For over a century one thing has not changed; People have come to Pinehurst North Carolina for golf.
In Pinehurst's early days, golfers wore ties and tweeds and played with hickory shafts and gutta-percha balls. The first golf course here in the Sandhills area of central North Carolina,(built in the 1890's), measured 5,203 yards.
With a large selection of well-maintained golf courses--many of them among North Carolina's best and a handful among the nation's elite--the area has become one of America's great golf destinations and the general consensus amongst avid golfers is that nowhere is there a concentration of golf courses that more accurately and completely mirrors the game's development in America.
The Pinehurst area has a long history and association with professional golf. Ben Hogan won his first pro tournament at Pinehurst in 1940. Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Cary Middlecoff were champions here. Arnold Palmer was a regular in Pinehurst before anyone knew who he was, joining his teammates at Wake Forest College for frequent trips to the area.
The area is essentially a triangle built around the small towns of Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen in central North Carolina. Its center is the community of Pinehurst, a cozy, comfortable little walking village designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also created New York's Central Park.
The center of the Pinehurst area's golf is, and has always been, the No. 2 course at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. Donald Ross, who built it, always considered it his home course, and once called it "the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed." This course has been selected as the site of the 1999 U.S. Open, which also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first course in the area at the Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst No. 1).
Any golfer who has the opportunity to visit and play the Pinehurst area's courses will be rewarded with memories and experiences which will last a lifetime.