Pinehurst News

A different kind of water hazard…

It’s been awfully cold around much of the country this week. But many golfers are diehards, and this guy decided to treat this water hazard a little differently – with disastrous results.

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Spa donates more than $2,600 to local charities

IMG_1484.JPGThe Spa at Pinehurst recently donated $2,673 to the First Health Cancer CARE Fund and the Clara McLean House. The money was raised during the month of October through treatments booked by locals.

Last year, the Cancer CARE Fund aided more than 350 patients with 46 different types of cancer from 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The patients received the assistance necessary to manage their cancer diagnoses and overcome common barriers to timely and appropriate care.

An innovative approach to hospital hospitality, Clara’s House provides a caring and affordable place to stay and a range of patient support and advocacy services.

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Bones’ greatest regret? His read on the 17th at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999

Jim “Bones” Mackay, in all the years and tournaments and major championships caddying for Phil Mickelson, has one single regret – and it comes from Pinehurst.

In the latest edition of No Laying Up’s tremendous series of podcasts, when Chris Solomon asks Bones whether he has any regrets, Bones doesn’t hesitate.

“Definitely – ’99 U.S. Open against Payne Stewart.”

Beginning at around 42 minutes, 15 seconds above, Bones reflects on Payne Stewart’s incredible birdie putt to save par on 16, and the remarkable tee shots both Payne and Lefty hit on 17.

But Lefty’s birdie try slid right and missed, and after Stewart’s birdie on 17, the one-stroke lead Payne took to 18 proved fateful. (You can see all of that in the video below).

Bones says he misread Lefty’s birdie attempt.

“I thought it was a straight putt,” Bones says.

“It was such an amazing day at that golf course. Such a great golf course and we started having this really awesome weather. It started misting. It was almost like they were playing in Scotland.” -Jim “Bones” Mackay, Phil Mickelson’s caddie

“There’s no question, by 100 miles, if I could change one thing over the course of my caddie career, in terms of input that I gave Phil, it would be that.”

Still, Bones recalls the day fondly, and the duel between Mickelson and Stewart.

“It was such an amazing day at that golf course. Such a great golf course and we started having this really awesome weather. It started misting. It was almost like they were playing in Scotland.”

If you love golf, the entire podcast is worth a listen. Don’t miss No Laying Up’s extremely candid conversations with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, either. 

And, of course, @NoLayingUp is one of Twitter’s best follows.

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Should you putt sidesaddle? Maybe, if you pass this test

Bryson DeChambeau isn’t the first to try sidesaddle putting, but he did put it in play last week at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. It worked pretty well for DeChambeau, and it certainly worked late in Sam Snead’s career.

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But could it work for you? The Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels takes a look and gives you one test that could determine if sidesaddle is the way to go for you.

Who knows, maybe we’ll need to come up with a new logo…

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Warm up with a Campfire Cocktail

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Our adult version of a liquid s’more is made with Stoli Vanilla vodka, Baileys Irish Cream and milk. A chocolate and graham cracker rim make it extra sweet.

Try it throughout the month of December at the Ryder Cup Lounge or make it for your next holiday party.

Campire Cocktail Recipe - December

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