We’re fortunate to have much of our faithful audience outside of North Carolina, which means even if you wanted to enjoy our new documentary on UNC-TV last night, you might not have had it available in your market. While the DVD is available online for just $14.95 and certainly offers a better, more satisfying viewing experience than what you’re about to get here, we still wanted to whet your appetite a bit with several clips from the hour-long program.
Please enjoy Pinehurst’s New Golden Age: No. 2 and the Championships:
“Charlie Price, the great writer, he’d say Pinehurst in his day was fairways, and the fairways were oases within sandy country. The wispy rye grass, pine needles and sand, the little tufts of ground, that’s what Pinehurst was.” —Ben Crenshaw, to PGATour.com, on the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2
BY SHANE RYAN
In the nine years preceding the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, the winning score was even par or worse six times. Two of the three winners who actually went under par—Tiger Woods in 2008 and Lucas Glover the next year—stayed nice and close, at -1 and -4, respectively. The only exception came in 2011, when Rory McIlroy put on a historic show at Congressional Country Club, decimating a difficult track to the tune of -16 and asserting himself as one of the world’s best players.
“Pinehurst’s New Golden Age: No. 2 and the Championships,” a new documentary produced by TenMayflower Productions, will debut at 10 p.m. Thursday on UNC-TV.
Featuring archival, never-before-seen photography and footage, the documentary traces one of the most significant periods in Pinehurst’s storied championship history, including the transcendent U.S. Open championships in 1999 and 2005.
The hour-long program is also the definitive recap of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, the first two major championships to be conducted in consecutive weeks at the same site in the history of golf.
The feature provides unprecedented insight into the magic of Pinehurst through the eyes of historians, journalists, USGA officials, broadcasters, some of the biggest names in golf.
2014 U.S. Open champions Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie recount their triumphs on Pinehurst No. 2 while such notables as Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Michael Campbell and others add a unique perspective into their own successes at Pinehurst.
The documentary also details the 2010 restoration of Donald Ross’s famed championship course. Bill Coore and Crenshaw recall the momentous decision to return No. 2 to its 1940s-era roots in setting the stage for the triumphant 2014 U.S. Opens and a new philosophy in golf course management.
For more information, go to unctv.org. Purchase a DVD of “Pinehurst’s New Golden Age: No. 2 and the Championships” from any of our retail outlets or online at shoppinehurst.com.
Again, the winner of this contest will get to play golf with the likes of Tom Watson, Zach Johnson and Kyle Stanley. You can vote directly for Clarkie’s video here.Please do. If anybody deserves such a special day, it’s Clarkie, a quiet little boy who never asks for anything extra.
A little more about this incredibly special kid:
Clarkie has battled a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. He had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was), which was replaced by a titanium prosthesis. This resulted in his right leg being a few inches longer than his left.
Clarkie, clearly, loves golf (lacrosse, too), and he performed this trick shot at another Donald Ross course, at Glen Falls Country Club in New York. Clarkie’s grandparents, Tom and Joan Moynihan, live at Pinehurst No. 7.
He also did it after just completing 10 months of chemotherapy.
We’ll pause to let that sink in.
Clarkie’s doing well today, but he’ll be scanned quarterly for the next 5 years. He’s one tough – and talented – little kid.
His dad, Dave, put Clarkie’s toughness into words for us:
“10 months of chemo.
To which, we’ll add…
One GREAT golf swing.
Yes, there are some other fantastic trick shots submitted to this contest.