The Pounding Heartof Pinehurst Resort
Donald Ross’s masterpiece, No. 2 at Pinehurst has served as the site of more single golf championships than any other course in America. It has also hosted back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in 2014. And as the U.S. Open’s anchor site, the future looks bright indeed. The championship returns in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047. Come walk in the footsteps of legends and play the holes that will birth a new generation of icons as well.
Par & Yardage
- Acres on No. 2: 196
- Acres of turf: 61 (87 prior to restoration)
- Acres of fairways: 41 (28 prior)
- Acres of rough: 0
- Square feet of greens: 115,000
- Number of sand bunkers: 111
- Carts restricted to paths
- Push carts available
- TEES: Tifway Bermuda
- FAIRWAYS: Tifway Bermuda
- ROUGH: Native Sandscape
- GREENS: Champion Ultradwarf
- 1907: Donald Ross
REDESIGNS & RESTORATIONS
- 1974: R.T. Jones
- 2010: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
- 2014: U.S. Open & U.S. Women’s Open Championships
- 1999, 2005: U.S. Open Championship
- 1951: Ryder Cup Matches
- 1936: PGA Championship
- 1991, 1992: PGA TOUR Championship
- 1994: U.S. Senior Open
- 1962, 2008, 2019: U.S. Amateur
- 1989: U.S. Women’s Amateur
- 1973-1982 : Hall of Fame Classic/World Open
- 1901-present : North and South Men’s Amateur Championship
- 1903-present : North and South Women’s Amateur Championship
- 1902-1951 : North and South Open Championship
The 1st Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 9/11
Ross once noted that the first hole of any golf course shouldn’t be too difficult. “Give the player a chance to warm up a bit,” he said. There’s plenty of room to drive the ball and the hole is not too long. But the green provides a glimpse of the challenges to come – poor approaches will easily bounce away from the flag.
The 2nd Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 5/3
The second hole was the most difficult in the 2005 U.S. Open, averaging 4.5 strokes. The angle of approach is key. A drive favoring the left side of the fairway will offer the best look at the green, which sits at an angle and is heavily bunkered front-right.
The 3rd Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 3/9
1999 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart made three birdies in four rounds on this short par 4, and it offers you a good birdie opportunity as well. Play for position off the tee with a fairway wood or long-iron, short of the bunker that creeps into the fairway on the right. Be conservative on the approach shot – over the green is trouble.
The 4th Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 1/1
This classic Donald Ross hole is reachable for the long hitters, but for the average player it will play as a three shot hole. Favor the left side with your tee shot to allow for the slope of the fairway. Be cautious of the bunkers approaching the green on opposite sides of the fairway.
The 5th Hole on No. 2
PAR 5 - HCP 11/15
In the 2014 Men’s U.S. Open on Saturday, Martin Kaymer hit a 7 iron from 202 yards out of the wire grass to make eagle and get back to -10 for the Championship. Favor the right side with your tee shot, since this fairway slopes severely from right to left. Aim your approach shot for the right side of the green, as any missed shot to the left will leave you with a very demanding up and down.
The 6th Hole on No. 2
PAR 3 - HCP 17/5
This par 3 was the 6th-most difficult hole in the U.S. Open, with competitors averaging 3.3 shots. For pros and amateurs alike, it’s a long-iron or fairway wood, ideally shaped a little from right-to-left. Bunkers catch anything hit a little offline, and a severe slope off the front of the green repels shots hit short of the target.
The 7th Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 13/7
After 5 and 6, the 7th hole offers a bit of a breather. This is the sharpest dogleg on the golf course, and a cluster of bunkers on the right corner can grab tee shots that are pushed or leaked to the right. Favor the left-center off the tee, which will leave you a mid-to-short iron into a green sloped from back-to-front.
The 8th Hole on No. 2
PAR 5 - HCP 15/17
This par 5 from the white tees plays as a par 4 for the U.S. Open. The average score during the U.S. Open was 4.3. Approach shots missed left or long will make for a difficult up-and-down. This green is dramatically sloped from back-to-front.
The 9th Hole on No. 2
PAR 3 - HCP 7/13
This is the shortest hole on the course but nonetheless can bare some fangs. Club selection is essential, since most of the trouble lies to the left and behind the putting surface. This two-tiered green is wide and shallow, sloping from left-to-right.
The 10th Hole on No. 2
PAR 5 - HCP 10/18
The longest hole on the golf course may be reachable for some players, but they will be throwing caution to the wind in doing so. A good drive and a fairway wood should leave a wedge or short-iron into the green for a birdie try. The second shot must steer clear of a bunker on the left side of the fairway, approaching 110 yards from the green.
The 11th Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 14/8
This is the first of a critical stretch of four par 4s. The fairway appears wide, but is bordered down the right and left side with a traditional Pinehurst trademark – hardpan sand, wire-grass, pine needles and pinecones. The safe approach shot is to the right-center portion of the green.
The 12th Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 12/10
This subtle dogleg to the right requires an accurate tee shot, with more hardpan sand and wire-grass framing the right and left side of the fairway. A left-center tee shot affords the best angle into the green.
The 13th Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 6/6
This classic short par 4 is far from a pushover. Your tee shot must avoid the fairway bunkers on the right. Club selection is crucial because an approach shot hit even slightly short will roll back down to the fairway.
The 14th Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 8/2
This scenic tee shot must favor the right side of the fairway, avoiding the deep fairway bunker on the left and the set of four fairway bunkers on the right. Approach shots missed right or long will make for a challenging up-and-down. This classically crowned Donald Ross green, protected by two bunkers, is severely sloped from back-to-front.
The 15th Hole on No. 2
PAR 3 - HCP 18/12
A long, difficult par 3 for any player. The pronounced crowning effect of this narrow green puts a premium on a well-struck tee shot. If anything, favor the front portion of the green, since up-and-downs are easier from the front of the green versus behind it.
The 16th Hole on No. 2
PAR 5 - HCP 4/16
This hole is a par 5 for resort play, but played as a par 4 for the 2005 U.S. Open. The field averaged 4.4 strokes, making this the 2nd-most difficult hole. The key element after a good tee shot is to avoid a hidden bunker on the left of the fairway, near where your second shot should land.
The 17th Hole on No. 2
PAR 3 - HCP 16/14This par 3 played a pivotal role in the outcome of both the 1999 U.S. Open, with Payne Stewart making a dramatic birdie to assume a one shot lead on Sunday, and the 2005 U.S. Open when Michael Campbell sealed his victory with a birdie. Right-side hole locations are the most difficult, so take enough club.
This par 3 played a pivotal role in the outcome of both the 1999 U.S. Open, with Payne Stewart making a dramatic birdie to assume a one shot lead on Sunday, and the 2005 U.S. Open when Michael Campbell sealed his victory with a birdie. Right-side hole locations are the most difficult, so take enough club.
The 18th Hole on No. 2
PAR 4 - HCP 2/4
In the 1999 U.S. Open, Payne Stewart hit his drive into the right-hand rough, punched out short of the green, hit a wedge to 15 feet, and calmly rolled in the uphill putt to win his second U.S. Open! Avoid the long, deep fairway bunker down the right side off the tee and you’ll have a mid-to-short iron into the green. The greenside bunker short right is particularly tough.