Pinehurst Golf News Archive

The Secret of Pinehurst No. 2

BY LEE PACE

“There’s nothing like it, nothing like it in the world.”

Ben Crenshaw has seen thousands of golf courses around the globe in four-plus decades of competition and design work with partner Bill Coore. Since first seeing Pinehurst No. 2 in November 1973, he’s revered its unique qualities.

So what makes Pinehurst No. 2 special?

Let us count the ways.

 

Pinehurst No. 2 8th Hole

Pinehurst No. 2 8th Hole

No. 1 Wide fairways

Donald Ross and superintendent Frank Maples installed the first irrigation system on No. 2 in 1933. The pipe was laid down the middle of each fairway and water was thrown roughly seventy feet on either side.

“There’s nothing like it, nothing like it in the world.” – Ben Crenshaw

That ground was maintained as fairway, everything else was the natural hardpan sand that had defined the region for generations. That breathing room off the tee allowed golfers the opportunity to aim tee shots to one side or the other in order to have the best angle to approach the green and the hole location that day.

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LPGA Commish Mike Whan: 2014 Open presents “Opportunity”

Mike Whan LPGA

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan appeared on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Tuesday – less than a week after Michelle Wie sat in the same spot and gushed about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, to be played the week immediately following the men’s U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 in June.

It is a grand experiment that has many - LPGA players included – wondering how the USGA is going to make it all work.

But Whan is on board. Here are his comments about the Open at Pinehurst.*

*Once Golf Channel posts video of Whan’s Pinehurst comments, we’ll post it here.

More from Whan:

“I’m a fan of change. With change provides opportunity. I think a lot of people in the world are going to watch the U.S. Women’s Open who may not have watched simply because of this back-to-back situation.”

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Michelle Wie Previews the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst

One to always move the needle, golf star Michelle Wie appeared on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Thursday, and spent a good portion of an expansive interview chatting with hosts Gary Williams and Charlie Rhymer about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Here are a few of Wie’s comments about the Open at Pinehurst, which will be played the week following the men’s U.S. Open on No. 2 – the first such occurrence in U.S. Open history.

Michelle Wie

It’s an experiment Wie seems very much excited to be a part of – similar to some of the other big names on the LPGA Tour:

“I’ve thought a lot about (the back-to-back Opens). I think it’s very interesting…I think it will be great.”

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.”*

*Yes indeed, Michelle. We know of AT LEAST SEVEN other ones you might want to try. Let us know. We’ll take care of it.

When asked whether she had concerns about No. 2 being able to handle a second Open just days after the men complete their championship:

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.” -Michelle Wie

“I have a little bit of concerns here and there, but at the same time I know the USGA will do a great job. They’re smart, they know what they’re doing, and I’m sure when we tee off on Thursday it will be in tip-top condition and we won’t even know that the men were even there.”

Wie, also, thinking about the health of women’s golf and how the back-to-back Opens experience may help:

“Hopefully all the fans will stay after watching the first U.S. Open because I think it will be great for fans. It’s like a one-stop and two tournaments. I think we’ll have a lot bigger gallery for our  event, which is a definite plus for us.”

Will she take notes from the men the week before?

“I definitely will watch how they play, where to avoid and where to go. I’ll definitely be watching golf that weekend – which is a change for me.” (Laughs.)

Worried about driving zones since Wie is a bomber off the tee? Might there be divots in her landing zones from the week before?

“I’m not really too worried about it. I feel like if I’m worried about it now, I’ll never hit a fairway there. If it’s in the fairway, you won’t be in any divot.” (Laughs.)

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Pinehurst’s Best…
That You Didn’t See

While we continue to gear up for June, we can’t help but look back on a few forgotten gems of 2013. Before the New Year arrived, we took a look back on our most popular news posts and videos, and even at our Top 5 Instagram photos – a post that quickly needed to be updated moments after the ball dropped.

But now we’d like to give one more shot to what we believe are some of our best news items, posts and videos of 2013, but for some reason didn’t get the traction we expected or hoped.

So here they live on one more time. We hope you enjoy them….THIS TIME.*

*OK, we’re having a little fun here. Please know we appreciate our readers more than any of you will ever know. We’re proud of our content (most of it, anyway – KIDDING), and we’re thankful it has a home and such a dedicated following. So thanks to all of you for every single click. We take none of them for granted. Now, with that said…)

 

BEST VIDEOS YOU DIDN’T WATCH

At the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship, we interviewed Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb and Juli Inkster.

And Stacy Lewis.

You missed one of them.

And we get it. This video appears as though it were shot in an underground bunker designed to ride out the nuclear holocaust. (What can we say? It was raining outside.)

But Lewis is America’s best player, and one of the two best players in the world. And she’s talking about the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. And about being a golf nerd. And about the North & South Am.

OK, so it doesn’t look great. Let the audio run. Stacy Lewis is pure class, and was happy to speak with us.

How many No. 1 players in the world – in any sport – do that?

 

Only the best player in women’s golf over the last 50 years – if not ever. And this was done at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, where we also interviewed this guy and this guy.

Not a bad week, thank you very much.

But watch Annika. Please. C’mon, it’s ANNIKA.

 

Every summer the world descends on Pinehurst. This is but a sample of what it sounds like.

 

THE BEST STORIES YOU DIDN’T READ

MICHAEL CAMPBELL RELIVES THE 2005 U.S. OPEN AT PINEHURST

OK, we can kind of get this one, too. You’re still miffed somebody named Michael Campbell won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Fine.

But what do you really know about Campbell and his standing in golf at the time of his career highlight? Did he really come out of nowhere? How does he remember it? And Tiger? What is Campbell like now, even after his game fell apart?

He told us, and we promise one thing about this story and video:

If you watch this, you will root for Campbell to make some sort of comeback, even if it’s just for one week somewhere, anywhere.

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It’s 2014…The Opens Are Coming!

2014 has arrived.

And Pinehurst is ready.

(Featuring Curtis Strange, Sir Nick Faldo, Jason Day and Annika Sorenstam.)

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