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Pinehurst lauded by Golf Digest in America’s Top 100

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Just 24 golf courses have been included on every Golf Digest national ranking since its inception in 1966.

Pinehurst No. 2, host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, remains one of them. Golf Digest has revealed its biennial survey of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, ranking Donald Ross’s famed No. 2 28th.

“In 2010, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw led a team that descended on Pinehurst No. 2 and killed out all the Bermudagrass rough that had been foolishly planted in the 1970s,” Golf Digest writes. “Between fairways and tree lines, they established vast bands of native hardpan sand dotted with clumps of wiregrass and scattered pine needles. They reduced the irrigation to mere single rows in fairways to prevent grass from ever returning to the new sandy wastelands. Playing firm and fast, it was a wildly successful fortnight when the 2014 Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens were played on consecutive weeks at No. 2. Because of its water reduction, the course was recently awarded a Green Star environmental award by Golf Digest.”

Pinehurst Resort is home to three courses on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. No. 2 is seventh while Pinehurst No. 4 is 59th and Pinehurst No. 8 is 80th.

Be wary of the three pot bunkers protecting back-left hole locations.

Pinehurst No. 4 12th Hole

On No. 4, Golf Digest writes: “Tom Fazio recently said that he felt his work at Pinehurst No. 4 was perhaps his best remodeling job to date. Confined by the existing corridors of the old layout, Fazio created an unusual complement to neighboring No. 2 Course by adding two new par 3 holes, styling the greens with slopes and run-offs, creating large expanses of native sand waste areas, and peppering the remaining landscape with 180 pot bunkers, most of them in clusters guarding doglegs and pin placements.”

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Pinehurst No. 8 14th Hole

And No. 8:Located not within the Pinehurst Resort complex but about a mile north, Pinehurst No. 8 is one of Tom Fazio’s most versatile designs, as each hole plays differently from the previous. The front nine is mostly tree-lined, the back more open, with both touching on ponds, marsh and Pine Valley-like sandy wastelands. For putting surfaces, Fazio built crowned greens with greenside swales, intended as a salute to Donald Ross and Pinehurst No. 2.”

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Words of wisdom from longtime caddie Willie McRae

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Famous Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae appears in the January issue of Our State.

Willie McRae isn’t a know-it-all. 

But, the longtime caddie pretty much knows it all when it comes to Pinehurst No. 2.

How can it be? Time is the ultimate teacher and McRae has had plenty of time to learn. He’s been working at Pinehurst for more than 70 years.

McRae, a charter member of the Pinehurst Caddie Hall of Fame, has been a caddie since he turned 10 in 1943.

At 81, McRae imagines he’s the “oldest caddie in the world,” yet he shows no signs of slowing down.

Writer Tommy Tomlinson recently visited Pinehurst to glean some words of wisdom from the well-known greens reader. His story appears in the January issue of Our State. 

Willie McRae Our State

A sage piece of advice from Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae appears on the cover of the January issue of Our State.

Over the years, McRae has caddied for everybody from Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Ford to U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. He even carried bags for Donald Ross, the famous architect of Pinehurst No. 2, and Richard Tufts, the grandson of Pinehurst founder James Walker Tufts.

“Everybody’s famous. Everybody’s somebody,” McRae told Tomlinson. “I don’t try to classify one person over another.”

Here’s a look at some of the wisdom McRae shares in the article. Read the entire piece over at ourstate.com. 

“The first thing that you gotta do, you gotta be nice to people. If they say something you don’t like, let it go in this ear and out that ear.”

“Ain’t no use in throwing a club. The club ain’t done nothing to you. You’re the one who hit the ball.”

“I’m not too worried about the swing, as long as they get it back in the right channel. You got a lot of crazy-looking swings, but that ain’t got nothing to do with it, as long as you keep that arm stretched out.”

“I had some ladies on the 1st tee one time. One of them looked at me and said, ‘Willie?’ I said, ‘Ma’am?’ ‘What’s wrong with my game?’ I said, ‘Miss, I’m going to tell you. You’re too close to the ball after you hit it.’”

“As long as you feel good and in your right mind, you might as well go ahead and work. You’ll die when your time comes.”

I had [pro golfers] Justin Rose and [Hunter] Mahan just before the U.S. Open, and I taught them how to read the green. They asked me, “Willie, which way does the grain go?” I said, “The grain goes from east to west. The grass has got to be going toward the sun when it comes up. If it don’t, it’ll burn the root out. And if you notice, when they cut the cup in the morning, the east [edge] is rough. And the rest of the cup around there is sort of smooth. Most of it’s common sense.”

One of them said, “There ain’t no other caddies out here on the [PGA] tour that told me nothing like that.” I said, “Well, they don’t know. They can’t tell you what they don’t know.”

If you can’t be a drawing card — if people don’t want you the next day — you’re in bad shape.

Sometimes when I’m down and out, I like to sing.

Your grace and mercy
Brought me through
I’m living this moment
Because of You

That sounds pretty good, huh?

Want more? Check out this video of McRae and pal Eddie Mac discussing Pinehurst No. 2.

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Golfers we’re watching in 2015

Now that 2014 has officially come to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what’s in store this year.

Here we take a look a few of the golfers we’re planning to watch in 2015.

Michelle Wie

Obviously, we’re going to be paying attention to the reigning U.S. Women’s Open Champion. She won the Lotte Championship in April before claiming her first major win here in June. Wie’s Open victory seems to have given the golfer a new energy. We’re excited to see how she’ll use it in 2015.

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Chinese Chicken Salad is healthy and flavorful

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The Ryder Cup’s Chinese Chicken Salad includes Napa cabbage, bean sprouts, Mandarin orange, macadamia nuts and crisp wontons.

With a new year comes a renewed pledge to eat better.

Our restaurants offer a wide array of salads that make healthy eating a pleasure rather than a pain.

The Ryder Cup Lounge’s Chinese Chicken Salad has become a favorite.

Mandarin oranges give it a sweet zing while green onions provide a savory element.

Bean sprouts, macadamia nuts and fried wontons give the salad a nice crunch.

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Your favorite Pinehurst memories of 2014

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Brian Cook traveled to Pinehurst three times in 2014, but his favorite memory was sharing the U.S. Women’s Open with his oldest daughter, pictured here in front of the Payne Stewart statue.

We know, 2014 is SO yesterday. But you have to admit it was a great year.

When we asked our followers to share their favorite Pinehurst memories, they proved us right. In fact, we were flooded with awesome stories. We’ve compiled a few of the best ones for you to enjoy.

Cheers to another year of family, friends, food and GOLF.

From Facebook

“I was there 3 times this year. Celebrated New Year’s Eve at the Carolina Hotel, played golf on No. 2 New Year’s Day, came down in October with the family. But my favorite trip was bringing my oldest daughter down for the Women’s Open. Great memories for her and me.”
 Brian Cook

“Had dinner at the Carolina Dining Room with my daughters, Melissa Pocock and Sarah Lyn Patterson, just before Christmas…perfect!”
 Betsy Homa  

“First off, carrying my own bag one week after the Women’s Open on No. 2. The spirit of golf as they say was surely alive that day. Incredible memory. #payne
— Robert Carpenter 

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