Pinehurst Heritage Archive

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.


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One Moment – For All Time

And now, at 100 days or less, the race is on to the start of the 2014 U.S. Open – and even more history at Pinehurst.

But as we look ahead, we know that a visit to Pinehurst is never complete until you pause and take a moment to look back. We see you taking your photos or silently reflecting every day, and we think we know why.

The iconic Payne Stewart statue – When a statue is so much more than just a statue.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We had to make one more update to this post. We didn’t get this photo quite in time for it to make the video, but it absolutely needed a home. This is the best Pinehurst-related photo we’ve seen in a long, long time. Great thanks to Lindsay Wilder Riney.


And a special thanks to our followers on Facebook, who jumped at the chance to contribute to this video:

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Pinehurst Stories: Golf as Life, By Donald Ross

Donald Ross believed golf was a beautiful metaphor for life. The great Bill Campbell explains.

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Video: Pinehurst Stories – Fletcher Gaines: Great Caddie, Better Player

Before he became the best golfer in the world and won back-to-back U.S. Opens, Curtis Strange was an NCAA star at Wake Forest. While there, he won back-to-back North and South Amateur Championships at Pinehurst No. 2 – with the legendary Fletcher Gaines on his bag.

Gaines, as you see in the video above, had a storied history at Pinehurst, and is a charter member of the Pinehurst Caddie Hall of Fame. Known for his quick wit and encyclopedic knowledge of the greens at Pinehurst, not only did Gaines dispense advice for such giants as Julius Boros and Tommy Armour, he was also a considerable player in his own right. Having won Pinehurst’s annual caddie tournament more than anyone else, the tournament now bears his name. Once, in the 1960s, Gaines played four straight rounds from the back tees of No. 2 and shot 71-71-72-71-285 – 3 under par.

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VIDEO: USGA awards highest honor to Payne Stewart

On Friday, Feb. 7, in the shadow of the Payne Stewart memorial statue behind the 18th green of famed Pinehurst No. 2, the USGA announced the late Payne Stewart as the recipient of the 2014 Bob Jones Award, the organization’s highest honor.

Stewart memorably won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst with a dramatic 15-foot par putt to clip a young Phil Mickelson by a single shot. Tragically, Stewart died in a plane crash just four months later.

Immediately as incoming USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. began to make the announcement, the nearby Village Chapel chimes began to ring, eerily similar to the moment they chimed as Stewart sized up his 77-yard pitch to the 18th green to set up the historic finish.

“Payne’s legacy continues to shine as an inspiration to players of all ages.” USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr.

“Payne’s legacy continues to shine as an inspiration to players of all ages,” said O’Toole Jr.. “His spirit and gracious attitude left an indelible mark on everyone who surrounded him. His presence can still be felt by players who were fortunate enough to play with him and by the junior golfers that his Payne Stewart Foundation continues to support.”

“Payne’s larger-than-life personality made him one of the most likable players by peers and fans alike,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “Payne’s strength of character showed through clearly in victory and defeat, which he personally experienced in the U.S. Open. It is only fitting that we will make the presentation of this award to a two-time champion at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in June for players and fans to enjoy.”

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