Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Coming soon: The Bryan Brothers team up with Clarkie

Trick shot artists The Bryan Brothers spent the day in Pinehurst hanging out with our pal Clarkie Carroll.

You may remember Clarkie from a previous blog post where he showed off our favorite trick shot EVER.  At the time, the 11-year-old boy had just wrapped up 10 months of chemotherapy, which he received for a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Clarkie, who is now 12, is healthy today, but one thing hasn’t changed — he still loves trick shots. That’s what makes him and the Bryan Brothers the perfect team. Check out the short video the guys posted to their Instagram. It’s a great teaser to the full-length video they’ll upload later.

This is our #trickshottuesday with our boy @clarkie_carroll out here at @pinehurstresort!! #letsgo #golf #thisguysastud A video posted by Bryan Bros Golf (@bryanbrosgolf) on

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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 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.

EVERY DAY.

Nice hat, though.

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We agree, Geoff

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 - Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 – Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)

Geoff Ogilvy’s My Shot in Golf Digest this month is beginning to create some buzz, and now you can add Pinehurst to the list willing to share the 2006 U.S. Open Champion’s thoughts about the world of golf.

Ogilvy doesn’t waste any time getting around to mentioning Pinehurst and the 2014 U.S. Open, and why he feels No. 2′s setup is perfect for the growth and future of golf:

I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT tall, dense grass is the least attractive hazard in golf. Slowly we seem to be moving toward shorter, lighter rough, even at the U.S. Open, which more than any championship was defined by penal setups that permitted little in the way of recoveries. Was the setup at Pinehurst for the U.S. Open not wonderful? Did not the best player that week [Martin Kaymer] win? To the last holdouts for deep rough, I’d ask this: If Bubba Watson were in tall, dense grass to the right of the 10th hole at the 2012 Masters and had to pitch out, would that have been a good thing? Wasn’t the attempt at a bold recovery great to see? Would you have rather watched Phil Mickelson reflexively lay up on the 13th hole in 2010 instead of having a go from the pine straw? Case closed.

 

We agree, Geoff. We agree.

After all, remember this?

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Vietnam War veterans reconnect through Facebook post

Carolina photo blog

This photo of the Carolina Hotel brought two Vietnam veterans together after more than 40 years after it was posted to the Pinehurst Resort Facebook page on Sept. 18.

Terry Heyl is typically a quiet Facebook user, skimming his newsfeed for photos of his grandchildren and rarely commenting. That changed Sept. 18 when he spotted a familiar name, Dave Langley.

Langley left a comment under a photo of the historic Carolina Hotel. “Good morning. See you in 8 days!” he wrote.

Twenty minutes later, Heyl replied to Langley’s post: “Were you in Da Nang?”

Langley’s response said it all: “YES. OMG. Terry!”

Vets blog post screen cap

It turns out the men, both Air Force veterans, were roommates during the Vietnam War.

“I haven’t seen him since ’72,” Heyl said. “Isn’t that something?”

Since discovering each other through that faithful Pinehurst Resort post, they’ve exchanged email addresses and chatted several times.

Golf will continue to bring the men together when they meet up next month for the first time in four decades to get reacquainted with a round.

It’s unlikely they’ll go another 40 years without seeing each other as both men frequently visit Pinehurst. Heyl’s son-in-law, John Jefferys, is the new Superintendent of Pinehurst No. 2 and Langley owns a house at Pinehurst No. 6.

We’re happy Pinehurst is a small part of their story. Read their entire interaction below.

Vet facebook convo

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