Pinehurst Heritage Archive

VIDEO: When the fog lifts at Pinehurst…

Pinehurst is serene every day, but something magical happens when a morning’s waning fog finally begins to lift.

 

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Why Bill Coore?

Bill Coore

Bill Coore (Photo by John Gessner)

When Pinehurst officials decided to restore Pinehurst No. 2 to the way famed designer Donald Ross originally intended, the choice to lead the giant undertaking was clear.

Here’s why.

 

By LEE PACE

Fifty years later, Bill Coore can easily conjure up the sights and sounds of a summer day spent playing golf at Pinehurst. As a boy growing up in Davidson County just an hour northwest of Pinehurst, Coore would often travel with an adult golf mentor or a group of junior golf buddies to play Pinehurst No. 2, then as now one of the top courses in the nation.

“This was the foundation of my introduction to golf architecture.” – Bill Coore

“We’d tee off at daybreak,” Coore says. “It was five dollars. You got a little tag, a paper tag to put on your bag. We would start walking and playing. Far more than a few times we’d play fifty-four holes in one day, carrying our bag, on the No. 2 course. That was my earliest memory. It’s just an incredible place.”

Coore, established in 2010 as one of the top architects in the game of golf, pauses to reflect on the influence Donald Ross and No. 2 have had on his life and career.

“This was the foundation of my introduction to golf architecture,” he says.

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Payne Stewart’s Open Sunday Scorecard

Payne Stewart Scorecard

In January, a photo of Jack Nicklaus’ first professional paycheck began making the rounds on the ol’ interwebs.

Pretty cool, right? A whole $33.33.

Obviously, there would be more of those to follow.

Along those lines, we thought it might be kind of interesting to show off one of the coolest things Pinehurst has on display in its legendary clubhouse:

Payne Stewart’s Sunday scorecard from the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open.

Look at it again. Notice how deeply written, how bold the “2” on 17 and the “4” on 18 are marked.

Gives us chills.

Now, look again, at the bottom left.

Can you figure out that marker’s signature?

More chills, right?

 

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Michelle Wie Previews the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst

One to always move the needle, golf star Michelle Wie appeared on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Thursday, and spent a good portion of an expansive interview chatting with hosts Gary Williams and Charlie Rhymer about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Here are a few of Wie’s comments about the Open at Pinehurst, which will be played the week following the men’s U.S. Open on No. 2 – the first such occurrence in U.S. Open history.

Michelle Wie

It’s an experiment Wie seems very much excited to be a part of – similar to some of the other big names on the LPGA Tour:

“I’ve thought a lot about (the back-to-back Opens). I think it’s very interesting…I think it will be great.”

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.”*

*Yes indeed, Michelle. We know of AT LEAST SEVEN other ones you might want to try. Let us know. We’ll take care of it.

When asked whether she had concerns about No. 2 being able to handle a second Open just days after the men complete their championship:

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.” -Michelle Wie

“I have a little bit of concerns here and there, but at the same time I know the USGA will do a great job. They’re smart, they know what they’re doing, and I’m sure when we tee off on Thursday it will be in tip-top condition and we won’t even know that the men were even there.”

Wie, also, thinking about the health of women’s golf and how the back-to-back Opens experience may help:

“Hopefully all the fans will stay after watching the first U.S. Open because I think it will be great for fans. It’s like a one-stop and two tournaments. I think we’ll have a lot bigger gallery for our  event, which is a definite plus for us.”

Will she take notes from the men the week before?

“I definitely will watch how they play, where to avoid and where to go. I’ll definitely be watching golf that weekend – which is a change for me.” (Laughs.)

Worried about driving zones since Wie is a bomber off the tee? Might there be divots in her landing zones from the week before?

“I’m not really too worried about it. I feel like if I’m worried about it now, I’ll never hit a fairway there. If it’s in the fairway, you won’t be in any divot.” (Laughs.)

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Pinehurst’s Best…
That You Didn’t See

While we continue to gear up for June, we can’t help but look back on a few forgotten gems of 2013. Before the New Year arrived, we took a look back on our most popular news posts and videos, and even at our Top 5 Instagram photos – a post that quickly needed to be updated moments after the ball dropped.

But now we’d like to give one more shot to what we believe are some of our best news items, posts and videos of 2013, but for some reason didn’t get the traction we expected or hoped.

So here they live on one more time. We hope you enjoy them….THIS TIME.*

*OK, we’re having a little fun here. Please know we appreciate our readers more than any of you will ever know. We’re proud of our content (most of it, anyway – KIDDING), and we’re thankful it has a home and such a dedicated following. So thanks to all of you for every single click. We take none of them for granted. Now, with that said…)

 

BEST VIDEOS YOU DIDN’T WATCH

At the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship, we interviewed Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb and Juli Inkster.

And Stacy Lewis.

You missed one of them.

And we get it. This video appears as though it were shot in an underground bunker designed to ride out the nuclear holocaust. (What can we say? It was raining outside.)

But Lewis is America’s best player, and one of the two best players in the world. And she’s talking about the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. And about being a golf nerd. And about the North & South Am.

OK, so it doesn’t look great. Let the audio run. Stacy Lewis is pure class, and was happy to speak with us.

How many No. 1 players in the world – in any sport – do that?

 

Only the best player in women’s golf over the last 50 years – if not ever. And this was done at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, where we also interviewed this guy and this guy.

Not a bad week, thank you very much.

But watch Annika. Please. C’mon, it’s ANNIKA.

 

Every summer the world descends on Pinehurst. This is but a sample of what it sounds like.

 

THE BEST STORIES YOU DIDN’T READ

MICHAEL CAMPBELL RELIVES THE 2005 U.S. OPEN AT PINEHURST

OK, we can kind of get this one, too. You’re still miffed somebody named Michael Campbell won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Fine.

But what do you really know about Campbell and his standing in golf at the time of his career highlight? Did he really come out of nowhere? How does he remember it? And Tiger? What is Campbell like now, even after his game fell apart?

He told us, and we promise one thing about this story and video:

If you watch this, you will root for Campbell to make some sort of comeback, even if it’s just for one week somewhere, anywhere.

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