The 13th hole at Pinehurst No. 2.
Courtesy of the resort
In 2010, a team lead by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw killed and ripped out all the Bermudagrass rough on Pinehurst No. 2 that had been foolishly planted in the 1970s. Between fairways and tree lines, they established vast bands of native hardpan sand dotted with clumps of wiregrass and scattered pine needles. They reduced the irrigation to mere single rows in fairways to prevent grass from ever returning to the new sandy wastelands. Playing firm and fast, it was wildly successful as the site of the 2014 Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens, played on consecutive weeks. Because of its water reduction, the course was named a Green Star environmental award-winner by Golf Digest that year. In 2019, Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 hosted another U.S. Amateur Championship, and the USGA announced Pinehurst No. 2—in addition to hosting the 2024 U.S. Open—will also have the 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047 U.S. Opens.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966. Ranked among the Top 40 since the inaugural edition in 1985.
2023-'24 ranking: 29th (since 2019).
Highest ranking: 9th, 1995-2002.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked since 2003.
Current ranking: 6th since 2017.
Highest ranking: 2nd, 2003-2006.
Best in State: Ranked Top 5 in North Carolina since 2011.
Current ranking: 1st, since 2023.