Pinehurst Golf News Archive


With the Team USA Ryder Cup win, Pinehurst has won the Ryder Cup Wager. On Monday, the Pinehurst No. 2 flag will fly on the 18th hole of The Old Course of St Andrews.

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St Andrews accepts wager, and Pinehurst No. 2 flag appears on Swilcan Bridge

On Wednesday, Pinehurst proffered a wager to St Andrews and The Old Course:


And later in the day, St Andrews accepted. Then they got something in the mail:

It’s on.

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No. 2 and The Old Course – The Ryder Cup Wager


In 1951, Pinehurst No. 2 was the site of the Ryder Cup, very much a different event then than it is today. The Americans, led by Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, had little trouble dispatching the British team 9 ½-2 ½.

Obviously, things have changed.

While it has been 65 years since Pinehurst hosted the Ryder Cup, we still feel a lasting attachment to one of golf’s greatest events. It’s a proud moment in the storied history of Pinehurst.

Now, though, comes a chance at another Ryder Cup moment for Pinehurst – and for The Old Course at St Andrews.


Here are the particulars, and St. Andrews has accepted:

  • If Team USA wins, The Old Course at St. Andrews will fly a Pinehurst No. 2 pin flag on the 18th hole on Monday after the Ryder Cup is decided.
  • If Team Europe wins, Pinehurst No. 2 will fly an Old Course 18th hole flag on its 18th for that Monday.

Two years ago, we admit, we watched with pride as 2014 U.S. Open Champion Martin Kaymer was one of Europe’s best players.

Now though? Well, let’s just say there’s a little more on the line.

We’d love to see the Pinehurst No. 2 pin flag fly on the 18th hole of The Old Course for a day. Imagine the photos.

And of course, we’ll happily oblige in honoring our end of the bet should the Americans fall short, and fly The Old Course flag on 18 of No. 2.

But we all know that won’t happen, right?


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Remembering Arnold Palmer at Pinehurst

The great Arnold Palmer has passed away at 87. We take a moment to reflect on The King’s grand legacy at Pinehurst


Doris Palmer was fraught with anxiety. It was the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit, and her 25-year-old-son, Arnold, was about to make a serious mistake. She approached Richard Tufts, the president of Pinehurst Inc. and USGA secretary, with her concerns.

“Oh, Mr. Tufts, I’m worried to death,” Mrs. Palmer said. “I’m afraid Arnold’s going to turn pro after this.”

“With that swing of his, he’ll never make it on tour.” Richard Tufts

Tufts’ primary frame of reference for young Palmer’s golf ability was the North and South Amateur, the tournament the Tufts family ran each spring on Pinehurst No. 2. Palmer never played particularly well in that event, losing by a monster score like 12-and-11 to Frank Stranahan in 1949.

“I’m sorry to hear that, Mrs. Palmer,” Tufts replied. “With that swing of his, he’ll never make it on tour.”

Palmer won the Amateur that week, did in fact turn professional and proceeded to make hash of his critics. Palmer and Tufts were reunited 14 years later in Charlotte, when Palmer spoke on Tufts’ behalf at the latter’s induction ceremony into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. They shared a laugh over Tufts’ gaffe.

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U.S. Kids Golf at Pinehurst – A beautiful photo essay by ESPN


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WE AT PINEHURST have often said that the two weeks we host the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships are among our most favorite days of every year. When you walk through Pinehurst’s historic clubhouse on those days, you are likely to hear about 10 different languages. For most of the players and participants, U.S. Kids is a beautiful combination of golf and parenting, of joy and adversity, of lessons in triumph and defeat.

And much of that was captured at this summer’s championships in the wonderful photo essay by ESPN photographer Rob Tringali, which is featured this week on

The above photo is from Tringali’s essay, and we encourage you to view the many beautiful moments he caught here.

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