The course was designed by Donald Ross, a legendary golf course designer. In addition to Pinehurst #2, he designed the Oakland Hills South Course in Michigan, another legendary site for major championships. After several redesigns, the course was returned to its original condition by legendary golfer Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, who were in a golf course architecture business at the time.
In 2014, the US Men's Open was won by Martin Kaymer and the 2014 US Women's Open was won by Michelle Wie. Both winners won on Pinehurst #2.
Arnold Palmer had this to say about Pinehurst #2:
... I have great memories of visiting Pinehurst in the old days. For a kid from Latrobe to visit the golf capital of the world was a special treat. ...1
The resort also offers a spa, and the clubhouse and the Carolina Hotel are iconic. The Holly Inn was the first hotel on the property, in 1895. Other places to stay include the Manor Inn and the condominiums
There are nine courses and a short course that anyone can play, which were designed by the likes of Ross, Tom Fazio, and Jack Nicklaus.
The US Men's Open will return to the #2 course in 2024.