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“Dufnering” at Pinehurst

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Pinehurst employee partner Evan Lease works hard. And sometimes he needs a break.

What can you say? He was tired. His back hurt from sitting at his desk and his boss was talking about how Evan needed to relax and focus.

So he did both.

At Pinehurst.

 

 

Evan ponders the coming U.S. Opens to Pinehurst in 2014.

Evan ponders the coming U.S. Opens to Pinehurst in 2014.

 

Evan sure wishes his back didn't hurt. He'd like to play Pinehurst No. 2. Especially the famed 18th hole.

Evan sure wishes his back didn’t hurt. He’d like to play Pinehurst No. 2. Especially the famed 18th hole.

 

Evan can't even hit on the range at Maniac Hill.

Evan can’t even hit on the range at Maniac Hill.

 

Evan sure would like to eat lunch today.

Evan sure would like to eat lunch today.

 

Evan thinks this looks familiar. He knows how Jason Dufner feels.

Evan thinks this looks familiar. He knows how Jason Dufner feels.

 

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Pinehurst Country Club Renovations – New video, photos and renderings

UPDATE:

 

Here are a few photos of the most recent work being done on the renovations to the Pinehurst Country Club. And as a special treat, we finish with two new renderings of what things will look like inside.

 

The columns will soon be in place on the exterior of the East Veranda of the Pinehurst Country Club.

The columns will soon be in place on the exterior of the East Veranda of the Pinehurst Country Club.

 

The view off the veranda of the Pinehurst Country Club will be every bit as good as the incredible golf course - famed Pinehurst No. 2 - it overlooks.

The view off the veranda of the Pinehurst Country Club will be every bit as good as the incredible golf course – famed Pinehurst No. 2 – it overlooks.

 

The view from inside the Pinehurst Country Club will be breathtaking - and expansive - as well.

The view from inside the Pinehurst Country Club will be breathtaking – and expansive – as well.

 

A rendering of the completed Pinehurst Country Club Ballroom.

A rendering of the completed Pinehurst Country Club Ballroom.

 

What will be one of the better seats in all of golf - a rendering of the Pinehurst Country Club bar.

What will be one of the better seats in all of golf – a rendering of the Pinehurst Country Club bar.

 

Artist's rendering of what the East Veranda will look like in Spring 2013.

Artist’s rendering of what the East Veranda will look like in Spring 2013.

 

 

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Go Back in Time at Pinehurst with Hickory Golf [VIDEO]

 

The Society of Hickory Golfers find refuge at Pinehurst, the Cradle of American Golf. The mission of the Society of Hickory Golfers is to promote and encourage the playing of hickory golf using traditional hickory shafts and equipment.

And they do just that at Pinehurst. Hickory Golfers consider Donald Ross courses to be some of the most receptive courses to hickory golf for a variety of reasons. It’s no wonder then their strong affinity for Pinehurst. Already this season, the Society of Hickory Golfers has played two tournaments at Pinehurst, most recently on Pinehurst No. 3 earlier this month.

And it’s a very different game, as Mark Hollingsworth – a 2 handicap with today’s equipment – explains below:

 

 

 

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Cuts and Qualifiers – Tales From the PGA Tour

Pinehurst member Darron Stiles is the Web.Com Tour’s all-time career money-winner, which people who don’t know any better would say makes him the Crash Davis of golf. That isn’t accurate, of course, because Stiles has had five seasons on the PGA Tour, and the Web.com Tour success has translated to more than $1.8 million in earnings. Stiles has also earned more than $1.4 million in his five PGA Tour seasons.

Take that, Nuke.

Stiles has already seen his share of highs and lows this 2013 PGA Tour season. On occasion here at the Pinehurst Blog, he’ll recount those highs and lows – and cuts.

Take a ride with Stiles inside the PGA Tour with his second installment – “Cuts and Qualifiers”

Read Darron’s first installment, “Fight or Flight,” here.

Darron Stiles of the PGA Tour.

Darron Stiles of the PGA Tour.

Well, the last couple of weeks have proved to be very frustrating.

First, let’s start with my jaunt down to Puerto Rico.

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[VIDEO] Curtis Strange talks Pinehurst No. 2, previews 2014 U.S. Opens

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about Pinehurst.

The two-time U.S. Open champion knows a little something about Open venues as well.

So when Strange got his first look at the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration during the recent Liberty Mutual Invitational, the man who won two North and South Amateur titles while starring at Wake Forest in the mid-1970s could easily envision how the course and the championship would mesh together.

Few, in fact, could do it better.

And Curtis Strange liked what he saw.

“When I first see this, it takes me back to the 70s to my old North and South days, because it’s very similar to the way it used to be,” Strange said.

Strange is also a fan of one of the most significant changes to the USGA’s U.S. Open preparation of No. 2 – the switching of the fourth hole to a long par-4 and the fifth to a daunting par-5, complete with new back tee boxes.

“You know, the back tee, it looks pretty doggone good. I like it. I really do,” Strange said.

Pinehurst is a special place for the World Golf Hall of Famer. Strange won the prestigious North and South Amateur in 1975 and 1976 and earned his PGA Tour card in 1977 after qualifying on No. 2. Strange went on to win 17 times on Tour, including the 1988 and ’89 U.S. Opens, becoming the first man since Ben Hogan to win back-to-back Opens.

“It’s golf,” Strange said of Pinehurst. “If I had six days before the Good Lord took me, I’d want to come here and play golf.”

*Curtis Strange appeared at Pinehurst on behalf of Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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