Friday, April 20, 2007
Four Days At Pinehurst Resort
Celebrate 100 years at the cradle of American golf
Day 3: Course No. 4 and The Spa at Pinehurst
The 2008 U.S. Amateur will be held on two Pinehurst courses: Nos. 2 and 4. While most people are probably familiar with Donald Ross’ crown jewel No. 2 course (site of the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens), few people think of the original 1919 Donald Ross No. 4 course as tournament worthy. Today, you’ll find out just how good it is.
No. 4 officially reopened after Tom Fazio gave it an extensive makeover in 2000 that saw the addition of 140 pot bunkers. With the U.S. Amateur just over a year away, the typically pristine Pinehurst conditions are sure to be even more immaculate, not to mention challenging.
After your round, you’re more than welcome to tackle another course, but knowing what awaits you tomorrow might cause you to visit The Spa at Pinehurst. Their menu is filled with many relaxing treatments, including their very popular Champions Massage, a combination hot stone/Swedish massage that helps relieve muscle tension.
One round on Pinehurst No. 2, two additional rounds on any other Pinehurst course, caddie for your No. 2 round, short game clinic, golf massage, commemorative gift, two-night accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner. $1,499 per person.
Donald Ross Package
One round per day, cart, one sleeve of golf balls, practice balls, accommodations, daily dinner and breakfast, access to other recreation. Starting at $334-$560.*
Putter Boy Package
Unlimited daily golf, cart, sleeve of balls, practice balls, accommodations, dinner, breakfast, access to other recreation. Starting at $497-$656.*
*Per person, per night based on double occupancy. For more information, please visit www.pinehurst.com.
Day 4: Pinehurst No. 2
Well, it has all come down to this. After three days of great golf, taking a lesson or two at the new Pinehurst Golf Academy and even getting a much needed massage, you should be fully prepared for what awaits you: Donald Ross’ classic No. 2 course.
Maxing out at a heart-thumping 7,305 yards, Pinehurst No. 2 has challenged golfers since it opened for play 100 years ago. The famed course that dominated the best in the world two years ago at the 105th U.S. Open reaches the century mark this year, a milestone that should be recognized by anyone who cherishes the history of golf in the United States.
One of the best ways to enjoy your round on No. 2 is through the Centennial Package that includes caddie fees and a short game clinic designed to help you play Ross’ tricky greens.
As you play your round, soak it all up, because you’re walking in the footsteps of champions. Take note as you tee off that this is where Ben Hogan won his first professional tournament and where 19-year-old Jack Nicklaus won the North and South Amateur. As you stride up the 18th fairway, keep in mind you’re walking the same route as Payne Stewart in 1999. After you finish out on 18, celebrate with a Stewart-esque fist pump. Afterward, walk to the clubhouse where his celebratory pose is immortalized in bronze. Take a picture with your friends. This is what golf is all about.
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