Pinehurst News

Paying tribute to Ben Hogan

On March 21, 1940, it finally happened.

Ben Hogan won.

The story has become the stuff of Pinehurst lore and legend. Hogan had toiled on the PGA Tour for seven years without a victory. He was close to calling the pro game quits and retiring back to Texas to become a club pro. His car rolled into Pinehurst for the 1940 North & South Open on four bald tires.

But Hogan opened with a first-round 66 on Pinehurst No. 2 and followed with a 67 in the next round, building a 7-shot lead. His 74 and 70 in the 36-hole finale on March 21 weren’t spectacular, but they still held off Snead by three shots. Hogan, finally – FINALLY –  was a winner.

The rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

Pinehurst No. 2's starters are donning Hogan-styled caps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ben Hogan's first professional victory in the 9140 North & South Open at Pinehurst.

Pinehurst No. 2’s starters are donning Hogan-styled caps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ben Hogan’s first professional victory in the 1940 North & South Open at Pinehurst.

History is something we cherish at Pinehurst. And beginning this week, 75 years after Hogan finally broke through on No. 2, we are paying tribute to The Hawk. This Spring, the starters at Pinehurst No. 2 will greet players while donning Hogan-styled caps. As part of their regular welcome to the first tee, they will recount the story above before players walk into Hogan’s own footsteps – the footsteps that after Pinehurst, led to nine major championships and 68 other professional victories.


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Fans share their favorite Arnold Palmer stories in “Arnie & Me”

A new documentary featuring home movies, personal anecdotes and memories submitted by Arnold Palmer’s legion of fans will premiere tonight on the Golf Channel. 

“Arnie & Me” provides a new look at the golf great from the people who filled the ranks of Arnie’s Army for more than 50 years. It includes about 40 funny and heartfelt stories, including the tale of how Arnie’s Army came to be.

The documentary airs at 10 p.m. ET tonight. If you haven’t seen the three-part documentary “Arnie,” settle in at 7 p.m. to learn more about the seven-time major champion.

We have our own great memories of Palmer, who used to visit Pinehurst with his father, Deacon, growing up.

“I have great memories of visiting Pinehurst in the old days,” he said in 1994. “For a kid from Latrobe to visit the golf capital of the world was a special treat.”

While playing golf for Wake Forest College in the late 1940s, he won the Southern Conference Championship on Pinehurst No. 2. He sat down with us to reminisce before last year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. 

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5 Reasons to Get a Massage



We all know a massage feels good and we feel more relaxed afterward, but you might not realize the substantial health benefits of regularly receiving massage therapy.

There’s a plethora of research out there, but the American Massage Therapy Association has boiled it down to five key points.

The Spa at Pinehurst offers 10 massages designed to fit an assortment of individual needs. All of our treatments tout the health benefits listed below, but we’ve pinpointed the services that go above and beyond to tackle each concern. Take a look:


The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.

Recommended treatment: Hot Stone Massage – Let the power of the earth move you during this classic service. A combination of carefully selected essential oils complements the deep heat benefits and moderate pressure used in this powerfully restorative service.

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Father, son make Pinehurst trip a family tradition


Connor Haviland and his father, Bob, at the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2.

Escaping a bout of freezing rain, Connor Haviland sat bundled up in a golf cart beside his father, Bob.

His hands stiff from the cold, the 17-year-old boy didn’t hesitate to suggest making the milestone golf trip to Pinehurst a permanent family tradition.

“He said, ‘You know what dad? I would really like to carry on the tradition by bringing my son here when he is junior in high school,'” Bob said. “That’s when I knew that the trip had been a success and that my son was now a loyal Pinehurst fan for life just his father and his grandfather.

“I told him that the only thing that could make it better would be if I was still around to come back with he and his son when the time came.”

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5 employees who make Pinehurst better

Pinehurst is a special place for a lot of reasons, but it’s the people who leave a lasting impression.  

We’re happy to report our guests feel the same way.

After their stay, we ask them to fill out a survey to let us know how we’re doing. Each week, Scott Brewton, senior vice president and general manager, passes along dozens of positive comments about our employees.

It’s been a great morale booster, so we thought we’d take it a step further and share some of our favorite comments here as a way to commend those employees who have gone above and beyond.

We’ll let the comments speak for themselves and simply say “Thank You.”

“James, front desk clerk. I saw James on a couple of occasions with several different guests and he was so friendly and went out of his way to be helpful. When I lost money in a vending machine, he offered to get me a Coke. He also helped my group with directions around the Village and I noticed him on a couple of other occasions helping other guests. He went above and beyond on every occasion!”

“I would like to commend Mrs. Laverne in housekeeping for her friendly personality and positive attitude. My wife and I felt that she went beyond expectations in taking care of us.  It is obvious she is very appreciative of her job and she made us feel welcome. I would also like to commend Jim Barr and Stephanie for making sure everything went well during our stay.”

“Alberta at the reception desk. She made me feel like I had known her my entire life with her beautiful smile and awesome personality. I loved me some Alberta while I was at the Holly Inn. You have a flawless diamond in Alberta.”

“Megan in the Carolina Dining Room was delightful.  Her suggestions regarding menu, and overall attention to our needs was exceptional.  She, of course, had other guests to attend to, but our party of six was impressed with her relaxed but extremely memorable service.  She is a keeper.”

“Sean Duggan (our caddie). Sean was the consummate professional and made our first time at Pinehurst an unforgettable one. We will definitely be using him again when we return in July. I just can’t say enough about the overall experience we had.”

Share your stories of memorable interactions with our employees in the comments section below and we’ll make sure they see them!

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