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Ben Crenshaw ready to say goodbye to Augusta


In April, Ben Crenshaw will play in his final Masters. The two-time champion reflects on a storied relationship


Ben Crenshaw was low amateur in the 1972 and ’73 Masters Tournaments, finishing 19th and 24th, respectively. He played in the annual rite of spring at Augusta National the next 43 years, winning in 1984 and 1995 and notching nine more top 10 finishes. He’s made the cut only two of the last 17 years, though, as the golf course has been consistently stretched out to match the power of today’s athletic swings and the heat generated by modern club technology.

Augusta played 6,905 yards when Crenshaw won in 1984. It played 7,435 yards in 2014, and Crenshaw’s rounds of 83-85 prompted him to say, “Enough.”

The 2015 Masters will be his last. … Continue Reading

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5 Favorite Donald Ross Quotes

Donald Ross tees off during one of his many golf outings.

Donald Ross, the famed architect who designed Pinehurst No. 2, often shunned the limelight, but his wisdom still made it into the history books.

Here are 5 of our favorite Ross quotes:

  • “I believe wholeheartedly in golf. I consider it a game of honor. It does more to bring out the finer points in a man’s character than any other sport.”
  • “If you want to know a man, take him out on the golf course.”
  • “Pinehurst absolutely was the pioneer in American golf. While golf had been played in a few places before Pinehurst was established, it was right here in these sandhills that the first great national movement in golf was started. Men came here, took a few golf lessons, bought a few clubs and went away determined to organize clubs.”
  • “A country which gets golf-minded need not worry about the honor, the integrity and the honesty of its people.”
  • “Every golfer is on his honor. As long as we keep golf a game of honor, we’re on the right road.”

Allow us to add one more, as a bonus:

  • “My friends laughed at me,” Ross said in 1930. “They said it was folly to try to make a winter golf colony down in the jack pines and sand of Carolina.”

Read more about Ross at (Note: You don’t want to miss the “A Life Lesson” story.)


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4 reasons why we’re looking forward to March

As February winds down, we can’t help but get excited about what’s coming in March.

Here are four reasons you should be looking forward to next month too.


1. SPRING is March 20.

If you’re counting down (I know we are) that’s only 24 more days!

What’s so great about spring in Pinehurst? Blooming azaleas, Carolina blue skies, the smell of Pine trees. We could keep going, but you get the point. It’s always beautiful in Pinehurst, but spring is exceptionally lovely.

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A little “Me Time” at The Spa at Pinehurst

By Sarah Campbell
Pinehurst Resort

When my boyfriend arrived home from work Friday he noticed something different about me.

“Wow, you’re in a really good mood,” he said.

That’s not to say I’m typically in a bad mood, but Friday is usually the day I opt for takeout and binge watching on the sofa. I’m usually too tired to venture out, so I throw on my pajamas and we relax at home.

But last Friday, I wanted to go out for dinner and drinks. So, we did.

What brought on this sudden change of heart? A trip to The Spa at Pinehurst.

When I started working here in October, my bosses encouraged me to get a spa treatment in an effort to familiarize myself with the facility and all it has to offer. Of course, I was thrilled about the opportunity. Who would turn down a free afternoon at the spa?

I finally booked my appointment a few weeks ago and counted down the days until I walked into the spa.

I wasn’t disappointed. After checking in, I got a quick tour of the 31,000 square-foot facility. I was assigned a locker, but it wasn’t one of those metal units I used during high school. Opening the wooden locker was like lifting the top of a treasure chest as I found a fluffy white robe hanging inside.

Spa-heart_of_the_pines_treatmentI grabbed the robe and went to one of the private dressing rooms to change. When I emerged, I could already feel myself slipping into a foreign state of relaxation.

The women’s relaxation area awaits just beyond the double doors of the changing rooms. When I walked out, I found women stretched out on wicker lounge chairs reading magazines and chatting with friends. A couple were sitting in the whirlpool with eyes closed. (Don’t worry guys, you have your own relaxation space with the exact same features!)

I made my way to the co-ed relaxation area, which includes another whirlpool and a three-lane lap pool. This is where I sat with an “Our State” magazine in hand until my therapist came to fetch me.

My Pinehurst Massage started right on time. I was happy to see Stacy’s smiling face when she came to take me back to the treatment room. I’ve had a handful of massages at various places and I will tell you most therapists I’ve had in the past haven’t been anywhere nearly as friendly as Stacy. She exuded the Pinehurst spirit.

When she asked if I had any trouble areas, I quickly filled her in on my aching back and shoulders. No problem, she would start there.

As I climbed onto the heated table, I started to forget I was “working.” Stacy worked on the knots in my backing, checking in periodically to make sure the pressure wasn’t too much. I was barely lucid by this point, drifting in between a state of euphoria and sleep. That’s right, I was so relaxed I actually fell asleep a couple times.

After taking care of my back and legs, it was time to flip over. Now usually this is the awkward part of the massage because you’re not facing the therapist. I always wondered if I should close my eyes or simply look up. What’s the proper etiquette?

I didn’t have to worry about that Friday. Stacy draped an eye pillow across my face and tucked a warm pillow beneath my head. Ahhhh, it was blissful.

By this point, I was practically levitating above the massage table (If you even want to call it that considering it’s more like a twin-sized bed.). One unexpected, but welcome part of the massage was Stacy’s work on my knees. As a high school tennis player, I’m prone to bouts of tendinitis that gives me achy knees. She worked some magic making me feel and move a lot better.

I had a hard time even standing up after my massage ended. It wasn’t because I was in pain, quite the opposite. My body was so relaxed I could barely remember what it was like to walk.


The co-ed relaxation area include comfy chairs, a whirlpool and three-lane swimming pool.

I slid back into my robe and headed for the women’s relaxation area. I have to admit, I was thrilled women and men get their own space.

I flopped down on a lounge chair for a while and closed my eyes. I’ve been practicing meditation for about a year now, so I figured this was the perfect time to get my time in for the day. With eyes closed, I breathed in and out, allowing the stress of the week to disappear.

After about 15 minutes, I decided to give the whirlpool a try. It was the perfect treat for a cold day. As I climbed in, the warmth of the bubbles made me feel like I was taking a soak in my own bathtub. I propped my head against a towel and closed my eyes.

The muffled rumble of the whirlpool sounds like waves crashing against the ocean shore. If you listen long enough, it’s almost hypnotizing.

While I soaked in the whirlpool, a young woman came around with a tray of strawberry smoothies. I didn’t see a single person turn one down. I wisely took one. I haven’t had a smoothie in years, so it was a treat that took me back to my college days when I would routinely drink them while woofing down a peanut butter sandwich between classes. This time, I actually savored it.

After toweling off, I curled up in a chair and read a magazine for a while before I decided to check out the sauna. I used to frequent the sauna at my gym, but I hadn’t been inside one in months. The one at the spa was large enough to ward off any claustrophobia one might associate with the small, hot space.

I was the only person utilizing the sauna at the time, so I took full advantage of the extra space by stretching out in one of my favorite yoga poses – corpse pose. With my arms and legs falling to my sides, I practiced a little yogic breathing.

When I emerged from the sauna about 10 minutes later I felt like a new person.

I spent a bit more time sprawled out on a lounge chair before I decided to head out. It was tough to leave the comfort of the spa and head back into reality.

I rarely have such “me days,” but Friday convinced me I should take time for myself more often. Since my time at the spa, I’ve felt a renewed sense of energy. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

I’ll have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to treatments. The Spa offers about 40 different services including massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs.

The hardest part will be choosing which treatment to enjoy!

Sarah Campbell is the content & social media specialist at the Pinehurst Resort.

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So Cold

We’ve been informed this is quite a few years old, but we can’t stop watching it since Geoff Shackelford posted it on his site recently. And we thought we should share it with you as well.

It’s been a long, cold – and yes, icy – week. We needed this laugh.

Oh, and a tip: Definitely watch this with the audio on.

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