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Photos: The No. 2 Course at Pinehurst Resort

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First Hole at Pinehurst No. 2
First hole at Pinehurst No. 2

The No. 1 hole on the No. 2 course at Pinehurst.

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Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the most-famous golf courses in the United States, site for multiple U.S. Opens and other big tournaments.

The photo above shows the run-up to the first green on Pinehurst No. 2. As you can see, sandy waste areas and bunkers play a major role on the No. 2 course. The course sits in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, and the original Donald Ross design (which opened in 1907) made use of the region's sand-and-pine-forest setting in the No. 2 course. It even had sand greens for the first couple decades after opening.

Ensuing decades, however, led to more and more turf covering up the sandy areas. Finally, beginning in 2010 and concluding in 2011, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore renovated the No. 2 course to re-install those "sandscapes." The photos in this slideshow (with one exception) show the No. 2 course post-renovation.

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