Donald Ross believed in providing golfers with strategic choices, and Pinehurst No. 2 was intended to epitomize that philosophy. In March 2011, No. 2 reopened following a year-long restoration project designed to restore the course’s natural and historic character, and the strategic options that were the centerpiece of Ross’s vision. The $2.5 million project was conducted by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and included work on every hole. Features of the project include:
- Increase fairway widths Fairways were widened by as much as 50%, offering more strategic options in playing holes from tee to green.
- Removal of rough All rough was eliminated, establishing two heights of grass: greens and everything else.
- Reintroduction of natural areas 35 acres of irrigated turf were removed, restoring natural areas of sand, wire grass, pine straw and a variety of native grasses.
- Turf maintenance 650 irrigation heads were eliminated, and the centerline irrigation was restored.
- Wiregrass More than 200,000 plants were added
- Overseeding Eliminated during the winter months, allowing for firm, fast conditions throughout the year
- Increased length Thirteen new tees were added to the championship course, increasing the total championship length by more than 300 yards, to 7,565 from 7,214.
- Bunker modifications Several bunkers were restored, eliminated or reshaped based on aerial images of the course from the 1940s, and bunkers were edged to create rustic appearance
- Greens Only two (15 and 17) were modified slightly to increase hole locations.
- Cart paths Relocated and concrete removed.
Following are detailed, hole-by-hole modifications:
New tee: No
There are more options off the tee, and the removal of turf on the right, left and behind the green brings more natural areas into play. Specific changes include:
- Added mound to the right of the fairway, about 300 yards from the tee
- Created visual backdrop by adding a sandy wiregrass mound behind the green and left of the second tee
- Removed turf behind the green to bring sand, pine needles and wiregrass into play