Historic Back-to-Back U.S. Open Championships Hosted by Pinehurst Resort Featured on the Cover of the 2014 North Carolina Travel Guide

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The North Carolina Division of Travel and Tourism announced the Pinehurst Resort and the first-ever back to back U.S. Open and Women’s Open Championships will be featured on the cover of the 2014 North Carolina Travel Guide.

These events will have an estimated economic impact in excess of $170 million throughout the region.

The North Carolina Division of Travel and Tourism to announced that the Pinehurst Resort and the first-ever back to back U.S. Open and Women’s Open Championships will be featured on the cover of the 2014 North Carolina Travel Guide. http://www.visitnc.com. Pinehurst No. 2, recently renovated by the firm of Core and Crenshaw, will be the stage for the championships. The course harkens back to its original design by Donald Ross. The event, to be held in June, marks the third time the U.S. Open has been played at the resort. http://www.pinehurst.com

A little background. The U.S. Open is one of golf’s four major men's championships, along with the Masters, British Open, and the PGA Championship. The 2014 U.S. Open will be the 114th playing of the national championship, and the first time the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open (also a major) are played on the same course in consecutive weeks.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) conducts the U.S. Open. In addition to conducting the championships, the USGA is the governing body of golf for the United States and Mexico. The USGA administers the Rules of Golf and Equipment Standards, promotes sustainable practice through the Green Sections, and oversees the USGA Handicap System. http://www.usga.org

The Convention & Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the Pinehurst resort and the USGA provides additional information about the championships, lodging and other information on its website. http://www.homeofgolf.com/play-golf/2014-us-open. The area will be the focus of the golf world for 400,000 spectators over two weeks, 44 hours of international TV coverage in 155 countries, 6,500 volunteers, and an estimated economic impact in excess of $170 million throughout the region.

And as part of the announcement, the NC Division of Tourism is promoting a sweepstakes featuring lodging and golf as well as other area attractions on its website. Register now at http://www.visitnc.com.

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