Oh, wait. Actually, those three things are ALWAYS argued in North Carolina.
Still, with the NCAA Tournament tipping off, we figured we’d create a bracket of our own. And we’ll need your help.
It’s time for a little Pinehurst Madness, a tournament to decide which Pinehurst Resort golf course is the best. We’ve taken the liberty of seeding the tournament, and we’ve also removed Pinehurst No. 2 from the bracket. We figure after back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, it’s a pretty clear winner in its own right.
But we do have eight other championship courses. And now, it’s time for the first round:
No. 1 seed Pinehurst No. 4 vs. No. 8 seed Pinehurst No. 1
Most agree Tom Fazio elevated a good course to a great one with his work on No. 4. Indeed, it was selected as the co-site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur. But then there's Pinehurst No. 1. And it all started here.
NOTE: Vote by clicking on the course of your choice. Votes are tallied automatically.
No. 4 seed Pinehurst No. 9 vs. No. 5 seed Pinehurst No. 6
Welcome to the dance, Jack. The area's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is Pinehurst No. 9, added to the Pinehurst stable in 2014. But it meets stalwart Pinehurst No. 6, an original Fazio design that features one of the more daunting closing nines at Pinehurst.
No. 3 seed Pinehurst No. 7 vs. No. 6 seed Pinehurst No. 3
The Rees Jones monster of Pinehurst No. 7 is considered one of the toughest tracks in the area, and there is history as well: No. 7 was built on the site of a forgotten 9-hole employee course. Of Donald Ross's No. 3, Ben Crenshaw says: "I just don’t think people understand how good those holes are. They’re filled with interest. They’re shorter, but there’s plenty of character to them."
No. 2 seed Pinehurst No. 8 vs. No. 7 seed Pinehurst No. 5
Some feel that No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout better than any of the other courses, and many mid- and higher-handicappers find it the most enjoyable track to play. No. 5 was designed in 1961 by Ellis Maples, a protégé of Donald Ross, and part of North Carolina’s first family of golf course design and construction.
Get your votes in, and soon we’ll move on to the second round!