U.S. Open won't make players rough it at Pinehurst

A flag blows in the wind at Pinehurst No. 2, the site of this year's U.S. Open. (Streeter...

A flag blows in the wind at Pinehurst No. 2, the site of this year's U.S. Open. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP)

Jon McCarthy, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

Do you get twisted pleasure from watching the best golfers in the world being forced to chop the ball out of the rough at the U.S. Open?

Well, not this year because there is no more rough at Pinehurst No. 2 following a restoration by the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

None, zip, nada.

“There’s only two mow heights out there,” USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said this week during media day at Pinehurst. “It’s the height they cut the fairways and the height they cut the greens.”

The restoration by Coore Crenshaw Design Firm brings the course back toward its Donald Ross roots while at the same time looking toward a future of golf that uses less water and money to maintain courses.

Pinehurst owner Bob Dedman explained that over the years the course was no longer taking advantage of everything that makes the Sandhills of North Carolina unique.

“We wanted to make it more authentic,” Dedman said.


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