Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

Yes, Pinehurst is giving away U.S. Open tickets…

UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER!

It was an incredible week, with more than 6,500 total entries, and more than 5,000 entries into the U.S. Open tickets giveaway contest alone. We can’t thank all of you enough for engaging with us. We hope to have more giveaways very soon!

As for winners for the weekly prizes:

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PGA Tour Radio’s “Fairways of Life” at Pinehurst

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Matt Adams’s early morning view at Pinehurst during his broadcast of SiriusXM’s “Fairways of Life” on the PGA Tour Network.

In case you missed the interviews from Matt Adams’s first day of bringing his popular SiriusXM Radio show “Fairways of Life” from Pinehurst, below are interviews with Pinehurst Executive Vice President Tom Pashley, who will take over as Pinehurst president in October, USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., and Pinehurst Content and Social Media Manager Alex Podlogar.

 

USGA President Thomas J. O'Toole announces Payne Stewart as the 2014 Bob Jones Award recipient alongside USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (right) in Pinehurst.

USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole announces Payne Stewart as the 2014 Bob Jones Award recipient alongside USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (right) in Pinehurst.

USGA PRESIDENT THOMAS J. O’TOOLE JR.

 

PINEHURST EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT TOM PASHLEY (2 parts)

 

 

ALEX PODLOGAR, PINEHURST CONTENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

 

Also, if you hurry, you may still enter Thursday’s Twitter contest until this evening:


 

 

 

 

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Long winter? No problem for Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson, right, stands with Bill Coore during the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration.

Pinehurst No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson, right, stands with Bill Coore during the No. 2 restoration.

A fluky winter unlike any of the past 2 decades prompts the question: Has it affected No. 2′s readiness and playing conditions for the back-to-back U.S. Opens?
Not at all
By LEE PACE

The countdown ticker to the left of this missive on The Pinehurst Blog clicked down to 90 a week a week and a half ago. That’s when Kevin Robinson, the course superintendent of Pinehurst No. 2, took real notice of the impending arrival of the unprecedented back-to-back national championships scheduled on the 107-year-old golf course.

“It hit 90 and I said, ‘Wow,’ it’s almost here,” Robinson says. “It’s like it’s ticking down five at a time now instead of one.”

Robinson is making an early morning tour of the course on the second day of spring, dressed in layers and warm gloves as the sun rises above the horizon and begins boosting the 35-degree temperature. All golf superintendents are slaves to the 10-day weather forecast, and Robinson winces a little at the specter of a couple of upper-20 degree nights forecast for the following week.

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One Moment – For All Time

And now, at 100 days or less, the race is on to the start of the 2014 U.S. Open – and even more history at Pinehurst.

But as we look ahead, we know that a visit to Pinehurst is never complete until you pause and take a moment to look back. We see you taking your photos or silently reflecting every day, and we think we know why.

The iconic Payne Stewart statue – When a statue is so much more than just a statue.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We had to make one more update to this post. We didn’t get this photo quite in time for it to make the video, but it absolutely needed a home. This is the best Pinehurst-related photo we’ve seen in a long, long time. Great thanks to Lindsay Wilder Riney.

 

And a special thanks to our followers on Facebook, who jumped at the chance to contribute to this video:

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USGA & Pinehurst Find “Middle” Ground

Vintage Hole No. 9 (2)
USGA Executive Director Mike Davis goes more in-depth about Pinehurst No. 2 setup for the back-to-back U.S. Opens

By LEE PACE

It was at the USGA’s annual meeting held at Pinehurst in February 2010 that incoming USGA President Jim Hyler spoke of the association’s initiative to promote more natural looking golf courses, groomed with less water and chemicals and fewer man-hours.

“Our definition of playability should include the concepts of firm, fast and yes, even brown, and allow the running game to flourish,” Hyler said. “We need to understand how brown can become the new green.”

“You just hope around the world, people will look at this golf course and say, ‘It doesn’t have to be lush and green.’” -Mike Davis

Four years later, the USGA is on the cusp of staging back-to-back U.S. Opens on a Pinehurst No. 2 course that will perfectly illustrate those concepts. The 1907 Donald Ross-designed course was restored from 2010-11 by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and the removal of some 35 acres of Bermuda rough and 700 sprinkler heads has resulted in a course more representative of a mid-1900s course than a modern one groomed to perfection with water, fertilizer and staff labor.

Mike Davis, USGA executive director speaks at the USGA news conference during the 2014 Annual Meeting at the Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

Mike Davis, USGA executive director speaks at the USGA news conference during the 2014 Annual Meeting at the Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

“It’s a throwback to the old days and the idea of ‘maintenance up the middle,’” Executive Director Mike Davis said Saturday at the USGA’s annual meeting, back again in Pinehurst. “This is a major focus of our Green Section. Maintain the middle of the golf course and spend less time and money on irrigation, fertilizer and fungicides in the roughs. Go back to the way golf used to be played. You use less resources and you reduce the cost.

“You just hope around the world, people will look at this golf course and say, ‘It doesn’t have to be lush and green.’ Maintenance up the middle is a great message for the game.”

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