Coore and Crenshaw restoration brings new life to 2014 U.S. Open host Pinehurst No. 2
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. -- The classic No. 2 golf course at Pinehurst Resort is back -- in a big way.
After spending much of 2010 under the knife, the 2014 U.S. Open host has reopened with a brand new, sandier look. The renovation of Donald Ross' masterpiece was put in the hands of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The two spent a lot of time looking at former pictures and blueprints of the design and did their best to restore it to its sandier state.
One of the biggest changes was to reinstall a center-line irrigation system rather than their previous system that ran down both sides of the fairway. With the irrigation now only going about 15-20 yards in either direction, the bermuda rough is dying off and has been replaced with waste areas and wire grass. The greens were also reseeded with Penn G-2 and will be sodded with A1-A4 bent.
Two greens, No. 15 and No. 17, were redesigned, but the majority of the new look is in the rough and a more rugged look to the bunkers.
When Pinehurst No. 2 hosts the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, expect to see something unlike anything you saw in 1999 and 2005.