Pinehurst Heritage Archive

It’s 2014…The Opens Are Coming!

2014 has arrived.

And Pinehurst is ready.

(Featuring Curtis Strange, Sir Nick Faldo, Jason Day and Annika Sorenstam.)

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The Best in Pinehurst Video – 2013

One thing you learn when you work at Pinehurst – have the camera ready.

Pinehurst is a place synonymous with history. It is the Cradle of American Golf, the St. Andrews of America. But the beauty of Pinehurst is that its history is always an evolving one. In less than six months, history will again call Pinehurst home with unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens.

It is because of Pinehurst’s lasting and continuing place in golf and Southern hospitality so many want to be here and experience what makes our home so special. And so they come, whether it’s for leisure and a round of golf, or to preview their chance at earning a seat with the game’s immortality.

But as we also saw, history can happen on any day at Pinehurst. And in 2013, it did.

And we had the camera rolling.

Here are Pinehurst’s Top 5 most-viewed videos of 2013.

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After The Putt: Payne Stewart’s Next 24 Hours

Payne Stewart’s caddie Mike Hicks spent the next 24 hours with Payne Stewart after they won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

What happened?

A lot.

Including more great golf.

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Inside the Ropes with Payne’s caddie at the 1999 U.S. Open

Mike Hicks, who won three major championships as Payne Stewart’s caddie, recently spoke at Pinehurst for the Partner Team Championship, taking a few moments to tell us what was going through his and Payne Stewart’s minds down the stretch of the 1999 U.S. Open against Phil Mickelson.

We start with Stewart’s incredible par save at the par-4 16th hole:

 

 

On to 17, where Stewart made his move:

 

 

Trouble at 18 off the tee:

 

 

The Pitch – And don’t go long:

 

 

One Moment in Time – The Read:

 

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“There’s going to be a lot of heartache out there” – Ben Crenshaw, Mike Davis relish No. 2′s U.S. Open possibilities

Ben Crenshaw, right, and Bill Coore look over the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 early in the process.

Ben Crenshaw, right, and Bill Coore look over the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 early in the process. Photo by John Gessner

“Being a Scot, Ross interpreted the word ‘rough’ to mean ‘broken ground.’” – Charles Price

By Lee Pace

If there was one underlying guidepost that Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw used in their 2010-12 restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, it’s this passage from author and historian Charles Price that appeared in GOLF Magazine in 1979. Crenshaw, an avid student of golf history, knew that Price had lived in Pinehurst at two separate times in his life and also had lived in St. Andrews, thus Price’s opinions carried plenty of weight on the subjects of architect Donald Ross and traditional golf design.

“Being a Scot, Ross interpreted the word ‘rough’ to mean ‘broken ground,’” Price wrote. “In other words, it was never tended in any other way. The ‘fairway’ meant the same to him as the word does to a ship’s pilot, a navigable channel through rocks, sand banks and other obstructions that is the safest way for a vessel to leave or enter a harbor—to leave the tee and enter the green. Consequently, he didn’t create rough to border a fairway. He ‘dredged’ a channel—a fairway—through the rough and left it as he found it.”

Crenshaw harkened back to those words one recent evening in Pinehurst when he and USGA Executive Director Mike Davis joined Pinehurst officials to inspect the golf course and tweak their preparation and maintenance plans just seven months away from the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.

“One sentence kept going over in my mind, something Charlie Price wrote a long time ago,” Crenshaw said. “Fairways were meant to be an oasis encased in sand, pine straw, pine needles and wire grass. That statement never left our mind.”

Pinehurst No. 2 The 13th Hole - Then and Now

Pinehurst No. 2 The 13th Hole – Then and Now

 

First approached in the summer of 2009 with the idea to restore the course to its original width and character native to the Sandhills of North Carolina, Crenshaw admits that he and his design partner of some three decades tiptoed into the project with some reservations.

“We always thought the course was there, that the bones were intact,” Crenshaw said, referencing No. 2’s evolved look into a svelte presentation of smooth, grassy playing surface. “But we thought it could be depicted in a different manner. We said, ‘We need to tackle this, we need to give it a shot.’

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