Pinehurst Golf News Archive

9 Lives – Pinehurst’s oldest new course


With its acquisition of Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst Resort and Jack Nicklaus are brought together again

By Lee Pace

My golf writing career and the single Pinehurst-area Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course have something in common: Both sprouted out of the mid-1980s golf boom.

I had covered quite a bit of golf at the Durham Morning Herald in the early 1980s before repairing to the staid world of corporate public relations. But the itch to have a front-row seat as the sport expanded—riding flush economic times, a squeaky-clean image and the Baby Boomers’ trade of their tie-dies from the Sixties to their Pickering golf shirts—kept my eyes peeled for good stories throughout the Carolinas to peddle to the rapidly expanding universe of golf publications.

So when developers Mike Sanders, Allen Jordan and Claude Smith announced in early 1987 that they had signed Nicklaus to design a course just southeast of the Pinehurst roundabout, I rode the story for all it was worth. I even took a day of comp time from my job in Charlotte in the spring of 1987 to attend a sales-and-social gathering on the job site when Nicklaus was in town to inspect the early earth work for what was originally called Pinehurst National Golf Club.

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Remembering Payne

It is January 30, 2015. Payne Stewart would’ve been 58 years old today.

We miss Payne here in Pinehurst every day. We also honor and remember him every day.

Clearly, we are not the only ones.


Below, you will find much of everything we have done on this site about Payne Stewart, from feature stories to videos.

We miss you, Payne.

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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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