Golf

No. 2 renovations reveal great character

Posted April 21, 2014

Lush, flowing fairways surrounded by heavenly green hues will not be the focus at the US Open in Pinehurst this June.

The change a vision of two-time Masters champ Ben Crenshaw, and North Carolina-native Bill Coore.

"It's fantastic," said Pinehurst No. 2 course designer Coore. "And I say that knowing that there might be people look at it today and say 'oh my gosh, Pinehurst must've cut their maintenance budget in half.'"

Wire-grass, pine-straw and sand – a reconnection to No. 2's roots.

"We tried the best we know how to restore it in the character, both visually and strategically."

The original course design by Donald Ross more than a century ago is what Coore calls his absolute masterpiece. He said restoring No. 2 to its 1907 glory was not only a challenge, but also, a major risk.

"This was not a business model that was broken," says Coore. "Pinehurst played two United States Open Championships here, they were successful."

The renovation saw 40 acres of turf removed and took away 700 sprinkler heads.

A case of addition by subtraction, that equals USGA approval.

"There's a saying in golf that golf doesn't build character, it reveals character," said Pinehurst Resort Owner Bob Dedman. "They have revealed the character of this great course."

Character Coore certainly knew in his younger days, when he'd break out the bag before dawn and play 54. When the price tag for an all-day Pinehurst pass was just five dollars.

A different age, a different game, one Coore hopes he's captured for a new generation in his turning-back-time vision.

Comments

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

Oldest First
View all
  • Premier League Soccer: Crystal Palace vs. Burnley

    Tomorrow at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Bundesliga Soccer: Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich

    Tomorrow at 12:30 pm on FOX50

  • NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers @ Ottawa

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh @ Washington

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASCAR CUP SERIES: TOYOTA OWNERS 400

    Sunday at 2:00 pm on FOX50

  • Premier League Soccer: Swansea vs. Everton

    Saturday, May. 6 at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby

    Saturday, May. 6 at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL Draft Coverage

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL Hockey Playoffs

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Minor League Baseball
International League
Gwinnett 3:05 PT4:05 MT5:05 CT6:05 ET11:05 GMT
Pawtucket 
Indianapolis 3:35 PT4:35 MT5:35 CT6:35 ET11:35 GMT
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 
Louisville 3:35 PT4:35 MT5:35 CT6:35 ET11:35 GMT
Rochester 
Lehigh Valley 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Toledo 
Buffalo 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Durham 
Syracuse 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Norfolk 
Charlotte 4:15 PT5:15 MT6:15 CT7:15 ET12:15 GMT
Columbus 
ATP Scoreboard
Thursday, Apr. 27
Barcelona Open (ATP)
Third Round
(3) R. Nadal6 6    
K. Anderson3 4    
(4) D. Thiem77 6    
D. Evans65 2    
(7) P. Carreno Bu3 3    
Y. Sugita6 6    
(8) A. Zverev1 4    
H. Chung6 6    
(5) D. Goffin79 3 4   
K. Khachanov67 6 6   
(1) A. Murray6 6    
(16) F. Lopez4 4    
(6) R. Bautista A2 6 4   
(10) A. Ramos-Vino6 3 6   
(17) B. Paire4 6 63   
H. Zeballos6 3 77   
 
Hungarian Open (ATP)
Second Round
(6) P. Lorenzi6 3 6   
S. Stakhovsky4 6 3   
(3) F. Fognini3 6 64   
A. Kuznetsov6 3 77   
(1) L. Pouille6 4 77   
J. Vesely3 6 64   
M. Klizan6 6    
B. Fratangelo3 2    
 
WTA Scoreboard
Thursday, Apr. 27
Istanbul Cup (WTA)
Second Round
(6) E. Mertens77 3 6   
S. Errani63 6 3   
J. Cepelova6 77    
S. Sorribes T4 63    
B. Eraydin6 6    
A. Aksu1 3    
(2) T. Babos4 65    
C. Buyukakcay6 77    
(1) E. Svitolina6 6    
A. Cadantu3 3    
 
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (WTA)
Second Round
(8) S. Kuznetsova4 3    
L. Siegemund6 6    
E. Vesnina2 4    
C. Suarez Nav6 6    
(6) J. Konta3 5    
A. Sevastova6 7    
E. Makarova5 1    
M. Sharapova7 6    
(1) A. Kerber2 5    
K. Mladenovic6 7    
(2) K. Pliskova77 6    
C. Vandeweghe62 4