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Pinehurst (Pinehurst System)


Definition: Also known as Chapman System, Pinehurst (or Pinehurst System) is a 2-person team competition format. The "inventor," Dick Chapman, came up with the format at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Hence, the format is Chapman or Pinehurst. And, for good measure, it is less frequently referred to as American Foursomes.

In the Pinehurst System, both players tee off, then they switch golf balls. Player A plays Player B's drive, and vice-versa. Each player hits the second shot. They then select the best of the second shots, and from that point until the ball is holed they play only one ball in an alternate shot format. Got it?

If you don't "got it," continue to our Chapman System page for further explanation (Chapman System is the more common name). Handicap allowances for Pinehurst competitions can be found in the USGA Handicap Manual, Section 9-4 (www.usga.com).

Pinehurst Alternate Definition
Pinehurst also refers to Pinehurst Resort, located in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. Pinehurst Resort is one of the most famous golf resorts in the world, boasting eight courses. The most famous is Pinehurst No. 2, a Donald Ross design which has hosted multiple U.S. Opens. See Pinehurst No. 2 Gallery.

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Also Known As: Chapman System, American Foursomes
The format for the men's golf association tournament next week is Pinehurst System.
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