Pinehurst Golf News Archive

After U.S. Open successes, Pinehurst promotes Robinson, Jeffreys

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club announces the promotions of Kevin Robinson to Golf Course Maintenance Manager and John Jeffreys to Superintendent of Pinehurst No. 2.

Both played instrumental roles in Pinehurst’s successful hosting of this summer’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2 – where Robinson served as Superintendent and Jeffreys as Assistant Superintendent.

“Kevin and John both have showed tremendous leadership and expertise, particularly in leading Pinehurst through the challenges of hosting two major championships in consecutive weeks,” said Bob Farren, Director of Golf Course & Grounds Management at Pinehurst Resort. “We’re excited about what they will continue to bring to Pinehurst.”

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Assistant Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right) and No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right) and Golf Course Maintenance Manager Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

In his new role, Robinson will be responsible for the daily golf course management of all nine courses at Pinehurst. A native of Morganton, N.C., and an N.C. State graduate (’92, B.S. Agronomy), Robinson has been at Pinehurst since 1992. He first worked as a spray tech on Pinehurst No. 7 before becoming Superintendent of Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 5 in 1998 and Superintendent of Nos. 6 and 7 in 1999.

He was named Superintendent of Pinehurst No. 2 in 2010, and since then effectively guided the course through a major restoration project, two major championships and the recent greens conversion to Ultradwarf Bermudagrass

Jeffreys, a native of Wendell, N.C., and also a graduate of N.C. State (B.S., Agronomy), has been at Pinehurst since 2000, when he served as an intern on Pinehurst No. 7. He was named Assistant Superintendent on Pinehurst No. 6 in 2001 and Assistant Superintendent on Pinehurst No. 2 in 2006.

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Sir Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup Advice

Sir Nick Faldo gave a golf clinic at Pinehurst this week, and naturally, when it came time for questions, Sir Nick posed one himself:

How do we Americans feel about our team headed into the Ryder Cup?

The response was tepid. So Sir Nick offered some advice – THE SCARE FACTOR.

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Sir Nick Faldo on Pinehurst No. 2: “Toughest chipping course on the planet”

Sir Nick Faldo was in Pinehurst for a golf clinic this week, and near the end of the clinic asked if the people watching had played No. 2 yet.

They hadn’t, allowing for a wry smile from Sir Nick.

“This is the only place you might get an enjoyment out of taking a 9,” said the 6-time major champion, who’s pretty good at telling stories at clinics:

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Danielle Kang and the breathtaking mountain golf shot

UPDATE: We were able to chat with Danielle over the weekend and found out something even better about the BEST. GOLF. PHOTO. EVER.

There’s video. With Cheyenne Woods.

We’ll let Danielle take it from here:

So I went to Aiguille du Midi in the Mont Blanc in the French Alps yesterday (Saturday, Sept. 13).

After I missed the cut I started to think what is there to do in Evian. I realized there were these famous French Alps “nearby” so I asked Cheyenne if she wanted to go and I asked my physiotherapist if she wanted to join, etc.

My physiotherapist had a car so we actually drove through the Swiss side, crossed over the boarder back and forth FOUR times, and drove back through the French side. So we basically made this huge circle from Evian les Bains to Chamonix and back.

On the way there I thought of a great idea to hit a ball or swing up there!

But none of us brought anything so we were really bummed out. But then there was a Chamonix Golf Club so we decided to stop by and say hello and ask if we can rent clubs. The owner was very nice and he actually came out to the Evian Championship the day before! What are the chances! He gave us two clubs and two golf balls and we were headed our way!

We took two gondolas up to the peak of the mountain and it was FREEZING. We went on the snow and took a swing at our own risk, there was no one there to tell you no or anything, and took pictures up there.

We hit balls at the first plateau of the mountain. I have a video of that as well.

I just believe that we are so blessed to travel and should take full advantage of what we’re gifted with. Getting cut doesn’t mean our week is over unless you decide it to be.

Please let me know if you need anything else!


Danielle Kang

In addition to winning two U.S. Amateurs and being a touring member of the LPGA, Kang has a Pinehurst win to her considerable credits – the 2011 North & South Women’s Amateur.

But on Saturday morning, despite missing the cut at the LPGA’s fifth and final major of the season, the Evian Championship, Kang posted what might be the best golf photo you’ll see in a long while.

If you don’t already, follow Kang on Twitter. She’s one of the best there, as is evident here.

For more about the Aiguille du Midi Mountain in the Mont Blanc, go here.

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Payne and…The Light

Did you catch it? The flash of light? Revealed as part of a longer time lapse video (view it below), note the eerie flash of light illuminating the Payne Stewart statue behind the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2.

Just one of the many little things we liked about archiving Pinehurst No. 2 in the 10 weeks following the U.S. Opens. We think it’s much, much more than just watching grass grow. To wit:

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