Pinehurst's longtime caddy Willie McRae gives us a history lesson on U.S. Open course

Caddy Willie McRae (USGA Museum)

Caddy Willie McRae (USGA Museum)

Jon McCarthy , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 PM ET

Pinehurst Resort is golf’s home away from home.

It may not be Scotland, but players at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 are soaking up the history.

“Just walking around the golf course, seeing some of the names on the trophies and some of the honour boards, it makes you excited about the venue,” said defending champ Justin Rose on Wednesday. “For me, that’s as important as learning the golf course.”

The history is everywhere at Pinehurst and one name stands out.

Here’s a hint.

You can eat at the Donald Ross Grill and your kid can tee it up at the Donald Ross Junior Championship. Coming here on a trip? Book the Donald Ross package.

I was heading out of the media centre determined to learn more about the history of Pinehurst when history walked right through the front door.

Willie Lee McRae is Pinehurst’s most famous caddy. Seventy-one years ago last month, he carried his first bag at the resort.


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