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For that special someone…

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GreenJacketAuctions.com, apparently, has the actual Augusta National Golf Club sign that used to hang outside the club in the 1960s. Its opening bid was $5,000, but as of this writing, the bid is above $17,200. The bidding will end on the Saturday of the 2016 Masters, which is April 9.

UPDATE: The final bidding is in, and the sign went for…$25,063.20.

Those 20 cents must’ve been the clinchers.

So, speaking of Father’s Day…spend it in Pinehurst.

 

 

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Pinehurst No. 2 – Five Years Later

By Lee Pace

It was a big event in early March 2011 when Pinehurst No. 2 reopened after 12 months of a major facelift under the direction of architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the last four months of it with the course completely shut to golfers.

It was a major milestone as well in June 2014 when the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open were held on consecutive weeks and the course’s restored optics of unkempt, jagged and utterly natural were hailed by golfers and the attendant golf universe.

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Slipping beneath the radar, though, was the 5-year anniversary of the course’s reopening on March 3. The restoration project was never about adjusting Donald Ross’s No. 2 course for the U.S. Open. The purpose simply was to restore the width and bounciness of the fairways and remove the “bermuda creep” of four decades and return the perimeters of the holes to the native hardpan sand, wire grass and pine needles that reflected the look Ross left upon his death in 1948.

By sheer coincidence, Coore happened to be in Pinehurst on March 3, 2016. He had been attending to his recent work at Old Town Club in Winston-Salem earlier in the week and took the opportunity to visit Pinehurst and inspect the continued evolution of No. 2 and consult with course superintendent John Jeffreys on the course’s on-going maintenance.

“Five years? Seriously? I wouldn’t have had any idea,” Coore says.

He takes a stroll around the course on a crisp winter day when members and resort guests have taken every tee time available on No. 2. The fairways are a faint green hue, the result of course officials having discovered a colorant and method five years earlier of giving the grass a hint of color in winter without having to overseed the course with rye grass—a definite deterrent to developing the firm and fast playing conditions they covet. Just two weeks later, after a series of Spring-like days, the natural green would emerge. … Continue Reading

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Bracket Busted?

Yes, we know it’s not golf. But, well, Pinehurst is in North Carolina, and just an hour or so from Tobacco Road. 

So, if your bracket is already busted, we figured you might enjoy this from SportsChannel8, which is definitely worth a follow on Twitter.

After all, they brought us Another Bogey: A Musical Tribute to Pinehurst No. 2:

And, it seems we have a lot to look forward to as well:

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Honoring a legend

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Tom Lusk, Paul Kengott, Dave Fazio and Adam Klos pose with the Payne Stewart statue after their round on Pinehurst No. 2.

Dave Fazio, Adam Klos, Paul Kengott and Tom Lusk were in high school when Payne Stewart made his iconic 15-foot putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

That moment put Pinehurst No. 2 on their bucket list of golf courses they had to play.

Seventeen years later, on a gorgeous North Carolina morning, they crossed it off. The foursome teed off at 8:15 a.m. Thursday wearing knickers and touring hats as a tribute to Stewart.

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Paul Kengott tees off on the 14th hole of Pinehurst No. 2.

“It’s a nice way to honor a legend,” Fazio said. “We all love and respect the game of golf, so this felt like the right way to embrace the experience of playing Pinehurst No. 2.”

The decision was a no-brainer given the historic nature of the course, Klos said.

The men arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon after leaving a chilly Chicago at 1 a.m. Sunshine and Carolina blue skies offered a warm welcome.

“We changed into our shorts and we started celebrating,” Fazio said with a laugh.

But the most exciting moment of the trip happened when they woke up Thursday morning and headed to the course.

“It felt like stepping back in time to how golf used to be played,” Klos said. “It was awesome.”

Lusk was struck by the amount of legends who have played the course, from Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus to Michelle Wie.

“The beauty of the course comes from the fact that it hasn’t changed,” Fazio said. “The restoration makes it feel exactly the way it was when Donald Ross designed it.

“It was true golf.”

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Jordan Spieth – The SportsCenter Commercial

Now, if only they had had Spieth talk to his food in mid-bite…

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