Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Watch madness inflict Georgia State’s golf team

If you thought Ron Hunter’s reaction to Georgia State’s upset stunner of Baylor was insane, check out the Georgia State golf team:

Ah, college…

 

And if Georgia State has irrevocably busted your bracket, well, you have options:

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Tourney Time – Pinehurst Madness

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In North Carolina, there are three things you can’t really argue: Golf, College Basketball and Barbecue.

Oh, wait. Actually, those three things are ALWAYS argued in North Carolina.

Still, with the NCAA Tournament tipping off, we figured we’d create a bracket of our own. And we’ll need your help.

It’s time for a little Pinehurst Madness, a tournament to decide which Pinehurst Resort golf course is the best. We’ve taken the liberty of seeding the tournament, and we’ve also removed Pinehurst No. 2 from the bracket. We figure after back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, it’s a pretty clear winner in its own right.

But we do have eight other championship courses. And now, it’s time for the first round:

No. 1 seed Pinehurst No. 4 vs. No. 8 seed Pinehurst No. 1

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Most agree Tom Fazio elevated a good course to a great one with his work on No. 4. Indeed, it was selected as the co-site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur. But then there's Pinehurst No. 1. And it all started here.
Pinehurst No. 4
274 Vote
Pinehurst No. 1
35 Vote

NOTE: Vote by clicking on the course of your choice. Votes are tallied automatically. 

No. 4 seed Pinehurst No. 9 vs. No. 5 seed Pinehurst No. 6

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Welcome to the dance, Jack. The area's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is Pinehurst No. 9, added to the Pinehurst stable in 2014. But it meets stalwart Pinehurst No. 6, an original Fazio design that features one of the more daunting closing nines at Pinehurst.
Pinehurst No. 9
159 Vote
Pinehurst No. 6
154 Vote

 

No. 3 seed Pinehurst No. 7 vs. No. 6 seed Pinehurst No. 3

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The Rees Jones monster of Pinehurst No. 7 is considered one of the toughest tracks in the area, and there is history as well: No. 7 was built on the site of a forgotten 9-hole employee course. Of Donald Ross's No. 3, Ben Crenshaw says: "I just don’t think people understand how good those holes are. They’re filled with interest. They’re shorter, but there’s plenty of character to them."
Pinehurst No. 7
225 Vote
Pinehurst No. 3
76 Vote

 

No. 2 seed Pinehurst No. 8 vs. No. 7 seed Pinehurst No. 5

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Some feel that No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout better than any of the other courses, and many mid- and higher-handicappers find it the most enjoyable track to play. No. 5 was designed in 1961 by Ellis Maples, a protégé of Donald Ross, and part of North Carolina’s first family of golf course design and construction.
Pinehurst No. 8
243 Vote
Pinehurst No. 5
62 Vote

 

Get your votes in, and soon we’ll move on to the second round!

 

 

 

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Paying tribute to Ben Hogan

On March 21, 1940, it finally happened.

Ben Hogan won.

The story has become the stuff of Pinehurst lore and legend. Hogan had toiled on the PGA Tour for seven years without a victory. He was close to calling the pro game quits and retiring back to Texas to become a club pro. His car rolled into Pinehurst for the 1940 North & South Open on four bald tires.

But Hogan opened with a first-round 66 on Pinehurst No. 2 and followed with a 67 in the next round, building a 7-shot lead. His 74 and 70 in the 36-hole finale on March 21 weren’t spectacular, but they still held off Snead by three shots. Hogan, finally – FINALLY -  was a winner.

The rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

Pinehurst No. 2's starters are donning Hogan-styled caps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ben Hogan's first professional victory in the 9140 North & South Open at Pinehurst.

Pinehurst No. 2′s starters are donning Hogan-styled caps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ben Hogan’s first professional victory in the 1940 North & South Open at Pinehurst.

History is something we cherish at Pinehurst. And beginning this week, 75 years after Hogan finally broke through on No. 2, we are paying tribute to The Hawk. This Spring, the starters at Pinehurst No. 2 will greet players while donning Hogan-styled caps. As part of their regular welcome to the first tee, they will recount the story above before players walk into Hogan’s own footsteps – the footsteps that after Pinehurst, led to nine major championships and 68 other professional victories.

 

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Fans share their favorite Arnold Palmer stories in “Arnie & Me”

A new documentary featuring home movies, personal anecdotes and memories submitted by Arnold Palmer’s legion of fans will premiere tonight on the Golf Channel. 

“Arnie & Me” provides a new look at the golf great from the people who filled the ranks of Arnie’s Army for more than 50 years. It includes about 40 funny and heartfelt stories, including the tale of how Arnie’s Army came to be.

The documentary airs at 10 p.m. ET tonight. If you haven’t seen the three-part documentary “Arnie,” settle in at 7 p.m. to learn more about the seven-time major champion.

We have our own great memories of Palmer, who used to visit Pinehurst with his father, Deacon, growing up.

“I have great memories of visiting Pinehurst in the old days,” he said in 1994. “For a kid from Latrobe to visit the golf capital of the world was a special treat.”

While playing golf for Wake Forest College in the late 1940s, he won the Southern Conference Championship on Pinehurst No. 2. He sat down with us to reminisce before last year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. 

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Father, son make Pinehurst trip a family tradition

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Connor Haviland and his father, Bob, at the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2.

Escaping a bout of freezing rain, Connor Haviland sat bundled up in a golf cart beside his father, Bob.

His hands stiff from the cold, the 17-year-old boy didn’t hesitate to suggest making the milestone golf trip to Pinehurst a permanent family tradition.

“He said, ‘You know what dad? I would really like to carry on the tradition by bringing my son here when he is junior in high school,’” Bob said. “That’s when I knew that the trip had been a success and that my son was now a loyal Pinehurst fan for life just his father and his grandfather.

“I told him that the only thing that could make it better would be if I was still around to come back with he and his son when the time came.”

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