Golfers flock to overhauled Pinehurst course
Posted April 14, 2014
Pinehurst, N.C. — The famed No. 2 golf course at Pinehurst Resort has undergone extensive renovations in advance of the historic back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open tournaments in June.
"The players that were here previously will see an entirely different course," Bob Farren, Pinehurst's director of grounds and course maintenance, said Monday.
The manicured turf was replaced with sand and natural grasses.
"We started to try to turn back the clock to find out what the course was then and find out what its real identity or spirit was," Farren said.
The two-week run of men's and women's tournaments are expected to sink millions of dollars into the local economy. Many of the hotels in the area were booked up more than a year ago, and Pinehurst is already feeling the impact.
"More people have been coming here because they want to play (the course) before the pros do. They want to sit at home and say, 'I played there. I hit that shot,'" Pinehurst Report Vice President Tom Pashley said.
Crews are working feverishly to ready No. 2 for the estimated 400,000 attendees. Construction of luxury corporate suites has overrun the driving range.
"It's different for our guests and different for our members to have to plan their day around some of this construction, but it shows the scale and the excitement," Pashley said.
Individual tickets to the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open are still available, starting at $60 each for the practice rounds.