VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. -- Pinehurst Resort & Country Club is so in tune with its history, it's almost as if this iconic golf resort lives in a time warp. Every move toward the future is made with a nod to the past.
Look no further than the evolution of Pinehurst No. 2. Its 2011 restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw actually took the golf course back in time. They used old photographs from the 1940s to bring back the "sandscapes" lining the fairways. The new ultra-dwarf mini-verde bermuda grass scheduled to be installed on the greens of Pinehurst No. 2 after the back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open is also a return to the glory days when the greens were blanketed with bermuda grass prior to the 1970s.
Pinehurst, which dates to 1895 when the charming 82-room Holly Inn opened, is a 2,000-acre tribute to Americana. The modern touches -- the fantastic Spa at Pinehurst built in 2002, the flat screens in the remodeled rooms and the opening of Pinehurst No. 8 in 1996 -- have seamlessly been introduced without disturbing the fabric of the resort.
Like a supermodel, the 230-room Carolina Hotel, dating to 1901, continues to age gracefully. The menus have all changed over the years, but The Tavern and the 1895 Grille at The Holly Inn and the Carolina Dining Room and the Ryder Cup Lounge inside the main hotel continue to serve wonderful food with a side helping of Southern hospitality.
The years roll by, yet the core mission remains the same. Pinehurst will always be the holiest of grounds for those who worship the game of golf.