Pinehurst Heritage Archive

Arnold Palmer at Pinehurst [VIDEO]

When the King speaks, golf fans tend to stop and listen.

In advance of the 2007 celebration surrounding the centennial of Pinehurst No. 2, Arnold Palmer visited the area he so often enjoyed in his youth with his father, and took a few minutes to chat about his own special history at Pinehurst and on No. 2.

The King’s comments were captured on video, and have been rarely seen or heard.

Until now.

Palmer has a perspective on Pinehurst like few alive today. Not only is he one of the greatest and most important players in the game’s long history, Palmer’s fascination with Pinehurst is intertwined with the memory of his father Deacon, who visited Pinehurst often in the 1930s and 1940s. Arnold would occasionally join him and eventually enroll at Wake Forest College in the late 1940s, winning the Southern Conference Championship on Pinehurst No. 2 in dramatic fashion over Harvie Ward.

He recounts those memories here.

Stunningly, that college championship was The King’s only victory in Pinehurst. Palmer never advanced past the semifinals of the North and South Amateur, even losing 12 & 11 to Frank Stranahan in the 1949 event. He also missed the cut at the World Open in 1974 only days after being enshrined in the Golf Hall of Fame, then missed the cut again in 1975.

But those misfires never dampened Palmer’s love for Pinehurst and its most celebrated golf course.

“I have great memories of visiting Pinehurst in the old days,” he said in 1994. “For a kid from Latrobe to visit the golf capital of the world was a special treat.”

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Jack – and Jackie – Nicklaus at Pinehurst

Jack Nicklaus won the 1959 North and South Amateur a few weeks before claiming the U.S. Amateur. It was the start of a storied history with Pinehurst.

Jack Nicklaus won the 1959 North and South Amateur a few weeks before claiming the U.S. Amateur. It was the start of a storied history with Pinehurst.

Jack Nicklaus turned 74 Tuesday, marking one year for each of his PGA Tour victories – plus one.

The standard-bearer for the game of golf worldwide – a pedestal that appears sturdier and sturdier with each passing year – it comes as no surprise Nicklaus has a distinguished history with Pinehurst.

And it is an interesting history, to say the least. His win at the 1975 World Open – a playoff victory over Billy Casper that counts as No. 59 on the Nicklaus PGA Tour ledger – is probably the least surprising of all. Nicklaus won at least one PGA Tour event in 17 consecutive years. Of course he won in Pinehurst.

Not that 1975 was a season to overlook in the Nicklaus canon. It proved to be one of his best, and Pinehurst capped it. He won five times and was named the PGA Player of the Year for the fourth time. Two of those victories were in major championships, including The Masters (his fifth) and the PGA Championship (his fourth), which came a mere 31 days before the start of the ’75 World Open.

Jack Nicklaus is forever adorned in Pinehurst after winning the 1959 North and South Amateur.

Jack Nicklaus is forever adorned in Pinehurst after winning the 1959 North and South Amateur.

But Nicklaus had won in Pinehurst long before he toured Pinehurst No. 2 in 4-under 280 in September 1975. Just a few weeks before he made his signature splash on the golf scene with a victory in the 1959 U.S. Amateur, Nicklaus captured the 1959 North and South Amateur at Pinehurst, clipping Gene Andrews 1-up.

Nicklaus was 19. Stocky. With a crew cut.

Years later, he reflected on the victory.

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Where to Stay – The Holly Inn at Pinehurst Resort [Video]

At The Holly Inn, every detail has been attended to, both inside and on the spacious grounds at this North Carolina hotel. Decorating the walls and floors are a series of natural botanical prints and images, reminiscent of times gone by. You’ll see the fine touches in every nook, from the jewel-toned Tiffany lamps, to the reading selection in the library, and to the comfort of a rocking chair in your guest room.

What are your favorite memories of The Holly Inn?

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The Pinehurst Top 10 – 2012

Pinehurst in 2012 will cast a long shadow.

Pinehurst in 2012 will cast a long shadow.

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Pinehurst Resort’s Clubhouse – Through the Years [Video]

On the back cover of Kenneth Boyd’s marvelous book, ‘The Pinehurst Country Club: A Historical Journey through the House at American’s Golf Capital,” he writes:

“Since 1898, Pinehurst, North Carolina, has been the foundation of golf in America. The Pinehurst Country Club, which serves its members and resort guests in the finest traditions of golf, has been the catalyst for the growth of five world-class courses that begin and end at its doors. The physical presence of the clubhouse has evolved from a modest two-story structure built for enjoying the new sport of golf to the expansive gathering of seamless architecture, which has become a recognizable emblem known world-wide.”

The clubhouse – in particular, the Pinehurst Country Club Members Club – continues to enjoy architectural enhancements. In late November, construction began on a $3.7 million renovation project that will transform the Members Club and provide dramatic new views off the East Veranda, a stunning backdrop for the walk up the 18th hole of famed Pinehurst No. 2, and several other amenities. By Spring 2013, the exterior will feature the stately columns and arches the South Veranda famously added with the clubhouse renovation by Lyman Syse in 1922.

The video above takes you on the 115-year journey of the many faces of Pinehurst’s golfing home. What follows are a few notes about each image you see in the video.

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