US OPEN: COURSE OVERVIEW
June 10, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Pinehurst Resort, and especially course No. 2, is steeped in tradition. The resort was conceived by Boston soda fountain magnate James Walker Tufts, who purchased 5,500 acres, intending to build a resort for a winter escape for the northern snowbirds. The price? Just $1 per acre.
After the first course was laid out in the late 1890s, Scottish-born course designer Donald Ross was brought in to design three courses and redo No. 1.
Famed No. 2 opened for play in 1907 with oiled sand or dirt greens, as the summers would not maintain grass. Over the years, Ross tinkered with his pride and joy for over 40 years, finally settling on its current configuration in 1935. Ross certainly was happy with the result, calling it, "the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed."
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