As the golf world continues to reflect on 2014, we at Pinehurst have been overwhelmed by some of the praise that has been directed at Pinehurst No. 2 and the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.
We are blessed with great leadership as well, which was recognized again in the January 2015 issue of Golf Digest when David Fay named Pinehurst CEO and Owner Robert Dedman Jr. to the “Super Six in Women’s Golf in 2014.”
Fay, the former executive director of the USGA, wrote of Dedman:
It would have been understandable if the owner of Pinehurst had smiled and said “no, thanks” to the proposal of back-to-back U.S. Opens. He also could have easily said “no” to Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw fundamentally changing the look and feel of Pinehurst No. 2 by yanking out acres of rough and reducing the number of sprinkler heads and cutting back water usage. Instead, Dedman’s boldness resulted in the most anticipated and talked about Women’s Open in history and provided a two-week visual of how an iconic course can return to its roots by looking and playing brown, fast and scruffy. Take note, golfers: The vast majority of Americans (including local government decision-makers) don’t play golf and will not allow the excessive use of water and other non-renewable fuel and energy resources so that about 25 million Americans can enjoy whacking a little ball around lush, green playgrounds.