Pinehurst Heritage Archive

Gary Player in His Words: Pinehurst’s Grand History

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.

Of course, we did talk some golf, including Mr. Player’s memories of Payne Stewart’s triumph at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, and got to watch him do what he does best – recover from a bunker.

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VIDEO: Gary Player reflects on Payne Stewart’s legacy

We didn’t ask Gary Player about Payne Stewart and the remarkable 1999 U.S. Open.

Instead, Mr. Player, the 1966 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, insisted he be allowed a few moments to reflect on Stewart’s lasting legacy at Pinehurst. What a gesture made in the name of the 2014 Bob Jones Award honoree, Payne Stewart. 

And then later, Mr. Player called his shot…

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Gary Player Calls His Shot at Pinehurst

Gary Player, the 9-time major champion and world class humanitarian, visited Pinehurst recently. And not surprisingly, the greatest bunker player who’s ever lived jumped into one of Pinehurst’s many bunkers near famed Maniac Hill to hit a few shots.

Also not surprising, Player knew a good shot when he saw it.

This is just the first in several videos of Player at Pinehurst we will share throughout the week. Check back here for more.

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Ben Hogan Breaks Through – At Pinehurst

When Ben Hogan came to Pinehurst in 1940, he was nearly broke and winless. Pinehurst changed everything.

BY LEE PACE

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.

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Pinehurst Stories: Vintage Pinehurst

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…

:18 Three courses? Donald Ross had 18 holes of Pinehurst No. 4 routed by 1919. Google might’ve helped fact-checking 70 years ago…

: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.

:34 “North/South Championship Course.”

Not “Pinehurst No. 2…”

“North/South Championship Course.” Kind of gives you an idea just how important the North & South Open and North & South Amateur tournaments were then, huh?

:37 Not technically Maniac Hill, but it’s amazing that you can have this EXACT SAME VIEW 70 years later.

:42 “Three MILLION Americans.” LOVE the Dr. Evil inflection here. And wow, what a difference Arnie, Jack, Tiger and 70 years makes.

:48 What hole is that? Anyone?

:50 And yes, it would HAVE to be Sam Snead for me to set up and shoot from that angle.

OK, I’d do it for Hogan, too.

:53 THE GRAPHICS!

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