Sandy areas have replaced thick rough off the fairways. They are partially covered with that Pinehurst Resort officials refer to as “natural vegetation,” but what most anyone else would simply call weeds.
The edges of the bunkers are ragged. The turf is uneven just off some of the greens, with patches of no grass.
Instead of verdant fairways from tee-to-green, the fairways are a blend of green, yellow and brown.
That was the plan all along.
This weekend’s US Open should be fascinating.