What can Pinehurst legend Willie McRae, a charter member of the Pinehurst Caddie Hall of Fame, and his pal Eddie McKenzie tell you about Pinehurst No. 2?
Quite a bit.
Among the topics? How they treat every golfer at Pinehurst, the 1951 Ryder Cup and Ben Hogan, how they read putts, and where Dead City is. Willie and Eddie Mac are always willing to share, and in this video, they do.
Faldo said that PGA Tour players are not accustomed to playing shots out of waste areas with native grasses, but added that he believes players will welcome the myriad options they will have playing out of Pinehurst-style rough.
In 2007, Pinehurst Resort celebrated the Centennial of its most famed golf course, Pinehurst No. 2. Site of more individual amateur and championship events, its history marks the story of the game itself – from early agronomy and course architecture, to the making of legends. We invite you to share in its rich heritage.
A sand green on an early photo of Pinehurst No. 2. Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives
1907: Pinehurst No. 2 opens as an 18-hole course for the fall season. Total yardage: 5,860.
The Pinehurst Outlook reports in 1907 “Pinehurst is now watched by the entire world in the affairs of golf, for it sets the fashion in this particular just as Paris is the center to which the world of fashion looks expectantly spring, summer, fall and winter.”
Donald Ross, course architect, incorporates such elements as 60 ft. square sand/clay greens, “whisker” mounds of native wire grass, cross hazards, and sand bunkers in front of the greens.
1908: Walter Travis plays Pinehurst No. 2 in October and tells the local newspaper, “I know of no course, north or south, which provides a more thorough test or better golf, and none which gives such diversity.”