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Golf's giant step back

Golf's giant step back

PINEHURST, N.C. — With 43 public courses at varying price points within a 15-mile radius, Pinehurst Resort remains the epicenter for golf in North Carolina more than 100 years after visitors starting losing golf balls here.

Pinehurst itself offers eight courses in various styles by several architects, including Tom Fazio and Rees Jones.

The latest innovation, however, is a major shift backward, with the restoration of the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course to designer Donald J. Ross' original vision. Now that it's complete, you may wish to play it before tee times get scarce. This is your chance to play an antique that's about to feel the golf world's full embrace.

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