Pinehurst Golf News Archive

By the numbers: 2014 U.S. Open championships

 

Like numbers? The USGA has a few to share with you. 

Take a look at some of the notable occurrences and accomplishments from the back-to-back U.S. Open championships held in Pinehurst last June. Thanks to the USGA for sharing

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Pretty interesting, eh? Read more by clicking here.

If you like the USGA’s infographic, check out this one we created using their figures.

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The art of making Pinehurst No. 2…better?

By LEE PACE

Technology is forever evolving in industry—steam engines replace horses pulling cargo, dynamite replaces picks and shovels for mining coal. And in sports as well—golf clubs morph from hickory shafts to steel to titanium.

Today improvements in grass seed science allow golf architects and green superintendents to use grasses in the Mid-Atlantic “transition zone” not long ago deemed too bumpy and slow for quality putting surfaces. The greens on Pinehurst No. 2 are now five months into their next iteration, this time with a strain from the same family of grasses, Bermuda, deemed outdated three decades ago.

“Technology keeps evolving. The Bermudas available today are nothing like the common Bermuda we knew 30 years ago,” says Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s director of golf course and grounds management.

The greens on No. 2 were torn up one week following the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and resurfaced with Champion ultradwarf Bermuda, a strain that maintains high density during extreme temperatures and at low mowing heights, delivering smooth, consistent putting surfaces 12 months a year. Champion has been installed on more than 530 courses throughout the South in the last decade.

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3 tips to improve your short game

Improving your short game is a surefire way to lower your handicap.

But how do you do it?

Eric Alpenfels, a PGA Master professional who serves at the director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, has three simple tips for hitting better around the greens. Watch the video above to see the advice he offered PGA.com.

If you struggle with these shots, hit the practice greens with as much regularity as the driving range. You should notice a difference.

Still need help? We have your covered with our new short-game school, which focuses on putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play.

It’s being offered April 30-May 3 and May 28-31. Get the details here. 

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Jimenez’s moon walk one of our favorite golf celebrations

OK, OK, so Miguel Angel Jimenez didn’t make the only hole-in-one of the day during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. But he did have the BEST celebration. 

Seriously, anyone who does the moon walk is awesome in our book.

Watching Jimenez bust a move got us thinking about a few of our favorite celebrations. See for yourself.

Yeah, we can’t lie. This one is our favorite.

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VIDEO: Jack & Jackie bond over Pinehurst wins

Fox will air an hour-long documentary titled “Nicklaus: The Making of Champion” at noon Sunday prior to the NFC Championship Game.

The film, produced by the USGA and Ross Greenburg Productions, features interviews with golf icons Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. It also includes never-before-seen home movies from the Nicklaus family collection.

Until then, we have a treat for you. A new documentary we’re producing features footage of Jack’s iconic 1959 North & South Amateur win at Pinehurst. You know, the one that launched his championship career.

Jack went on to win his first national championship that year at the. U.S. Amateur. You know the rest.

The BEST part of our video is the footage from son Jackie’s North & South Amateur win in 1985. Jack followed him throughout the tournament, offering advice and support.

It’s a really wonderful look at a special father-son relationship.

Enjoy.

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