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Clarkie Carroll – Beyond his trick shot

Clarkie Carroll

Clarkie Carroll tees off at Glens Falls Country Club in New York.

Our buddy Clarkie Carroll, we’re happy to say, continues to do well following his treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

And his golf game? Well, it’s doing REALLY well.

Clarkie is 11 years old, and you may remember him from his outstanding trick shot his family sent us a couple of months ago:

That trick shot was performed just days after Clarkie completed 10 rounds of chemotherapy for a cancer that forced the removal of half of his right femur. As Clarkie’s dad, Dave, put it:

“10 months of chemo.

17 Rounds.

54 Treatments.

Zero Complaints.”

Now we have an update on Clarkie, whom you may have last seen when his video was featured on The Golf Channel.

Just a few months after finishing treatment, Clarkie won the Glens Falls Country Club Junior Championship. From the white tees, Clarkie made a clutch par on his 9th and final hole to preserve the victory by a single stroke. Count us among those not surprised one bit by Clarkie’s mental toughness.

We at Pinehurst are incredibly proud of Clarkie, who is the grandson of Tom and Joan Moynihan, who live at Pinehurst No. 7.

But it gets even better. Later this month, Clarkie is getting a chance to play Pinehurst No. 2.

His caddie?

Willie McRae.

Indeed, golf is a special game.

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Spending Thanksgiving at Pinehurst? Don’t miss these activities

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With Thanksgiving less than a month away, it will be here faster than you can say “gobble, gobble.”

Now’s the perfect time to start nailing down your plans for the holiday vacation.

We put together a list of the top five “can’t miss” activities to add to your Thanksgiving bucket list.

Of course, this is just our opinion. Feel free to carve out your own itinerary by browsing our schedule of events. 

5. Write a letter to Santa

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Friday, Nov. 28, 10-10:30 a.m., South Room

All children need to bring is their creativity, we’ll handle the rest. They’ll have a blast drafting their own correspondence to old Saint Nick with new friends by their side. We will provide paper, crayons, markers and glitter to help make their letters stand out. During the event, Mrs. Claus will make a visit to personally deliver the letters to Santa.

4.  Take a family wagon ride
through Pinehurst

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m., Carolina Hotel lobby

Soak in the history and the charm of the Pinehurst with a wagon tour of the area. It’s a great way to slow down and really enjoy the unique spirit of the Village.

3. Get in the holiday spirit with
Trim the Tree Pursuit


Saturday, Nov. 29, 11-11:30 a.m., Carolina Hotel lobby

Our spin on Trivial Pursuit involves the entire family in a scavenger hunt. Get in the holiday spirit by tracking down clues that lead to our themed Christmas trees.

Sign up at Resort Services and meet in the Carolina Lobby near Resort Services for your instructions.

2. Enjoy the sounds of the season

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m., Grand Ballroom

The Carolina Philharmonic will kick off the holiday season with a musical retelling of “The Night Before Christmas.” Come celebrate the season with pops music that’s sure to leave you feeling festive.

Both hotel guests and local residents are invited to attend.

Buy tickets.

1. Fill up on a feast

Thursday, Nov. 27, 11:30-3 p.m., Carolina Dining Room

The Carolina Dining Room will offer an overflowing brunch buffet on Thanksgiving Day. Come hungry, there will be a plethora of options available to suit any taste.

Classic fare like butter-basted Tom turkey Breast, black pepper giblet gravy, toasted pecan stuffing, chive-fontina spiked mashed potatoes and cranberry-orange relish is on the menu.

The buffet also will feature herb roasted chicken breast, scaloppini of Atlantic salmon, baby sweet potato bakers and chorizo cornbread as well as an iced seafood display with poached shrimp cocktail and oysters on the half shell.

Be sure to leave room for dessert. You’ll have more than a dozen options including pumpkin and pecan pie, pumpkin praline cheesecake, lemon-cherry silk tart, white chocolate, almond sponge cake and seasonal macaroons.

Kids can customize their treats with a trip to the chocolate fountain or caramel apple station. That’s right, a caramel apple station. Dip local apples in a variety of infused caramels and top with toasted seeds and candied nuts. YUM!

Is your mouth watering yet? Call 855-235-8507, option 6 for dining reservations, availability and pricing.


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What are the scariest shots at Pinehurst? You told us

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Some of the caddies call No. 2’s 5th green “Dead City.”

How do golfers get into the Halloween spirit? By contemplating the scariest shots in the game, of course.

Here at Pinehurst, there are plenty of tricky treats awaiting players.

Our Twitter feed has been chirping all afternoon with your thoughts on the Resort’s toughest shots. You’ll likely agree with some of our favorite responses. If not, you’ll at least have a good laugh.

Tell us which shots make you batty in the comments section below.

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Aces+Cars+Danielle Kang = More Great Golf Photos

What happens when you mix Danielle Kang, holes-in-one and cars?

Well, since it involves Danielle Kang, it means more great photography.

Trust us on this one.

Kang, who’s having a great 2014 on the LPGA Tour and is a two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, won the 2011 North & South Amateur, and has been a friend to Pinehurst ever since. But she’s made headlines these last two weeks after making aces in events on Tour, winning cars for each.

We’re happy for Danielle, and not just because she’s an incredibly down-to-earth person and extremely kind.

It’s because these aces mean photo opportunities. And if there’s anything we’ve learned about Danielle over the last few years, it’s that she has a great eye – and ideas – for photography.

Like we said, take our word for it. But if not, here, we’ll rank our favorite Danielle Kang photos:

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2 golf balls, 1 putting stroke…and 5 questions

It’s happened before, and perhaps it’s happening againgolf trick shot post begats another golf trick shot post.

A few questions come up with this one, though. First, some explanation, thanks to

The putter here is Matthew Field, the distance covers just 6 feet, and the shot was done at Australia’s Brookwater Golf & Country Club.

OK, now that we have that out of the way…the questions:

  1. Real, or fake?
  2. What’s the deal with the opening seconds of the video, with the balls mysteriously rolling back to the putter?
  3. He doesn’t take very long to set it up, does he?
  4. Real or fake? We ask again because this is immediately the first question every skeptic asks on trick shot videos. So, if fake, HOW did he fake it?
  5. And if real, impressive?

Let us know what you think below.


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