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The Best in Pinehurst Video – 2013

One thing you learn when you work at Pinehurst – have the camera ready.

Pinehurst is a place synonymous with history. It is the Cradle of American Golf, the St. Andrews of America. But the beauty of Pinehurst is that its history is always an evolving one. In less than six months, history will again call Pinehurst home with unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens.

It is because of Pinehurst’s lasting and continuing place in golf and Southern hospitality so many want to be here and experience what makes our home so special. And so they come, whether it’s for leisure and a round of golf, or to preview their chance at earning a seat with the game’s immortality.

But as we also saw, history can happen on any day at Pinehurst. And in 2013, it did.

And we had the camera rolling.

Here are Pinehurst’s Top 5 most-viewed videos of 2013.

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The Ultimate Pinehurst Christmas List

Santa Putter Boy Pinehurst

Just let us take a wild guess on this one, OK?

You’ve asked your husband/boyfriend/brother/father/son/son-in-law what he wants for Christmas. You’ve asked more than once. You’ve asked daily. And now, you’re ready to kill him.

Why?

Because you keep getting this answer:

“I don’t know. I don’t really need anything.”

Now, we also understand this can go both ways. She doesn’t know what she wants, either. Or, ahem, what she needs. (OK, OK, we all know she NEEDS you to do more around the house and help with the kids and stuff, but that isn’t helping under the tree right now, is it?)

And this can extend beyond family as well. Boss? Co-worker? Father-in-law? (Oh right, that’s technically family.)

Anyway, we’re here to help.

If you’re reading this, then someone on your Christmas list follows golf and has a soft spot for Pinehurst. So while we know we’re all running out of time, any of these items can be found at Pinehurst’s Golf Shop (open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.), and many of them can be found online (or call 1-800-795-4653) at ShopPinehurst.com.

Now, we do have to mention that shipping might be a little tight for Christmas right now, but you can at least take a shot. And besides, who doesn’t love a little extra AFTER Christmas? (Ladies, a hint: Guys don’t care if it’s late. Honest. Especially if you tell them their gift is COMING FROM PINEHURST. Trust us on this one.)

And finally, if you’re THAT GUY, or THAT GIRL, telling people “I don’t really NEED anything for Christmas,” we have an option for you, too.

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After The Putt: Payne Stewart’s Next 24 Hours

Payne Stewart’s caddie Mike Hicks spent the next 24 hours with Payne Stewart after they won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

What happened?

A lot.

Including more great golf.

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Inside the Ropes with Payne’s caddie at the 1999 U.S. Open

Mike Hicks, who won three major championships as Payne Stewart’s caddie, recently spoke at Pinehurst for the Partner Team Championship, taking a few moments to tell us what was going through his and Payne Stewart’s minds down the stretch of the 1999 U.S. Open against Phil Mickelson.

We start with Stewart’s incredible par save at the par-4 16th hole:

 

 

On to 17, where Stewart made his move:

 

 

Trouble at 18 off the tee:

 

 

The Pitch – And don’t go long:

 

 

One Moment in Time – The Read:

 

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Phil Mickelson recalls ’99 U.S. Open, previews 2014 in Pinehurst

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Phil Mickelson, no doubt a darling at Pinehurst and perhaps the most anticipated storyline entering the 2014 U.S. Open, appeared on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Friday, and among many other things in a show pretty much dedicated to all things Lefty, recalled the previous U.S. Opens at Pinehurst, including his fascinating duel with the iconic Payne Stewart in 1999.

 

 

Mickelson also elaborated about his much-discussed shortening of his 2014 schedule, how he plans to prepare for Pinehurst in an effort to finally capture the elusive U.S. Open Championship, and what it would mean to him to complete the career Grand Slam at Pinehurst.

First, a sampling of some Mickelson’s recollections of the 1999 U.S. Open, his first of six runner-up finishes in the national championship:

And, we find out, had there been a playoff, Mickelson would’ve been on an airplane:

“99 is a tournament I’ll always remember, and I’ll actually cherish, too. A lot of great things came from that event even though it was a heartbreaking loss. And one of the great things that happened was Payne Stewart winning that tournament. He played some great golf, but also having lost him four months later, it was very meaningful to have him win there. Also, the next day, at 11 o’clock in the morning, Amy’s water broke, and we would’ve been in a playoff, and I would’ve been flying back anyway. It just turned out the way it was supposed to. Hopefully I’ll be able to go back there next year and take some of that emotion and apply it to my game, play well and capture my first U.S. Open. That would be such an emotional venue and opportunity for me to finally get my first U.S. Open.”

Regarding Payne Stewart’s first magical putt – a wild double- or triple-breaker for par on 16:

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