Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Top 10 Tips for Planning a Golf Buddy Trip

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF TIPS FOR THE BEST GOLF BUDDY TRIP all over the web. We’ve combed them all so you don’t have to.

Here are the 10 best tips to ensure you get the most out of your next buddy trip, with a little something extra off the tee for some.

10. R&D makes for the best R&R It’s not how long you to plan, it’s how well you plan. If your dates are flexible, ask about specials. Many golf resorts have “shoulder seasons” such as March or November when the weather might still be great but high season rates haven’t yet kicked in. And sure, you might need an extra layer, but that extra layer might mean an extra day – and an extra 18 or 36 – as well.

Extra Club: Ask about shuttle service to and from the airport. Why drive if you don’t have to? Often airport shuttle rates are discounted depending on the number in your group. And some resorts like Pinehurst offer free shuttle service around the resort during your stay. Leave the keys – and the road rage – at home.

To plan your Pinehurst Buddy Trip, call (855) 441-2213 or begin with an email.

9. Let it Grow You don’t have to be too ambitious too fast. Our friend Matt Adams has a simple suggestion for the birth of your first buddy trip: Keep it small to start, then let it grow. It’s just like anything else: the more you do something, the better you will get at it. The planning, the itinerary, costs, dinners, games – everything.


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8. Play for Something…Different Yes, it could be a trophy. But make sure it’s interesting. Michael Jordan always had an answer when someone asked how much they’d play for: “Whatever makes you nervous.” We’d paraphrase that to be, “Whatever makes you putt the 3-footer.”

Extra Club: It doesn’t have to be for cash. How about this? Loser babysits the kids so the victor can take his wife out for dinner when they get home. Ready to concede that 3-footer now? Didn’t think so. … Continue Reading

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Restoring Pinehurst’s History Hallway

The Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella has always been kind to us. (Thanks, Matt.) And usually, when he discusses the merits of Pinehurst, he never fails to mention at least three things:

  1. The Golf
  2. The Best Breakfast in Golf
  3. The Pinehurst Clubhouse History Hall

Matt typically advises Pinehurst guests to spend as much time as possible in our history hall, to take in the memorabilia in our cases and the photos on the walls.

Over the past few weeks, though, we’ve taken a few minor steps in what we hope will be an improved experience with those photos. With the help of the wonderful Tufts Archives, we’ve restored many of the photos, which had been damaged over time.

Also, we’ve updated the framing and matting, and in what may be our favorite part, added contextual captions with each photo. Most of these captions go into further detail about every photo – you already know the where; here, we add the who, the what and the why. (You can see examples of the work in the video above. Also, a note: Be sure to have the sound up while playing the video. It’s worth it.)

We have a few further plans that we are kicking around to continue to update the hallway. But it is our hope that on your next visit to Pinehurst, you’ll need an extra few minutes to get through the hall.

And for our frequent guests and members, here’s hoping you enjoy a few of the new photos we’ve put up – photos that have never been on the clubhouse walls until now.

Special thanks, as well, to framer Tony Hill and photographer John Gessner.

As for what the photos used to look like, well, here:

50 Arnold Palmer & Harvie Ward 1948 (1200x800)

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Bryson DeChambeau, Pinehurst and Art

Not long ago, we came across a photo of reigning U.S. Amateur and NCAA Champion Bryson DeChambeau that we just had to share. DeChambeau is always nattily attired, and reminds us of a certain Pinehurst champion we are very fond of.

When Bryson retweeted that photo, we couldn’t help but ask another question that was on our mind.

Turns out, Bryson was way ahead of us.

Well, it’s been a few days…and last night, Bryson followed up:

Bryson told us he did the work when he was 17. “I did it because it was a memorable moment in golf and (Payne) was a great ambassador for the game,” he said.

We agree on both counts, Bryson. Thanks again.

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Is this the best putt of 2015?

We feel like we’ve already seen the best putt (or, um, putts) of the year in 2015 (or ever), but we’re reminded of this one by Jodi Ewart Shadoff, of England. She holed this in June during the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship…for PAR.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff Long Par Putt on 7 – Golf Channel – 6-12-15 from PGA of America on Vimeo.

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We’ll miss Jim Connors

If you live near us in Pinehurst, or even if you’ve visited us at some point and stayed with us at one of our hotels, there’s a good chance you’ve heard or seen Jim Connors of TWC News 14 give you that day’s sports report.

It was with great sadness to learn this week of Jim’s passing at the tender age of just 51. He leaves behind his wife and two teenage children, and our sincerest condolences go out to the Connors family. Jim was always a tremendous pleasure to work with when he visited Pinehurst. A true joy. (Please take 5 minutes to watch Mike Solarte’s wonderful tribute to Jim here.)

We’re reminded of a wonderful little memory of Jim that involves golfer Morgan Pressel. A few weeks ahead of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, Pressel, a former Pinehurst champion herself, was a guest of the USGA to speak with local media to preview the Women’s Open. Pressel did a modified news conference adjacent to the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 with the assembled media, and then made herself available for one-on-ones.

Jim had one of those scheduled, and moved to a bench nearby under the tall pine trees for a perfect setting. Jim, always gracious, introduced himself, saying, “Jim Connors – you can call me Jimmy, like the tennis player.”

Morgan Pressel shot him a look, and with a straight deadpan tone, fired back, “You don’t want to me to call you that. Jimmy Connors is an a——.”

Pressel let the moment hang there for only about 2 seconds, but it felt like an eternity. Jim’s face was frozen for a bit, but then Pressel broke into a large smile and let Jim off the hook. “I’m just kidding,” she said, patting Jim on the arm. “Aaron Krickstein is my uncle. There’s a bit of a history there.”

Oh yes, a lot of history.

Morgan Pressel

Looking back, though, it was a funny, unscripted moment, one Pressel could’ve never prepared for. But as people around golf know, Pressel’s wit is always firing, and it helps to be on your toes.

It also helps to roll with it, which is exactly what Jim did, and did very well. And for it, Jim had as much time with Pressel as he wanted. After taking a good-natured shot like that, Jim never flinched when the camera’s light came on, and he and Pressel had perhaps the most engaging interview of the afternoon.

Simply, Jim Connors was a pro. A true pro.

And we’ll miss him.

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