No. 2 Donald Ross’s Masterpiece

Pinehurst No. 2, the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and, in 2014, hosted 14 days of championship play with back to back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in their history.

(Read about the restoration to each hole with this photo tour.)

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Opened in 1907, No. 2 was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” Ross was associated with the course for nearly a half-century, improving the course continually until his death in 1948. No. 2 is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complex and widely hailed in the world. Ross believed in providing golfers with strategic choices, and Pinehurst No. 2 was intended to epitomize that philosophy.

In February of 2010, the design firm of Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw began to restore the natural and strategic characteristics that were the essence of Ross’s original design. The project included the removal of about 35 acres of turf and the reintroduction of hardpan, natural bunker edges and native wire grasses. Today, you are playing the restored course as originally envisioned.

I’ve always thought Pinehurst No. 2 to be my favorite golf course from a design standpoint. I’ve enjoyed going out on No. 2 and seeing a totally tree-lined golf course without a tree coming into play.

- Jack Nicklaus

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Course Overview

Hole Par US Open Blue White Green Red
1 4 402 391 376 364 338
2 4 507 438 411 388 340
3 4 387 350 330 309 283
4 4 529 507 471 450 434
5 5 576 436 425 364 274
6 3 219 204 178 171 117
7 4 424 402 385 318 311
8 4 502 469 440 420 400
9 3 191 174 148 140 124
10 5 617 580 455 436 417
11 4 483 453 375 355 317
12 4 484 418 360 334 289
13 4 385 375 358 327 278
14 4 473 438 419 347 337
15 3 202 183 170 153 124
16 4 528 511 478 436 409
17 3 205 186 162 153 147
18 4 451 415 366 357 328
Total 70 7565 6930 6307 5822 5267
Course Illustration for Pinehurst No. 2

No. 2

Landscaping
  • Tees

    Tifway Bermuda

  • Fairways

    Tifway Bermuda

  • Rough

    Tifway Bermuda

  • Greens

    Penn G-2

Characteristics
  • Acres on No. 2: 196
  • Acres of turf: 61 (87 prior to restoration)
  • Acres of fairways: 41 (28 prior)
  • Acres of rough: 0
  • Square feet of greens: 115,000
  • Number of sand bunkers: 111

Hole-by-Hole Walkthrough

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 1
Yardage
  • US Open 402
  • Blue 391
  • White 376
  • Green 364
  • Red 338

The 1st Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 9/11

Ross once noted that the first hole of any golf course shouldn’t be too difficult. “Give the player a chance to warm up a bit,” he said. There’s plenty of room to drive the ball and the hole is not too long. But the green provides a glimpse of the challenges to come – poor approaches will easily bounce away from the flag.

No. 2 Hole #1

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 2
Yardage
  • US Open 507
  • Blue 438
  • White 411
  • Green 388
  • Red 340

The 2nd Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 5/3

The second hole was the most difficult in the 2005 U.S. Open, averaging 4.5 strokes. The angle of approach is key. A drive favoring the left side of the fairway will offer the best look at the green, which sits at an angle and is heavily bunkered front-right.

No. 2 Hole #2

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3
Yardage
  • US Open 387
  • Blue 350
  • White 330
  • Green 309
  • Red 283

The 3rd Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 3/9

1999 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart made three birdies in four rounds on this short par 4, and it offers you a good birdie opportunity as well. Play for position off the tee with a fairway wood or long-iron, short of the bunker that creeps into the fairway on the right. Be conservative on the approach shot – over the green is trouble.

No. 2 Hole #3

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 4
Yardage
  • US Open 529
  • Blue 507
  • White 471
  • Green 450
  • Red 434

The 4th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 11/15

This classic Donald Ross par 5 is reachable for the long hitters, but for the average player it will play as a three-shot hole. Favor the left side with your tee shot to allow for the slope of the fairway. Be cautious of the bunkers approaching the green on opposite sides of the fairway. The 4th will play as a par 4 during the 2014 U.S. Open.

No. 2 Hole #4

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 5
Yardage
  • US Open 576
  • Blue 436
  • White 425
  • Green 364
  • Red 274

The 5th Hole

on No. 2

Par 5 | HCP 1/1

This challenging par 4 was the 3rd-toughest hole in the 2005 U.S. Open, with the competitors averaging 4.4 strokes. Favor the right side with your tee shot since this fairway slopes severely from right-to-left. Aim your approach shot for the right side of the green, as any missed shot to the left will leave you with a very demanding up-and-down. The 5th will play as a par 5 for the 2014 U.S. Open.

No. 2 Hole #5

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 6
Yardage
  • US Open 219
  • Blue 204
  • White 178
  • Green 171
  • Red 117

The 6th Hole

on No. 2

Par 3 | HCP 17/5

This par 3 was the 6th-most difficult hole in the U.S. Open, with competitors averaging 3.3 shots. For pros and amateurs alike, it’s a long-iron or fairway wood, ideally shaped a little from right-to-left. Bunkers catch anything hit a little offline, and a severe slope off the front of the green repels shots hit short of the target.

No. 2 Hole #6

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 7
Yardage
  • US Open 424
  • Blue 402
  • White 385
  • Green 318
  • Red 311

The 7th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 13/7

After 5 and 6, the 7th hole offers a bit of a breather. This is the sharpest dogleg on the golf course, and a cluster of bunkers on the right corner can grab tee shots that are pushed or leaked to the right. Favor the left-center off the tee, which will leave you a mid-to-short iron into a green sloped from back-to-front.

No. 2 Hole #7

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 8
Yardage
  • US Open 502
  • Blue 469
  • White 440
  • Green 420
  • Red 400

The 8th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 15/17

This par 5 from the white tees plays as a par 4 for the U.S. Open. The average score during the U.S. Open was 4.3. Approach shots missed left or long will make for a difficult up-and-down. This green is dramatically sloped from back-to-front.

No. 2 Hole #8

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 9
Yardage
  • US Open 191
  • Blue 174
  • White 148
  • Green 140
  • Red 124

The 9th Hole

on No. 2

Par 3 | HCP 7/13

This is the shortest hole on the course but nonetheless can bare some fangs. Club selection is essential, since most of the trouble lies to the left and behind the putting surface. This two-tiered green is wide and shallow, sloping from left-to-right.

No. 2 Hole #9

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 10
Yardage
  • US Open 617
  • Blue 580
  • White 455
  • Green 436
  • Red 417

The 10th Hole

on No. 2

Par 5 | HCP 10/18

The longest hole on the golf course may be reachable for some players, but they will be throwing caution to the wind in doing so. A good drive and a fairway wood should leave a wedge or short-iron into the green for a birdie try. The second shot must steer clear of a bunker on the left side of the fairway, approaching 110 yards from the green.

No. 2 Hole #10

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 11
Yardage
  • US Open 483
  • Blue 453
  • White 375
  • Green 355
  • Red 317

The 11th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 14/8

This is the first of a critical stretch of four par 4s. The fairway appears wide, but is bordered down the right and left side with a traditional Pinehurst trademark – hardpan sand, wire-grass, pine needles and pinecones. The safe approach shot is to the right-center portion of the green.

No. 2 Hole #11

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 12
Yardage
  • US Open 484
  • Blue 418
  • White 360
  • Green 334
  • Red 289

The 12th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 12/10

This subtle dogleg to the right requires an accurate tee shot, with more hardpan sand and wire-grass framing the right and left side of the fairway. A left-center tee shot affords the best angle into the green.

No. 2 Hole #12

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 13
Yardage
  • US Open 385
  • Blue 375
  • White 358
  • Green 327
  • Red 278

The 13th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 6/6

This classic short par 4 is far from a pushover. Your tee shot must avoid the fairway bunkers on the right. Club selection is crucial because an approach shot hit even slightly short will roll back down to the fairway.

No. 2 Hole #13

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 14
Yardage
  • US Open 473
  • Blue 438
  • White 419
  • Green 347
  • Red 337

The 14th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 8/2

This scenic tee shot must favor the right side of the fairway, avoiding the deep fairway bunker on the left and the set of four fairway bunkers on the right. Approach shots missed right or long will make for a challenging up-and-down. This classically crowned Donald Ross green, protected by two bunkers, is severely sloped from back-to-front.

No. 2 Hole #14

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 15
Yardage
  • US Open 202
  • Blue 183
  • White 170
  • Green 153
  • Red 124

The 15th Hole

on No. 2

Par 3 | HCP 18/12

A long, difficult par 3 for any player. The pronounced crowning effect of this narrow green puts a premium on a well-struck tee shot. If anything, favor the front portion of the green, since up-and-downs are easier from the front of the green versus behind it.

No. 2 Hole #15

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 16
Yardage
  • US Open 528
  • Blue 511
  • White 478
  • Green 436
  • Red 409

The 16th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 4/16

This hole is a par 5 for resort play, but played as a par 4 for the 2005 U.S. Open. The field averaged 4.4 strokes, making this the 2nd-most difficult hole. The key element after a good tee shot is to avoid a hidden bunker on the left of the fairway, near where your second shot should land.

No. 2 Hole #16

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 17
Yardage
  • US Open 205
  • Blue 186
  • White 162
  • Green 153
  • Red 147

The 17th Hole

on No. 2

Par 3 | HCP 16/14

This par 3 played a pivotal role in the outcome of both the 1999 U.S. Open, with Payne Stewart making a dramatic birdie to assume a one shot lead on Sunday, and the 2005 U.S. Open when Michael Campbell sealed his victory with a birdie. Right-side hole locations are the most difficult, so take enough club.

No. 2 Hole #17

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 18
Yardage
  • US Open 451
  • Blue 415
  • White 366
  • Green 357
  • Red 328

The 18th Hole

on No. 2

Par 4 | HCP 2/4

In the 1999 U.S. Open, Payne Stewart hit his drive into the right-hand rough, punched out short of the green, hit a wedge to 15 feet, and calmly rolled in the uphill putt to win his second U.S. Open! Avoid the long, deep fairway bunker down the right side off the tee and you’ll have a mid-to-short iron into the green. The greenside bunker short right is particularly tough.

No. 2 Hole #18

The Clubhouse

Built in 1899, the Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse is one of the most iconic buildings in golf. Walk its hallways and you can’t help but feel the spirit of the game that lives here, along the walls of memorabilia and photography that reflect the many champions who have walked its fairways.

Getting to the Course

All courses are just minutes away each Pinehurst Resort accommodation with our complimentary shuttle service.

If you are driving to the course, you may use these driving directions. Parking is available at The Clubhouse. Visit our Travel Information page for more details.