Pinehurst Heritage Archive

Willie McRae Remembers Charlie Sifford at Pinehurst

Today, the golf world – more than that, actually – is mourning the passing of Charlie Sifford, who courageously broke golf’s color barrier. The World Golf Hall-of-Famer was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in November.

Willie McRae appears in the January 2015 issue of Our State magazine. Legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae (at left), who has caddied at Pinehurst for more than seven decades, remembers a moment from one of the Colgate Hall of Fame Classic PGA Tour events, which Pinehurst hosted through the 1970s and early 1980s – a story that includes Arnold Palmer and Sifford.

As McRae tells it:

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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.

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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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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.”

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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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VIDEO: Jack & Jackie bond over Pinehurst wins

Fox will air an hour-long documentary titled “Nicklaus: The Making of Champion” at noon Sunday prior to the NFC Championship Game.

The film, produced by the USGA and Ross Greenburg Productions, features interviews with golf icons Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. It also includes never-before-seen home movies from the Nicklaus family collection.

Until then, we have a treat for you. A new documentary we’re producing features footage of Jack’s iconic 1959 North & South Amateur win at Pinehurst. You know, the one that launched his championship career.

Jack went on to win his first national championship that year at the. U.S. Amateur. You know the rest.

The BEST part of our video is the footage from son Jackie’s North & South Amateur win in 1985. Jack followed him throughout the tournament, offering advice and support.

It’s a really wonderful look at a special father-son relationship.

Enjoy.

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Michael Campbell and the U.S. Open Trophy

A new clip reminds us why we love 2005 U.S. Open Champion Michael Campbell

By ALEX PODLOGAR

I stood there, baking in the sun and wondering just how I could possibly forget to put on sunscreen.

There were no trees near the practice range at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. And in the midday sun, with barely a cloud in the sky, not even the range grandstand could offer relief.

Stand, bake, sweat and burn. That’s all I could do.

And wonder.

The player I wanted to talk to was hard at work, certainly sweating more than me. And, even as I stood there with my amateur video camera – the one with the funny little squirrel microphone that Sir Nick Faldo had made fun of – and feeling very much out of place next to the network heavyweights, this guy was struggling more than I was.

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