Pinehurst Interviews Archive

Pinehurst No. 2 – A Timeline of Greatness

CELEBRATING OVER 100 YEARS OF PINEHURST NO. 2

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.

Historic Timeline

A sand green on an early photo of Pinehurst No. 2. Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives.

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.”

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VIDEO: Gov. Pat McCrory talks Pinehurst – and a shank off a Masters Champion

 

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory took a few minutes after his round in the Wyndham Championship’s Pro-Am to chat about Pinehurst Resort, the 2014 U.S. Opens and their place in the economic development for North Carolina.

(Side note: That Masters champion he’s talking about plunking with his ball? It was this guy.

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VIDEO: Kids say the golfiest things…

 

Ever wonder what it is that drives kids not only to play golf, but to compete at the highest levels of the game, like at the U.S. Kids World Championships at Pinehurst?

We did, too.

So we asked a few of them.

 

 

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U.S. Kids Golf International: “Es un hermoso día en Pinehurst.” [Video]

When the U.S. Kids World Championships descend on Pinehurst Resort each year, sometimes the most interesting place to be is not on the golf courses to watch the talented young golfers of the world compete, but to mill around the Clubhouse, or the putting green or Maniac Hill to soak in the international flavor, languages and dialects permeating the grounds at the Cradle of American Golf.

It is awe-inspiring to witness just how far-reaching our favorite game is. It is even better to chat with our friends and U.S. Kids from around the world, and to hear them tell us – in their own words – how special Pinehurst is.

Indeed, it’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst – in any language.

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[VIDEO] Michael Campbell relives the 2005 U.S. Open – “It changed my world.”

Michael Campbell’s pitch to the 18th green on Sunday, June 19, 2005, was 77 yards from the pin – the exact same yardage Payne Stewart had for his third into the finishing hole in 1999.

“The bells are ringing,” NBC on-course analyst Dottie Pepper said of the nearby Village Chapel chimes. “It’s pretty eerie out here.”

“Yup, same spot Payne laid it up to,” Johnny Miller added. “Payne left it 15 feet under the hole, and made that putt.”

Campbell knocked his to 3 feet.

Two putts later – we failed to mention Campbell left his pitch above the hole – one of the more unlikely U.S. Open champions put the finishing touches on a remarkable performance. Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open Champion, held off a furious charge by pre-fire hydrant Tiger Woods at Pinehurst No. 2, making birdies at 10, 13 and finally, on 17, to clinch the national championship. He finished in even par 280, two strokes better than who Campbell calls the best player “we’ve ever seen.”

“The heart of the week was holding off Tiger,” Campbell told us of winning the Open. “I had the best player in the world chasing me down.”

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