, 10:07 a.m.

    Hey defender go watch go cart racing for four hours. Try playing the game before you judge. The toughest sport. Go lefty!

  • Constitutional-Defender Apr 3, 9:32 p.m.

    The only people excited about watching a bunch of BAGS beat a little white ball into a small hole over hours of nauseum are the vendors, sponsors, club BAGS, and the players who will make money off the select few that find that sort of BAGedness interesting.

    Excitement building? LMA OFFFFFFF!!! This type of journalism is unfortunate at best.

  • Hokies94 Apr 3, 4:59 p.m.

    I'm really looking forward to this. One of the greatest places to play this great game. Loads of people and money for our area.

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