In 1951, Pinehurst No. 2 was the site of the Ryder Cup, very much a different event then than it is today. The Americans, led by Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, had little trouble dispatching the British team 9 ½-2 ½.

Obviously, things have changed.

While it has been 65 years since Pinehurst hosted the Ryder Cup, we still feel a lasting attachment to one of golf’s greatest events. It’s a proud moment in the storied history of Pinehurst.

Now, though, comes a chance at another Ryder Cup moment for Pinehurst – and for The Old Course at St Andrews.


Here are the particulars, and St. Andrews has accepted:

  • If Team USA wins, The Old Course at St. Andrews will fly a Pinehurst No. 2 pin flag on the 18th hole on Monday after the Ryder Cup is decided.
  • If Team Europe wins, Pinehurst No. 2 will fly an Old Course 18th hole flag on its 18th for that Monday.

Two years ago, we admit, we watched with pride as 2014 U.S. Open Champion Martin Kaymer was one of Europe’s best players.

Now though? Well, let’s just say there’s a little more on the line.

We’d love to see the Pinehurst No. 2 pin flag fly on the 18th hole of The Old Course for a day. Imagine the photos.

And of course, we’ll happily oblige in honoring our end of the bet should the Americans fall short, and fly The Old Course flag on 18 of No. 2.

But we all know that won’t happen, right?