Making history at course No. 2
Pinehurst's legendary golf course No. 2 will once again make history this month when both the Men's and Women's U.S. Opens will be contested, back to back, on its diabolical greens (June 12–22). The course at Pinehurst Resort in Moore County has served as the site of more championships than any other course in America.
Historic Pinehurst's origins date to 1895, when Boston soda fountain magnate James Walker Tufts arrived in the mostly barren Sandhills with an eye toward building a health resort. He hired a talented young Scot named Donald Ross to build him a few golf courses, from which the challenging No. 2 was created.
While Ross would go on to design more than 400 courses, it is No. 2 that usually is followed by these words: "Donald Ross' masterpiece." His courses' hallmark is their undulating, natural look. (Interestingly, although Ross loved golf he refused to bet a dime on it, saying he thought betting demeaned the courtly sport.)