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.


Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • VT1994Hokie Apr 6, 2013

    View quoted thread

    Solid statement.

  • dehowell2 Apr 4, 2013

    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, 2013

    View quoted thread

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

  • baldchip Apr 4, 2013

    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, 2013

    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, 2013

    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.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 3, 2013

    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.

Listen & Watch
  • HighSchoolOT Live

    Friday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-2

  • Football Friday

    Friday at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC Football: Pittsburgh @ Duke

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • College Football: Southern Cal @ Notre Dame

    Saturday at 7:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL Soccer: San Francisco @ North Carolina FC

    Saturday at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • The Logan Zone

    Sunday at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • Motor Sports: Formula 1 Racing - Austin

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Atlanta @ New England

    Sunday at 8:20 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL Football Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears

    Sunday at 12:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL Football Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers

    Sunday at 5:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB Playoffs Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers Game 7 (if necessary)

    Sunday at 6:30 pm on 95.7 The Ticket

  • NFL Football Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots

    Sunday at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Minor League Baseball
International League
Memphis 4:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET12:07 GMT
ATP Scoreboard
Monday, Oct. 16
Intrum Stockholm Open (ATP)
European Open (ATP)
First Round
S. Stakhovsky77 6    
J. Donaldson64 4    
I. Karlovic3 7 712   
G. Pella6 5 610   
N. Basilashvi4 0    
J. Benneteau6 0    
R. Bemelmans4 77 77   
P. Gojowczyk6 65 62   
Kremlin Cup (ATP/WTA)
First Round
B. Coric3 2    
D. Sela6 6    
Y. Bhambri6 6    
R. Safiullin2 4    
A. Bublik6 6    
T. Gabashvili3 4    
WTA Scoreboard
Monday, Oct. 16
BGL Luxembourg Open (WTA)
First Round
(3) A. Kontaveit6 6    
J. Cepelova0 2    
L. Arruabarre2 2    
M. Brengle6 6    
(5) E. Mertens6 6    
S. Sorribes T0 2    
(4) S. Cirstea5 2    
V. Cepede Roy7 3    
(7) B. Haddad Mai6 6    
K. Flipkens3 4    
(8) V. Lepchenko61 6 61   
C. Witthoeft77 2 77   
Kremlin Cup (ATP/WTA)
First Round
D. Vekic0 2    
K. Siniakova6 6    
E. Makarova3 3    
A. Cornet6 6    
L. Tsurenko77 6    
C. McHale64 3    
A. Sasnovich1 77 6   
T. Babos6 63 4   
O. Pervushina5 1    
Y. Putintseva7 6