After having the pleasure of playing Pinehurst No. 2 a couple of weeks ago, albeit a less than stellar round of golf on my part, I have a few simple tips that will make the experience that much better for golfers of any skill level.
#1. Walk, Don't Ride
Although we opted to take a cart during our round, as our backs decided to flare up on us (Perfect timing!), the thought of walking a bunch was not overly appealing. That said, seeing that Pinehurst No. 2 is cart-path only at all times, there still was a bit of walking (unless you hit it towards the cart path areas, which I certainly did at times, both intentionally and unintentionally).
While riding on the golf cart, both my buddy and I said on several occasions that we would most definitely walk the next time we have the opportunity to play the No. 2 Course. No question. To get the best overall experience and appreciation of the famed Donald Ross design/Coore-Crenshaw renovated course, walking is a must!
#2. Hire a Walking Caddie
Caddies certainly aren't for everyone, but along with walking Pinehurst No. 2, having a knowledgeable caddie guide you around the course can only add to the overall experience.
I have always been of the notion to not have a caddie, right or wrong, but I like the idea of figuring things out for myself. That's the way we did it in Scotland at the Old Course, Turnberry, Muirfield, Royal Dornoch, as well as at Pebble Beach Golf Links. That said, hanging out behind the 18th hole of No. 2 watching golfers with their caddies, you could definitely see the added enjoyment they were receiving from their caddies hard work and vast knowledge.
#3. Relax and Enjoy the Round
Perhaps easier said than done at times with golf, but in the case of playing Pinehurst No. 2, it's a definite to get the best overall enjoyment.
One way to receive the biggest sense of relaxation on Pinehurst No. 2, in my opinion, would be to shoot for a mid-to-late morning tee time. It gives you time to wake up, have a workout in fine fitness facility at Pinehurst Resort, grab some grub, warm up on the range, hit some putts, and then make your way to the first tee.
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