Pinehurst News

The Pinehurst #IceBucketChallenge – Part 1

The Pinehurst Ice Bucket Challenge is coming.

What will happen next?

Keep checking the Pinehurst News site for Part 2.

And until we release the second part of our Ice Bucket Challenge, make sure you check out Gary Player’s IBC – only the best one we’ve ever seen from the world of golf. We only hope to come close…

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Martin and Michelle…Welcome (back) to Pinehurst

Trophy Case 1

Photo by John Gessner – Click to Enlarge

While the historic – and fervent – two weeks of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open have passed, it’s still really busy at Pinehurst.

While plans continue to develop on how the back-to-back national championships will be displayed in Pinehurst’s venerable Clubhouse hallway, the first indications of the triumphant two weeks were visible on Thursday, Aug. 14, when the nameplates honoring Pinehurst’s two most recent champions – Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie – were installed in the trophy case.

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Video: Finally, how to beat Rory McIlroy…

Chances are you’ve seen this video before – it has more than 4 million views on YouTube and was part of a commercial.

But it’s worth calling back to it for two things:

  1. The Martin Kaymer line, which, obviously, means a little more to us at Pinehurst now than it did a year ago.
  2. The only thing that might be able to beat Rory right now is a robot. And even then, Rory held his own.

And OK, one more thing – are there words to express just how likable Rory is in this? For a behind-the-scenes look at how the shoot was conducted, go here (it’s worth your time), where you’ll find that Rory went into the skills competition pretty blind, and had no idea the mouth the robot had on it. And yet he ran with it.

From that linked article:

(Director Kelvin) Hutchins shot the commercial with expediency in mind, not quite telling McIlroy what was going to unfold on the range.
So when Rory shows up, every reaction is genuine.
“All Rory knew when he showed up that he was going to be involved in a skills challenge, with washing machines, against a robot,” Parente said.
What? Did you think Rory can act?
“Everything else was literally his reaction as it happened.”


And the final shot? Man, the kid is good.

Here’s Rory, after his first look at Pinehurst No. 2:

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18 green No. 2 Aug. 12, 2014

The 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 on Aug. 12, 2014.

It’s been another two weeks, so it’s time again to provide an update on how the Bermuda grass continues to thrive on Pinehurst No. 2’s greens.

And after a few inches of rain over the last few weeks, “thrive” is the right word.

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So, just how dark was the finish of the PGA Championship? This dark…

Pretty dark:


As you can see from @Bill_Michaels, this photo was POSTED at 8:24 p.m., which means it had to be snapped a few minutes before that.

And yet, Rory was still able to do this:

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