Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Long winter? No problem for Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson, right, stands with Bill Coore during the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration.

Pinehurst No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson, right, stands with Bill Coore during the No. 2 restoration.

A fluky winter unlike any of the past 2 decades prompts the question: Has it affected No. 2′s readiness and playing conditions for the back-to-back U.S. Opens?
Not at all
By LEE PACE

The countdown ticker to the left of this missive on The Pinehurst Blog clicked down to 90 a week a week and a half ago. That’s when Kevin Robinson, the course superintendent of Pinehurst No. 2, took real notice of the impending arrival of the unprecedented back-to-back national championships scheduled on the 107-year-old golf course.

“It hit 90 and I said, ‘Wow,’ it’s almost here,” Robinson says. “It’s like it’s ticking down five at a time now instead of one.”

Robinson is making an early morning tour of the course on the second day of spring, dressed in layers and warm gloves as the sun rises above the horizon and begins boosting the 35-degree temperature. All golf superintendents are slaves to the 10-day weather forecast, and Robinson winces a little at the specter of a couple of upper-20 degree nights forecast for the following week.

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Unbelievable tandem trick shot – by kids!

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Count us among all of those who hope this trick shot by these two kids is real.

Tell you what – anybody know how to reach these kids? If so, we’d sure like to see them try to recreate this one on the 18th fairway of Pinehurst No. 2!

 

UPDATE: This post has proven to be our most popular blog post in history. In fact, it was our most popular blog post in history within about two hours of posting it.

We can thank the great video…and U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell:

 

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The best breakfast in golf? Do you really even need to ask?

It’s a Twitter world, and we’re all just living in it.

How else do you explain Golf Channel’s Morning Drive seizing on something called National Pancake Day – or better known on the interwebs as #NATLPancakeDay – by ranking the top breakfast spots in golf?

Well, who are we to complain? Morning Drive and Matt Ginella (we’re very big fans of Matty G over here at Pinehurst) started the call early, tweeting:

That led to a bevy of responses, most of which, it seemed anyway, appeared to be Pinehurst-related. Matty G noticed the same thing:

And so, as you can see in the video above (scroll to the 3:13 mark), Pinehurst is well-represented in Matty G’s Top 5 breakfast spots in golf. The best part, though? The clear choice at No. 1.

Of course, as great as it is to see us featured on national television, it really means a lot when it’s our followers who advocate for us. Clearly, Matty G and Morning Drive heard from A LOT of you suggesting The Carolina breakfast buffet, and so we thank you.

As always…thanks, y’all.

Oh, one more thing. T-Rose? About those Spa at Pinehurst treatments? Call us…We have a great special going right now.

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KT – The Spa at Pinehurst Has You Covered

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The Spa at Pinehurst boasts the largest KT-certified massage staff at any resort on the East Coast.

By Jennifer Malia Roche

You may have seen various athletes during the summer Olympics – and certainly Michelle Wie at the U.S. Women’s Open right here in Pinehurst – sporting bands of brightly colored tape on their arms and shoulders and said to yourself, “Now, what the heck is all that?”

Despite what it looks like, the tape is not a fashion statement. “KT,” as we like to call it in-house, was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 30 years ago. The method uses a specific type of tape that is applied over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over contraction.

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Novak Djokovic routinely uses KT as well.

Don’t be fooled by shady substitutions. You may have seen this tape for sale in places like Dick’s or Wal-Mart, but that tape is:

  • A) Not professional-grade tape or;
  • B) Something you can just slap on yourself.

An in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology is required, which is why it should only be done by certified practitioners using the real-deal tape.

Like us.

In the summer of 2013, The Spa at Pinehurst massage team underwent intensive two-day KT training and as a result is now the largest, KT-certified massage staff at any resort on the East Coast.

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KT Sessions can booked through Spa Reservations for $110 and are 50 minutes long. They include an assessment and tape application for up to two zones. You’ll also get access to the Spa pool, sauna and steam room with your session.

We’re not promising it will improve your golf game (although…Michelle Wie, so you do the math), but it surely couldn’t hurt to give it a shot.

So before you head to the first tee of No. 2, ready to make that check mark on your bucket list, make sure you’ll be at your very best. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer Malia Roche is the Spa Director at Pinehurst Resort.

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The Fix Is In – One Man’s Experience at the Pinehurst Golf Academy

Most people would say Lee Pace is a pretty good golfer. But Lee knew his game was slipping, and it needed help in a hurry. So he signed up for the Pinehurst Golf Academy, which fixed Kris Wilson (above) - and now Lee’s got his game back.

By LEE PACE

When my six-iron scruffed the turf a solid inch behind the ball and the resulting worm-burner scalded 15 yards left of my target on the 17th hole of a round last September—and then I repeated the same action on 18—I knew I needed help. Detox. Surgery. Medication. An out-of-body experience. Anything.

It was time to bury the 2013 summer golf season. It had been quite the disappointment.

I shot a pair of 77s on a 6,850-yard Tom Fazio course in late-June and early-July, but from there my game deteriorated over the summer into a blur of drives that faded weakly to the right on one hole and caromed off the world into pull-hook purgatory the next. I hit hybrid clubs fat and I stood frozen over 15-yard greenside recoveries, pondering a lofted wedge or a low-running chip and in the end being lucky to get the ball within 25 feet of the hole.

No confidence, too much junk in the head—that’s no way to play golf.

THE PROBLEM

“Here it is—your downswing is too shallow. That’s where those fat shots are coming from,” Eric Alpenfels tells me one Friday morning in mid-October, holding court in the Pinehurst Golf Academy amid a hitting bay and phalanx of video cameras, laptop computers and high-def television screens.

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