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Even Pinehurst, on occasion, has to wait out a frost delay.

And on the first day of the 2012 Donald Ross Junior Championship on Dec. 28, players wanting to roll a few putts on Pinehurst’s famed practice green had to wait for the sun to rise and the dew to disperse. But once it did, more than 250 junior golfers crowded the Pinehurst Short-Game Complex to finish warming up for the impending shotgun start.

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Pinehurst 2012 – In 77 Seconds

Certainly, a lot happened at Pinehurst in 2012. Here’s a short sampling of some of the biggest changes and events over the course of the year.

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The Pinehurst Top 10 – 2012

Pinehurst in 2012 will cast a long shadow.

Pinehurst in 2012 will cast a long shadow.

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Pinehurst’s Top 10 of 2012 – The Honorable Mentions

At Pinehurst, we’re not worried about the Mayans.

Instead, we continue to look forward to bringing you the best golf America has to offer. And to celebrate a different kind of countdown – less than 18 months and counting until the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 – we would like to present what you felt was the best news, notes, photos and videos to come out of Pinehurst this year.

And so beginning on Dec. 21 – take that, Mayans! – we’ll reveal on Facebook and Twitter  a countdown of the Top 10 Pinehurst Resort Blog posts and the Top 10 Pinehurst Resort Videos from 2012.

The top 10 is determined by your visits, views and comments.

To whet your appetite (and to tempt those pesky Mayans even further), here are some honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut.

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Pitch, Chip, Putt and More: Pinehurst Resort’s Short-Game Practice Complex [Video]

Pinehurst Resort’s state-of-the-art Short-Game Practice Complex began construction in August. Now open, the complex allows golfers to work on every level of the short game, from pitching to bunker play to chipping and putting, not to mention practice from the sandy waste areas so similar to the restored Pinehurst No. 2. For more about the evolution of the area, go here.

It is just another improvement to the practice area at Pinehurst, which includes the fun element of the game in the wildly popular 18-hole putting course, Thistle Dhu. The practice area even gives players a sense of what it’s like to play famed Pinehurst No. 2, even if they don’t have a tee time scheduled for that day on the course that will host unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.

“It will have a taste of No. 2,” said Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s director of golf course and grounds management. “Those who come out to enjoy Pinehurst may not always get to play No. 2. But with this practice area, they’ll be able to get a real appreciation for what No. 2 is like.”

A few notes about the short-game complex:

Built: 2012

Opened: Nov. 2, 2012

Area size: 4.3 acres

Greens surface: Creeping Bentgrass

Total Greens Size: 45,600 square feet

West Putting Green: 15,000 square feet

East Putting Green: 10,000 square feet

Small Chipping Green (“Putter Boy Green): 3,300 square feet

North Chipping Green: 4,800 square feet

South Chipping/Bunker Green: 5,800 square feet

Pitching Green: 6,700 square feet

Pitching Green Facts:

  • Designed by Dave Axland, associate of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw
  • Designed to simulate short-game play on Pinehurst No. 2
  • Features hardpan, wire grass, bunker, natural sandy areas and rolloff from turtleback-shaped green
  • Built for chipping, bunker play and pitches up to 40 yards.
  • Formerly the 18th green to Pinehurst No. 1

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