2. Pinehurst No. 2 (1951)

The fame of Pinehurst No. 2 rests primarily on its history with the North & South and various USGA events—the course will host back-to-back men's and women's Opens in 2014. But it is also a former Ryder Cup stage. This is perhaps less-remembered for a reason—Pinehurst's appearance, in 1951, hit squarely in the period of Yankee dominance, and the Cup remained in U.S. hands after a 9 1/2 to 2 1/2 drubbing. The course, for the last time in quite a while, probably looked a lot like it does now, following Coore & Crenshaw's recent restoration of its native sand and wire grass areas. By replacing the hack-it-out rough, the architects returned recovery options to these areas, making Pinehurst an even more compelling layout from a match play perspective.

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