Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Kevin Robinson, No. 2 crew honored by Pinehurst

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Assistant Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right) and No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), former No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right; now the superintendent of No. 6 and No. 8) and Golf Course Maintenance Manager Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

Every year at Pinehurst, we have a “State of the Resort” meeting, bringing together more than 1,000 Pinehurst employee partners to share the highlights of the previous year. Included in the presentations are the annual awards Pinehurst gives to those who went above and beyond over the course of the previous year.

And what a year we had in 2014.

Among the big winners at Tuesday’s meeting should come as no surprise, but it’s worth highlighting their efforts (at least) one more time. And while everyone on the Pinehurst team did something in 2014 to make it a banner year, a few people had a little more pressure on their shoulders than others.

After all, Pinehurst accomplished something in 2014 that’s never been done before in the history in golf.

Back-to-back major championships, on the same course, in consecutive weeks.

The Pinehurst Grounds Crew poses for a photo below the Sunday scoreboard following Martin Kaymer's triumph in the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2.

The Pinehurst Grounds Crew poses for a photo below the Sunday scoreboard following Martin Kaymer’s triumph in the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2. (Click to enlarge)

And that is part of the reason why Kevin Robinson, Pinehurst’s golf course maintenance manager, was honored as Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s Manager of the Year. And it’s also why the Pinehurst No. 2 Maintenance Crew, led by Bob Farren, Robinson, John Jeffreys and Alan Owen, were tabbed as Pinehurst’s Department of the Year. (Pinehurst’s Group Sales team was also honored as Co-Department of the Year.)

And really, if you don’t take our word for the incredible work they did this year, well, just watch:

Not only was Pinehurst hailed following two brilliant weeks of major championship golf, two weeks after Michelle Wie’s clinching putt to capture the U.S. Women’s Open, the No. 2 crew managed and oversaw the change of Donald Ross’s fabled greens from bent grass to bermudagrass. Not only was the project successful and finished a bit ahead of schedule, it will enable No. 2 to play to elite conditions for 12 months of the year.

Congrats to Robinson, to his No. 2 team, and to Bob Farren. They really are the Most Interesting Men in Turf.

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Ben Crenshaw ready to say goodbye to Augusta

 

In April, Ben Crenshaw will play in his final Masters. The two-time champion reflects on a storied relationship

By LEE PACE

Ben Crenshaw was low amateur in the 1972 and ’73 Masters Tournaments, finishing 19th and 24th, respectively. He played in the annual rite of spring at Augusta National the next 43 years, winning in 1984 and 1995 and notching nine more top 10 finishes. He’s made the cut only two of the last 17 years, though, as the golf course has been consistently stretched out to match the power of today’s athletic swings and the heat generated by modern club technology.

Augusta played 6,905 yards when Crenshaw won in 1984. It played 7,435 yards in 2014, and Crenshaw’s rounds of 83-85 prompted him to say, “Enough.”

The 2015 Masters will be his last. … Continue Reading

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4 reasons why we’re looking forward to March

As February winds down, we can’t help but get excited about what’s coming in March.

Here are four reasons you should be looking forward to next month too.

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1. SPRING is March 20.

If you’re counting down (I know we are) that’s only 24 more days!

What’s so great about spring in Pinehurst? Blooming azaleas, Carolina blue skies, the smell of Pine trees. We could keep going, but you get the point. It’s always beautiful in Pinehurst, but spring is exceptionally lovely.

… Continue Reading

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So Cold

We’ve been informed this is quite a few years old, but we can’t stop watching it since Geoff Shackelford posted it on his site recently. And we thought we should share it with you as well.

It’s been a long, cold – and yes, icy – week. We needed this laugh.

Oh, and a tip: Definitely watch this with the audio on.

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Lady Aztecs have their own trick shot fun

It’s no secret, we’re fans of trick shots.

We’ve featured trick shot artists The Bryan Brothers on our blog multiple times. And we had a blast when they actually came to Pinehurst last November to film a segment with our pal Clarkie.

This week, we were happy to see trick shots from a different source. This time, it’s the San Diego State women’s golf team having the fun. Set to the Bruno Mars song “Uptown Funk,” this video is just plain awesome.

See for yourself.

 

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