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Pinehurst #2

Pinehurst is located in North Carolina and is consistently ranked amongst the world top 100 courses. The resort has several other courses designed by some of the best course architects in the world and is a popular golf destination. I visited during april and had fantastic weather. The facilities are good, nothing spectacular, but as expected on a facility like this. The clubhouse has a some displays of the history connected to Pinehurst with some of the memories from past championships.

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I stayed at the Manor Inn which was conveniently located. Nothing special and seems quite old, but fine for a nights stay. The breakfast is served at the main hotel and I would probably stay there the next time.

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A fantastic short course designed by Gil Hanse. I did not play it, but supposedly a good experience. 
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Outside the clubhouse they have created a huge putting green which is a great challenge. Inspired by St. Andrews and a really good test before going out to play.
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Tee markers on the putting green
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The driving range

The driving range is designed in true Pinehurst style with the same waste areas as you will experience on #2.

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Short game green next to the first tee on #2. A very good place to spend some time before heading out.
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Ready to head out. We played the course from the Blue tee which plays at 6961 yards

 

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Hole 1, Par 4, 393 yards

A relatively “soft” opening hole but still requires a good drive to stay in the fairway. I hit my drive into the waste area on the right hand side, but had a decent lie. Generally I did not hit many fairways, but overall found some decent lies and even though the fairway is preferable, it is not too bad to end up in the waste area. My second shot ended up right off the green and made bogey.

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1st green.

The greens were in good shape and running fast. Quite hard, so difficult to get any real spin.

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Hole 2, Par 4, 439 yards

The course is very true to its design and seem very similar from many of the tee boxes.

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2nd green and the bunker I was in my.
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Looking back down the 2nd hole

The second hole was one of the few fairways I hit, but still managed to make double bogey. Was in the bunker on my second and rolled over the green from there. Poor chip and a 6 on the card. It pretty much sums up my round and my game was just not sharp enough to get around in a decent score.

 

 

 

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3rd hole, par 4, 350 yards

A short par 4, where a lay up is required. I hit a rescue club, but just ran out of fairway.

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Approach to 3rd green

I hit a poor second shot and ended up short of the green with above approach. Just ran over the green and another double.

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Hole 4, par 4, 474 yards.

One of the longer par 4s and you need two good shots to get on the green. I was in the greenside bunker in 2.

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approach shot to 4th hole
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Tee shot on 5th, Par 5, 508 yards

The first par 5 on the course. I hit a decent drive and was on the fairway. However as with pretty much all the holes it is around the greens where the trouble start.

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5th green

It is difficult to see how tough the green is, but basically you cannot miss the green on either side and especially not left. I thought my approach shot was perfect and even though it landed on the right part, it still ran down a run off and I made bogey.

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Hole 6, Par 3, 203 yards

Playing a bit into the wind and my fade went into the greenside bunker.

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My bunker shot on 6th hole

My caddie did say dont miss left and as you can see from above picture a difficult shot. I hit a decent bunker shot onto the green, but missed my par putt.

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One of the nice properties along the fairway
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Hole 9, par 3

A well designed par 3 and difficult to get it close to the hole. However my playing partners manage to land the ball middle of the green and feed the ball towards the hole. I came up short and into the bunker with what I would determine as a pretty impossible shot to a downhill green towards the hole. Hit a good bunker shot that rolled over the green and made 5.

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approach to 10th hole
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10th green
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My lie on the 11th hole

Pretty good lie in the waste area and still gives you a shot at the green.

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18th hole, great challenge as a finishing hole
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18th green

 

The condition of the course was really good and even though we played from the back tees it is not that difficult a driving course. It is all about the greens and run off areas. It is the most difficult course with regards to approach shots that I have played so far and I can only imagine how tough this course can be setup for tournaments. My game was extremely poor which did not make the challenge any easier, but I am sure the score can be improved. I will return to try again some day.

 

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