Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Pinehurst’s Greatest Moments – The Bracket

It’s that time of year again, and while last year we had a tournament to determine your favorite golf course at Pinehurst, this year we’re pitting some of the biggest moments in Pinehurst history against each other in a tournament bracket.

All of the information is available in the below bracket (apologies for the Google-placed ads throughout – those are out of our hands). Each matchup has some detail to go with it as well as some video background to help you make your picks.

Go ahead and go through the entire bracket and feel free to share both your choice and the bracket itself with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, at the close of the NCAA Championship, we’ll reveal which moment received the most wins and the most votes. Will it be Payne? Will it be Ross? Will it be the No. 2 restoration or Ben Hogan winning for the first time?

You decide.

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Go ahead, try not to tear up at #ArnieWould ad

And to think, this is how the week is starting. Imagine the tributes by the end of Sunday at Bay Hill.

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Pinehurst reveals routing of new short course

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Pinehurst Resort and Country Club revealed Friday the routing and design of its new short course, which will break ground in early May and is scheduled to open this fall.

Built by Hanse Golf Design, the short course will have nine holes ranging in distances from 65 to 117 yards and feature many of the elements players face on the restored Pinehurst No. 2, integrating the native sandscape and wiregrass commonly found at Pinehurst during Donald Ross’s era.

“Pinehurst’s short course is designed to be enjoyed by all golfers, including regular players, beginners, friends on a buddy trip and families out to enjoy the game in a relaxed setting,” Hanse says. “The course will be a fun alternative or addition to a round while at the same time honoring the heritage and traditions of golf at Pinehurst.”

The short course will be built on 10 acres of property formerly occupied by the first holes of Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 5, and play will be easily viewed from the historic South Veranda of the Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse. Both of the greens from the original holes will remain in the short course routing.

The course’s other greens will blend into the landscape with tightly mown runoffs in the surrounds. Some of the greens will feature subtle contours while others will have a plateau style. The bunkers will have the rough-hewn nature of the original Ross bunkers and will also blend seamlessly with the exposed sand surrounds.

“Pinehurst’s short course is designed to be enjoyed by all golfers, including regular players, beginners, friends on a buddy trip and families out to enjoy the game in a relaxed setting. The course will be a fun alternative or addition to a round while at the same time honoring the heritage and traditions of golf at Pinehurst.” -Gil Hanse

Plans to move and expand the Thistle Dhu putting course near the clubhouse veranda continue to be developed.

“We believe the beauty of the short course and Thistle Dhu will provide a magnificent front yard for Pinehurst,” Hanse says.

The short course is part of a larger plan that was announced by Pinehurst in November to further restore the original character and spirit to the Pinehurst golf experience. The centerpiece of the plan will be Hanse’s complete redesign of No. 4, which will include exposed sand and native wiregrass, wider fairways and natural topography. The No. 4 redesign is scheduled to begin  this fall with the course reopening in fall 2018.

“While Pinehurst is the country’s most historic golf resort, we’re constantly evolving,” says Pinehurst Owner and CEO Bob Dedman. “The opening of the short course, along with the No. 4 redesign and last summer’s opening of the Deuce bring a new level of energy and excitement to the Pinehurst experience.”

Hanse is an ideal choice for the projects. His portfolio of original designs includes The Olympic Golf Course in Brazil, and his restoration projects include The Country Club, LA Country Club, Myopia Hunt Club, Merion Golf Club and Oakland Hills Country Club, among others.

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Updates on the new holes of Pinehurst No. 3

A few weeks ago, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club released new renderings and answered a few questions about the changes to Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 5.

That post caught the attention of The Golf Channel. While the work on Nos. 3 and 5 is not yet fully complete, the courses are on schedule to resume play with new routings in the early spring.

As spring nears, some of the changes to Pinehurst No. 3 are becoming more prevalent. Below are photos of the new 3rd hole on No. 3, the new par-3 4th hole, and the new par-3 10th hole.

The new 3rd hole on Pinehurst No. 3

A view of the new par-3 4th hole of Pinehurst No. 3 from the left:

 

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The new par-3 10th hole of Pinehurst No. 3, which overlooks the water:

 

A look at the 9th hole of Pinehurst No. 3:

Later in spring, Gil Hanse will begin work on the Pinehurst short course, which will be in a wonderful setting:

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Phil Mickelson’s pre-shot checklist that’s maybe a golf tip

There’s a good chance none of us will ever practice golf the way Phil Mickelson practices. Seems simple, right? He’s Phil Mickelson, after all.

But in the latest clip from Lefty’s appearance on The Golf Channel’s Feherty, Mickelson goes into tremendous detail on the way he practices and thusly, what that means for his tournament pre-shot routine and his ultimate decision on how to play the next shot.

These guys play a different game, but some of it might actually make sense for the weekend golfer. Check it out.

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