The venerable Pinehurst Number Two labeled a freak course and possibly converted to an employee's course? Two sets of greens? Donald Ross a real estate developer? It can't possibly be so. Or could it? If think you know the story of Pinehurst, think again. If you've seen it on TV and assumed it was always like that, think again.
In 1895, the inventor of the soda fountain bought more than 5,000 acres of barren wasteland. This area was so barren, some thought it existed only to bind the rest of the world together. He started his own village for consumptives but soon realized he made a grievous error. Fighting to preserve what was left of his investment, James Walker Tufts was saved by a little white ball. Witnessing a few guests swatting it around his dairy field with sticks, he realized his saving grace was a new game recently imported from across the Atlantic. The game was called golf.
110 years later the USGA hosted its second U.S. Open in six years on one of the most famous golf courses in the world, Pinehurst No. 2. The intervening years saw the evolution of a history of one of the top golf destination areas in the world. Inside these pages is the story of Pinehurst Resort, Mid Pines, Pine Needles, Southern Pines Country Club, The Country Club of North Carolina and countless other golf courses of the sandhills.
One family transformed a plot of sandy wasteland into a verdant oasis of golf. Along the way, the greatest golfers in the world - Vardon, Sarazen, Hogan, Palmer, Nicklaus, and Woods - tested their mettle on Donald Ross's famous greens.
The story of Pinehurst is one of dumb luck, ingenuity, and grand visions. This is the story of the Home of American Golf and it isn't what you think?
Excerpt from Rees Jones's forward-
The essence of Tufts's vision of Pinehurst is essentially the same today as it was in 1895 - give people a healthy, beautiful place to be restored. As the focus on Pinehurst increases, the history that Richard Mandell has preserved in his book Pinehurst: Home of American Golf will become increasingly important as well. Richard and I share a passion for the legacy of Pinehurst. He lives in the area and is himself a golf course architect. In this book, his love for golf and his knowledge of Sandhills history is truly displayed.