Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Buy Willie McRae’s memoir “On the Bag”

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This weekend, legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae will receive another well-earned honor when he is enshrined in the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to the honor, McRae’s portrait will hang in The Carolina Hotel on the wall honoring all of the CGA Hall-of-Famers.

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Why is McRae a Hall-of-Famer? It’s all in his fantastic book, On The Bag, which you can purchase directly from Pinehurst, where McRae has caddied for more than seven decades. On The Bag is an engaging and entertaining journey of McRae’s life and times on and off the links. His career at Pinehurst parallels the great history of the game of golf. McRae has caddied for five presidents, celebrities from Michael Jordan to Mickey Mantle and many of golf’s greatest players, including Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead.

Just two living participants of the 1951 Ryder Cup, which was contested at Pinehurst, McRae remembers looping for the legendary Donald Ross on Ross’s crown jewel, Pinehurst No. 2. In On The Bag, McRae recounts in rich detail many of those moments and the profound effects they’ve had on one of Pinehurst’s most enduring figures in its history.

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Pinehurst’s new TV commercials

Pinehurst has three new commercials that will air this year. Which one is your favorite – Walking With Hogan, A Round With Ross or Pinehurst’s Vintage Greens? You can vote below after watching all three commercials.

Walking With Hogan

A Round With Ross

Vintage Pinehurst Greens

Walking With Hogan
36 Vote
A Round With Ross
23 Vote
Vintage Pinehurst Greens
29 Vote

Or vote on Twitter:

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Feeling OK about a Pinehurst “collapse”

Jason Gore may have collapsed in the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, but it doesn’t erase all of the great memories

After the New England Patriots’ monumental comeback to win Super Bowl LI to beat an Atlanta Falcons team that led 28-3 at one point, much of Monday has been spent recalling the worst “collapses” in sports history.

One that has been mentioned often involves golf – Greg Norman’s final round of the 1996 Masters. Another in golf, though, might come from the 2005 U.S. Open. Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and overnight sensation Jason Gore were in the championship’s final pairing that fateful Sunday, but each fell off the leaderboard faster than anyone could have possibly anticipated.

Before the 2014 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst, though, Gore returned to No. 2 for the first time since that Sunday round, a round in which he shot 84 to freefall from a chance at winning the U.S. Open to a tie for 49th.

But here’s the thing – Gore still humbly recalls with great feeling the overwhelming support he felt from Pinehurst and the fans here at the Open. And he credits that week – and that day specifically – with helping him forge a fruitful career in professional golf. The video above is long – it’s nearly 6 minutes – but his emotion is ever-present, and his story about making the final putt on 18 to close Saturday’s third round will give any golf fan goosebumps, especially those who were in the grandstand that day.

Jason Gore may have collapsed in shocking fashion the next day. But it was also a moment that helped him in every way in every day thereafter.

Not a bad perspective.


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Pinehurst’s The Deuce honored as one of Golf’s best new restaurants

The Deuce, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s newest tavern, is beginning to garner honors.

Golf Inc. Magazine revealed its annual Golden Fork Awards for some of the best dining options in all of golf, and this month honored The Deuce with first place among new restaurants in golf.

“The historic resort went all out to bring the facility’s heritage to life,” wrote Golf Inc. “The Deuce is adorned with vintage photographs and other memorabilia from Pinehurst No. 2.”


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While the view overlooking the 18th green of No. 2 is perhaps the obvious selling point, Golf Inc., credits The Deuce’s tantalizing menu, specialty cocktails and craft beer selection for raising the bar for restaurants in golf.

“The historic resort went all out to bring the facility’s heritage to life.” -Golf Inc.

“It’s not your typical bar food,” says Pinehurst Resort Executive Chef Thierry Debailleul. “It’s fresh, innovative and original food, and it all comes with a spectacular view. It’s made-from-scratch cuisine in a relaxed, comfortable setting that we feel will become the best lunch spot you can imagine anywhere.”

Clearly, Chef T isn’t the only one who thinks so.

To learn more about The Deuce, including an opportunity to view the dining and cocktail menus, please go here.

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Clearly, Phil would clean up on Thistle Dhu

Obviously, Phil Mickelson and Pinehurst’s very own Thistle Dhu seem like they would be made for each other.

At Torrey Pines on Thursday, though, it looks like we now have visual proof:

Thistle Dhu is Pinehurst’s 18-hole putting course that is loads of fun, no matter the level of player, whether a beginner or elite player.

Phil would love it. (And imagine the wagers.)

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