Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Paul Wahlberg rocks Pinehurst hat on “Wahlburgers”


It looks like Paul Wahlberg is a fan of Pinehurst No. 2. 

The older brother to famous Mark and Donnie donned a Pinehurst No. 2 hat during the most recent episode of the A&E reality series “Wahlburgers.” 

He wears the green cap during his time in Las Vegas, where he was scouting a new location for their restaurant also called  “Wahlburgers.”

The eldest Wahlberg is the restaurant’s executive chef and the star of the show, but Donnie and Mark appear regularly.

Click here to view the episode.



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Miniature golf born in Pinehurst nearly 100 years ago

It’s common knowledge Pinehurst is the home of golf in America, but did you know the nation’s first miniature golf course was built here?

James Barber constructed the course in 1918.

According to the Feb. 2, 1918 edition of the Pinehurst Outlook, the first people to play the course were the ladies of the Advertising Golf League on Jan. 26, 1918.

The article states: “For some time now Mr. Barber has been laying out and perfecting a miniature golf links winding in and out among the shrubbery and paths of his place — a kind of glorified and elongated putting green, with obstacles to be negotiated with a well pitched mashie shot, and bends and curves calling for nice and discriminating slices and pulls.”


The story goes that upon first seeing it, Barber proclaimed, “This’ll Do.” It was translated into Thistle Dhu and the name stuck.

Nearly a century later, Thistle Dhu returned to Pinehurst. 

The 18-hole putting course is designed to entertain everyone from the golfing beginner to the scratch player.

Click here to find out more about the putting course.

Thisle Dhu Vintage 1920

This photo of Thistle Dhu appeared in the 1920 edition of Country Life.






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By the numbers: 2014 U.S. Open championships


Like numbers? The USGA has a few to share with you. 

Take a look at some of the notable occurrences and accomplishments from the back-to-back U.S. Open championships held in Pinehurst last June. Thanks to the USGA for sharing

Adobe Photoshop PDF

Pretty interesting, eh? Read more by clicking here.

If you like the USGA’s infographic, check out this one we created using their figures.





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The art of making Pinehurst No. 2…better?


Technology is forever evolving in industry—steam engines replace horses pulling cargo, dynamite replaces picks and shovels for mining coal. And in sports as well—golf clubs morph from hickory shafts to steel to titanium.

Today improvements in grass seed science allow golf architects and green superintendents to use grasses in the Mid-Atlantic “transition zone” not long ago deemed too bumpy and slow for quality putting surfaces. The greens on Pinehurst No. 2 are now five months into their next iteration, this time with a strain from the same family of grasses, Bermuda, deemed outdated three decades ago.

“Technology keeps evolving. The Bermudas available today are nothing like the common Bermuda we knew 30 years ago,” says Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s director of golf course and grounds management.

The greens on No. 2 were torn up one week following the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and resurfaced with Champion ultradwarf Bermuda, a strain that maintains high density during extreme temperatures and at low mowing heights, delivering smooth, consistent putting surfaces 12 months a year. Champion has been installed on more than 530 courses throughout the South in the last decade.

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3 tips to improve your short game

Improving your short game is a surefire way to lower your handicap.

But how do you do it?

Eric Alpenfels, a PGA Master professional who serves at the director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, has three simple tips for hitting better around the greens. Watch the video above to see the advice he offered

If you struggle with these shots, hit the practice greens with as much regularity as the driving range. You should notice a difference.

Still need help? We have your covered with our new short-game school, which focuses on putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play.

It’s being offered April 30-May 3 and May 28-31. Get the details here. 

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