Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Paying tribute to Ben Hogan

On March 21, 1940, it finally happened.

Ben Hogan won.

The story has become the stuff of Pinehurst lore and legend. Hogan had toiled on the PGA Tour for seven years without a victory. He was close to calling the pro game quits and retiring back to Texas to become a club pro. His car rolled into Pinehurst for the 1940 North & South Open on four bald tires.

But Hogan opened with a first-round 66 on Pinehurst No. 2 and followed with a 67 in the next round, building a 7-shot lead. His 74 and 70 in the 36-hole finale on March 21 weren’t spectacular, but they still held off Snead by three shots. Hogan, finally – FINALLY –  was a winner.

The rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

Pinehurst No. 2's starters are donning Hogan-styled caps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ben Hogan's first professional victory in the 9140 North & South Open at Pinehurst.

Pinehurst No. 2’s starters are donning Hogan-styled caps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ben Hogan’s first professional victory in the 1940 North & South Open at Pinehurst.

History is something we cherish at Pinehurst. And beginning this week, 75 years after Hogan finally broke through on No. 2, we are paying tribute to The Hawk. This Spring, the starters at Pinehurst No. 2 will greet players while donning Hogan-styled caps. As part of their regular welcome to the first tee, they will recount the story above before players walk into Hogan’s own footsteps – the footsteps that after Pinehurst, led to nine major championships and 68 other professional victories.

 

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Fans share their favorite Arnold Palmer stories in “Arnie & Me”

A new documentary featuring home movies, personal anecdotes and memories submitted by Arnold Palmer’s legion of fans will premiere tonight on the Golf Channel. 

“Arnie & Me” provides a new look at the golf great from the people who filled the ranks of Arnie’s Army for more than 50 years. It includes about 40 funny and heartfelt stories, including the tale of how Arnie’s Army came to be.

The documentary airs at 10 p.m. ET tonight. If you haven’t seen the three-part documentary “Arnie,” settle in at 7 p.m. to learn more about the seven-time major champion.

We have our own great memories of Palmer, who used to visit Pinehurst with his father, Deacon, growing up.

“I have great memories of visiting Pinehurst in the old days,” he said in 1994. “For a kid from Latrobe to visit the golf capital of the world was a special treat.”

While playing golf for Wake Forest College in the late 1940s, he won the Southern Conference Championship on Pinehurst No. 2. He sat down with us to reminisce before last year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. 

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Father, son make Pinehurst trip a family tradition

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Connor Haviland and his father, Bob, at the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2.

Escaping a bout of freezing rain, Connor Haviland sat bundled up in a golf cart beside his father, Bob.

His hands stiff from the cold, the 17-year-old boy didn’t hesitate to suggest making the milestone golf trip to Pinehurst a permanent family tradition.

“He said, ‘You know what dad? I would really like to carry on the tradition by bringing my son here when he is junior in high school,'” Bob said. “That’s when I knew that the trip had been a success and that my son was now a loyal Pinehurst fan for life just his father and his grandfather.

“I told him that the only thing that could make it better would be if I was still around to come back with he and his son when the time came.”

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President Obama’s Mean Tweet…About Golf

Last night with Jimmy Kimmel, President Obama suffered another dig at his penchant for golf during a pretty great “Mean Tweets” segment.

We’re happy to see that @RWSurferGirl isn’t so upset with Obama for enjoying the game, but we disagree with her about the proposed length of his trip. In fact, we think a simple 333-mile drive south is more doable.

Anytime you’re ready, Mr. President, the tee is yours. We have nine to choose from, though you might like this one best. (Rory sure does, and look at his poll numbers. Not even his rinsing a club bothers people.)

We’ll keep Mr. McRae’s schedule open. He has the necessary experience.

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Visiting Pinehurst for the first time? Guests share their tips for a memorable trip

Donald Ross called Pinehurst No. 2 the “fairest test of championship golf.”

If you’re checking Pinehurst off your bucket list this year, you’ve probably already scoured the Internet in search of secrets to make your trip a memorable experience. 

But we know the best advice is passed down from friend to friend, so we asked our friends (OK, OK, they are technically former guests) to tell us what tips they would give a newbie. They took to Twitter and Facebook to share their best advice, which we have compiled below.

First, let us share a few tidbits from our staff.

Pose for a photo with Putter Boy: The bronze statuette is the symbol most synonymous with Pinehurst, so be sure to get a shot with him. 

Take advantage of our FREE shuttles: Park your car and leave it there until it’s time to leave. We offer complimentary shuttle service to all Resort facilities and the Village of Pinehurst during regular operating hours. Click here for more information.

Go for a bike ride: Stop by Resort Services in the Carolina Hotel to check out a bike at no charge. Be sure to ask about trail maps. Click here for details. If biking isn’t your thing, we offer a variety of other activities. 

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