(Associated Press)

One would think Phil Mickelson could walk onto pretty much any golf course he chooses. One would be wrong.

Mickelson is in Charlotte this week for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. While he’s in North Carolina, he thought it would be easy to make the two-hour drive east to Pinehurst No. 2, where this year’s U.S. Open will be played in June.

Not so fast, reports the AP’s Doug Ferguson:

“I’ve tried to get down there three times now, and the course has been booked all three times,” Mickelson said Wednesday. “So I don’t know when I’ll get down there.”

Jonas Blixt, a runner-up at the Masters, played Pinehurst No. 2 on Tuesday. But he was able to get around in relative peace. Mickelson prefers to take his time when he starts studying for the U.S. Open test, and the Donald Ross design is getting plenty of action in the final weeks before it closes ahead of the U.S. Open.

Pinehurst No. 2 is located in a resort complex and is generally open only to guests and members, though the general public can call 24 hours in advance of the date they want to play to find out if there are any tee times available for the next day. It will close soon in preparation for the Open, hence the packed schedule.