Can I play Pinehurst No. 2?
Without question the most famous of all the golf courses in the Pinehurst area is Pinehurst Resort’s No. 2 course where the 1936 PGA, 1951 Ryder Cup and the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens were held. In 2014 the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens will be hosted here in consecutive weeks for the first time ever in history which should make for an interesting couple of weeks in the North Carolina sand hills!
Because of it’s pedigree in professional tournament golf Pinehurst No. 2 is THE course to play for visitors to the area. The great news is that unlike many other U.S. Open sites Pinehurst No. 2 is not an exclusive private club and there are a number of options available for gaining access to the course.
The first and most obvious way to get a tee time on the Pinehurst No. 2 course is to buy a stay & play package through Pinehurst Resort. These packages typically consist of accommodations at one of the Pinehurst Resort properties and a couple of rounds of golf at the Pinehurst Resort courses (courses number 1-8).
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The next option for getting a tee time at Pinehurst No. 2 is to contact a member. Although the course is part of Pinehurst Resort, there are members who own property in the area and have access to the Pinehurst Resort courses without having to stay at one of the resort properties. If you are able to find a member they will be able to arrange a tee time on No. 2 with little to no problem. Unaccompanied play is allowed so they would not even have to play with you.
Finally, the last option and the most “daring” of them all is to try your as a walk-on which is how I played Pinehurst No. 2 the first time I played it. The resort opens the tee sheet to non-resort guests and non-members 24 hours in advance. For example, if you want to play on a Wednesday, then you will want to call first thing on the Tuesday morning before to see if there are any spots available. If you are playing as a single the odds are pretty good that you will get on. The more players in your group, the tougher it will be to get a tee time.
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