Pinehurst no 1.

Pinehurst ResortPinehurst Resort

 Boston businessman James Walter Tufts sold his soda business in 1895 and purchased 6000 acres of land in the North Carolina Sandhills with the express purpose of building a health resort, and opened the Holly Inn that year. Tufts employed Frederick Law Olmstead ( of Central Park fame ) to design the village and central green for what became the village of Pinehurst. Although the first golf course was laid out in 1897 by a Dr Leroy Culver, it wasn't until Donald Ross was appointed in 1900 that golf really came into it's own at Pinehurst. Scottish born Ross designed over 400 courses in his time, many of which have stood the test of time. He is rightly regarded as one of the finest golf architects the world has seen. Pinehurst no 2 opened in 1907 and Ross  declared it was 'the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed". Pinehurst no 2 is regarded as his masterpiece.

Indeed Pinehurst no 2 has now hosted major championships such as the U.S. PGA, the Ryder Cup, The Tour Championship, and a number of U.S. Opens- perhaps the most famous of these was the 1999 Open won dramatically by Payne Stewart. In fact no 2 has hosted more championship events than any other course in the USA.

But Pinehurst Resort wasn't always all about the golf, although that is what it is universally known for now. Originally Tufts designed it as a health resort, and riding, hunting, cycling and archery were key activities. In 1916 exhibition shooter Annie Oakley came to Pinehurst Gun Club teaching 125000 people how to shoot in a 5 year period!

But these days it is all about the golf. Pinehurst now has 9 championship courses under its care, and the general sandhills area around Pinehurst has many more.

 Putter Boy at Pinehurst ResortPutter Boy at Pinehurst

Pinehurst no 1

Dr Leroy Culver laid out 9 holes of a golf course in 1897 that would later become Pinehurst no 1.

A further nine holes was added shortly thereafter by John Dunn Tucker.

Donald Ross was employed in 1900, and one of his first tasks was to remodel no 1.

He did so drawing on the influences of Royal Dornoch and the Scottish links of his homeland.

The firm sandy terrain he found in the Sandhills of Nth Carolina were perfect for links like golf!

In particular his bunkering through the fairways and around the greens, and the green complexes themselves deined Ross's work at Pinehurst. 


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Pinehurst no 1- hole 12 Pinehurst no 1- hole 12



Pinehurst no 1 is not as long or testing as no 2, but is a lovely, strategic course and ideal as the starting point for any serious stay at 'The Home of Golf in the USA'


Golf Tours- Pinehurst & The Sandhills of North Carolina

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