Pinehurst #2 new version now open

Pinehurst #2

Pinehurst #2

Throw away your old video game of Pinehurst, Coore and Crenshaw have completed the latest attempt to get the course back to it’s sanhills roots.  Now there’s no rough, just fairways and sandy tough to make rulings areas.  IMHO they have taken it back further than the way Donald Ross originally planned it.  It will once again be the great course in a wonderful town, and soon will be the site of two US OPENS, 2014.  The men of the world will play it one week, the next week the women will play the same course for their US OPEN.   This is awesome, back to back on the same course.

But what about US Open rough?  There won’t be any, just US Open sand! and pine needles (local).  Prior to the complete course renovations by Coore and Crenshaw Pinehurst had had several renovations.  Apparently C&C didn’t have to do much to restore the greens.  IMHO this is because, less than 20 years ago, Charles Saunders rebuilt their greens.  I met Charles in 2000 when he was the construction manager of the REEF CLUB in Freeport Bahamas.   The pictures attached show myself, Robert Trent Jones II and Charles Saunders as we begin construction, and the next picture show us as we open the course ONE YEAR LATER, on budget and ready for the PGA SENIOR SLAM championship.   The bottom picture shows the 14th hole of Pinehurst #2, as it is ready to open last week.

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Gary Slatter

Venerable Canadian golf pro Gary Slatter discusses his opinions on the state of golf, golf course design and construction, teaching and more, based on a lifetime in the business.

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