Pinehurst No. 2 more than 7,500 yards for U.S. Open


PINEHURST, N.C. –  A revamped Pinehurst No. 2 will boast plenty of length for the U.S. Open this summer.

The course will be stretched out to 7,562 yards (par 70) for the men’s U.S. Open, USGA officials said Monday. The scorecard will include four par 4s longer than 500 yards, highlighted by the 528-yard 16th hole. The longest par 5 will be No. 10 at 617 yards, while three of the four par-3s will be more than 200 yards in length: No. 6 (219 yards), No. 15 (202 yards) and No. 17 (205 yards).

The course will play nearly 350 yards longer than it did in 2005, when Michael Campbell conquered the field over a 7,214-yard, par-70 layout. When Payne Stewart won in 1999, the course measured 7,175 yards.

It will mark the third-longest layout in the history of the U.S. Open, behind only Congressional in 2011 (7,574 yards) and Torrey Pines (South Course) in 2008 (7,643 yards), both of which were par 71s.

The added length stems from new teeing grounds introduced on more than half the holes, according to USGA executive director Mike Davis. While the new tee boxes will offer USGA officials some flexibility on course setup each day, Davis insists that players should not expect the course to play to its full potential.

“We won’t play that whole length at any given time,” Davis said.

Last year’s U.S. Open at Merion was one of the shortest in recent memory, with the course playing to only 6,996 yards (par 70).

When the U.S. Women’s Open is contested the following week at Pinehurst No. 2, the course will still play to a par 70 but will measure 6,649 yards. The lengthy par-4 16th will measure 458 yards, while No. 10 will play as a 571-yard par 5. The longest par-3 will be No. 17 at 184 yards.

Last year the U.S. Women’s Open was held at Sebonack Golf Club, which measured 6,821 yards and played to a par 72.

The course will have a 76.0 course rating for the men, along with a slope rating of 147, while the setup for the women will have a course rating of 78.1 and a slope of 145.