Putter Boy Can Tell Time
Pinehurst's signature statue of a young golfer is known by several names. There's "Putter Boy," "The Golf Lad," and "The Sundial Boy," among others. The bronze work was created by sculptor Lucy Currier Richards and has been at the club since 1912. It's not only a good place to have your photo taken, the statue's sundial will let you know what time it is between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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The Village's Designer Was a Ringer
Pinehurst Resort is located in The Village of Pinehurst, which was developed by James Walker Tufts in 1895 on 600 acres of land he purchased for the princely sum of $1 per acre. The Village was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York's Central Park and was the landscape architect behind some of the earliest planned communities in the United States.
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The Greens Used to be Sand
Pinehurst No. 2 had sand greens from its inception in 1907, until 1935, when they were grassed in time to host the 1936 PGA Championship. Denny Shute won the then-match play format, defeating Jimmy Thompson 3 & 2. Shute also won the 1933 Open Championship at St. Andrews.
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The King Won There, Once
One of Arnold Palmer's earliest victories came at Pinehurst when he captured the Southern Conference Championship over Harvie Ward in 1948. The Southern Conference was a forerunner to the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference. Its championship that year wasn't decided until the 18th hole when Ward nearly holed out an approach that would have tied him with Palmer.
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Ben Hogan Got His First Pro Win There
The Hawk, in a 1985 interview with the PGA, said his final round in the 1940 North and South Open at Pinehurst was the most satisfying of his career. Hogan shot 74-70 to record a then-record total of 277, pocketed $1,000 for his victory, and gave up any thought of quitting tournament golf.
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The Fairways Are Wider, A Lot Wider
If you, or a U.S. Open competitor, finds the fairway at Pinehurst No. 2, you can thank Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. One of the changes they made during the renovation of the course was to increase the size of the fairways by an average of 50 percent. "This place is what it is,'' Crenshaw said in 2011. "We tried our best to uncover it.'' Original designer Donald Ross, said Crenshaw, wanted it to be a "stern test, but he also wanted people of lesser skills to be able to play it as well."
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Jack, and Jackie, Won There
Jack Nicklaus won the North and South Amateur as a 19-year-old in 1959. His son, Jackie, won the same event 26 years later. Jackie's victory came a year after Davis Love III won the North and South, a prestigious event that also counts Curtis Strange ('75, '76), Hal Sutton ('80) and Corey Pavin ('81) among its champions. Jackie joined his father at the Masters the next year, looping during the Golden Bear's sixth Masters triumph.
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A Cult Hero Was Made There
Jason Gore's stellar play, girth and smile made him a fan favorite as he earned a place at the top of the leaderboard with 71-67 the first two rounds in 2005 at No. 2. He shot 72-84 on the weekend to finish tied for 49th. He won the 84 Lumber Classic later that year and finished T47 in the 2010 U.S. Open. He's won $3,426,225 on Tour since 2005.
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There's Almost No Place To Locate the Hole on No. 5
Pinehurst's most crowned green is likely that at No. 5. Designer Bill Coore likens hitting the green the placing the ball on the hood of a car, if that car is from the 1940s and has an elongated hood. "I've never seen anything like this," says Coore. "(It's) crowned so severely that you can only place the pin in the middle .. I'm not sure there's a green in golf where the usable square footage for hole locations is so small relative to the overall size of the green."
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There's No Rough - Seriously!
Yes, the U.S. Open will be played without its traditionally thick packets of rough. The 2010-2012 Crenshaw/Coore renovation removed 35 acres of primary Bermuda rough. So, forget about players having to hack a wedge back into the fairway after an errant tee shot. There will be chances for recovery, but they'll have to come from hardpan, sandy scrub, pine straw and wispy wiregrass.
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No. 4 Is Now a Par-4, No. 5 Is a Par-5
Got that? One of the biggest changes at Pinehurst No. 2 during the U.S. Open will be on these holes. The 5th played as a 476-yard par-4 during the 2005 U.S. Open. It's now a 570-yard par-5. The 5h hole will be played as a meaty, 530-yard par 4. Co-designer Bill Coore said the 4th will work well as a long par-4 because of its ability to accept long shots.
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