Pinehurst News

PTI – The Pinehurst Shoutout

At the close of Tuesday’s Pardon The Interruption (Nov. 18, 2014), Tony Kornheiser had a message for us – get him warmer.

Mr. Tony had planned a trip a month ago for he and a few ESPN buddies, including Karl Ravech, but as could only happen to Kornheiser, his trip ended up coinciding with the coldest snap of the year for Pinehurst.

Still, not bad…

So, as only Tony could do, he complained a bit.* But you know what? It makes for an even better story, and will for certain make us DVR PTI next week.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite the moaning, how did Tony do at Pinehurst? Try two rounds on No. 2, two on No. 4 and one on No. 8. That’s 90 holes in three days. How many trips to the sauna? That part remains unclear…

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A science lesson from Pinehurst No.2

Since Pinehurst No. 2 recently received Golf Digest’s Green Star Award for Outstanding Environmental Practices, we thought it was time to re-visit a piece UNC-TV crews put together about the science behind the course’s restoration.

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

“My students would absolutely call this messy and I think a lot of people who are used to the traditional lush, green golf course would agree,” Dr. Denesha Seth Carley tells me as we walk through an area of high wiregrass and sand.  Dr. Carley is an Assistant Professor of Crop Science-Sustainable Landscapes at North Carolina State University. “But to me it’s a beautiful, biologically diverse, native area. There are new pine trees starting to grow, which will be left alone. And that’s the beauty of this system, you wait and see what comes and manage it as you go.”

Read the entire piece here. 

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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.


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.


Even the gazebo is decked out for the holiday season.

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