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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.


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

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A classic Jordan Spieth story

This is a pretty classic Jordan Spieth story, as told by country music star Jake Owen:

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Join us for Girl’s Spa Weekend next month

Save time to do a little shopping. The Village's historic buildings are now home to a variety of shops and boutiques that sell everything from olive oil to handmade gifts.

You’re invited to relax and reconnect with a Girl’s Spa Weekend March 11-13.

The weekend kicks off Friday, March 11 with a welcome reception at The Spa at Pinehurst. Take a tour of the 31,000 square-foot Spa, which includes a women’s relaxation area equipped with a whirlpool, sauna and steam room. A saline lap pool is the centerpiece of the main relaxation area.

Enjoy complimentary hand massages, chair massages and eye treatments during the reception. Wine and small bites will be served and guests will receive a goodie bag including luxurious BABOR skincare products.

Start Saturday on the right foot with breakfast in the beautiful Carolina Dining Room. Our famous breakfast buffet has everything from biscuits and gravy to yogurt and granola. Save room for a made-to-order omelet!

Explore a variety of unique shops and restaurants in the heart of the Village.

Explore a variety of unique shops and restaurants in the heart of the Village.

After breakfast, go on a historic walking tour or enjoy a yoga class.

A local expert will lead the walking tour that will begin at the Carolina Hotel and wind its way through the Village to points of interest such as the Holly Inn Tufts Archives and the Theater Building, which once hosted performances by stars like Will Rogers and Gloria Swanson.

Local instructor Christy Weaver will lead the yoga class, which uses slow flowing movements and stretching to improve balance, strength and flexibility. The class is suitable for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Mats will be provided.


Pamper yourself with one of our specialty massages.

Devote to rest of the afternoon to unwinding at The Spa. Each guest will receive a 50-minute treatment of their choice with options like the new Swe-Thai Massage and Detox Facial. Book additional services of 50 minutes or longer at 35 percent off.

After a day of pampering, you’ll be treated to a cooking class where they’ll learn how to turn a fresh Farmer’s Market haul into a tasty meal.

A Pinehurst chef will demonstrate how to make Olive Oil Poached Smoked Salmon with Citrus Quinoa and Curry Greek Yogurt. You’ll also learn how to make an Heirloom Tomato and Beet Sampler with Baby Wild Arugula topped with a Blackberry-Sorghum Vinaigrette and served with a Goat Cheese-Fig Crostini.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with breakfast followed by yoga. An extended checkout allows for extra time to explore the area.

Join us for the weekend. Click here to view rates and learn more. 

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That golf swing. That amazing golf swing.

The Champions Tour just posted a really good Q&A with Paul Goydos, who has a terrific story about Payne Stewart:

Q. What do you remember most about playing your first PGA TOUR event?

Paul Goydos: I remember getting to the range on whatever day it was, Monday or something, and I’m hitting balls and there’s this guy next to me, real thin blonde guy next to me hitting balls, just swinging it unbelievable and hitting these rockets. I kind of looked at him. I don’t even know who this guy is. I haven’t seen this guy before, 6-foot-2, thin blonde guy and he’s hitting balls. He’s got a little bag over here. I’m going, “Holy cow, this guy’s some kind of Open qualifier.” This guy’s hitting it great. Turns out he didn’t have his knickers on and it was Payne Stewart. When I found out it was Payne Stewart, I’m like all right, I’m all right with him hitting the ball a lot better than me.

That’s why we posted the video above of Payne’s iconic swing on the 17th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 during the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open. What a swing.

And one more thing – watch that video with the sound ON. Listen to the flush at impact.


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5 ways the Carolina Panthers can help your golf game

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For those of us in the Carolinas, it’s been a wonderful NFL season to follow. We’re excited about the Carolina Panthers as they prepare to play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

When you take a deeper look at the Panthers, though, it’s interesting to see how reflecting on the Panthers’ evolution into a Super Bowl-caliber team and organization might impact your golf game.

Whether the Panthers win or lose to the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday, it’s clear to us that you can take a few fundamentals from the Panthers’ players and coaching staff and apply them in a way that could make you a better golfer.

Here’s how:

1. Play to Your Strengths When the Panthers drafted safety/linebacker hybrid Shaq Thompson a year ago, many experts questioned the pick because the Panthers were in such good shape at linebacker already, especially with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. But the Panthers had hit on something, and it seems to have been something they found back when they drafted Kuechly. He was the best player left on the board at the ninth pick in 2012, and though the Panthers appeared set at linebacker even then, Kuechly was too good to pass up. Four years later, it’s clear that rangy linebackers who can drop into coverage are becoming more important again. And the Panthers now have a unique stable of them.

Why are you trying to bomb your 5 wood on your second shot of a par 5? Take your 5 iron, play to your best spot and play from there.

From Gridiron to Links: What’s your best club for approach shots? Is it your wedge? Maybe you’re more comfortable with your 7 iron than your 8 iron for some reason. You know what shots you are best at, so try to play more of those in your round. If you’re best from 100 yards out, but shudder at those in-between pitches from 60 yards, why are you trying to bomb your 5 wood on your second shot of a par 5? Take your 5 iron, play to your best spot and play from there. Same goes off the tee. Play to your strengths. … Continue Reading

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Pinehurst to host 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Regional

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To get to Augusta National, you may have to go through Pinehurst.

That will, at least, be the case for several participants in the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which announced recently Pinehurst will serve as one of 10 regional sites in September.

“A hallmark of Pinehurst’s history has been its affection for the amateur golfer, and in many cases, the young amateur player,” said Pinehurst Director of Golf Ben Bridgers. “We are honored to participate in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. We believe it adds to Pinehurst’s legacy as a home for amateur golf, a legacy that includes the century-old North & South Amateurs, past U.S. Men’s and Women’s Amateurs as well as the U.S. Kids Golf World championship events. We look forward to welcoming these tremendously talented young players to Pinehurst.”

The regional, which is the third and final stage in qualifying for the championship, will crown a winner from each age and gender category. Those winners will then advance to the Championship Final, which is played at Augusta National on Sunday, April 2, 2017, the eve of the 2017 Masters.

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