The author of this article is Gilbert Baez, a reporter for WRAL in Fayetteville.
Tuesday is 229 days away from the 124th U.S. Open, which will be held at the Pinehurst Resort.
The upcoming golf event will take place from June 13-16, 2024 at the No. 2 golf course of the resort. This location has hosted the most individual golf championships out of any course in the United States.
“It’s amazing,” stated golfer Drew Woman. “It’s the ultimate destination for golf in the Americas.”
The classes offered at this location are incredible. The warm hospitality of the South makes it a unique experience.
Additionally, there will be pre-tournament events beginning on June 10, prior to the official start of the tournament.
WRAL News inquired about his opinion on Pinehurst being chosen as the venue for the U.S. Open.
“I am thrilled to be here,” stated Workman. “I am eager to explore the course before the professionals arrive.”
John Jeffreys, the superintendent, is in charge of maintaining the course in excellent condition.
“Jeffreys explained that preparations for the U.S. Open begin several years ahead of time. The turf must be in top condition for the event, so every available opportunity each year is used to conduct trials and test reactions.”
The course at Pinehurst, which last held the U.S. Open in 2014, has changed from using bentgrass to Bermuda grass. According to Jeffreys, this change makes maintenance easier to manage during the summer season.
Despite any other changes, the anticipated financial influence of the U.S. Open on Moore and neighboring counties remains consistent during the week of the tournament.
“Our upcoming plans include four more championships, with a combined economic impact of over $2 billion for not just Moore County, but also the entire state of North Carolina,” stated Reg Jones, Managing Director for the U.S. Open Championship.
The U.S. Open will be held at Pinehurst in 2029, 2035, 2041, and 2047.
The Pinehurst staff anticipates closing Course No. 2 to the public on or around Memorial Day in 2024.
The 2024 U.S. Open will be the fourth occurrence of the national championship being held at Pinehurst.
Tickets for the week-long event, starting on Monday, June 10 and ending on Sunday, June 16, have a price range of $1,500 for a package that includes access to indoor, climate-controlled seating, television, and restrooms, to $600 for a two-day grandstand pass (valid on Thursday and Friday).
Remembering Payne Stewart’s winning putt on No. 18
In 1999, Payne Stewart successfully made a challenging putt on the final hole to secure his victory at the U.S. Open. Tragically, four months later, Stewart passed away in a plane accident at the age of 42.
Stewart’s legendary putt is forever remembered through a statue depicting his iconic stance outside the clubhouse of Pinehurst No. 2.