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Ben Hogan Breaks Through – At Pinehurst

When Ben Hogan came to Pinehurst in 1940, he was nearly broke and winless. Pinehurst changed everything.


The world of sports is full of riveting and emotional breakthrough stories.

Golf – and Pinehurst – are no different.

Quarterback John Elway finally won his first Super Bowl at the age of 37 in 1998. North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith had been to six Final Fours without a title before winning the grand prize in 1982, and the Boston Red Sox ended an 86-year World Series drought by beating St. Louis in 2004.

“(Hogan) was walking around the golf course like a volcano on the verge of eruption.” – Gene Gregston

The feelings of Elway aptly summed up years of frustration they and many others have felt: “You wonder if you’re going to run out of years. But fortunately, I hung on.”

And when Ben Hogan came to Pinehurst in 1940, he was barely hanging on.

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Unbelievable tandem trick shot – by kids!


Count us among all of those who hope this trick shot by these two kids is real.

Tell you what – anybody know how to reach these kids? If so, we’d sure like to see them try to recreate this one on the 18th fairway of Pinehurst No. 2!


UPDATE: This post has proven to be our most popular blog post in history. In fact, it was our most popular blog post in history within about two hours of posting it.

We can thank the great video…and U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell:


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Pinehurst Stories: Vintage Pinehurst

A few things come to mind while viewing this vintage newsreel footage of Pinehurst from what we think are the 1940s. (And if you can pin down the exact year or timeframe, let us know in the comments below.)

OK, a few thoughts:

:00 Awesome graphic. AWESOME.

:03 “The high priests of golf…” See what they did there? “High priests” with a shot of the Village Chapel. SYNERGY!

:05 Ah, so that intersection has ALWAYS been confusing. Good to know.

:09 “A quaint colonial town.” Ahem, we prefer VILLAGE, thank you very much. (Kidding. We’re kidding.)

(Honest, we’re kidding.)

:14 Note the unpaved circular drive of The Carolina Hotel. Makes us think of the sandy cartpaths of No. 2. Kinda nice…

:18 Three courses? Donald Ross had 18 holes of Pinehurst No. 4 routed by 1919. Google might’ve helped fact-checking 70 years ago…

:25 “In the afternoon, shop owners suspend business to answer the call of the fairways.” OK, what would it take to make this a daily happening again? ‘Cause I hear the call of the fairways every afternoon, yet it seems my boss doesn’t. Let’s all agree to work on this…

:29 Don’t think the croquet masters would like that parking lot.

:34 “North/South Championship Course.”

Not “Pinehurst No. 2…”

“North/South Championship Course.” Kind of gives you an idea just how important the North & South Open and North & South Amateur tournaments were then, huh?

:37 Not technically Maniac Hill, but it’s amazing that you can have this EXACT SAME VIEW 70 years later.

:42 “Three MILLION Americans.” LOVE the Dr. Evil inflection here. And wow, what a difference Arnie, Jack, Tiger and 70 years makes.

:48 What hole is that? Anyone?

:50 And yes, it would HAVE to be Sam Snead for me to set up and shoot from that angle.

OK, I’d do it for Hogan, too.


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The best breakfast in golf? Do you really even need to ask?

It’s a Twitter world, and we’re all just living in it.

How else do you explain Golf Channel’s Morning Drive seizing on something called National Pancake Day – or better known on the interwebs as #NATLPancakeDay – by ranking the top breakfast spots in golf?

Well, who are we to complain? Morning Drive and Matt Ginella (we’re very big fans of Matty G over here at Pinehurst) started the call early, tweeting:

That led to a bevy of responses, most of which, it seemed anyway, appeared to be Pinehurst-related. Matty G noticed the same thing:

And so, as you can see in the video above (scroll to the 3:13 mark), Pinehurst is well-represented in Matty G’s Top 5 breakfast spots in golf. The best part, though? The clear choice at No. 1.

Of course, as great as it is to see us featured on national television, it really means a lot when it’s our followers who advocate for us. Clearly, Matty G and Morning Drive heard from A LOT of you suggesting The Carolina breakfast buffet, and so we thank you.

As always…thanks, y’all.

Oh, one more thing. T-Rose? About those Spa at Pinehurst treatments? Call us…We have a great special going right now.

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It’s not Pinehurst.

It’s not even really golf. And none of these putting strokes will be adopted by anyone who will be playing in either of the two U.S. Opens Pinehurst No.2  is hosting in 100 days.

But it’s perfection.

And it’s great storytelling.

For more backstory, visit Grantland.


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