Hundreds of you visit him each year, snapping photos as you stand happily next to the bronze statuette. In the video above we’ve compiled some of our favorite shots from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
On No. 4, Golf Digest writes:“Tom Fazio recently said that he felt his work at Pinehurst No. 4 was perhaps his best remodeling job to date. Confined by the existing corridors of the old layout, Fazio created an unusual complement to neighboring No. 2 Course by adding two new par 3 holes, styling the greens with slopes and run-offs, creating large expanses of native sand waste areas, and peppering the remaining landscape with 180 pot bunkers, most of them in clusters guarding doglegs and pin placements.”
Pinehurst No. 8 14th Hole
And No. 8: “Located not within the Pinehurst Resort complex but about a mile north, Pinehurst No. 8 is one of Tom Fazio’s most versatile designs, as each hole plays differently from the previous. The front nine is mostly tree-lined, the back more open, with both touching on ponds, marsh and Pine Valley-like sandy wastelands. For putting surfaces, Fazio built crowned greens with greenside swales, intended as a salute to Donald Ross and Pinehurst No. 2.”
Famous Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae appears in the January issue of Our State.
Willie McRae isn’t a know-it-all.
But, the longtime caddie pretty much knows it all when it comes to Pinehurst No. 2.
How can it be? Time is the ultimate teacher and McRae has had plenty of time to learn. He’s been working at Pinehurst for more than 70 years.
McRae, a charter member of the Pinehurst Caddie Hall of Fame, has been a caddie since he turned 10 in 1943.
At 81, McRae imagines he’s the “oldest caddie in the world,” yet he shows no signs of slowing down.
Writer Tommy Tomlinson recently visited Pinehurst to glean some words of wisdom from the well-known greens reader. His story appears in the January issue of Our State.
A sage piece of advice from Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae appears on the cover of the January issue of Our State.
Over the years, McRae has caddied for everybody from Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Ford to U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. He even carried bags for Donald Ross, the famous architect of Pinehurst No. 2, and Richard Tufts, the grandson of Pinehurst founder James Walker Tufts.
“Everybody’s famous. Everybody’s somebody,” McRae told Tomlinson. “I don’t try to classify one person over another.”
A young Willie McRae takes a quick nap.
Willie McRae, far left, watches as Ben Hogan tees off during the 1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst.
Eddie Mac and Willie McRae in 2006.
Willie McRae tees off on Pinehurst No. 2 in 2011.
Darick McRae, Willie McRae, Don Padgett and Paul McRae take a quick picture before a round on Pinehurst No. 2 in 2009.
Willie McRae ESPN 2014
Willie McRae chats with ESPN before the 2014 U.S. Open championships get underway.
Here’s a look at some of the wisdom McRae shares in the article. Read the entire piece over at ourstate.com.
“The first thing that you gotta do, you gotta be nice to people. If they say something you don’t like, let it go in this ear and out that ear.”
“Ain’t no use in throwing a club. The club ain’t done nothing to you. You’re the one who hit the ball.”
“I’m not too worried about the swing, as long as they get it back in the right channel. You got a lot of crazy-looking swings, but that ain’t got nothing to do with it, as long as you keep that arm stretched out.”
“I had some ladies on the 1st tee one time. One of them looked at me and said, ‘Willie?’ I said, ‘Ma’am?’ ‘What’s wrong with my game?’ I said, ‘Miss, I’m going to tell you. You’re too close to the ball after you hit it.’”
“As long as you feel good and in your right mind, you might as well go ahead and work. You’ll die when your time comes.”
I had [pro golfers] Justin Rose and [Hunter] Mahan just before the U.S. Open, and I taught them how to read the green. They asked me, “Willie, which way does the grain go?” I said, “The grain goes from east to west. The grass has got to be going toward the sun when it comes up. If it don’t, it’ll burn the root out. And if you notice, when they cut the cup in the morning, the east [edge] is rough. And the rest of the cup around there is sort of smooth. Most of it’s common sense.”
One of them said, “There ain’t no other caddies out here on the [PGA] tour that told me nothing like that.” I said, “Well, they don’t know. They can’t tell you what they don’t know.”
If you can’t be a drawing card — if people don’t want you the next day — you’re in bad shape.
Sometimes when I’m down and out, I like to sing.
Your grace and mercy Brought me through I’m living this moment Because of You
That sounds pretty good, huh?
Want more? Check out this video of McRae and pal Eddie Mac discussing Pinehurst No. 2.
Now that 2014 has officially come to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what’s in store this year.
Here we take a look a few of the golfers we’re planning to watch in 2015.
Obviously, we’re going to be paying attention to the reigning U.S. Women’s Open Champion. She won the Lotte Championship in April before claiming her first major win here in June. Wie’s Open victory seems to have given the golfer a new energy. We’re excited to see how she’ll use it in 2015.