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Pinehurst Rolling Out the Green Carpet for U.S. Open

Posted April 11, 1999

— The U.S. Open is still a few months away, but people in the Village of Pinehurst are already gearing up for the big golf tournament June 14-20.

From retirees to youngsters, club pros to pro hacks, golfers from all over will flock to Pinehurst. The people who live there could not be more excited.

The Village Volunteers Wedged between Aberdeen and Southern Pines is the Village of Pinehurst. Golfing is a way of life there and finding experienced volunteers to host the tournament is par for the course.

Avalone Barbara has been answering the call for golf tournament volunteers for nine years. She says volunteering for the U.S. Open is not cheap, but people cannot beat the price.

"You pay $150 and it includes your uniform and all of the passes to go to the tournament. So it is a bargain," she said.

Playing it Big All roads will lead toPinehurst No. 2this June, and the village is building on its reputation as a premier golfing venue.

New construction is as much a part of the landscape as the fairways, including a new scoreboard and state-of-the-art golf learning center. With a deadline of May 1, everything is on course to be finished in time for the tournament.

Also ready to go will be a massive tent city covering 300,000 square feet. The 200 tents will house corporate receptions, merchandising and cater to thousands of people a day.

More than 1,200 phone lines will be installed and so will 16,000 bleacher seats along designated fairways. The course is being detailed daily and is said to be in near perfect playing condition.

Here are more numbers to play:

  • More than 40,000 spectators a day are expected to wake up the sleepy golf town.
  • 100 air conditioned buses will ferry people from parking lots to the first tee.
  • 500 traffic signs have been posted to help spectators find their way.

    If you are looking for a place to stay near the event, you are too late. The Chamber of Commerce tells WRAL that rooms have been booked up for quite some time, and they are sending people as far as Greenville, S.C. to find a hotel.

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