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This cute little guy might need a visit to the Pinehurst Golf Academy

Let’s get Eric Alpenfels on the case…

(It’s even better with the sound on.)

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Updates on the new holes of Pinehurst No. 3

A few weeks ago, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club released new renderings and answered a few questions about the changes to Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 5.

That post caught the attention of The Golf Channel. While the work on Nos. 3 and 5 is not yet fully complete, the courses are on schedule to resume play with new routings in the early spring.

As spring nears, some of the changes to Pinehurst No. 3 are becoming more prevalent. Below are photos of the new 3rd hole on No. 3, the new par-3 4th hole, and the new par-3 10th hole.

The native fairway bunkering on the right side of the fairway of the 3rd hole of Pinehurst No. 3:

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A view of the new par-3 4th hole of Pinehurst No. 3 from the left:


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The new par-3 10th hole of Pinehurst No. 3, which overlooks the water:

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Later in spring, Gil Hanse will begin work on the Pinehurst short course, which will be in a wonderful setting:

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A round of golf with Michael Jordan

Friday, Feb. 17, marks Michael Jordan’s 54th birthday, and with it, we’re reminded of how much His Airness enjoys not only golf, but golf on Pinehurst No. 2.

But what’s a round of golf with MJ really like? Below, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams explains, and as he says, you better be ready to “stand up to the lip.”

(And don’t miss the sweet, sweet dig Coach gets on MJ’s game.)

If you want more with Coach Williams talking about golf and basketball – and timeouts – go here.

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A friendship is born, thanks to golf

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Olivia Messana (left) and Emily McKee (right) stand together during the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship in Pinehurst last summer. The two quickly became good friends in their time here.

When Emily McKee and Olivia Messana came to Pinehurst to play in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, they didn’t know each other.

By the end of their first round, they were close to best friends.

And since those summer rounds in Pinehurst, they may have returned to their homes 1,181 miles apart, but they’ve never been closer.

That was clearly evident in the letter Emily recently wrote – yes, wrote – to her friend Olivia, a letter that Emily’s mom Amanda posted on Twitter.

The girls first met when they were paired together in the first round of their Girls’ 9 Championship. The friendship blossomed quickly, and following the round, Emily gave Olivia a Canada pin.

After an early tee time in the second round the next day, the two reconnected again at The Carolina Hotel pool, and with extended time to hang out, the two continued to be inseparable, meeting up again and again through the week. When Olivia won a Pinehurst mug at a trivia contest, she returned Emily’s previous generosity by giving it to Emily. The two finally had to depart, but left Pinehurst confident their games will allow them to see each other again at the 2017 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in August.

Until then, they continue to stay in touch. Olivia recently wrote Emily, passing along a ball marker, to which Emily replied by sending a Canadian moose plush animal that Olivia now takes to bed with her every night.

In the span of a few hours, and with a few tee shots and putts mixed in, Emily and Olivia went from not knowing each other to meeting in Pinehurst to the dawn of what might be a lifelong friendship.

All thanks to golf.

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Chef & Maker headliner nominated for James Beard Outstanding Chef Award

Great news! Ashley Christensen, one of the North Carolina chefs headlining our upcoming Chef & Maker Series weekends, has been named a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

She is one of 20 semifinalists for Outstanding Chef, which recognizes a working chef whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. In 2014, she was named Best Chef Southeast. Read the complete story.

Christensen is the chef and owner of Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chuck’s, Fox Liquor Bar, Death & Taxes and Bridge Club, all located in downtown Raleigh.

Enjoy Christensen’s reimagined Southern comfort food in Pinehurst July 7-9. The weekend will include a Poole’s Diner-inspired bash, question and answer session with Christensen, book signing, glass blowing demonstration, whiskey tasting and Chef’s Dinner with Christensen.

Learn more at

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