Pinehurst Golf News Archive

When Jack and Arnie roamed Pinehurst No. 2

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus share a laugh in the Donald Ross Grill at Pinehurst Resort before their 1994 match on Pinehurst No. 2.

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus share a laugh in the Donald Ross Grill at Pinehurst Resort before their 1994 match on Pinehurst No. 2.

In April of 1994, Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf brought together a match for the ages on Pinehurst No. 2

By Lee Pace

IT WAS SHOW BUSINESS, for sure. Jack Nicklaus vs. Arnold Palmer in a made-for-TV match at Pinehurst, part of the modern reincarnation of the Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf series. Nicklaus owned the TV production company. Flags on each green had the yellow Shell logo in place of a green Pinehurst logo. No one hit a shot until cameras were properly positioned.

But watching Nicklaus and Palmer stride to the 18th green on a brilliant April afternoon in 1994, Palmer tipping his visor and Nicklaus patting his old rival on the back, was as real as the historical moments come on Pinehurst No. 2.

Arnie … Jack … Pinehurst … what scriptwriter came up with this? Some 4,000 in the gallery appreciated the significance of the moment. They clustered around the final green five and six deep, offering a hearty and rousing ovation to these heroes in the twilight of their careers.

Nicklaus won the match with a 67, rolling in a 70-foot putt from off the 18th green for a final birdie. Palmer shot 74.

“Jack and I haven’t always agreed on everything, but I think we’ve found one common ground here,” Palmer said after a practice round the day before the match. “I agree with him that No. 2 has been one of the greatest golf courses I’ve ever had the opportunity to play. And I go back to when he was wearing three-quarters pants when I first came here. That would have been 1947.” … Continue Reading

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The Story Behind Kelly Mitchum’s Amazing 3-Putt

By Lee Pace

Enter the phrase “Kelly Mitchum Pinehurst 3 putt” in a Google search box and in 0.93 seconds you’ll get 3,140 results. anointed Mitchum a “magician.” He’s been fêted on and on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program and given a cyber pat-on-the-back by noted golf blogger Geoff Shackelford.

“It’s been pretty amazing,” says Mitchum, a longtime instructor in the Pinehurst Golf Academy.

They say everyone has his 15 minutes of fame. Mitchum’s had a dose of golf fame in qualifying four times for the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four “majors,” while holding down a full-time job at Pinehurst.

Now his fame is taking a wholly different presence with a 20-second, self-produced video posted July 10 on that shows Mitchum executing a “trick shot” on a practice putting green — three putts struck within one second of each other, traveling on different paths and reaching the bottom of the same hole in rapid-fire succession.

What makes the feat so awe-inspiring is that the third putt hits the hole first, followed by the second, followed by the first.

“A lot of conversations are getting started these days, ‘Hey, I saw your three-putt,’” says Mitchum. “It’s been interesting. I got an email from a guy in India who’d been to our golf school a while back and had seen it. It’s pretty amazing.”

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It’s the product of some imagination and skill on the part of Mitchum, 44, a former N.C. State golfer and winner of the 1993 North and South Amateur. And it’s a product as well of today’s social-media conscious world that gobbles up short and sweet bits of content like M&Ms.

By late September, the Mitchum clip on YouTube had more than 425,000 views. A Vine posting had registered more than 1 million “loops,” as they’re known on the site comprised of 6-second video clips. The “news” page of the Pinehurst website where the Mitchum video is housed has generated some 475,000 views. … Continue Reading

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Mona Jackson hits 4 Pinehurst courses on her quest to play 50 this year

We recently caught up with Mona Jackson, a North Carolina native who is on a quest to play 50 golf courses before her 50th birthday in December.

Mona played a little golf growing up, tagging along with her father for a few holes here and there, but caught the fever about 25 years ago.

Lucky for us, Mona chose to play four Pinehurst courses earlier this month. Here’s a quick Q & A about her journey.

Q: Where did the idea for #50CoursesFor50Years come from?

A: I am going to be 50 years old Dec. 16, 2015 and I had been thinking about doing something golf-related for some time. Golf has been a big part of my life the past 25 years and in some way I wanted to give something back to the game while celebrating this milestone birthday. A friend of mine had just completed a 40 year milestone of trying 40 breweries in her 40th year, so I thought, why not golf courses. My goal is to play 50 different golf courses between my 49th and 50th birthdays.

Q: How did you decide which courses you’ll play?

A: “There were a number of factors involved: My work schedule, travel involved, expense, course favorites. I picked some of my favorites and then some I had not played before. I started Dec. 15, 2014 at Doral – great course, but very hard.”

Q: What made you want to include Pinehurst? 

A: First of all, I am from North Carolina, so playing at Pinehurst was a no brainer. Secondly, I love the Pinehurst area – the charm, the history, the people – spending a week there was an amazing vacation experience.

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U.S. Kids Golf has quickly become a big part of Pinehurst history, and just this summer, U.S. Kids celebrated 10 years of holding its World Championships at Pinehurst.

The experience of visiting with these tremendous kids and their families for two weeks every summer makes for one of our best moments in golf, and we’re fortunate to enjoy it on an annual basis. Few things can match walking through the Pinehurst clubhouse during U.S. Kids and hearing 5-10 different languages just by walking from one end of the hall to the other.

We look forward to the years to come.

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Four members of the 2015 Solheim Cup team are Pinehurst champions


A third of the 2015 Solheim Cup team have claimed victories at Pinehurst.  

Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Alison Lee won the Women’s North & South Amateur Championship in 2003, 2004 and 2014, respectively. And it’s impossible to forget Michelle Wie’s first major win at the 2014 U.S. Open. 

Congratulations, ladies! Cheer on the team Sept. 18-20.

Click here to meet the entire team. Learn more about the elite group of women who have won at Pinehurst over at 






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