Pinehurst No. 2, the signature golf course at a resort in Pinehurst, N.C., May 28, 2014. The famous golf course, recently returned to its original appearance with irregular sand and native vegetation, will host the United States Open and the United States Women's Open in the coming weeks. (Travis Dove/The New York Times)

As one of the country’s first golf resorts, Pinehurst has long been viewed as an American cradle of the sport. The resort’s showcase golf course, know(...)

The 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2, without any surrounding rough, in a departure from the usual US Open set-up. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

No Michael Campbell, no Tiger Woods, no rough. Anyone expecting this year’s US Open at Pinehurst to resemble the last in 2005 is in for a surprise.In(...)

Grounds crew workers remove water from the second fairway during a weather delay on the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Reuter/Adam Hunger

Aside from the weather, which was out of their control, the USGA’s decision to return Merion Golf Club to its rota of US Open courses posed numerous l(...)

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Oliver Reed – Wild Thing Pavilion Theatre, Dubli(...)

Rob Crouch as Oliver Reed in Wild Thing.

When Rob Crouch and Mike Davis began developing a one-man show about Oliver Reed, titled Oliver Reed – (...)