One day in Spring, a few minutes after he had spent the day working on plans for the upcoming Pinehurst No. 4 redesign, golf architect Gil Hanse looked longingly over at the first tee of Pinehurst No. 2 as the late-afternoon shadows began to spread over it. He wondered to himself what it might be like to play No. 2 in that moment.
A phone call was made, and Hanse soon had his clubs handy, a ball and a tee in his hand. There were plenty of nerves, he admitted, but no flags on the greens. Play had finished for the day.
But, to Hanse, that seemed to make the experience even more magical. He talked to us about that experience the next day.