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Trick shot, yes. Tend the flag, too? No way

Need a good trick shot today?

OK, here you go:

H/T to GeoffShackelford.

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The Pinehurst No. 2 Restoration – The Before and After Flyovers

On March 4, 2011, Pinehurst No. 2 reopened following the year-long restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

To commemorate the 5-year anniversary this week, we’re taking a look back on some of the iconic moments of the project, like behind-the-scenes photos from the first day of the restoration work.

Today, take a look at the first two flyovers done to compare the before and after views of the restoration. These videos are narrated by Coore and Crenshaw and were unveiled on Jan. 11, 2011.

The first is of the 13th hole, narrated by Coore:

The second is of the 12th hole, narrated by Crenshaw:

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Get More Distance

Every golfer – from those on the PGA Tour to you watching this right now – always aspires for at least one thing – more distance.

Here’s one drill we teach at the Pinehurst Golf Academy that’s proven to help you get more carry on the ball. It’s the Tee Drill. Do this, and you won’t even have to hit the weight room.

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THE DRILL: Place a tee on the target line six inches in front of the ball. What you’ll be trying to do is to clip the tee after hitting the ball.

HOW IT WORKS: The only way to hit the forward tee is to extend your arms and swing along the target line through impact. The drill corrects two major flaws in most golfers’ swings: incomplete extension and crooked swing path. The result is a big increase in clubhead speed – but here’s the thing: The added speed comes from a better swing path, not more muscle.

THE RESULT: The Pinehurst Golf Academy study revealed a 13-yard average increase in carry distance.

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The Pinehurst No. 2 Restoration – The First Cut

On March 4, 2011, Pinehurst No. 2 reopened following the year-long restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

To commemorate the 5-year anniversary this week, we’ll take a look back on some of the iconic moments of the project. Today, we’ll give you a glimpse of the very first photos taken on the day No. 2’s manicured rough was removed in 2010, beginning the project.

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5 Favorite Activities for your Group

Meetings and groups of all types have been gathering at Pinehurst for more than a century. Whether you’re meeting in one of our ballrooms, golfing on our courses, unwinding in our Spa or just relaxing on the veranda, you’ll feel you’re in a special place at Pinehurst – a place your guests will never forget.

Here are five of our favorite activities for groups visiting Pinehurst, with a few hidden gems thrown in.

Take on one of the newest and coolest trends on the links!

1. Night-Light Golf

Just because the sun has set and the Carolina blue skies have waned does not mean golf at Pinehurst is done for the day. Treat your group to one of the newest and coolest trends on the links – Night-Light Golf. Our team of Pinehurst golf professionals will create a fun evening event for attendees of all abilities.

Experience world-class bass fishing with an experienced guide.

2. Outdoor Experience at King Fisher Society

Pinehurst has a storied history with outdoor sports, but today we take it up a notch with the  legendary King Fisher Society.

Treat your guests to an array of outdoor field sports at one of the area’s finest private sporting retreats. Just 45 minutes from Pinehurst, this 2,000-acre nature preserve features a 120-acre lake stocked with Bluegill and Bass, world-class sporting clays facilities, falconry and archery, along with instruction. If you like, we can also add orienteering, pontoon boat rides, kayaking or even quail hunting to your experience.

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3. Historic Scavenger Hunt

As with most of our group activities, they can be modified for what works best for your team. Here are a couple of options that incorporate Pinehurst’s great history with the rush of competition.

The Amazing Pinehurst Race: Get to know the area by taking part in a number of mental and physical challenges. Teams can take advantage of our shuttle service or use a bike to get to each location. Those feeling adventurous may even race through the Village on foot.

Photo Frenzy: Instagram addicts will love this scavenger hunt. Clues will lead participants to a variety of locations throughout the Village. Upon arrivals, you’ll snap a picture of your entire team before moving on to the next clue.

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4. Spa Workshops and Group Programs

The variety of programs offered by The Spa at Pinehurst only hints at the benefits it could have for your group.

Interested in treating your attendees to a few minutes of relaxation during their down time? We offer many abbreviated options of some of our most popular massage therapy treatments.

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5. Corporate Golf Instruction

The instructors at the Pinehurst Golf Academy are rated among the best in the world and include Kelly Mitchum, who can do this and this, all while regularly competing in the PGA Championship.

Imagine then, what they can do for your group of golfers.

Want to give your team the edge on the golf course? The instructors at our Golf Academy offer lessons, clinics and corporate golf schools. Our specialized programs can be customized for individuals or groups. On-course instruction can be included for an additional fee. The staff can also video golfers’ swings or create group-specific skills challenges to identify problem areas or highlight participants’ progress.

The Hidden Gems

Here are a few activities that might surprise you and your team.

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Zipline

Get active! Soar through the forest on eight different zip line cables. A highlight is a stop at a beautiful waterfall. Two or more trained guides accompany each group as they explore some of North Carolina’s most scenic wilderness areas. The experience includes 15 unique tree platforms, 3 canopy sky bridges and 3 spiral staircases.

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Golf Genius Scoring

For a professional tournament experience, take your golf outing to a new level with custom packages created using our Golf Genius software to include any of the following add-ons:

  • Event website that displays itineraries, pairings, results, photo, messages, etc.
  • Live Scoring via Golf Genius Scoring app
  • Live TV leaderboards available in multiple locations
  • Branded printed materials including tee sheets, score cards, cart signs and locker room signs, bag tags and more.

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Culinary Experience

Any foodies in your group? Get hands-on instruction from our talented culinary team, which can design experiences that feature southern style brunches, sushi, and food and wine combinations.

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The Pinehurst Triathlon

If your team has a competitive streak, this is the activity for them. Our version of the triathlon includes activities at our golf facilities, tennis club and lawn sports greens. Each of the areas will test a variety of unique skills. Add a cash bar to your triathlon to celebrate along the way or at the finish line.

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Make your own pottery

North Carolina is well known for its pottery, and your guests have the opportunity to work with them. Your guests will participate in a hands-on class with Seagrove Potter Bobbie Thomas. Groups will also visit three pottery locations to learn about the potters and of course, shop!  The pieces you guests create will be shipped directly to them once they have been glazed and fired. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

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