Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Pinehurst, N.C., Dec. 3, 2012 – 73 Degrees [In Pictures]

When you call Pinehurst Resort, the first line you hear is, “It’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst.”

We’re not kidding.

On Dec. 3, 2012, just over three weeks from Christmas day, the mercury soared with the arching sun, and resort guests, Pinehurst Country Club members and the lucky few who live in the Cradle of American Golf were treated to one of those signature days. Once could imagine James Walker Tufts himself feeling the December sun’s rays weave around these stately pines, giving him better than just cause to build the country’s signature golf resort.

Here, in pictures, is what this glorious day looked like on famed Pinehurst No. 2.

In the event you missed this unbelievable day, fear not.

The forecast is the same for tomorrow.

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The Resort Club at Pinehurst.

The Resort Club at Pinehurst.

The Holly Inn

The Holly Inn

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Night and Day – Especially Day: Early renovation work gives glimpse of dramatic new views at Pinehurst Members Clubhouse

(FOR A SHORT VIDEO OF EARLY WORK BEING DONE TO THE CLUBHOUSE, GO HERE.)

Early work on the renovations for Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Member Clubhouse began on Monday with the initial removal of the green awnings that drape the East Veranda. The hope was with the roofline extended, more stunning views of Pinehurst No. 2 – in particular the famed 18th green and the first hole – would be revealed.

Consider Day 1, then, to be a dramatic success.

The removal of the awnings increases natural lighting and reveals the tree line and Carolina blue skies that were previously obscured.

But don’t take our word for it. See it for yourself.

UPDATE (WEDNESDAY, 10:15 A.M.): We’ve added a few more photos since Monday of the continued renovation. Much of the framework for the green awnings is now gone. The views continue to get better and better.

View of the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 from the East Veranda, with the green awning still in place.

View of the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 from the East Veranda, with the green awning still in place.

View of the 18th green on Pinehurst No. 2 from the East Veranda, with the green awning in the process of being removed.

View of the 18th green on Pinehurst No. 2 from the East Veranda, with the green awning in the process of being removed.

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Don Padgett II vs. Kelly Mitchum – “The Thistle Dhuel”

Pinehurst President Don Padgett II hits a putt on Thistle Dhu as Pinehurst golf professional Kelly Mitchum looks on.

Pinehurst President Don Padgett II hits a putt on Thistle Dhu as Pinehurst golf professional Kelly Mitchum looks on.

This weekend on the Thistle Dhu putting course, Pinehurst Resort hosted the first Moore County Putting Championship. With the proceeds benefiting the area’s Young Life program, competitors were encouraged to pay a $10 entry fee during two qualifying rounds. The four lowest scores and ties in a men’s and women’s division would square off in the finals on Sunday afternoon.

During a break in Friday’s qualifier, though, a little conversation sprang up between Pinehurst President Don Padgett II and decorated Pinehurst golf professional Kelly Mitchum. Padgett talked of his best round on the putting course, a tidy 37 on the 18-hole course like few have ever seen before.

Soon, a friendly wager was in the offing. Could Mitchum tie the 37? How would the two fare in an impromptu head-to-head match?

“Give me a minute to go grab my putter,” Mitchum said.

“Yes, get your putter,” Padgett quipped. “We don’t need any excuses.”

The Thistle Dhuel was on.*

*Watching these two play the course, there was a lot to be gleaned for someone who wants to post a score. In fact, there’s a video below that will give a player an immediate leg up.

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Between the Pines – Fall Scenes at Pinehurst

While Pinehurst is known for its stately pines, when Autumn does its annual splashes of color, the vibrant hues only seem to shine more brilliantly against the backdrop of southern blue skies and towering evergreens.

Here are a few recent shots from around the Resort Club and adjacent golf courses:

The Resort Club at Pinehurst

The Resort Club at Pinehurst

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2012 Pro-Member Palumbo Cup [Video]

The Pro-Member Palumbo Cup, the first tournament of its kind at Pinehurst Resort, was competed at The Centennial, Pinehurst No. 8, on Monday, Nov. 12. The event was played in conjunction with Pinehurst’s annual Palumbo Cup, a match play tournament among the two dozen Pinehurst golf professionals played in honor of the late Frank Palumbo, a revered pro at Pinehurst.

The Pro-Member Palumbo Cup featured 17 five-player teams, each featuring a Pinehurst golf pro and four members. Among the golf pros participating in the inaugural event was PGA Tour veteran and Pinehurst member Darron Stiles, who is the all-time money-winner on the Web.com Tour and will return to the PGA Tour in 2013.

“This is a pretty unique event,” said Pinehurst President Donald Padgett II. “I don’t know of another club that can feature as many golf professionals, including a PGA Tour pro, for an event like this one.”

2012 Pinehurst Pro-Member Palumbo Cup

2012 Pinehurst Pro-Member Palumbo Cup

The winning team, with a 60, was Geoff Lynch’s group, which included members Howard Milligan, Howard Schwartz, Hugh Menzies and Ronald Center. Placing second with a 62 was Shannon Smith’s group (featured in the last highlight clip above), which included David McNeill, Charles Terrill, Jerome Phelps and Joyce McWane. In third, also with a 62, was Kyle Fera’s group (featured at 1:00 in the video), which included Richard Moss, Pat Milligan, Patricia Williamson and Liz McClain.

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