Pinehurst Golf News Archive

“Fairways of Life” broadcasts from Pinehurst

Matt Adams brought his popular morning show “Fairways of Life” to Pinehurst this week, but if you don’t have SiriusXM radio (or you’re not an early riser) you may have missed it.

Thankfully, the good folks at the show have been kind enough to share the audio from the two-day broadcast.

Adams, the host, conducted interviews with some of Pinehurst’s best, including:

Take a listen. We think you’ll discover some interesting tidbits about Pinehurst that you didn’t know before.

Be sure to follow @PinehurstResort on Twitter throughout the weekend for a chance to win a pin flag used during the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst.

If you have SiriusXM radio and want to start listening to the show on a regular basis, “Fairways of Life” airs from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. Channels are Sirius 208 and XM 93. Those who don’t have a satellite radio subscription can listen at www.Back9Network.com.

Listen to previous interviews here and be sure to follow Adams on Twitter to find out who he’ll be talking to each day.

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Willie McRae and Jackie Burke, together again

There are just two participants from the 1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst still living. One of them is Hall-of-Famer Jackie Burke, who at 92 years old, is still active in golf.

The other is Hall-of-Fame caddie Willie McRae, who is still looping at Pinehurst.

On Tuesday, the two spoke, likely for the first time in more than 60 years.

Burke, a two-time major champion who initially rose to fame with two lopsided victories in the United States’s triumph over Great Britain and Ireland in 1951, has been a longtime mentor for 1995 PGA Champion Steve Elkington. On Tuesday, Elk was in Pinehurst for his television show, Secret Golf, to do a feature on Willie. Moments after finishing up a chat with Willie on Pinehurst’s Maniac Hill, Elk got a phone call. It was Burke.

Elkington, telling Burke he had someone he wanted Burke to speak with, handed the phone to Willie. Elk’s crew quickly turned the camera back on, and while our audio isn’t great – and unfortunately  nobody thought at the time to put Burke on speaker – we still feel like we captured a pretty special moment in golf history. You can hear the joy in Willie’s voice, and based on his side of the conversation, you get a pretty good idea of what Burke had to say to Pinehurst’s legendary caddie.

We caught another nice moment earlier in the day when Willie decided to sing a gospel tune for Elk and the crew:

 

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Michael Campbell announces his retirement from golf

Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open Champion at Pinehurst No. 2, has announced his retirement from golf, reports Phil Casey of the Press Association writes.

Campbell memorably held off a charging Tiger Woods on No. 2, making history in his native New Zealand that had a lasting impact on one of the game’s greats today, Lydia Ko. Injuries had sidetracked Campbell’s career since the victory at Pinehurst.

“Obviously (winning the US Open) 10 years ago was something special for me and for the country and for golf itself,” Campbell, 46, told New Zealand Radio. “I fulfilled one of my dreams to win a major and it was fantastic.

“But as everyone knows, it has been well documented, my career since then hasn’t been great. But if I walk away from the game right now I could be very proud of my achievements.”

At Pinehurst, we wish the very best to Campbell, a great champion we are proud to include in the annals of Pinehurst No. 2.

 

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Rory McIlroy’s Golf Swing – in Slow Motion

Brentley Romine posted this slow motion video of Rory McIlroy’s golf swing a week ago after Rors showed up at the elite junior golf tournament Sage Valley (to lose in arm wrestling):

Anyway, after posting our feature on the instructors of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, we thought the slow motion video of Rory above might be worth an amateur player’s 10 seconds of time to study.

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The Minds of the Pinehurst Golf Academy

At the Pinehurst Golf Academy, students receive instruction from golf professionals who have called the range at Pinehurst home for several years: (from l-r) Eric Alpenfels, Kelly Mitchum, Geoff Lynch and Paul McRae.

At the Pinehurst Golf Academy, students receive instruction from golf professionals who have called the range at Pinehurst home for several years: (from l-r) Eric Alpenfels, Kelly Mitchum, Geoff Lynch and Paul McRae.

Meet the “Mount Rushmore” of the Pinehurst Golf Academy

Photos by John Gessner

BY LEE PACE

They have stood on the practice tee collectively for more than a century, through the winds of March and searing sun of July. They’ve seen laid-off club shafts, banana balls, weak grips, strong grips, hunched-over postures, flying elbows and lateral slides. The engineers who’ve come to them for help with their golf swing want a tip delivered on a slide rule, the artists prefer a catch phrase in rhyme.

Their minds are like encyclopedias of golf instruction theory and drills. Their patience extends to the moon and back, their good humor worthy of an ice cream truck. Each has an amateur degree in psychology—how else to climb inside the brains of thousands of golfers over the years and figure out what makes them click?

Through it all, the Pinehurst Golf Academy staff of Eric Alpenfels, Paul McRae, Kelly Mitchum and Geoff Lynch have been Pinehurst’s Mount Rushmore—four instructors averaging 25 years on staff and giving the Academy the consistency and ballast to grow and thrive in a golf economy that’s weathered three recessions since 1990 and seen the gradual slide of the golf school business since the 2008-09 financial crisis.

“Our school has continued to grow while golf schools in general are passé,” says Don Padgett II, the Pinehurst president and COO from 2004-2014. “Their experience, their consistent delivery, the personal attention—these guys are the model to buck the trend. We get a lot of repeat business. We’ve got guys who’ve been coming for 20 years.” … Continue Reading

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