Coore, Crenshaw hired to buff up No. 2

The fifth hole at Pinehurst No. 2.

The fifth hole at Pinehurst No. 2.

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – The architectural team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have been hired by Pinehurst to do restoration work on the resort’s signature No. 2 course.

The project will focus on restoring the strategic and aesthetic characteristics of Donald Ross’ original design. That will include: restoring sandy waste areas, native wiregrass and natural bunker edges; widening fairways; and reducing manicured rough.

“It is not our intent to radically change this golf course,” Coore said in a statement issued by Pinehurst. “We’re trying to uncover it, not recover it. We’re trying to take what Ross left and perhaps bring it back to the character and definition of what was once here. In short, we’ll bring the strategy back, and reinstate its character.”

The architects already have begun reviewing historic photos and widening the fairways. Resort play will not be impacted until No. 2 is closed from Nov. 15 to March 2, 2011. Most of the work will be completed in early 2011.

Pinehurst No. 2 is scheduled to host the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in successive weeks.

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