Our Guest Speaker During our Awards Presentation Dinner
Lee Pace will be our Speaker about the restoration of Course No. 2 by the renown architecture team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore at the Awards Presentation Dinner on May 5th. He is extremely well versed, having authored several books about Pinehurst, the latest being
The Golden Age of Pinehurst, The Story of the Rebirth of No. 2.
The Golden Age of Pinehurst is Lee Pace’s fourth book documenting the story of Pinehurst. The others were Pinehurst Stories—A Celebration Great Golf and Good Times; the first edition was published in 1991 and a second edition in 1999. The Spirit of Pinehurst followed in 2004.
Here is some of Lee’s insight into the restoration of Donald Ross’s masterpiece:
I remember very clearly the first day that Bill, Ben and their chief on-site designer and construction guy, Toby Cobb, were on-site together. It was in late February 2010. They started the process in one of the far corners of the course, away from the clubhouse, and began on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes. They stood on the 11th tee and Bill talked about how neat and organized the hole looked—straight lines of trees, cart path, rough and fairway. The right side of the fairway did have one of the few strips of wire grass that remained on the course; but even it was tidy and orderly with smooth boundaries. “This is anything BUT what this golf course is supposed to look like,” Bill said. Thus began the process of turning No. 2 from a smooth, green, modern appearance with narrow, straight-line fairways into more of what Donald Ross and Richard Tufts left three-quarters of a century ago.