On his recent visit to Pinehurst, the great Gary Player took a few moments to tell us about his history with Pinehurst, what moves him most when he comes to the Cradle of American Golf (hint, it’s not the golf; it’s the people), and the true passions in his life.
The world of sports is full of riveting and emotional breakthrough stories.
Golf – and Pinehurst – are no different.
Quarterback John Elway finally won his first Super Bowl at the age of 37 in 1998. North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith had been to six Final Fours without a title before winning the grand prize in 1982, and the Boston Red Sox ended an 86-year World Series drought by beating St. Louis in 2004.
“(Hogan) was walking around the golf course like a volcano on the verge of eruption.” – Gene Gregston
The feelings of Elway aptly summed up years of frustration they and many others have felt: “You wonder if you’re going to run out of years. But fortunately, I hung on.”
And when Ben Hogan came to Pinehurst in 1940, he was barely hanging on.
A few things come to mind while viewing this vintage newsreel footage of Pinehurst from what we think are the 1940s. (And if you can pin down the exact year or timeframe, let us know in the comments below.)
OK, a few thoughts:
:00 Awesome graphic. AWESOME.
:03 “The high priests of golf…” See what they did there? “High priests” with a shot of the Village Chapel. SYNERGY!
:05 Ah, so that intersection has ALWAYS been confusing. Good to know.
:09 “A quaint colonial town.” Ahem, we prefer VILLAGE, thank you very much. (Kidding. We’re kidding.)
(Honest, we’re kidding.)
:14 Note the unpaved circular drive of The Carolina Hotel. Makes us think of the sandy cartpaths of No. 2. Kinda nice…
:25 “In the afternoon, shop owners suspend business to answer the call of the fairways.” OK, what would it take to make this a daily happening again? ‘Cause I hear the call of the fairways every afternoon, yet it seems my boss doesn’t. Let’s all agree to work on this…
:29 Don’t think the croquet masters would like that parking lot.