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Pinehurst No. 2: Hole 2

Posted May 12
Updated June 2

Par 4, 507 yards, HCP 5/3

This was the most difficult hole in the 2005 U.S. Open, averaging 4.5 strokes. A drive to the left gives the best look at the green as the right side is heavily bunkered.

Our take:

Gerald Owens, anchor/reporter: This is a long hole – keep it left off the tee or you face a challenging approach shot.

Jeff Gravley, sports anchor: One of the most difficult holes for amateurs and the pros is the par-4 2nd. It will be a 507-yarder in the Open and several changes have been made. They lengthened the hole by 35 yards, expanded the fairway bunker on the left and the bunkers were elevated to see from the tee box. They also protected the front lip of the fairway bunkers with thick, tall wiregrass. I avoided the fairway bunkers but found the woods to the right. I still had a 2nd shot from the pine needles but had no shot at the green. Another bad execution around the green left me in the wrong spot on the green and another 3-putt added to my score. Those turtle-back greens will make you sarcastically mumble, “Thank you Donald Ross.” He’s the original designer in 1907 who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.”

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  • tc35d Jun 3, 10:57 a.m.

    I've played in about a dozen North South Amateurs over No 2, and no matter what scores I shot I always looked forward to going back the next day or the next year. It's like no other place or golf course around with history at every corner. You get so caught up in the beauty of the course and surroundings golf almost is a second thought. No 2 is one course where just a slightly missed hit shot can end up in a place that Houdini couldn't get up and down.
    Then there's the heat and humidity of Pinehurst in June, I remember several years when 20yo kids would collapse and need ice water dumped on them.
    I'm looking forward to see it again this year, in person as TV can not do those hole justice.

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