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‘I am completely in shock’: Golfer gets unexpected invite to Pinehurst … from Pinehurst

February 22, 2024
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It’s not getting any better than this. How could it?

A P.E. teacher in North Carolina offhandedly commented on Twitter that Pinehurst No. 2 would be his “dream course to play one day,” and now he’ll be teeing off at the fabled Carolina locale in a matter of weeks.

“Hey, @ericomac15, dreams come true sometimes,” the Pinehurst account tweeted out of the blue. “What are you doing on Sunday, March 10? We have a spot for you and a guest of yours on Pinehurst No. 2 that day if you'd like it. Yes, we're serious.”

"I am completely in shock," Eric Creech replied. "Thank you, @PinehurstResort for allowing me to live a dream. The plan is for my Dad to join me. This is once in a lifetime, and I couldn’t be more grateful."

Not only will Creech (and his father) be playing the famed “dream” course next month, but it’ll be free of charge. “Your tee time and caddie have been confirmed for you and your dad for Sunday, March 10,” Pinehurst continued. “It's on us. Enjoy your walk.”

Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst, NC
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.
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Instead of jealousy (although we’re sure there was some jealousy), the Internet was overwhelmingly positive with many wishing Creech good luck. Some even shared their cherished Pinehurst memories or gave a bit of advice on how to soak in the moment. The Pinehurst account even responsed to the responses, stating that they were "touched by" how excited everyone was by the back-and-forth. Just good stuff all around.

“For anyone who has commented and sent well wishes, thank you,” Creech said. “I will do an update post with some pictures when the day gets here. I’m gladly taking any advice and tips - this will literally be the first time I’ve had a caddie, and by far the nicest course I’ve ever been on.”

We need a hole-by-hole breakdown on March 11. Best of luck to the father-son duo getting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For the rest of us, it’s time to start tweeting at our own bucket list courses, hoping that we too find a little bit of luck.