One thing you learn when you work at Pinehurst – have the camera ready.
Pinehurst is a place synonymous with history. It is the Cradle of American Golf, the St. Andrews of America. But the beauty of Pinehurst is that its history is always an evolving one. In less than six months, history will again call Pinehurst home with unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens.
It is because of Pinehurst’s lasting and continuing place in golf and Southern hospitality so many want to be here and experience what makes our home so special. And so they come, whether it’s for leisure and a round of golf, or to preview their chance at earning a seat with the game’s immortality.
But as we also saw, history can happen on any day at Pinehurst. And in 2013, it did.
And we had the camera rolling.
Here are Pinehurst’s Top 5 most-viewed videos of 2013.
First, a few videos that didn’t quite make the cut.
Among other things, the 2010 U.S. Open Champion enjoys the tradition that comes with returning to Pinehurst.
“It’s going to be great for golf, great for us, and especially great for all those fans.”
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams equated golf and basketball, recalled rounds with Dean Smith and Michael Jordan – and in comments that lit up Tar Heels message boards, discussed his timeout philosophy.
TOP 5 VIDEOS IN 2013
The two-time U.S. Open Champion knows a thing or two about Pinehurst – he won back-to-back North & South Amateurs and earned his card at Q School on No. 2 in 1977 – so Strange was the perfect guy to ask about the USGA’s decision to change the pars of the 4th and 5th holes for the 2014 U.S. Open.
Fans can never get enough of Payne Stewart winning in 1999.
ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Jay Bilas enjoyed their rounds on Pinehurst No. 2 so much they took a few good-spirited – and untrue – jabs at their caddies.
This might have been the most fun we had putting a video together all year. (Sorry, Tony and Jay; y’all were a close second.) What do you do when the greatest disc golfer of all time shows up to play “Ball Golf” on Pinehurst No. 2? You ask for a few tricks. And we got them.
Will Grimmer, of Cincinnati, set the golf world ablaze one hazy July afternoon when word of his 59 on Pinehurst No. 1 during the second round of the North & South Junior Amateur began to spread. We had to talk to him, and before you knew it, Grimmer’s interview with Pinehurst was featured on The Golf Channel – and everywhere else.
“I’ve never gotten more texts, e-mails and Facebook messages in my life,” Grimmer told us a day later – after he DIDN’T win the tournament. “And then I click on The Golf Channel (Wednesday) night and I see the interview I did with (Pinehurst Resort). I couldn’t believe that. I was like, “Oh my gosh. That’s me on TV.’
“It’s still cool to have gotten the attention of shooting 59. No one can ever take that away from me.”