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Kevin Robinson, No. 2 crew honored by Pinehurst

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Assistant Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right) and No. 2 Superintendent Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

Pinehurst Director of GCM Bob Farren (second from left), is flanked on Pinehurst No. 2 by No. 2 Superintendent John Jeffreys (far left), former No. 2 Assistant Superintendent Alan Owen (second from right; now the superintendent of No. 6 and No. 8) and Golf Course Maintenance Manager Kevin Robinson (far right). (Photo by John Gessner)

Every year at Pinehurst, we have a “State of the Resort” meeting, bringing together more than 1,000 Pinehurst employee partners to share the highlights of the previous year. Included in the presentations are the annual awards Pinehurst gives to those who went above and beyond over the course of the previous year.

And what a year we had in 2014.

Among the big winners at Tuesday’s meeting should come as no surprise, but it’s worth highlighting their efforts (at least) one more time. And while everyone on the Pinehurst team did something in 2014 to make it a banner year, a few people had a little more pressure on their shoulders than others.

After all, Pinehurst accomplished something in 2014 that’s never been done before in the history in golf.

Back-to-back major championships, on the same course, in consecutive weeks.

The Pinehurst Grounds Crew poses for a photo below the Sunday scoreboard following Martin Kaymer's triumph in the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2.

The Pinehurst Grounds Crew poses for a photo below the Sunday scoreboard following Martin Kaymer’s triumph in the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2. (Click to enlarge)

And that is part of the reason why Kevin Robinson, Pinehurst’s golf course maintenance manager, was honored as Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s Manager of the Year. And it’s also why the Pinehurst No. 2 Maintenance Crew, led by Bob Farren, Robinson, John Jeffreys and Alan Owen, were tabbed as Pinehurst’s Department of the Year. (Pinehurst’s Group Sales team was also honored as Co-Department of the Year.)

And really, if you don’t take our word for the incredible work they did this year, well, just watch:

Not only was Pinehurst hailed following two brilliant weeks of major championship golf, two weeks after Michelle Wie’s clinching putt to capture the U.S. Women’s Open, the No. 2 crew managed and oversaw the change of Donald Ross’s fabled greens from bent grass to bermudagrass. Not only was the project successful and finished a bit ahead of schedule, it will enable No. 2 to play to elite conditions for 12 months of the year.

Congrats to Robinson, to his No. 2 team, and to Bob Farren. They really are the Most Interesting Men in Turf.

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5 can’t miss Pinehurst Easter activities

Easter weekend in Pinehurst gets underway exactly one month from today. 

Start planning your trip by browsing our full list of Easter activities.

We’ve pinpointed a few of our favorites below.

Kids can enjoy special activities during the holidays.

1. Easter Egg hunts

Kick off Easter weekend with a unique twist on a classic pastime – a flashlight Easter egg hunt.

We’ll provide the Easter bags and flashlights, all you need to do is bring your children down to the Grand Ballroom by 5 p.m. Friday, April 3.

The fun continues Easter Sunday with two egg hunts on the West Lawn – one for children ages 5 and younger, another for children ages 6 to 12. Both egg hunts will get underway at 10 a.m.

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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

By LEE PACE

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.”

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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 PinehurstStories.com. (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.

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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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