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Pinehurst Prepares For June's U.S. Open

Posted April 8, 2005

— Even on a windy and overcast day, golf fever is in the air at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club as work crews are busy with final preparations for the June 16-19 U.S. Open.

The birds sing. The bees buzz. And golfers flock to Pinehurst's most famous course while crews focus on the aesthetics. They move dirt, clean the grounds and lay stamped asphalt.

Organizers sold 67 corporate tents for the U.S. Open. Now, they are working to raise each tent's frames piece-by-piece and then cover them.

Another focus is security. Organizers plan to build 11 miles of fence around the perimeter, use metal detectors at entrances and have more guards roaming the greens.

"I think people have an expectation of feeling secure now," says golf course manager Bob Farren. "It's not that they're paranoid about going to a public space, but they like to know they're secure."

Organizers expect the U.S. Open to attract more than 30,000 people daily. They plan to build grandstands around each hole -- enough to seat tens of thousands of spectators.

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