Pinehurst News

Meanest playing partner ever?

Not long ago, we all saw Ernie Els’ unfortunate yip and wondered aloud if it might be the worst putt ever.

Now, though, we have to wonder: Is this guy the worst playing partner ever? The hat tip goes to USA Today’s For the Win with unearthing this one.

So, if your playing partner did this on your eagle attempt, what happens?

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Centennial Tip Up is light and refreshing


Centennial No. 8’s signature cocktail is similar to a Moscow Mule, but better because it’s made with bourbon. 

Our house-made ginger and mint simple syrup gives the Centennial Tip Up the perfect balance.

Named after Annie Oakley’s most trusted trick shot rifle, a Stevens Tip Up, it pays homage to the sharpshooter’s time in Pinehurst.

Oakley taught shooting lessons and hosted exhibitions here between 1916 and 1922. Her husband, Frank Butler, managed the Pinehurst Gun Club during that time. Pinehurst No. 8 was built at the former site of the gun club.

Served ice cold in a copper mug, this drink is the definition of refreshing. Enjoy one after your round on Pinehurst No. 8 or just stop by and sip one on the veranda.


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Throwback Thursday: Celebrating Annie Oakley’s time in Pinehurst

Annie Oakley brought sharpshooting to Pinehurst in 1916. (Photo courtesy of Tufts Archives)

“On Friday the 19th Annie Oakley, the world-famous shot, will give one of her old-time exhibitions of trick shooting at the Gun Club. If you have the nerve to stand up to it, she might shoot an apple off the top of your head or shoot the ashes off the tip of your cigarette or shoot a nickel out of your fingers; and for her it is child’s play to smash five flying targets before they can touch the ground.”

These words appeared in the March 17, 1920 issue of the Pinehurst Outlook.

Annie Oakley had already made a name for herself as part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show when she arrived in Pinehurst in 1916.

Annie Oakley shows how it's done. Photo courtesy of Tufts Archives

Annie Oakley shows how it’s done. (Photo courtesy of Tufts Archives)

After she and husband Frank Butler joined the staff of the Carolina Hotel, she taught shooting lessons and hosted exhibitions. Butler managed the Pinehurst Gun Club.

A trailblazer, Oakley didn’t just teach men how to shoot, she encouraged women to take up the hobby.

“The four thousand or more ladies that have taken lessons in the art of shooting under the guidance of Annie Oakley will be glad to know that she is returning to Pinehurst this season,” wrote the Pinehurst Outlook on Dec. 8, 1917. “As usual, she will give instruction with rifle and pistol at the gun club every afternoon without any charge, and occasional exhibitions of the fancy gun work for which she is famous.”

Oakley is estimated to have helped thousands to nail the bric-a-brac pigeons flying around the gun club every winter through 1922. Her bird dog, Dave, was popular for his act of sniffing out money from exhibition spectators that would later be donated to the Red Cross.

In describing Pinehurst, Butler once wrote, “Haven’t seen any place we like better….”

Local residents will celebrate Oakley’s time in Pinehurst this weekend during the 5th annual Annie Oakley’s Boom Days Festival. The event will be held at the Pinehurst Fair Barn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

It will include shooting demonstrations, a falconer exhibition and more. For more information, click here. Learn more about Oakley’s time in Pinehurst in this month’s issue of Pinehurst Magazine.


Pinehurst Outlook – Dec. 8, 1917 (Click to enlarge)


Pinehurst Outlook – March 17, 1920 (Click to enlarge)


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Remembering Jesse Jones



We’ll miss you, Jesse.


Jesse Jones was not a caddie with flair, nor did he seek the limelight. He just wanted his players to have the best round they possibly could on a  given day.

By Jeff Crabbe

Pinehurst Resort lost a legend, members and guests lost a great caddie and lots of us lost a friend last week.

Jesse Jones is in the very top level of caddies in Pinehurst history. I bet we walked Pinehurst No. 2 20-30 times over my years at Pinehurst, and he made every single step enjoyable.

Jesse was on my very short list of caddies I would recommend to VIP Resort guests as well as guests of mine who would stay at the hotel. He was not into telling stories or giving swing tips or any of that stuff. Instead, he knew No. 2 like the back of his hand and he wanted to give his player that same knowledge. I used to laugh with him when I would see him with the rangefinder that caddies are required to use. Jesse never needed it. He was a walking range finder. Jesse could read No. 2’s greens from the fairway, and as a player, if you wanted your best score possible that day, you better not question his read. Jesse was right. Always.

He was a walking range finder. Jesse could read No. 2’s greens from the fairway, and as a player, if you wanted your best score possible that day, you better not question his read. Jesse was right. Always.

When I would be setting up in the staging area for tournaments on No. 2, he would always greet me with, “What’s happening, Pro?” I can still hear him saying it. I always made it a point to talk to his players in the staging area to let them know what a special day they were going to have with him. I always tell people asking advice on No. 2 to listen to their caddie, but it was even more significant when Jesse was on the bag.

Jesse was a soft-spoken guy. He did a job and he went home. He wasn’t interested in interviews or pictures or things like that; he wanted to caddie and help his players. He enjoyed Jack Daniels, no ice and no mixer – “room temperature,” he told me one time – chased with a Heineken.

When I asked golf pros to caddie for their caddies during the annual Pinehurst caddie tournament, it was for people like Jesse, to give back to him. When I would go to the CaddieMaster Christmas party it was for guys like Jesse to show my appreciation and respect, but most importantly, my friendship.

I will certainly miss him. It makes me sick I didn’t go see him when I was at Pinehurst a few weeks ago.

But Pinehurst No. 2, I think, will miss him even more.

Jeff Crabbe is a former head golf professional at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.

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Happens to all of us, even the great Ernie Els.

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