Pinehurst News

Sir Nick Faldo on Pinehurst No. 2: “Toughest chipping course on the planet”

Sir Nick Faldo was in Pinehurst for a golf clinic this week, and near the end of the clinic asked if the people watching had played No. 2 yet.

They hadn’t, allowing for a wry smile from Sir Nick.

“This is the only place you might get an enjoyment out of taking a 9,” said the 6-time major champion, who’s pretty good at telling stories at clinics:

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Danielle Kang and the breathtaking mountain golf shot

UPDATE: We were able to chat with Danielle over the weekend and found out something even better about the BEST. GOLF. PHOTO. EVER.

There’s video. With Cheyenne Woods.

We’ll let Danielle take it from here:

So I went to Aiguille du Midi in the Mont Blanc in the French Alps yesterday (Saturday, Sept. 13).

After I missed the cut I started to think what is there to do in Evian. I realized there were these famous French Alps “nearby” so I asked Cheyenne if she wanted to go and I asked my physiotherapist if she wanted to join, etc.

My physiotherapist had a car so we actually drove through the Swiss side, crossed over the boarder back and forth FOUR times, and drove back through the French side. So we basically made this huge circle from Evian les Bains to Chamonix and back.

On the way there I thought of a great idea to hit a ball or swing up there!

But none of us brought anything so we were really bummed out. But then there was a Chamonix Golf Club so we decided to stop by and say hello and ask if we can rent clubs. The owner was very nice and he actually came out to the Evian Championship the day before! What are the chances! He gave us two clubs and two golf balls and we were headed our way!

We took two gondolas up to the peak of the mountain and it was FREEZING. We went on the snow and took a swing at our own risk, there was no one there to tell you no or anything, and took pictures up there.

We hit balls at the first plateau of the mountain. I have a video of that as well.

I just believe that we are so blessed to travel and should take full advantage of what we’re gifted with. Getting cut doesn’t mean our week is over unless you decide it to be.

Please let me know if you need anything else!

Thanks!

Danielle Kang

In addition to winning two U.S. Amateurs and being a touring member of the LPGA, Kang has a Pinehurst win to her considerable credits – the 2011 North & South Women’s Amateur.

But on Saturday morning, despite missing the cut at the LPGA’s fifth and final major of the season, the Evian Championship, Kang posted what might be the best golf photo you’ll see in a long while.

If you don’t already, follow Kang on Twitter. She’s one of the best there, as is evident here.

For more about the Aiguille du Midi Mountain in the Mont Blanc, go here.

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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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So, what did we learn here?

What did we learn from the PGA Tour’s really cool idea to have today’s best players attempt Arnold Palmer’s famous opening tee shot to the final round of the historic 1960 U.S. Open?

Pretty much what we already knew:

Arnold Palmer is The King.

And he was really, really good.

Be sure to check out the above video to see how today’s pros did with persimmon and balata. Got a guess who came the closest? It’s really no surprise.

Also here’s Mr. Palmer talking Pinehurst during the 2014 U.S. Open:

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