Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 1
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 1
The first hole introduces the new look of Pinehurst No. 2, a Donald Ross classic restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 3
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 3
The 389-yard third hole is the shortest par 4 on Pinehurst No. 2. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 4
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 4
The par-5 fourth hole on Pinehurst No. 2 will play as a par 4 at the 2014 U.S. Open. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 5
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 5
A new tee on the fifth hole at Pinehurst No. 2 will transform one of the world's most demanding par 4s into a par 5 for the 2014 U.S. Open. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 6
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 6
A diabolical green awaits on the par-3 sixth hole at Pinehurst No. 2. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 9
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 9
Hitting the green is hard on the par-3 ninth hole at Pinehurst No. 2. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 12
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 12
More sandscapes -- as the new waste areas are called -- protect the 12th green at Pinehurst No. 2. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 13
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 13
The par-4 13th hole is one of the more beautiful holes on Pinehurst No. 2. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 14
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 14
The 14th tee on Pinehurst No. 2 reveals a great view of this demanding 479-yard par 4. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 16
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 16
The par-5 16th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 reverts to a par 4 for the 2014 U.S. Open. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 17
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course - hole 17
The 208-yard 17th hole on Pinehurst No. 2 could play a hand in who wins the 2014 U.S. Open. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club - patio
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Pinehurst Resort & Country Club - patio
Golfers love to sit in rocking chairs on the clubhouse patio to watch golfers finish their rounds on the historic Pinehurst No. 2. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Pinehurst's No. 2 golf course looks -- and plays -- more beautiful than ever after its 2011 renovation

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. -- The restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 in 2011 has only enhanced the allure of this Donald Ross original.

The minimalist team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw tastefully bowed to history by replacing 26 acres of rough with sandy, hardpan waste areas filled with pine needles and hand-planted wiregrass. They used aerial photos from the nearby Tufts Archives as their guide, creating a visually stimulating, more strategic course, ready for the back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in June.

Over the years, Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens, the 1991 and 1992 PGA Tour championships, the 1951 Ryder Cup, the 1938 PGA Championship and countless prestigious amateur events. All the changes have added incredible intrigue to this latest chapter.

Wider fairways will play firmer and faster, where shots off-line could sit up nicely on the pine straw (still no bargain) or nestle down into a mischievous lie.

Eight new tees added less than 100 yards in length, although one will transform the signature par-4 fifth hole into an epic par 5 for the Open.

The signature of Pinehurst No. 2 -- the untouched inverted saucer greens -- are as perplexing and dangerous as ever. You're bound to see a handful of the best players in the world putt the ball off the greens at some point, a regular occurrence for the members.

"From 100 yards and in, it's unbelievable," Pinehurst member Dave Eskie said. "You hit a nice iron shot and watch the ball roll in a bunker. It's old school.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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