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Is this now the best 3-putt ever?

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There’s a good chance you’ve seen Kelly Mitchum’s trick shot video of what was then considered the best 3-putt in the history of golf.

Now though, Mitchum, a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy and an accomplished professional golfer, has outdone himself.

Just when you thought there was no such thing as a good 3-putt, Pinehurst’s Kelly Mitchum has proven otherwise.

Twice.

Go ahead, compare the two and see which you like better: … Continue Reading

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John Daly at 50 – In 100 seconds

SkratchTV put together a pitch-perfect recollection of John Daly’s life and career for Long John’s 50th birthday. Watch the video, and you might recognize a few clips.

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Ernie Proctor’s Second Wind at Pinehurst No. 2

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89-year-old Ernie Proctor stands on the 18th green with legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae.

By ALEX PODLOGAR

ERNIE PROCTOR STOOD ON THE 18TH TEE OF PINEHURST NO. 2, a golf course just 20 years older than he. His 83-year-old caddie, the legendary Willie McRae, asked Proctor which club he wanted.

“Three wood,” said Proctor, ready to swing a golf club for the first time in at least, he says, 20 years.

McRae ambled around the bag and reached for the 3 wood. But as the caddie extended his right arm – an arm that has pulled clubs for presidents, celebrities, superstar athletes and in events such as the 1951 Ryder Cup and 1999 U.S. Open – Proctor changed his mind.

“Ah, let’s hit the driver,” Proctor said.

McRae happily obliged. “Now you’re talkin’.”

McRae set the ball on the tee. After a warmup swing, Proctor addressed the ball. After one last glance up a fairway all of the game’s greatest legends have walked, Proctor took the driver back.

“Yessir!” McRae sang. “That’s a beaut! A beaut!”

Off the tee in the air, the ball came to rest about 100 yards away, right in the middle of the fairway.

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Ernie Proctor tees off the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 as caddie Willie McRae looks on.

IT’S NOT OFTEN McRAE, who’s been caddying at Pinehurst for seven decades, loops for someone older than himself. But that was the case on Wednesday when Elmcroft Senior Living resident Ernie Proctor, at a spry 89 years old, came to Pinehurst to feel young again. As part of Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization helping assisted living people an opportunity to fulfill a dream experience, Proctor was able to play the 18th hole of No. 2 under a brilliant Carolina blue sky.

Joined by his wife Erica, Proctor met McRae in front of Pinehurst’s storied clubhouse, walked through the hallway lined with vintage photographs, and settled into a golf cart alongside McRae, who regaled his golfer with stories of Ben Hogan, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.  McRae was a frequent golfing partner of Earl Woods while the two were stationed together in the Army.

“Forty years ago, they used to call me a tiger,” Proctor told McRae. “Now they call me, ‘Cubby.’”

Joking aside, Proctor needed little assistance as he made his way to Pinehurst’s famed practice range, Maniac Hill. Side-by-side, Proctor and McRae hit wedges together, bantering about long ago days in the Army. Wearing a U.S. Kids Golf cap, Proctor spoke of his favorites, from Woods to Mickelson to Spieth to the U.S. Kids golfers he used to watch outside his window at his home in Pinehurst.

“Oh, I love seeing the kids,” he said.

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PROCTOR DIDN’T NEED TO HIT any more shots up the 18th. He asked McRae to pick his ball up, and the two rode slowly up the fairway toward the 18th green. There, McRae pulled the putter and a couple of golf balls, setting Proctor up to roll a few putts. McRae gave him the line, and Proctor nearly holed the second putt he tried from about 20 feet.

“Ooooohh!” Proctor sighed, his knees buckling like a tour pro’s. “That’s a good one right there,” McRae beamed. “Looks like you’ve done this before.”

After a few more putts, the gentlemen doffed their caps and shook hands. Proctor visited the Payne Stewart statue, then retired to the veranda and a rocking chair, a cold drink in his hand, watching as the golfers came through.

Moments before his tour of the 18th, a large corporate group had finished play on No. 2 for the day. Many of them watched Proctor from the veranda as he putted on 18, and came over to him as he rocked the April afternoon away.

Proctor shook hands, he smiled, and he asked of each and every person who came up to him, “What’d you shoot?”

He’d ponder each score, nod his head, and, more than once, let his company know he once had an ace on the 9th hole of No. 2.

On this day, it was an easy memory to recall.

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118 yards away? Just putt it

First spotted at GolfNewsNet (please visit the site; it’s a really good one), here’s a look at one way to approach the greens  – even from 118 yards away – at fabled Oakmont, site of the 2016 U.S. Open.

It’s a method we can appreciate here at Pinehurst.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Now through Mother’s Day receive 15% off ladies apparel and headwear at ShopPinehurst.com. Use the promo code momday. Click here to start shopping now. 

Mothers Day PoloFor the avid golfer

A fresh polo is always in style. Give mom one in her favorite color and offer to play a round with her soon. She’ll get to show off her new polo and you’ll get to spend some quality time together. BUY NOW.

Mothers Day First LightFor the art enthusiast

This beautiful print isn’t just a great piece of art, it’s also a nice reminder of just how majestic Pinehurst can be. If you’ve ever had an early tee time, you know sunrise here is just incredible. Get it framed, so she can hang it up immediately and drift down memory lane. BUY NOW.

Mothers Day Cap For the outdoorsy mom

If you mom loves spending time in the great outdoors she can appreciate a great hat. The Shaffer Cap’s stylish design makes it an easy pick. Plus, it’s available in four colors. BUY NOW. 

Mothers Day Wine GlassFor the mom who wants to wind down

Moms are busy people, so give your mom what could be the best gift of all  – a little time to relax. Pick up a bottle of her favorite wine and give her a nice set of wine glasses. Our balloon-shaped wine glasses feature a light etch Putter Boy logo. BUY NOW. 

Mothers Day CandleFor the spa lover

Turn any room into an oasis with this Pinehurst Spice candle. The signature scent is inspired by the Sandhills region where Pinehurst is located. BUY NOW.

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Sometimes an experience is the best gift of all. Treat your mom to a gift card so she can enjoy a round of golf, a luxurious spa treatment or a scrumptious dinner at one of our dining venues. BUY NOW.

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Pinehurst’s Mitchum to honor Townsend, and raise money for his family at Wells Fargo Championship

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Michael Townsend is pictured with his family (l-r), son Spencer, wife Katherine and daughter Ana Kate.

As a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, Kelly Mitchum gives lessons every day trying to help guests and students improve at the game of golf.

Now, though, Mitchum would like to give something more through golf.

When Mitchum recently qualified for the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, he took the spot that was originally earned by fellow PGA Professional Michael Townsend, who tragically died in a car accident last summer just eight days after winning the Carolinas PGA Section Championship.

Playing in Townsend’s place, Mitchum is hoping to raise money for the Michael Townsend Trust Fund, which benefits Townsend’s family – his wife Katherine and the couple’s two children, 3-year-old Spencer and 1-year-old Ana Kate.

Those interested in making donations may do so in one of several ways: by pledging a dollar amount for the number of birdies or pars made by Mitchum at the Wells Fargo, or with a one-time contribution.

The Wells Fargo Championship will be played May 2-8, 2016. Those interested in donating may contact the Pinehurst Resort Tournaments office at tournaments@pinehurst.com for more information.

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