Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Re-routing of Pinehurst Nos. 3, 5, is under way

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Some original-styled sandscape and native areas will return to Pinehurst No. 3 as part of its re-routing. Here, the new 3rd hole continues construction in late January.

Pinehurst reveals new renderings of the re-routing below

UPDATE: New photos of the new holes on Pinehurst No. 3 are here.

In November, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club announced that among its many upcoming design projects, Pinehurst No. 3 would undergo restoration work designed to return elements of Ross’s original design characteristics, including sandy native areas and wire grass. In addition to those design enhancements, there will be a new routing of both No. 3 and Pinehurst No. 5.

Here are a few notes about the upcoming projects and how they will affect Courses No. 3 and No. 5:

What project is necessitating these changes?

The new Gil Hanse-designed short course will be built on about 10 acres that include the first holes of Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 5. The short course is expected to be a 9-hole layout and feature slopes and contours similar to No. 2 that create multiple options and inspire creative play. Our belief is that golfers of all ages and abilities will enjoy the short course.

When will construction begin on the short course?

Construction is scheduled to begin in early May with anticipated early fall opening date.

No. 3 is closed now. What is happening with it?

Two new holes are being built to keep Pinehurst No. 3 as an 18-hole golf course that will play to a par 68. Work is also currently being done to add the sandscape and native area enhancements to many of the holes, restoring Ross’ signature spirit that was evident in the Pinehurst courses he designed.

When will No. 3 reopen?

Pinehurst No. 3 is scheduled to reopen around the first week of April.

Pinehurst #3 Holes 3 and 4 (2) (960x1280)

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How will the routing of No. 3 change?

What has been the 3rd hole of Pinehurst No. 3 will now be the course’s opening hole. Two new par-3s will be added.

The existing 5th hole of Pinehurst No. 3 is being modified to accommodate a new par-4 measuring 301 yards and a par-3 measuring 123 yards.  These holes will become the 3rd and 4th holes.

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The existing 10th hole of Pinehurst No. 3 is being modified to accommodate a new par-4 measuring 310 yards followed by a new par-3 measuring 132 yards.  These holes will become the new 9th and 10th holes.  We plan to make slight modifications to restore various design elements within many of the other holes based on photographs from archives. The course’s routing from the 11th hole on will remain the same.

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How will the routing of Pinehurst No. 5 change?

The new first hole of No. 5 will be played on land that has been the second hole of Course 3. The hole will also play in the opposite direction, with a new tee and a new green built. There are no further changes to the Course 5 routing after the first hole.

When will the “new” Pinehurst No. 5 open?

While No. 5 will remain open throughout the winter, the new routing of No. 5 is expected to begin play in early April.

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The Perfect NFL Quarterback Golf Swing

While Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan are stars on the gridiron – and the final quarterbacks still standing in the playoffs – they are also all active golfers. But what do we think about their golf swings?

Eric Alpenfels, the director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, takes a detailed look at those swings and after viewing the video above, the amateur golfer can come to a quick conclusion:

Take one thing from each QB, and you may not only have the perfect NFL quarterback, you’ll also have a great golf swing.

  • Matt Ryan’s setup and arm extension at the top of the backswing
  • Tom Brady’s immaculate footwork at impact
  • Aaron Rodgers’ ability to maximize clubhead speed
  • Ben Roethlisber’s arm extension on the followthrough

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Matt Vick snaps Kelly Mitchum’s brilliant streak to win coveted Palumbo Cup

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Matt Vick, the head golf professional at Pinehurst No. 9, won the coveted Palumbo Cup at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club on Friday.

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST – Through 14 holes, Kelly Mitchum never lost the honor, never lost a hole, and rumor has it, still had never lost on Pinehurst No. 2.

Matt Vick changed everything.

In a thrilling match that featured dramatic par saves, huge up-and-downs and brilliant shotmaking, Vick, the head golf professional at Pinehurst No. 9, outlasted Mitchum in 21 holes Friday to win Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s coveted Palumbo Cup, the annual staff match play tournament.

“I’m really honored. I’m about as happy to win this as I am anything in my career,” said Vick, who like Mitchum and several other Pinehurst professionals, competes regularly in the Carolinas PGA golf section. “This is a special place, and this is a special tournament. This means a lot to me.”

In a match in which the two players halved the first 12 holes – they both made bogey on 6 and birdie on 8 – Vick finally won with a par on the first hole of No. 2 – the 21st hole of the match – moments after draining an slippery 18-footer for par on the second playoff hole on 18 to stay alive in the match. … Continue Reading

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Drive, Chip and Putt Regional to return to Pinehurst

Once again, the road to Augusta will go through Pinehurst.

The 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship announced this week all of the qualifying sites for the championship, and for the second straight year, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club will host one of 10 regionals.

After local and subregional qualifying (all of the sites and dates for qualifying can be found here), one boy and girl from each age division will advance from the regional qualifying sites to the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which is held annually at Augusta National the week before The Masters.

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A golfer putts during the Drive, Chip and Putt regional at Pinehurst in September 2016.

Pinehurst will be the first regional played in 2017 for the 2018 Championship, taking place on Sept. 3. Other regional sites include some of the best courses in the world, including Winged Foot, The Olympic Club, Torrey Pines, Southern Hills, Muirfield Village and TPC Sawgrass.

“A hallmark of Pinehurst’s history has been its affection for the amateur golfer, and in many cases, the young amateur player,” said Pinehurst Director of Golf Ben Bridgers. “We are honored to again participate in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. We believe it adds to Pinehurst’s legacy as a home for amateur golf, a legacy that includes the century-old North & South Amateurs, past U.S. Men’s and Women’s Amateurs as well as the U.S. Kids Golf World championship events. We look forward to welcoming these tremendously talented young players to Pinehurst.”

The National Finals will be played on April 1, 2018.

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A golfer stands with her Drive, Chip and Putt medal next to PInehurst’s Putter Boy.

In September 2016, eight winners from the Pinehurst regional advanced to Augusta for the 2017 National Finals, which will be played on April 2. There will be 80 players total and just 10 per age group. Qualifying at Pinehurst were:  Peter Sposato, and Claire Bradford, both of Athens, Ga,  as well as Catherine Qiu of Ashburn, Va.; Carter Kontur of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Madilyn Newman, Knoxville, Tenn.; Clinton Daly, of Charlotte, N.C.; Karson Adkins, of Savannah, Tenn., and Jaron Leasure, of Virginia Beach, Va.

Lucy Li, who famously stole the show at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 after qualifying at age 11, won the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship a couple of years ago.

In the Drive, Chip and Putt competition, each golfer gets three drives, three chips and three putts with scores based on distance (for driving) and accuracy.

Nine total shots. No mulligans. No room for error.

And a coveted spot in the shadow of Amen Corner.

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Meet the 2016 Donald Ross Junior Champions

Nearly 300 junior boys and girls from 24 different states and three countries competed in the 69th annual Donald Ross Junior Championship this week at Pinehurst.

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AJ Beechler

AJ Beechler of Pinehurst took home the title in the boys 15-18 division, which was held on Pinehurst Nos. 4 & 5. With two consistent rounds of 70, he edged out first round leader Jack Parrott of Columbia, South Carolina by two shots. Beechler’s eight birdies were bested only by third place finisher Attie Giles of Pinehurst, who posted nine birdies throughout the two-day tournament. Grayson Wotnosky of Wake Forest tied for third place with a score of 143, while Connor Armistead of Charlotte rounded out the top five.

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Jackson Van Paris

Another Pinehurst native claimed the first place title in the boys 12-14 division, played on Pinehurst No. 1. Jackson Van Paris defeated Ben Warian of Stillwater, Minnesota in a sudden death playoff after tying at 141 following two rounds. A bogey five on the first playoff hole was all Van Paris needed for the victory. Nicholas Hance of Irving, Texas, Drew Miller of Arlington, Tennessee and Narayan Mohan of Charlotte tied for third place, posting 36-hole totals of 142.

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Kareem Elkassem

Kareem Elkassem of Raleigh claimed the top prize in the boys 11 & under division, played on Pinehurst No. 1. After finishing as runner-up last year, Elkassem was determined to take home a coveted Putter Boy trophy. He did just that, besting Sihan Sandhu of Ashburn, Virginia through two playoff holes. Sandhu’s second round 69 was the lowest score for the division. Jackson Herrington of Franklin, Tennessee took home third place prize while Greenville, South Carolina native William Jennings claimed fourth place. David Oliver IV of Pageland, South Carolina rounded out the top five.

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Gracyn Burgess

Nineteen girls were part of Pinehurst history as they competed in the inaugural Donald Ross Junior girls field. Gracyn Burgess of Lexington, South Carolina took home the girls 15-18 title, narrowly defeating Kathryn Carson of Mooresville. Burgess entered the final two holes with a five stroke lead and played them at +4 to earn her title. Belmont native Taylor Hinson finished third.

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Emma Shen

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Amelia Shen

Sisters Amelia and Emma Shen of Tenfly, New Jersey were both victorious in their respective divisions. Amelia topped the 11 & under field while sister Emma led the 12-14 division. Boonyanant Rujiranan of Southern Pines was the runner-up in the 11 & under field while Addison Klonowski of Naples, Florida finished third. Rounding out the 12-14 division was Katharina Floyd of Chapel Hill and Mara Hirtle of Pinehust who finished second and third, respectively.

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