Golf at Pinehurst
10.04.2017 - 13.04.2017 25 °C
On Monday (10/4/17) we travelled from Augusta GA to Pinehurst, North Carolina, a 3.5 hour coach trip, and then played Pinehurst #6, one of nine golf courses in the Pinehurst Estate. No. 6 is the Pinehurst members' course and regarded as the easiest of the nine courses. We didn't find it that easy and as with most "first time" courses, we fell into a lot of traps. We also thought the course was in rather poor condition although the greens were very good. (Champion Bermuda for the BGC crowd and a little bit better than ours). Liz and I both played OK but we (especially me) found the greens hard to read.
We were disappointed that we were not staying in the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst which is a wonderful old hotel which we were so looking forward to staying in. Instead we were shipped out to the "Condominiums" which are a shuttle bus ride away and not where the action is. The "condo" is big and not badly equipped but it is dated and needs work. This is the first real disappointment of the trip and we have communicated our displeasure.
Tuesday we played Pinehurst #2., the most highly rated of the courses having hosted a number of US Opens and other prestigious events. It was fabulous. Not so difficult from the tee (white tees, not blue or black) but the approach shots are very testing. We had a caddie who advised us where to aim and the read of the greens which made a world of difference. Played OK and made some puts but when we went bad, it was very punishing. But a lovely day walking a magnificent golf course.
On Wednesday we played Pinehurst #8. This course was visually quite different to the other two we have played. A difficult course, but again, not punishing in the lose your ball in the hazard sense, just a course where you have to land in the right places. because you don't you have difficult chips or impossible puts. We played today with the tour group professional and he hired a "caddie" to helps us with shot selection and green reading. Once again, having a person there to advise us was a great help and I, for one, had a much better scoring day as a result. (Only 32 points but enough to come second on the day.) Another very enjoyable day of golf.
Group farewell dinner at "1895", a restaurant in the Pinehurst Village, where we enjoyed good food, wine and conversation together with a presentation of trophies for the day and the tour.
Tomorrow we leave Pinehurst and head in different directions. Liz and I are heading for Chapel Hill NC to visit our nephew who is at UNC, and then on to Florida for cruise with Laura.