Pinehurst No. 2 goes natural with native plants to increase biodiversity and reduce maintenance.
(2014) After a radical course restoration in 2010 that took Pinehurst No. 2 back to its original 1907 design,North Carolina State University researcher Dr. Danesha Seth Carley and her team took the blank slate and studied how native plants return to an environment recovering from decades of ornamentals. The team identified 75 native species that grew in and around course natural areas. They helped grounds staff identify which plants should be allowed to grow and which were unwanted weeds. The remake of Pinehurst No. 2 has been called “the boldest renovation in golf course history,” because it returns the course to pre bermuda grass rough days, restoring those areas back to their natural state. Water needs are down, in 2013 the course used 9 million gallons of water, down from 50 million before the redesign. Seth-Carley’s goals are to increase biodiversity and wildlife habitat and reduce chemical and water inputs needed to sustain the course.