The USGA’s decision to host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst during consecutive weeks was a risk worth the reward. Executive Director Mike Davis said the two-week experiment will “rank right up there with the best ever.”
It’s no surprise Gold World and Golf Digest have named the historic back-to-back championships one of its Newsmakers of the Year.
Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 – Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)
No. 2 was honored with the award because it has “implemented water reduction programs in startling and instructive ways.” In 2014, in fact, Pinehurst No. 2 will use about 73% less water than in 2009 – the last full year prior to the beginning of a major restoration project that eliminated Bermuda rough and reintroduced sand and native wiregrass.
“We’re thrilled to receive this honor from Golf Digest,” said Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s Director of Golf Course and Grounds Management. “We didn’t set out for this, but I think it shows that we’ve brought Pinehurst No. 2 back to the way it was meant to be played, with firm and fast conditions that reflect the natural terrain of the North Carolina Sandhills.”