CONGRATULATIONS!

Dear Acura College Alumni Team Championship Participant,

We want to congratulate you and your fellow team members for qualifying for the eighth annual Acura College Alumni Team Championship, which will be played here in Pinehurst on October 26-29, 2017. Pinehurst is a very special place, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Whether you’re a “seasoned veteran” of the Acura College Alumni Team Championship, or this is your first time competing in the event, we look forward to welcoming you and your team to Pinehurst Resort and treating you to a truly world class experience. You’ll be “walking in the steps of Champions,” as Pinehurst has hosted more golf national championships than any other course in the country.

The sixty teams competing in this year’s Acura College Alumni Team Championship have combined for over 900 NCAA National Championships in intercollegiate competition.

On behalf of our title sponsor, Acura, and the entire staff at Pinehurst, we look forward to seeing you this fall as you and your team try to add another National Championship trophy to your school’s trophy case.

The below information will provide you with everything you need to prepare for this memorable experience as you challenge your university rivals in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship.

It is very important that you visit http://bit.ly/2017AcuraAlumni to register for the event. This link is case sensitive.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me via the contact information below. We look forward to see you in Pinehurst this fall!

Andrew Stilwell | Tournament Director | andrewstilwell@tarheelcommunications.com | office: 910.215.0587 | cell: 910.528.1035

Your Package at Pinehurst will include:

  • Deluxe Accommodations for 4 Days/3 Nights in the Carolina Hotel, Villas, or newly rennovated Holly Inn.
  • Welcome Gift Pack including Team Uniforms
  • 2 Rounds of Championship golf, one round on Pinehurst No. 2 and one round on Pinehurst No. 8
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Welcome “Brew & Q” Dinner/Welcome Party on Thursday Night
  • Champions Dinner and Awards Ceremony with Special Guest Speaker on Saturday Night
  • Participation in the Acura Skills Challenge
  • Complimentary Airport Ground Transportation to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • Prizes and Awards

Note: Dinner on Friday night is included in your package. Dine on your own at any one of Pinehurst’s fine dining establishments including the Carolina Dining Room and Ryder Cup Lounge in the Carolina Hotel, or the 1895 Dining Room or The Tavern in the Holly Inn. Advance Reservations are recommended. **Dress Code at Pinehurst is Resort Casual.

The courses

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 hosted back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in 2014. The U.S. Open will return in 2024.

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.

Pinehurst No. 8

New to the Acura College Alumni Team Championship this year is Pinehurst’s Centennial Course - 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 classic Donald Ross concepts 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 and challenging yet fun to play; it’s a nod to No. 2, but hardly a replication.

Many feel No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout. This championship track has twice been home to the PGA Club Pro Championship. Just a short drive from the main club, the Pinehurst spirit is quite alive at No. 8, which will serve as the companion course for the 2019 Men’s U.S. Amateur Championship. 

FORMAT

Each player will play 18 holes on Pinehurst No. 2 and 18 holes on Pinehurst No. 8  

Tees:  Assigned tees based on established National Championship yardages.  Ladies will play from the red tees, and men will play from a yardage that averages between blue and white tees.  Senior players ages 65 or older will play from the green tees. Note: There will be scorers on each hole.

Net Division: 36-hole, Team Stroke Play Tournament (2 Best Ball of 4 Net).  Teams are comprised of four players.  Each player on a team will play his or her own golf ball until holed.  The aggregate of the lowest two NET scores of the team will serve as the score for the hole.  This process will be continued for the entire round. Players will receive 80% of their course handicap, calculated based on their current USGA committee. In order to place in the Net Division, handicaps must be verified, either via GHIN number, or a signed affidavit from a club professional. Established USGA handicap or verified handicap average will be verified by October 17, 2017

Gross Division: 36-hole, Team Stroke Play Tournament (2 Best Ball of 4 Gross).  Teams are comprised of four players.  Each player on a team will play his or her own golf ball until holed.  The aggregate of the lowest two gross scores of the team will serve as the score for the hole.  This process will be continued for the entire round.

Bracket Division: The Bracket Division will be played similar to the NCAA Basketball Championship, which includes a bracket system leading to one National Championship Team.  A blind draw will be held prior to the first round, pairing the Alumni Teams into one of two division brackets. One division will play No. 2 the first day, and the other will play No. 8 the first day. The winning teams will advance to the next round for each nine holes played in the Championship. Each “round” will be based on gross score.

Following the final tournament round, the four remaining teams will play in a semi-final sudden-death playoff followed by the two remaining teams playing in a sudden-death final playoff for the National Championship title.   The sudden-death playoffs will be a 4-Man, 3 Hole Shootout on Pinehurst’s new Short Course. 

Prizes

The Acura Cup- Presented to the winning National College Alumni Team in each division.  This perpetual trophy will be permanently displayed at Pinehurst Resort.  The players’ name and represented university will be engraved on the trophy.

Team Trophies- Putterboy trophies will be presented to the top four scoring National College Alumni Teams in the Net and Gross Divisions.  Putterboy trophies will be presented to the National Championship Team and Runner-up in the Bracket Division. The Putterboy trophies are unique in the fact that they are only awarded to Major Tournament Champions at Pinehurst.

Hole-in-One- Acura will sponsor a Hole-in-One competition on both course during both days of the National Championship.  Acura will provide a one-year lease for a 2017 Acura MDX for the first Hole-in-One scored on the 17th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 and 4th hole of Pinehurst No. 4 Additional Hole-in-One prizes will be provided by the Old Course Experience, Pinehurst Resort, and Titleist for any subsequent Holes-in-One scored on the remaining par 3 holes on Pinehurst No. 2 and Pinehurst No. 4.

Proximity Prizes- Awarded for Closest-to-the-Hole on all par 3s on Pinehurst No. 2 and Pinehurst No. 4 during both days of the National Championship. (Eight on each day)

Acura Skills Competition- Prizes will be awarded for the Acura Skills Competition individual events. Acura will provide a one year lease for a 2017 Acura TLX as a grand prize for the Putting Contest. Participants who qualify by making a shorter putt will have a chance to sink a long putt to win.

available upgrades

The award packages that were provided during the qualifying tournament for your university are based on DOUBLE OCCUPANCY at Pinehurst Resort (2 people in each room). The following upgrades are available.

Single Occupancy Rates are available at $351 per person inclusive of tax and service charge for the three nights during the National Championship.

Spouse/Guest Package are available at $927 per person inclusive of tax and service charge. This includes accommodations for three nights, breakfast daily, and invitations to the Welcome Party, Champions Dinner and Awards Luncheon.

Early Arrival/Late Departure Rates are available at $246 per person single occupancy, $139 per person double occupancy. Rate includes resort accommodations for one night and breakfast. (This rate effective 3 days prior to, and 3 days after the conclusion of the event.)

Villa Rates: Pinehurst has a limited number of Villa Accomodations. The villa rate for single occupancy (4 rooms in a villa) is $719 per person. You must purchase all four rooms to gain access to the villa parlor. Double Occupancy villa rooms are $184 per person, and you will share a villa with another team.

Practice Rounds/Recreational Golf Practice Rounds are not included in the package. Prices for additional golf are as follows:

Pinehurst No. 2- $295 per golfer
Pinehurst No. 4, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8 & No. 9- $175 per golfer
Pinehurst No. 1, No. 3 & No. 5- $70 per golfer

Caddie Fees: Golf Carts are included in your team package for the National Championship. Caddies will only be available for the No. 2 Championship Round as well as any practice round for an additional fee of $55 per bag. A recommended gratuity in addition to the caddie fee is a minimum of $30 per bag.

Spa Discount: All competitors and guests will receive a 25% discount on all 50-minute or longer spa services.

Acura Guest Drives

Drive a new Acura at your leisure for up to three hours and experience the beauty of Pinehurst. Acura vehicles will be available for all tournament participants to drive while staying at Pinehurst.

Available models include the super handling all-wheel drive Acura TLX and award-winning luxury sport utility vehicle Acura MDX. Reserve your Acura at the Acura desk, located in the lobby of the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst.

Guest Drive hours are Thursday-Saturday, 10am-6:00pm.