Pinehurst News

Pinehurst’s Best…
That You Didn’t See

While we continue to gear up for June, we can’t help but look back on a few forgotten gems of 2013. Before the New Year arrived, we took a look back on our most popular news posts and videos, and even at our Top 5 Instagram photos – a post that quickly needed to be updated moments after the ball dropped.

But now we’d like to give one more shot to what we believe are some of our best news items, posts and videos of 2013, but for some reason didn’t get the traction we expected or hoped.

So here they live on one more time. We hope you enjoy them….THIS TIME.*

*OK, we’re having a little fun here. Please know we appreciate our readers more than any of you will ever know. We’re proud of our content (most of it, anyway – KIDDING), and we’re thankful it has a home and such a dedicated following. So thanks to all of you for every single click. We take none of them for granted. Now, with that said…)

 

BEST VIDEOS YOU DIDN’T WATCH

At the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship, we interviewed Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb and Juli Inkster.

And Stacy Lewis.

You missed one of them.

And we get it. This video appears as though it were shot in an underground bunker designed to ride out the nuclear holocaust. (What can we say? It was raining outside.)

But Lewis is America’s best player, and one of the two best players in the world. And she’s talking about the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. And about being a golf nerd. And about the North & South Am.

OK, so it doesn’t look great. Let the audio run. Stacy Lewis is pure class, and was happy to speak with us.

How many No. 1 players in the world – in any sport – do that?

 

Only the best player in women’s golf over the last 50 years – if not ever. And this was done at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, where we also interviewed this guy and this guy.

Not a bad week, thank you very much.

But watch Annika. Please. C’mon, it’s ANNIKA.

 

Every summer the world descends on Pinehurst. This is but a sample of what it sounds like.

 

THE BEST STORIES YOU DIDN’T READ

MICHAEL CAMPBELL RELIVES THE 2005 U.S. OPEN AT PINEHURST

OK, we can kind of get this one, too. You’re still miffed somebody named Michael Campbell won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Fine.

But what do you really know about Campbell and his standing in golf at the time of his career highlight? Did he really come out of nowhere? How does he remember it? And Tiger? What is Campbell like now, even after his game fell apart?

He told us, and we promise one thing about this story and video:

If you watch this, you will root for Campbell to make some sort of comeback, even if it’s just for one week somewhere, anywhere.

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It’s a playable lie…

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It’s 2014…The Opens Are Coming!

2014 has arrived.

And Pinehurst is ready.

(Featuring Curtis Strange, Sir Nick Faldo, Jason Day and Annika Sorenstam.)

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Pinehurst 2013 –
Best in Blog

As we continue to look back on 2013 at Pinehurst (and get set to turn the page to the year we’ve all been waiting for with breathless anticipation), here’s the countdown of our most popular blog posts and stories from 2013.

For more Best of Pinehurst, check out our countdowns in…

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For the Best in 2012, go here.

The Best You Didn’t See or Read in 2013

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams Talks Golf…And Timeouts

Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams has always had an affinity for golf, so at his most recent Pinehurst visit, we chatted with him about how golf and basketball might be linked (Scroll to 1:45 in the above video). But we also asked what rounds of golf were like with Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, and even heard Roy’s best story about golfing with Coach Smith – and it happened right here on Pinehurst No. 2 (3:45).

But once we asked about Roy Williams’ philosophy concerning taking timeouts – or, in reality, NOT TAKING timeouts – that’s when the post hit the message boards and began to spread like wildfire. (Scroll to 5:45.)

 

U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk: “You’re looking at a brand new golf course.”

Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion and 16-time PGA Tour winner, visited Pinehurst with friends to play a casual round on the restored Pinehurst No. 2.

An animated Furyk came away impressed – and even marveled at the thought of adding his name to the walls of the historic Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.

 

TOP 5 PINEHURST STORIES

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No. 5. Augusta and Pinehurst – What Might Have Been

One of our best additions to the Pinehurst Blog this year has been the writing of acclaimed author Lee Pace, as valuable a historian on Pinehurst and its place in golf as you will find anywhere on the planet. Lee authored several intriguing posts for us this year, and will continue to do so leading up to the U.S. Opens in 2014.

Here, Pace tells the story of how Bobby Jones came to choose Alister MacKenzie over the famed Donald Ross to design Augusta National – and breaking a supposed handshake agreement with Ross in the process. Read the role the fate of golf – and losing – played into Jones’ decision, and the legendary impact the decision made on Ross and his vision for what No. 2 could become.

 

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Pinehurst 2013 – Our Top 5 Instagram Posts

Beautifully, just a few days after posting this list, and barely hours after the clock struck midnight on 2013 as a year and we flipped our calendars our Outlook calendars updated to 2014, we added two Instagram posts that were MORE POPULAR than any we’ve ever had.

One of those is above.

The other is below.

 

Is it any surprise WE’RE THRILLED 2014 IS FINALLY HERE?

 

Nowhere – outside of perhaps shooting this video – has Pinehurst found more enjoyment on social media than the last year on Instagram.

Clearly, the platform is ready-made for all things Pinehurst, and in just about a year, we’ve been fortunate to add about 1,200 followers. And if you like what you see here, please feel free to share this post and join us at our Instagram account – where it should get even more interesting over the next six months.

With that said, here are Pinehurst’s five most popular Instagram posts from 2013:

 

5. The restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 and the anticipation of how Donald Ross’s original intent will fare for back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014 will only intensify.

 

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