Pinehurst Heritage Archive

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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1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst – In Skip Alexander’s Hands

Skip Alexander Golf

Skip Alexander (left) and Ted Knoll at a PGA tournament in Naples, Fla. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, BY http://floridamemory.com/items/show/75778

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

Pinehurst Resort

LOOK CLOSELY AT THE BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOS in the hall of the Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse. The ones aged by time and history. The winning United States team at the 1951 Ryder Cup played on Pinehurst No. 2 stands together, smiles wide on their faces and nattily attired in light suits befitting the American South culture.

Captained by Sam Snead and led by Ben Hogan, the U.S. team had little trouble with their counterparts from Britain. The Americans won handily 9 ½-2 1/2, as The Wardrobe, Jimmy Demaret capped perhaps the greatest Ryder Cup career in the game’s long history.

Wedged between Snead and Hogan is Skip Alexander, a rising star on the fledgling PGA Tour and a former All-American from nearby Duke University. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Alexander can’t be missed, his hair slicked back in the fashion of the day, his glasses crystal clear.

Hidden, though, are Alexander’s hands.

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The North and South Locker Room — Golf’s Greatest Are Here

North and South Locker Room Pinehurst, NC

The North and South Locker Room in Pinehurst, NC.

The North and South Amateur is one of America’s most prestigious amateur events. It is the longest consecutively running amateur championship in the United States and boasts some of the greatest names in golf as its past champions.

North and South Plaque Pinehurst

One of the perks to winning the legendary tournament is not only possession of the coveted Putter Boy trophy, but also a permanent spot in the North and South Locker Room inside Pinehurst’s Resort Clubhouse. Here’s a look at some of the most distinguished lockers in the game of golf.

George C. Dutton North and South Pinehurst

George C. Dutton won the first North and South in 1901, beating A.J. Wellington. A century later, as Pinehurst celebrated 100 years of the North and South, Dutton’s son George took part in the festivities. … Continue Reading

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Photoblog – The Putter Boy makes a move

For the first time in nearly two decades, Pinehurst’s fabled Putter Boy made a significant and historic move recently. (If you haven’t seen video of his trip, you can see that here.)

This wasn’t a move, though, that came on a whim. The Tufts Archives tell us that there is documentation from the iconic Donald Ross listing in his notes where he wanted the Putter Boy statue to stand on the Pinehurst grounds. While the Golfing Lad has moved around quite a bit in his 100 years, he was finally placed once again very near where Ross originally intended. And now that he’s placed, we can see from vintage photos that he is not far from where he stood as far back as the 1920s.

Putter Boy Tufts Archives

Putter Boy at Pinehurst, mid 1920s — Source: Tuft’s Archives.

Putter Boy Tufts Archives

Putter Boy — mid-to-late 1920s. Source: Tufts Archives

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Putter Boy Moves Back Home

If you know anything about Pinehurst history, you’ve probably heard that the iconic Putter Boy, known, among many other names, as the Sundial Boy from the days he was designed by Lucy Richards in 1912, has ventured to a number of different spots on the grounds at Pinehurst Resort. While the Tufts Archives tells us that there is documentation of the legendary Donald Ross providing specific instructions for where to place the Putter Boy, the Golf Lad has been around through his century on these grounds.

For the last couple of decades and since the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, Putter Boy has resided in front of the main putting green near the Resort Club veranda. But on Sept. 13, he was on the move once again. With a dedicated crew showing tender care for the Boy, he was moved near his original location of nearly 100 years ago, and very close to the spot Ross originally intended. Putter Boy now overlooks much of the new short-game practice area that Pinehurst is developing, and bisects the large putting green.

He is where he is supposed to be.

Home.

At Pinehurst.

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