2015 Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am

February 25 - February 28. 2015

Event List

2015 will see the first staging of the Golfbreaks.com Pro-Am at the legendary North Carolina-based US Open venue of Pinehurst in the United States, marking the first PGAs of Europe-sanctioned international Pro-Am to take place in North America.

  • Prize Fund of £10,000/€12,000/$16,000 (based on a full field competing)
  • The Pro-Am will be a 54-hole team stableford event with the best 2 scores from 4 to count, held over 3 courses Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst No. 4 and Pinehurst No. 8. (18 holes per day).
  • A maximum field of 25 teams will participate with the best 2 scores from 4 to count.

Entry to the Pinehurst Pro-Am costs £1180/€1415/US$1885, with the Pro going absolutely free, and includes:

  • 3 tournament rounds & 1 practice round (includes tournament rounds on No.2, No.4 and No.8)
  • 3 nights at The Holly Inn with full American breakfast
  • Welcome dinner with wine and beer
  • Prize giving lunch with wine and beer
  • Golfbreaks.com welcome bag
  • Unlimited range balls
  • Golf carts for each round plus a caddy on No.2 Course
  • PGAs of Europe Official Tournament Staff

Pinehurst

The majestic pines towering over historic Pinehurst rustle and softly whisper the legends of golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and those who have gone before and experienced one of America’s greatest golf courses and premier resorts.

The stories of champions and the traditions of championship golf have been created at Pinehurst since 1898. As the site of more championships than any other golf course in the country, Pinehurst hosted 14 days of championship play in 2014, with back to back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in their history.

Address

80 Carolina Vista Drive
Pinehurst, NC 28374
(855) 235-8507

Web: www.pinehurst.com
Twitter: @PinehurstResort

Map

Golfbreaks.com

Web: www.Golfbreaks.com

Golfbreaks.com was formed in 1998 and was the brainchild of our Chief Executive Andrew Stanley, whose vision was to make booking golf breaks as simple as possible. This is a philosophy we continue to embrace today, as we send golfers on golf holidays across the UK, Europe, USA and Worldwide.

As a Member of ABTA & IAGTO, you can be safe in the knowledge that we are a recognised and respected industry leader. We are also ATOL bonded and can book flights for golf breaks to destinations further afield such as the USA, South Africa and Dubai.

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Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst No. 2, the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and, in 2014, hosted 14 days of championship play with back to back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in their history.

Opened in 1907, No. 2 was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” Ross was associated with the course for nearly a half-century, improving the course continually until his death in 1948. No. 2 is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complex and widely hailed in the world. Ross believed in providing golfers with strategic choices, and Pinehurst No. 2 was intended to epitomize that philosophy.

In February of 2010, the design firm of Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw began to restore the natural and strategic characteristics that were the essence of Ross’s original design. The project included the removal of about 35 acres of turf and the reintroduction of hardpan, natural bunker edges and native wire grasses. Today, you are playing the restored course as originally envisioned.

Course ParTotal Length
706930m
TeeParLength
14391
24438
34350
44507
55436
63204
74402
84469
93174
Out353371
105580
114453
124418
134375
144438
153183
164511
173186
184415
IN353559
Total706930m

Pinehurst No. 4

No. 4 combines the classical routing of Donald Ross with the contemporary vision of Tom Fazio, who re-imagined the course in 2000.

Fazio, who considered No. 4 his tribute to Pinehurst, tipped his hat to Ross with crowned greens on many holes, and the addition of more than 140 pot bunkers. These, combined with several sprawling waste bunkers and more traditional sand traps, give the track a dizzying 188 sand hazards.

Though adjacent to No. 2, No. 4 has a distinctively different look, in large part thanks to the lake that acts as its centerpiece. The lake comes into play on several holes, including the par-5 13th, which demands a drive to a small landing area bounded by the lake on the left and bunkers on the right. From here, big hitters will be tempted to go for the green – which is tucked between sand and water – in two. Two par-3s, the 4th and the 14th, require you to carry the lake if you’re going to be putting for birdie.

Most agree that Fazio elevated a good course to a great one with his work on No. 4. Indeed, it was selected as the co-site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur.

Course ParTotal Length
727117m
TeeParLength
14402
25495
34428
43197
54450
63182
74445
84406
95522
Out363527
104400
114451
123210
135510
143229
154381
164405
175548
184456
IN363590
Total727117m

Pinehurst No. 8

Building a new course grand enough to celebrate Pinehurst’s first 100 years might intimidate some architects, but Tom Fazio took on the assignment with gusto. No. 8 – which opened in 1996 – combines classical Donald Ross concepts (like dips and swales around the greens and false fronts) with the whimsical snarls that have become Fazio’s calling card. Fazio took full advantage of the 420 acres of rolling terrain and natural wetlands to fashion a course that’s visually enthralling, challenging and yet fun to play; it’s a nod to No. 2, but hardly a replication. Some feel that No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout better than any of the other courses, and many mid- and higher-handicappers find it the most enjoyable track to play. The greens here are larger than on No. 2 – and the roll-offs and collection areas not quite as severe – though with their sloping edges, you shouldn’t get complacent on your approach shots. Close proximity of greens to subsequent tees and beautiful scenery make No. 8 a pleasure to walk, but it’s no stroll in the park. This championship track has twice been home to the PGA Club Pro Championship. Just a short drive or shuttle ride away from the main club, the Pinehurst Spirit is quite alive at No. 8.

Course ParTotal Length
727092m
TeeParLength
14361
25559
34386
44464
53149
65604
74370
83238
94441
Out363572
104441
115579
124358
133209
144402
153184
164400
175500
184447
IN363520
Total727092m

Find the 2015 Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am Competitor Information below or download the PDF here: Competitor Information.

Conditions of Play

Eligibility of Entry

Championship Itinerary

Withdrawals

Championship Prize Fund

Caddies/Golf Carts

Conditions of Play

  1. The Pro-Am will be a 54-hole team stableford event with the best 2 scores from 4 to count, held over 3 courses Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst No. 4 and Pinehurst No. 8. (18 holes per day).
  2. A maximum field of 25 teams will participate with the best 2 scores from 4 to count.
  3. The handicap limit is 28 for men and 36 for ladies with the competition being played of a 3⁄4 stroke allowance from the sloped handicap. All handicaps will be calculated using the USGA handicap slope system.
  4. For the Professionals there will be an individual 54-hole stroke play event alongside the team stableford. Professionals will play alongside their amateurs for all 3 rounds.
  5. In the event of a tie for first place in the Professionals competition then the leading Professionals will share the combined prize money for the require number of places.
  6. In the event of a tie in the Pro-Am Team competition then the winning team will be decided on a card playoff.
  7. The event shall be played in accordance with The R&A Rules of Golf, PGAs of Europe Conditions of Competition and Local Rules and the Local Rules for each host golf course as determined by the Tournament Director.

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Eligibility for Entry

The Pro-Am is open to all classified PGA Members, Trainees and Playing Professionals from any recognised PGA.

NB: All PGA Professionals’ membership will be checked with the relevant PGA and any doubts to eligibility will be decided by the tournament committee whose decision will be final.

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Championship Itinerary

25th FebruaryHotel check in and registration, Practice round and Welcome Buffet Dinner
26th FebruaryFirst Tournament round on Pinehurst No. 4
27th FebruarySecond Tournament Round on Pinehurst No. 8
28th FebruaryThird Tournament Round on Pinehurst No. 2, Awards Presentation buffet and Departures. Tournament will finish by 1830hrs.

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Withdrawals

Withdrawals for the event will be acted upon in accordance to section 7 of the PGAs of Europe Tournament Regulations.

Any Professional competitor who fails to record a score for any round or is disqualified, shall not be eligible for prize money.

Exceptions to these rules may be made in the case of sickness and other special circumstances subject always to the discretion of the appropriate Committee and to the provision of satisfactory evidence to the Association.

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Championship Prize Fund

Professionals: Overall Pro Individual tournament Prizes

PlaceEURGBPUSD
1€1500£1250$2000
2€1000£833$1333
3€750£625$1000
4€675£563$901
5€600£500$800
6€550£459$734
7€500£417$667
8€450£375$600
9€400£334$534
10€375£313$501
11€350£292$467
12€325£271$434
13€300£250$400
14€275£229$366
15-25€205 each£208 each$333 each

Overall Team prizes for the Professional

PlaceEURGBPUSD
1€586£488$781
2€350£292$467
3€265£221$354

*The prize fund will be adjusted according to the final number of teams. All prize money will be subject to a 5% Levy and may alter due to exchange rate fluctuations

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Caddies/Golf Carts

Caddies will be provided for the round on Pinehurst No. 2 (1 between 2 players, included in the entry fee).

Professional and Amateur competitors are permitted to ride in golf carts for all rounds of the Pro-Am. Golf carts are included in the entry fee.

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