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Come see the Master (Sommelier) at Pinehurst

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Do you want to know more about wine, but don’t have the time to take a class?

Do you relish a good wine and food pairing?

Do you want to learn about the wine industry from one of the best?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we’ve got just the event for you.

Beef up your wine knowledge when Larry Stone, a consultant for Huneeus Vinters, comes to Pinehurst.

Stone, who has been a master sommelier since 1988 and is well known in the wine industry, will share his expertise and passion for the industry during a Quintessa Wine Dinner on Monday, Oct. 20.

What else do you need to know about Stone? Here are five fun facts about the wine aficionado.

  1. Stone told The Wall Street Journal he’s tasted nearly a million wines throughout the past three decades. Not a bad job, eh?
  2. When Stone isn’t drinking wine, he enjoys cooking, biking and skiing. Oh yeah, he also likes to hunt for mushrooms, which we have admit is quite an intriguing hobby.
  3. Since its inception in 1977, Stone is one of just 219 people worldwide who have passed the grueling process to become a member of the Court of Sommeliers. We’re trying to say he’s basically wine royalty.
  4. Stone may not be a household name, but he has several notable friends. When he opened Rubicon Restaurant in San Francisco, Stone’s partners included Robert deNiro, Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola.
  5. Before becoming a wine expert, Stone was working toward a Ph.D. in comparative literature.

The five-course wine dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Dining Room. Cost is $125 per person. Seating is limited. Make reservations by calling 910-235-8433.

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A Timelapse: Putter Boy at Sunrise

The Putter Boy has seen a few sunrises in his day. After all, he was originally a sundial.

Watch as the morning sun rises to greet Putter Boy, ending in a most perfect eclipse.

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What do Arnie, Phil, Rory and Annika all have in common?

What do Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose and Annika Sorenstam all have in common?

Their love and appreciation for Pinehurst No. 2.

That’s a lot of majors…

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The Office Golf Trick Shot

At Pinehurst, we have offices. And we certainly have golf.

And now, we have inspiration.

So now, we must work on our own office golf trick shot. Stay tuned.

(H/T the Golf Digest’s The Loop.)

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The Padgett Family Legacy at Pinehurst

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Don Padgett II at Pinehurst

BY LEE PACE

Two snapshots from 27 years of Padgetts at Pinehurst:

The first one is from the spring of 1987. Don Padgett Sr., the new director of golf at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, is having lunch in the resort clubhouse and talking about bringing his four-plus decades of experience as a club professional and national officer of the PGA of America to his job at Pinehurst, now just three years into the ownership regime of Robert Dedman Sr. and his ClubCorp empire. Padgett is wearing a white dress shirt, necktie and cardigan sweater.

“This is a multi-million-dollar operation, and I’m administering that business,” he says. “I need to look the part.”

“I can feel my dad’s spirit in here. It’s kind of like coming full circle.” -Don Padgett II

After lunch, he walks to the driving range, dubbed “Maniac Hill” many years earlier for the fervor with which golfers of all rank and file search for the Holy Grail of the golf swing. Padgett surveys the array of golfers striking balls in early spring sunshine and says, “Anyone important in golf has hit balls right here. If you’re a golfer and can’t get excited at this, you need to take up tennis.”

The second is from his son, Don II, in the spring of 2010, seven years after his father’s death and six into taking the reins as the president and COO of Pinehurst. The club is two months into a daring and admittedly risky restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, the idea hatched by Padgett and the project headlined by removing some 40 acres of grass and re-exposing the natural hardpan sand and unkempt look the course’s designer, Donald Ross, so embraced in the early 1900s. Recently Padgett’s office has been peppered in the height of the spring golf season with complaints that the resort isn’t taking proper care of this national treasure, when it fact it was simply in the early stages of retrofitting and rediscovering what Ross left upon his death in 1948.

“I can take the heat,” Padgett says. “I can sleep because when I lay my head on the pillow, I know we’re doing the right thing.”

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