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4 reasons we’re looking forward to the Pinehurst Concours

MAY: The 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance.

1. More than 250 cars and motorcycles from 18 different states will be on display, so there’s no doubt something for everyone.

Classes include Pre-War American (until 1942); Post-War American (until 1974); Pre-War European (until 1942); Post-War European (until 1974); Post-War European (until 1974); Post-War Mercedes-Benz (until 1974); Ferrari (until 1975); Porsche Air Cooled (until 1988); Corvette (until 1972); Orphan Cars (Gone But Not Forgotten); Micro Cars; American Performance (until 1974) and Motorcycles (Preservation until 1975).

“The selection committee has scoured the East Coast and secured some of the most amazing vehicles for show attendees to view and enjoy,” said Pinehurst Concours chief judge Nigel Matthews. “They will have the opportunity to see vehicles that they have never seen before — and probably will never see again.”

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2. Actor Dennis Haysbert will serve as the event’s grand marshal.

Haysbert starred as politician David Palmer in the hit television series “24” and appeared as baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the popular “Major League” film trilogy.

The actor will drive with a solider in the Iron Mike Rally to Fort Bragg on Friday. While on base, he will meet and greet troops attending the event, then visit with members of the Fort Bragg Special Forces unit.

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3. Have you ever seen a rock band performing on the fairways of a golf course? Neither have we, but Three Dog Night will do it Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

Click here for more details.

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Pinecrest High School graduate Cody Lunday, who participated in the 2014 Pinehurst Concours as a student judge, was awarded the first Pinehurst Concours Scholarship. He will attend Sandhills Community College and major in Automotive Technologies. Photo from pinehurstconcours.com/.

4. The Pinehurst Concours Foundation supports local charities.  

With its strong military ties, the organization will assist the USO of North Carolina with donations from the 2015 Pinehurst Concours.

The USO of North Carolina was founded in 1941, it is the lead organization charged with supporting military servicemen and women in the state of North Carolina. With five centers statewide, USO of North Carolina served almost 575,000 troops in 2014.

The Pinehurst Concours also has a local scholarship program for high school students who participate in the event’s unique digital judging system.

“One of our goals of the Pinehurst Concours from the start was to involve the local community in as many programs as possible,” said Executive Director Jay Howard. “Our Iron Mike Rally salutes the military at Fort Bragg, and the establishment of a scholarship program ties in an educational component we believe is very important.”

If you go

When: Saturday, May 2
Where: Pinehurst Resort, click here to view maps.
Tickets: Advance tickets can be purchased online for $40 each by clicking here. The day’s ticket, which also can be purchased at the gate, includes entry into the Pinehurst Concours and the Three Dog Night concert. Active troops can still purchase a $25 ticket to the event at the gate with a valid military ID.
FYI: View a list of frequently asked questions here.

 

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The Minds of the Pinehurst Golf Academy

At the Pinehurst Golf Academy, students receive instruction from golf professionals who have called the range at Pinehurst home for several years: (from l-r) Eric Alpenfels, Kelly Mitchum, Geoff Lynch and Paul McRae.

At the Pinehurst Golf Academy, students receive instruction from golf professionals who have called the range at Pinehurst home for several years: (from l-r) Eric Alpenfels, Kelly Mitchum, Geoff Lynch and Paul McRae.

Meet the “Mount Rushmore” of the Pinehurst Golf Academy

Photos by John Gessner

BY LEE PACE

They have stood on the practice tee collectively for more than a century, through the winds of March and searing sun of July. They’ve seen laid-off club shafts, banana balls, weak grips, strong grips, hunched-over postures, flying elbows and lateral slides. The engineers who’ve come to them for help with their golf swing want a tip delivered on a slide rule, the artists prefer a catch phrase in rhyme.

Their minds are like encyclopedias of golf instruction theory and drills. Their patience extends to the moon and back, their good humor worthy of an ice cream truck. Each has an amateur degree in psychology—how else to climb inside the brains of thousands of golfers over the years and figure out what makes them click?

Through it all, the Pinehurst Golf Academy staff of Eric Alpenfels, Paul McRae, Kelly Mitchum and Geoff Lynch have been Pinehurst’s Mount Rushmore—four instructors averaging 25 years on staff and giving the Academy the consistency and ballast to grow and thrive in a golf economy that’s weathered three recessions since 1990 and seen the gradual slide of the golf school business since the 2008-09 financial crisis.

“Our school has continued to grow while golf schools in general are passé,” says Don Padgett II, the Pinehurst president and COO from 2004-2014. “Their experience, their consistent delivery, the personal attention—these guys are the model to buck the trend. We get a lot of repeat business. We’ve got guys who’ve been coming for 20 years.” … Continue Reading

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Bubba Watson…from both sides of the plate

It’s baseball season, and Bubba Watson shows he has power from both sides of the plate.

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VIDEO: Pinehurst No. 2 Superintendent talks course maintenance

There’s a science to keeping Pinehurst’s greens in top shape.

Watch this video from BASF to see Pinehurst No. 2 Superintendent John Jeffreys talk about the process of caring for the championship course. It’s a great insider look at the operation.

John and members of his team can sometimes also be magicians. Look what they did to help No. 2 recover from over an inch of rain that poured down in less than 30 minutes on the night between the first and second rounds of the U.S. Open:

 

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Padgett II named Golfweek’s Father of the Year

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Don Padgett II

Golfweek has named retired Pinehurst President Don Padgett II its Father of the Year, an honor previously awarded to  Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper and Peter Compton.

Padgett, who served as president and chief operation officer of Pinehurst from 2004 to 2014, led the yearlong restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 in 2010. Conducted by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the project restored the course’s natural and historic character.

Coore and Crenshaw removed some 40 acres of grass to re-expose the natural hardpan sand and unkempt look the course’s designer, Donald Ross, so embraced in the early 1900s.

Padgett’s father, Don Padgett Sr., served as Pinehurst’s director of golf from 1987 to 2002. He is credited by then-CEO and President Pat Corso as being the “insider” in the world of golf who opened doors and lent credence to Pinehurst’s drive in the late 1980s and early 1990s to land a major golf championship for No. 2.

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Don Padgett Sr.

Padgett II came to Pinehurst to replace Corso in 2004 after a successful tenure as director of golf and general manager at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. His experiences on the PGA Tour in the 1970s (he shot a 66 in the 1977 U.S. Open) gave him a unique perspective on the nuances of the Pinehurst golf experience.

After the 2005 U.S. Open, Padgett came to the gradual realization No. 2 had become too homogenized with its svelte green sheen and a maintenance protocol that had course workers only half-jokingly say they’d catch fallen pine cones “on the first bounce” rather than let it reflect its natural ambiance that reminded Ross of his native Scotland.

“His leadership on the No. 2 restoration was remarkable,” said Jay Biggs, the club’s senior vice president for golf and club operations. “I’ve thought about it often: ‘If I were in his shoes, would I have had the courage to pull that trigger?’

“He had the idea and the vision to go to Mr. Dedman at a time when the economy was poor, the golf business was suffering. It was a big gamble. But it paid off and Pinehurst is better off for it.”

Padgett remains active around the resort with the title of Executive Emeritus. His office moved from the executive suite on the second floor of the resort clubhouse to a smaller office on the first floor — one that coincidentally his father occupied two decades before.

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

Read more about the Padgett family legacy at Pinehurst by clicking here.

Golfweek will honor Padgett during its Father & Son Open at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. View an entire list of past honorees here. 

 

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