Pinehurst No 2 to be restored by Coore-Crenshaw


Pinehurst Resort, host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, has hired Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw for a project that is meant to enhance the natural and strategic character of Pinehurst No. 2.

Changes to the Donald Ross gem include returning sandy waste areas, native wiregrass and natural bunker edges to their original luster, while also widening the fairways to play as they did in the era from 1935 to 1960. The amount of manicured rough is also being scaled back.

The project does not include any work on the famed turtleback greens, and there will be no significant length added.

Work at No. 2 will be conducted gradually in 2010 without any hole closures until Nov. 15, meaning the impact on resort play will be minimal.

“We’re trying to uncover it, not recover it,” Coore said of the project. “We’re trying to take what Ross left and perhaps bring it back to the character and definition of what was once here. In short, we’ll bring the strategy back, and reinstate its character.”

Coore and Crenshaw Inc. is a logical choice for the project considering the team has experience designing courses in the area (The Dormie Club) and also has Bandon Trails – one of the best inland public courses in America – on its résumé.