Pinehurst Heritage Archive

Nice year, Martin

If for some reason you haven’t warmed up yet to the thought of Martin Kaymer as the 2014 U.S. Open champion at Pinehurst, it’s time to embrace him.

We were reminded once again during singles matches of the Ryder Cup in the fashion he closed out Master Champion Bubba Watson:

As great as that was, it’s not even close to his clear shining moment in Ryder Cup history:

He’s already risen to the World No. 1 ranking once, has two major championships, and put together one of the historic U.S. Open performances in June, carding the lowest U.S. Open round on Pinehurst No. 2 not once, but twice:

Pinehurst is supremely proud to have Martin Kaymer as one of our legendary champions.

Martin Kaymer Sunday 18

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(I mean, he’s so good he inspired THIS:)

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The Golf Swing of Donald Ross

Usually, it’s a photo. That’s usually what you see of Donald Ross with a golf club in his hand.

But have you ever seen his golf swing?

We hadn’t either.

At least not for the last 70 years.

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Payne and…The Light

Did you catch it? The flash of light? Revealed as part of a longer time lapse video (view it below), note the eerie flash of light illuminating the Payne Stewart statue behind the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2.

Just one of the many little things we liked about archiving Pinehurst No. 2 in the 10 weeks following the U.S. Opens. We think it’s much, much more than just watching grass grow. To wit:

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The King at Pinehurst

The great Arnold Palmer turned 85 this week. We take a moment to reflect on The King’s grand legacy at The Cradle of American Golf

BY LEE PACE

Doris Palmer was fraught with anxiety. It was the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit, and her 25-year-old-son, Arnold, was about to make a serious mistake. She approached Richard Tufts, the president of Pinehurst Inc. and USGA secretary, with her concerns.

“Oh, Mr. Tufts, I’m worried to death,” Mrs. Palmer said. “I’m afraid Arnold’s going to turn pro after this.”

“With that swing of his, he’ll never make it on tour.” Richard Tufts

Tufts’ primary frame of reference for young Palmer’s golf ability was the North and South Amateur, the tournament the Tufts family ran each spring on Pinehurst No. 2. Palmer never played particularly well in that event, losing by a monster score like 12-and-11 to Frank Stranahan in 1949.

“I’m sorry to hear that, Mrs. Palmer,” Tufts replied. “With that swing of his, he’ll never make it on tour.”

Palmer won the Amateur that week, did in fact turn professional and proceeded to make hash of his critics. Palmer and Tufts were reunited 14 years later in Charlotte, when Palmer spoke on Tufts’ behalf at the latter’s induction ceremony into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. They shared a laugh over Tufts’ gaffe.

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Arnie’s list…

In 2011, Golf Digest posed a question to some of the game’s greats: Of the countless American golf courses you HAVE played, what ranks in your top 10?

Among the lists, a handwritten one from the great Arnold Palmer:

Arnie'sList

Seeing the list again recently, it reminded us of our interview with The King himself during the Monday practice round (Check out some of the comments at that link) of the 2014 U.S. Open. Mr. Palmer was seated on the East Veranda overlooking the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2, greeting visitors, wielding a Sharpie should someone want an autograph, and posing for photos. With us, he spoke of his love of Pinehurst, of the restoration of No. 2, and of his father – and of the one tournament title that got away:

As for the above question, here are a few more players who listed No. 2:

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