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Excerpt from “Slaying the Tiger” – The 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Shane Ryan’s new book, “Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes of the New PGA Tour.”  Ryan dives into the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2, the USGA, some of the – ahem – more interesting thoughts on Coore and Crenshaw’s 2010 restoration of Donald Ross’s masterpiece. You can purchase the book here.

“Charlie Price, the great writer, he’d say Pinehurst in his day was fairways, and the fairways were oases within sandy country. The wispy rye grass, pine needles and sand, the little tufts of ground, that’s what Pinehurst was.” —Ben  Crenshaw,  to PGATour.com, on the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2

BY SHANE RYAN

In the nine years preceding the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, the winning score was even par or worse six times. Two of the three winners who actually went under par—Tiger Woods in 2008 and Lucas Glover the next year—stayed nice and close, at -1 and -4, respectively. The only exception came in 2011, when Rory McIlroy put on a historic show at Congressional Country Club, decimating a difficult track to the tune of -16 and asserting himself as one of the world’s best players.

The first winner in that difficult stretch was Michael Campbell, who won at the Pinehurst Resort in the Sandhills of North Carolina with even par in 2005. Campbell has largely been forgotten—he’s a member of golf’s one-hit wonder club, and you can barely find a mention of him at the club—but the previous Pinehurst champion in 1999, Payne Stewart, has become an important part of the resort’s identity. Less than six months after he won the event, he died in a plane crash, and he’s honored today with a large statue outside the clubhouse that captures the moment when he sunk the winning putt on 18 to beat Phil Mickelson—clad in his famous knickers and tam-o’-shanter cap, right foot off the ground, fist extended in triumph. … Continue Reading

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New Pinehurst documentary set to debut Thursday

“Pinehurst’s New Golden Age: No. 2 and the Championships,” a new documentary produced by TenMayflower Productions, will debut at 10 p.m. Thursday on UNC-TV. 

Featuring archival, never-before-seen photography and footage, the documentary traces one of the most significant periods in Pinehurst’s storied championship history, including the transcendent U.S. Open championships in 1999 and 2005.

The hour-long program is also the definitive recap of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, the first two major championships to be conducted in consecutive weeks at the same site in the history of golf.

The feature provides unprecedented insight into the magic of Pinehurst through the eyes of historians, journalists, USGA officials, broadcasters, some of the biggest names in golf.

2014 U.S. Open champions Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie recount their triumphs on Pinehurst No. 2 while such notables as Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Michael Campbell and others add a unique perspective into their own successes at Pinehurst.

The documentary also details the 2010 restoration of Donald Ross’s famed championship course. Bill Coore and Crenshaw recall the momentous decision to return No. 2 to its 1940s-era roots in setting the stage for the triumphant 2014 U.S. Opens and a new philosophy in golf course management.

For more information, go to unctv.org. Purchase a DVD of “Pinehurst’s New Golden Age: No. 2 and the Championships” from any of our retail outlets or online at shoppinehurst.com.

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A year after history, Pinehurst No. 2 remains a standard in championship golf

After back-to-back U.S. Opens, Pinehurst No. 2 continues as not just a marker of the past, but with an eye toward the future in golf

By LEE PACE

This week the eyes and ears of the golf world have moved from the Sandhills of North Carolina in June 2014 to the Pacific Northwest. Instead of the whiff of pine in the nostrils of golfers competing in the U.S. Open, today the hint of saltwater from Puget Sound emanates over the golf course at Chambers Bay.

One year later, though, the vestiges of the historic back-to-back U.S. Open and Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 are alive.

The idea of firm-and-fast playing conditions with a tinge of brown has been established in the minds of golfers, course owners and superintendents nationwide.

The concept of easing back on course setup for the Women’s Open has been seeded after the USGA parsed a wealth of statistics from the performances of the men and women at Pinehurst in 2014.

JUNE: U.S. Open (USGA)

Sunday at the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 during the 2014 U.S. Open. (Photo by the USGA)

And now members and guests at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club enjoy playing No. 2 on a pristine set of new Champion Ultra-Dwarf Bermuda greens that were installed immediately following the Women’s Open last summer and have grown in over nearly a year to top-shelf conditions. The greens roll smoothly at 9.5-to-11 on the Stimpmeter and their tendency to play bouncier and prompt pitch-and-run shots to release further than similar shots on the old bent greens adds challenge to the experience—as if it needed any more. … Continue Reading

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Pinehurst’s Father’s Day gift guide

Father’s Day is less than a week away, but there’s still have plenty of time to find a stellar gift.

Our pro shops offer a variety of items sure to leave any dad grinning. If you aren’t near Pinehurst, you can shop online. Orders placed by 3 p.m. Wednesday will arrive in time for the special day.

Here’s a quick guide for those who are stumped:

For the film fanatic 

Featuring archival, never-before-seen photography and footage, “Pinehurst’s New Golden Age” traces one of the most significant periods in Pinehurst’s storied championship history, including the transcendent U.S. Open championships in 1999 and 2005. The hour-long documentary is also the definitive recap of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, the first two major championships to be conducted in consecutive weeks at the same site in the history of golf.

The film provides unprecedented insight into the magic of Pinehurst through the eyes of historians, journalists, USGA officials, broadcasters and some of the biggest names in golf.  The DVD is $14.99. SHOP

For the practical dad

FathersDayCoasters

These coasters aren’t just a great way to protect the furniture, they are a fantastic conversation starter. Your dad will feel nostalgic every time a visitors ask if he’s been to Pinehurst. He’ll be thrilled to share stories from his time in the Sandhills.

A set of two stone coasters is $18. They are available with the Pinehurst No. 2 or Putter Boy logo. SHOP

For the growing golfer

FathersDayChallengeCards

Help your dad hone his golf game by giving him these fun challenge cards.

Each of the 52 playing cards contains a different challenge, with four different levels for golfers of all handicaps, to test and help develop shots on and just off the green.

The cards are available in both short and long game versions for $12 each.

Read a review here. SHOP

For the fashion forward father

FathersDayPolo

Make sure your father looks his best when he heads out for his next round. Made of 100 percent cotton, this line was inspired by Pinehurst No. 2.

These Peter Millar polos, available in two colors, are $98.  SHOP

For the leisure lover

FathersDayCigarCutter

If your dad enjoys kicking back and relaxing, make his leisure time even more enjoyable with a Putter Buy cigar cutter. It provides a clean cut for the perfect smoke.

The metal cigar cutter is $28. SHOP

For the history buff

GoldenAge

“The Golden Age of Pinehurst” chronicles the restoration of No. 2 from its recent slick and monochromatic presentation back to a natural potpourri of hardpan sand, wire grass, and Sandhills pine needles.

Written by Lee Pace, the book is $49.96. SHOP

Find more ideas at shoppinehurst.com. 

When in doubt, a gift card is always the right answer.

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We need your help – Please vote for Clarkie

Today and for the next few days, we are outright asking you for your help. And it’s for our friend Clarkie Carroll, a tremendous 12-year-old boy who fought like crazy to beat cancer last year.

What are we doing? We’re trying to win him a round of golf with Tom Watson and Zach Johnson, but we need you to get him there.

Via Golf Channel or social media, you may have seen something about the Transamerica Trick Shot contest (check the video above). We’re hoping you will participate in the voting for a winner in this contest, because Pinehurst has nominated our good friend, Clarkie Carroll.

Again, the winner of this contest will get to play golf with the likes of Tom Watson, Zach Johnson and Kyle Stanley. You can vote directly for Clarkie’s video here. Please do. If anybody deserves such a special day, it’s Clarkie, a quiet little boy who never asks for anything extra.

A little more about this incredibly special kid:

Clarkie has battled a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. He had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was), which was replaced by a titanium prosthesis. This resulted in his right leg being a few inches longer than his left.

Clarkie, clearly, loves golf (lacrosse, too), and he performed this trick shot at another Donald Ross course, at Glen Falls Country Club in New York. Clarkie’s grandparents, Tom and Joan Moynihan, live at Pinehurst No. 7.

He also did it after just completing 10 months of chemotherapy.

We’ll pause to let that sink in.

Clarkie’s doing well today, but he’ll be scanned quarterly for the next 5 years. He’s one tough – and talented – little kid.

His dad, Dave, put Clarkie’s toughness into words for us:

“10 months of chemo.

17 Rounds.

54 Treatments.

Zero Complaints.”

To which, we’ll add…

One GREAT golf swing.

Yes, there are some other fantastic trick shots submitted to this contest.

But Clarkie has our vote. We hope he has yours as well.

-Alex Podlogar

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