As we draw closer and closer to the first (real) major of the year (I don’t really care about the PGA Championship) the USGA just had some exciting news.
The coveted Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, has been announced as a staple site for future US Opens. Through the next 25 years, Pinehurst No. 2 will host 5 US Opens.
Pinehurst is it’s own little town. It has restaurants, bars, hotels, and people living there. But there is one theme. Golf. Making this decision a no brainer for the USGA.
Last summer I had the opportunity to caddie in the US Amatuer at Pinehurst No. 2. And let me tell ya, it ain’t no walk in the park. The course plays difficult, and that’s what the fans want. I’m sick of seeing -25 winning golf tournaments. I get these are the best players in the world, but I’m sick of it. Make it longer, set up tougher pins, make the greens and rough unforgiving. Just do something to make the course tougher.
From the Payne Stewart Statue of his famous putt on 18, to the 3 acre putting green next to the club house (including the 18 hole putt-putt course interweaved seamlessly), to the numerous other courses they have on site, it is astounding. Pinehurst lives and breathes golf.
Don’t take my word for it though. Grab a group of buddies and plan a trip. You will absolutely love it and have no regrets.