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A golf lesson from John McEnroe…

Here, tennis great John McEnroe learns a fundamental truth about golf.

Always listen to your caddie. (Seriously, always listen to your caddie, because something like this might happen.)

We hear a version of this story EVERY DAY at the Pinehurst caddie house.

EVERY DAY.

Nice hat, though.

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Festival of Trees fundraiser kicks off Wednesday

 

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The team from Habitat for Humanity of the Sandhills used a white extension cord wrapped in red tinsel as garland. The framed photos on the tree are of new Habitat homeowners.

It took four hours and a lot of creativity for the Habitat for Humanity of the Sandhills team to complete their Christmas tree.

The garland is simply a long, white extension cord wrapped in festive red tinsel and the tree’s topper is four ordinary wall bracket fastened together to create a shining star.

It’s one of nearly 200 unique trees that will be on display during the 18th annual Festival of Trees at the Carolina Hotel.

The festival kicks off Wednesday with a tree lighting ceremony at 10:15 a.m. It runs through Sunday with a special event each day. Click here to view the schedule.

During the event, people will have the chance to purchase the decorated trees through an online auction. The proceeds will benefit the Sandhills Children’s Center, which provides educational programs and therapeutic services to help children with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.

Teresa Copper, director of events and community relations, said the festival serves as the non-profit’s largest fundraiser, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the center’s annual operating budget. About $220,000 was raised last year, but Copper is hoping the new online bidding process will increase that figure by $100,000.

“It’s really spectacular,” she said. “When we started the festival 18 years ago, we only had 32 trees.”

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Teresa Copper, director of events and community relations for Sandhills Children’s Center, decorates her “Big Bang Theory” tree Monday.

Each of the trees have themes that are carried out in elaborate fashion.

The Habitat team chose “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” so the bottom of the tree is surrounded by donated houseware essentials and kitchen gadgets.

“All of this would be great for a person who is moving into a new home,” said Erin Hairston, Habitat’s volunteer coordinator.

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The Habitat for Humanity tree features an “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” theme with houseware items and kitchen gadgets.

The tree itself is decorated with tools and framed photos of homeowners Habitat has helped within the past year or so.

Hairston said this is the first time Habitat has participated in the festival, but it’s likely not the last.

“We like to give back when we can and this is truly a great cause,” she said.

For Lynn Melton, the festival is a fun way to help a worthy organization.

“It’s really the beginning of the holiday season in the Sandhills,” she said.

Nancy Oakley was hooked after decorating her first tree 17 years ago.

“It just feels good to be part of this,” she said. “The minute it’s over I start thinking about next year.”

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The Pinehurst Resort tree is simple and elegant.

 

 

 

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First look: Christmas at the Carolina

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Taylor decorates a tree in the hallway across from the Ryder Cup Lounge.

Christmas comes early at the Carolina Hotel.

Why, you ask, do we start decorating before Thanksgiving is even over? The answer is simple: It takes nearly a month to get the historic dwelling ready for the holiday season. There are 25 trees to decorate, 2,500 feet of garland to hang and dozens upon dozens of bows to tie.

The decorating got underway Nov. 3. Here’s a sneak peak at how far our team has gotten in two weeks.

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The hotel’s porch welcomes guests to the property with its bright red bows.

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About 25 Christmas trees light up the hotel’s common areas.

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The Music Tree can be found in the West Wing lobby.

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The Nutracker Tree is located across from the Ryder Cup Lounge.

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Find this set of nutcrackers in the West Wing lobby.

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Even the gazebo is decked out for the holiday season.

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We agree, Geoff

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 - Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 – Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)

Geoff Ogilvy’s My Shot in Golf Digest this month is beginning to create some buzz, and now you can add Pinehurst to the list willing to share the 2006 U.S. Open Champion’s thoughts about the world of golf.

Ogilvy doesn’t waste any time getting around to mentioning Pinehurst and the 2014 U.S. Open, and why he feels No. 2′s setup is perfect for the growth and future of golf:

I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT tall, dense grass is the least attractive hazard in golf. Slowly we seem to be moving toward shorter, lighter rough, even at the U.S. Open, which more than any championship was defined by penal setups that permitted little in the way of recoveries. Was the setup at Pinehurst for the U.S. Open not wonderful? Did not the best player that week [Martin Kaymer] win? To the last holdouts for deep rough, I’d ask this: If Bubba Watson were in tall, dense grass to the right of the 10th hole at the 2012 Masters and had to pitch out, would that have been a good thing? Wasn’t the attempt at a bold recovery great to see? Would you have rather watched Phil Mickelson reflexively lay up on the 13th hole in 2010 instead of having a go from the pine straw? Case closed.

 

We agree, Geoff. We agree.

After all, remember this?

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Vietnam War veterans reconnect through Facebook post

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This photo of the Carolina Hotel brought two Vietnam veterans together after more than 40 years after it was posted to the Pinehurst Resort Facebook page on Sept. 18.

Terry Heyl is typically a quiet Facebook user, skimming his newsfeed for photos of his grandchildren and rarely commenting. That changed Sept. 18 when he spotted a familiar name, Dave Langley.

Langley left a comment under a photo of the historic Carolina Hotel. “Good morning. See you in 8 days!” he wrote.

Twenty minutes later, Heyl replied to Langley’s post: “Were you in Da Nang?”

Langley’s response said it all: “YES. OMG. Terry!”

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It turns out the men, both Air Force veterans, were roommates during the Vietnam War.

“I haven’t seen him since ’72,” Heyl said. “Isn’t that something?”

Since discovering each other through that faithful Pinehurst Resort post, they’ve exchanged email addresses and chatted several times.

Golf will continue to bring the men together when they meet up next month for the first time in four decades to get reacquainted with a round.

It’s unlikely they’ll go another 40 years without seeing each other as both men frequently visit Pinehurst. Heyl’s son-in-law, John Jefferys, is the new Superintendent of Pinehurst No. 2 and Langley owns a house at Pinehurst No. 6.

We’re happy Pinehurst is a small part of their story. Read their entire interaction below.

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