Architect: Donald Ross
Host 1999, 2005, 2014 Mens and 2014 Womens US Opens
One of my first memories on the subject of golf was watching Payne Stewart's funeral on tv when I was 12. Pinehurst #2 was the lifelong project of Donald Ross. It has seriously evolved since, and comes with a lot of exaggerated stereotypes of what Ross golf really is. It also happens to be a very difficult golf course. On my last trip to NC, work had just begun on the C and C renovation for the opens.
Get used to false fronts. Also note how close the group on 2 tee is.
Note the rolling terrain and mounding that flows from the greens into the surrounds.
Often mentioned with the best short par 4's in the world.
The original home of the golf hall of fame.
Landing zone cant be seen from the tee. Right side of the fairway is best.
The hardest shot on the course is hitting this green.
Note the steepness
Green is split into a distinct right and left side. The best par 3 on the course.
From the front tee.
Note how the cuts from the bunker and mounding work together with the contour of the green.
Don't forget about the blind bunker on the left when laying up.
Personally I feel #18 is one of the weakest holes on the course, but the history aka Payne Stewart make it plenty interesting.