Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), former No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right; now the superintendent of No. 6 and No. 8) and Golf Course Maintenance Manager Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)
Every year at Pinehurst, we have a “State of the Resort” meeting, bringing together more than 1,000 Pinehurst employee partners to share the highlights of the previous year. Included in the presentations are the annual awards Pinehurst gives to those who went above and beyond over the course of the previous year.
Among the big winners at Tuesday’s meeting should come as no surprise, but it’s worth highlighting their efforts (at least) one more time. And while everyone on the Pinehurst team did something in 2014 to make it a banner year, a few people had a little more pressure on their shoulders than others.
After all, Pinehurst accomplished something in 2014 that’s never been done before in the history in golf.
In April, Ben Crenshaw will play in his final Masters. The two-time champion reflects on a storied relationship
By LEE PACE
Ben Crenshaw was low amateur in the 1972 and ’73 Masters Tournaments, finishing 19th and 24th, respectively. He played in the annual rite of spring at Augusta National the next 43 years, winning in 1984 and 1995 and notching nine more top 10 finishes. He’s made the cut only two of the last 17 years, though, as the golf course has been consistently stretched out to match the power of today’s athletic swings and the heat generated by modern club technology.
Augusta played 6,905 yards when Crenshaw won in 1984. It played 7,435 yards in 2014, and Crenshaw’s rounds of 83-85 prompted him to say, “Enough.”
As February winds down, we can’t help but get excited about what’s coming in March.
Here are four reasons you should be looking forward to next month too.
1. SPRING is March 20.
If you’re counting down (I know we are) that’s only 24 more days!
What’s so great about spring in Pinehurst? Blooming azaleas, Carolina blue skies, the smell of Pine trees. We could keep going, but you get the point. It’s always beautiful in Pinehurst, but spring is exceptionally lovely.