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 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.
“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
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.
Pinehurst Director of Golf Course Maintenance and Grounds Bob Farren speaks at the USGA’s Water Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Pinehurst Director of Golf Course Maintenance and Grounds Bob Farren is speaking at the USGA’s Water Summit today. Bob was kind enough to share extensive details of the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 men’s and women’s U.S. Opens:
Uncovering Pinehurst No.2
By Bob Farren
In March of 2010 Pinehurst embarked on perhaps the boldest golf course restoration project that has ever been undertaken. Pinehurst No.2, site of many national championships, has had a complete makeover to return the natural classical features that it was known for in decades gone by.
Pinehurst No.2 has always been held in the highest regard by many of the game’s greats. Golf legends like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, have always showed great admiration for Course 2, what many consider to be Donald Ross’s greatest masterpiece. However, often in their praise, they would refer to the course.
(and I quote) “the way it used to be.”
For more than a century Pinehurst No.2 has been a great test of championship, as recently as the 1999 and 2005 US Open Championships. However, many people in the golf industry, including Pinehurst owner Bob Dedman and President Don Padgett II, were concerned that changes to the course over the years had covered much of the character and Ross features that had earned its reputation in the golfing world.
Six-time major championship winner Sir Nick Faldo recently led a golf clinic at Pinehurst Resort. In between incredible insight and golf instruction, Faldo mixed in anecdotes from his world of golf, including stories about Ernie Els, Sam Snead, Ivan Corona and all of us hackers. (HINT: There’s playing in the wind for Nick Faldo, and playing in the wind for the rest of us.)