Pinehurst Heritage Archive

Pinehurst Restored – First No. 2, now Donald Ross himself

Art Conservator Shane Bufmeyer (right) and an assistant remove the Donald Ross portrait from Pinehurst's Resort Club on Thursday. The portrait will be restored this month.

Art Conservator Shane Bufmeyer (right) and an assistant remove the Donald Ross portrait from Pinehurst’s Resort Club on Thursday. The portrait will be restored this month.

Donald Ross’ famed Pinehurst No. 2 got its restoration a couple of years ago.

It’s his turn this time.

You see Ross’ touches everywhere at Pinehurst. There’s even the restaurant at Pinehurst Resort that bears his name – the Donald Ross Grill. (Fun Fact: In addition to golf course designer and head professional, Donald Ross also served as Grill Manager during part of his tenure at Pinehurst. Multitasker.)

And typically, he’s watching over you in a close-to-lifesize portrait.

But for the next few weeks you may notice something different about the Grill.

A blank space remains for the time being at Pinehurst's Donald Ross Grill while the portrait of the famed golf course architect is restored this month.

A blank space remains for the time being at Pinehurst’s Donald Ross Grill while the portrait of the famed golf course architect is restored this month.

You know, like that 4×6-foot blank space on the wall.

The 1971 Anthony F. Weddington portrait of the legendary golf course architect is in the careful hands of art conservator Shane Bufmeyer for the next few weeks, getting some much-needed R & R – Retouching & Restoration.

“It’s not in terrible shape – there are no tears and it’s not like the canvas has big holes in it,” Bufmeyer says of the portrait, “but it does have some water damage and needs work.

“It’s just time for a facelift.”

As Bufmeyer and an assistant removed the portrait from the Grill on Thursday, long water marks streaming down the length of the canvas became visible in the sunlight. “Apparently there was a planter above it – above the lamp – once upon a time,” says Bufmeyer, whose grandfather taught him the trade. “There’s clearly evidence of that.”

Just how much work needs to be done on the portrait remains to be seen until Bufmeyer can get it into his shop.

“All of these projects are the same, but all of them are different, too,” he says. “There are certain things we have to do with every work like this, but you do have to play detective.”

The Donald Ross portrait that adorns the wall of the Pinehurst restaurant that bears his name is removed for restoration.

The Donald Ross portrait that adorns the wall of the Pinehurst restaurant that bears his name is removed for restoration.

That means varying degrees of cleaning, of retouching, or, if needed, the relining of original brushstrokes, and adding varnish. The project may take two weeks, or it may take four, depending on the amount of restoration is needed.

Fear not, however. Mr. Ross is in careful hands.

“A piece this large and this important, I’ll close down my shop for the next few weeks,” Bufmeyer says. “I don’t want anything else coming in while I focus on this piece.”

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The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst [VIDEO]

Some say you can feel the spirit of Pinehurst as you turn onto Carolina Vista, the tree-lined avenue that leads to The Carolina Hotel.

This majestic century-old hotel with its signature copper cupola and sweeping verandas make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to an era when elegance defined grand hotels and resorts. Dubbed the “Queen of the South,” the Carolina has 230 Four-Diamond guest rooms including suites.

Book your accommodations at Pinehurst Resort today!

RELATED: Pinehurst Resort’s Holly Inn.

The Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella raves about The Carolina Hotel’s famed breakfast buffet – and Pinehurst No. 2

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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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