U.S. Open Championships 2014 Pinehurst No. 2: Round 1 Course Set Up

2014-US-OPEN_LOGOPinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC June 12, 2014 – Weather Forecast for Thursday (provide by Jake Swick with Thor Guard Weather)We dodged more showers and storms just after sunset last night by the narrowest of margins, much like we did around 5 p.m. yesterday.  Visibility is dropping around the area due to some breaks in the clouds, combined with light winds and high humidity. Right now it does not look like enough to create problematic fog, but some patchy fog is a possibility around and shortly after dawn. As if that wasn’t enough, there are still some widely scattered showers on radar early this morning. We could get clipped by a shower in the next hour or so, but hopefully we will avoid some of the quick downpours that I’m seeing to our north and west. We’ll keep that 40 percent chance of a shower through 11 a.m., with the threat of lightning mainly from 8 a.m. on. Most of that activity should pull to our north and east later on in the morning hours, giving us more breaks in the clouds around lunchtime. We’ll quickly heat up through the 80s and then more clouds will build back in this afternoon as more scattered showers and storms redevelop from 2 p.m. on. Given our luck this week, I’m going to remain optimistic that our 60 percent chance holds off until 5 p.m. Winds will be lighter today than yesterday, really only being noticeable this afternoon when they get up near 10 mph at times. Any showers and storms still on radar when the sun goes down tonight should diminish by midnight, with little to no activity expected after midnight through dawn Friday. Friday’s forecast is slightly better than today, but we’ll still have a chance of showers and storms once again.

Green Speeds – Today’s green speeds are averaging 12½ feet on the USGA Stimpmeter.

USGA logoWeather Affecting Course Setup Decisions – Given that the golf course avoided rain that was virtually all around us last evening, an ample amount of water was given to the putting greens to ensure their health throughout the day and to provide proper firmness for Round One. Because no putting green syringing/watering is planned today mid-round, a bit more water was placed on the greens this morning (relative to past mornings), which will make the morning round firmness slightly softer than the past three days. We expect afternoon firmness to mimic practice-round firmness.

U.S. Open Championships 2014 Round 1 hole locations

U.S. Open Championships 2014 Round 1 hole locations

Total Course Yardage for Thursday (tee marker settings to flagstick) = 3,601 yards out; 3,759 yards in = 7,360 total yards

Hole-by-Hole Information:

Hole 1 – 400 yards; the hole location is in the center-right portion of the green, a few paces from the false front and the fall-off on the right.

Hole 2 – 500 yards; the hole location is in the front-left portion of the green; putts will be relatively fast coming down the hill from past the hole.

Hole 3 – 391 yards; tee markers have been placed on the back teeing ground; the hole location is in the back left portion of the green; putts from the center of the green to the hole are relatively slow.

Hole 4 – 497 yards; tee markers have been placed on the penultimate teeing ground; the hole is located in the front-right portion of the green; putts from past the hole are fast and break from left to right.

Hole 5 – 528 yards; tee markers are placed on the forward of the three back teeing grounds, making the hole reachable in two shots; the challenging front-right hole location is on the spine that runs through the green; shots missed short left and long right of the green will provide for a challenging up and in.

Hole 6 – 192 yards; tee markers have been moved forward roughly 25 paces; the hole location, which hugs the left bunker, is in the center-left portion of the green, several paces past the false front; putts coming from the center of the green will be fast.

Hole 7 – 427 yards; the hole location is in the right-rear portion of the green.

Hole 8 – 487 yards; the hole location is in the center-left portion of the green.

Hole 9 – 179 yards; tee markers are moved a dozen paces forward of the tee sign; the hole location is in the center-left portion of the left quadrant of the green.

Hole 10 – 608 yards; the hole location is in the far-right quadrant/finger of the green.

Hole 11 – 493 yards; the hole location is in the back portion of the green, just past the subtle back-right undulation.

Hole 12 – 446 yards; tee markers have been moved up 32 paces to the penultimate teeing ground; the challenging hole location is high on the front-left portion of the green.

Hole 13 – 385 yards; the hole location is in the back portion of the green near the back-right undulation.

Hole 14 – 450 yards; the hole location is in the front-right “bowl,” making putts very quick from the center of the green.

Hole 15 – 208 yards; tee markers are on the back portion of the teeing ground; the hole location is in the relatively flat back-left portion of the green.

Hole 16 – 517 yards; the hole location is in the center-left portion of the green, several paces beyond the false front and the left bunker fall-off.

Hole 17 – 213 yards; the tee markers are placed on the back teeing ground; the hole location is on the back-left portion of the green, just over the center-left undulation that hugs the left bunker.

Hole 18 – 439 yards; the hole location is in the front-right portion of the putting green, partway down the hill to the center trough.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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