Here are a few photos of the most recent work being done on the renovations to the Pinehurst Country Club. And as a special treat, we finish with two new renderings of what things will look like inside.
And they do just that at Pinehurst. Hickory Golfers consider Donald Ross courses to be some of the most receptive courses to hickory golf for a variety of reasons. It’s no wonder then their strong affinity for Pinehurst. Already this season, the Society of Hickory Golfers has played two tournaments at Pinehurst, most recently on Pinehurst No. 3 earlier this month.
And it’s a very different game, as Mark Hollingsworth – a 2 handicap with today’s equipment – explains below:
The two-time U.S. Open champion knows a little something about Open venues as well.
So when Strange got his first look at the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration during the recent Liberty Mutual Invitational, the man who won two North and South Amateur titles while starring at Wake Forest in the mid-1970s could easily envision how the course and the championship would mesh together.
Few, in fact, could do it better.
And Curtis Strange liked what he saw.
“When I first see this, it takes me back to the 70s to my old North and South days, because it’s very similar to the way it used to be,” Strange said.
Strange is also a fan of one of the most significant changes to the USGA’s U.S. Open preparation of No. 2 – the switching of the fourth hole to a long par-4 and the fifth to a daunting par-5, complete with new back tee boxes.
“You know, the back tee, it looks pretty doggone good. I like it. I really do,” Strange said.