Visited the Pinehurst Resort April 2-4, 2013. Bucket list trip. Three of us. Stayed at Carolina Hotel on premise. Three to a huge room. Played course 8 first. Played 27 holes in 5 hours. No one else on the course. Played Pinehurst # 2 on the morning of the 3rd. Had two caddies. Greg carried doubles and Willie McRae rode in his cart and caddied singles. I love playing with caddies ! They add character to any round. Willie is 80 years old and has been caddied for 70 years ! Lots of great stories. Greg is the 'rookie' only having been at PInehurst 15 years. Knew the course inside and out. I played all 18 holes with the same ball. Not typical ! Course designed so that if you get in trouble you can find your ball amidst the pines, sand, etc. Greens are ridiculously tough. Finished in four hours walking. Hotel was nice, food was good and surprisingly reasonably priced. Didn't need a rental car from the airport. Take the PInehurst shuttle and then take the shuttle everywhere once at the resort. We should have heeded the advice 'don't play another course the day you play # 2.' We did play again and I shot the worse round in years. Courses 2, 4, 8 were great. Course 5 not. April is too iffy weather-wise. Go in May-June or Sept-Oct.
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