Pinehurst News

Six-time Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton returns to Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz

Tierney Sutton has had a long relationship with music, but she didn’t discover jazz until she was 20.

During her time at Wesleyan University, she became fascinated with artists like Bill Evans and Miles Davis.

“I fell in love with the beautiful harmonies and melodies of jazz,” she said. “Something in jazz was sad and complicated and beautiful and joyful, all at the same time.”

Sutton, a six-time Grammy nominee, will bring those emotions to the stage when she performs during the Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz concert Feb. 14.

The 30th annual event, held at the Carolina Hotel, will benefit the Arts Council of Moore County.

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Miniature golf born in Pinehurst nearly 100 years ago

It’s common knowledge Pinehurst is the home of golf in America, but did you know the nation’s first miniature golf course was built here?

James Barber constructed the course in 1918.

According to the Feb. 2, 1918 edition of the Pinehurst Outlook, the first people to play the course were the ladies of the Advertising Golf League on Jan. 26, 1918.

The article states: “For some time now Mr. Barber has been laying out and perfecting a miniature golf links winding in and out among the shrubbery and paths of his place — a kind of glorified and elongated putting green, with obstacles to be negotiated with a well pitched mashie shot, and bends and curves calling for nice and discriminating slices and pulls.”


The story goes that upon first seeing it, Barber proclaimed, “This’ll Do.” It was translated into Thistle Dhu and the name stuck.

Nearly a century later, Thistle Dhu returned to Pinehurst. 

The 18-hole putting course is designed to entertain everyone from the golfing beginner to the scratch player.

Click here to find out more about the putting course.

Thisle Dhu Vintage 1920

This photo of Thistle Dhu appeared in the 1920 edition of Country Life.






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Deconstructed Pork Nachos a unique game day appetizer

Deconstructed pork nachos

Appetizers can make or break a party. 

Just sayin’.

With the Super Bowl coming up, it’s the perfect time to share some of our best game day eats and give you a chance to impress your friends.

These deconstructed pork nachos are a favorite the Ryder Cup Lounge, proving they are the perfect addition to any type of sporting event.

The portions are big enough to share as an appetizer and hearty enough to stand in as a main course. You decide.

Enjoy them at the Ryder Cup after a long day on the golf course or whip them up at home using the recipe below.

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By the numbers: 2014 U.S. Open championships


Like numbers? The USGA has a few to share with you. 

Take a look at some of the notable occurrences and accomplishments from the back-to-back U.S. Open championships held in Pinehurst last June. Thanks to the USGA for sharing

Adobe Photoshop PDF

Pretty interesting, eh? Read more by clicking here.

If you like the USGA’s infographic, check out this one we created using their figures.





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The art of making Pinehurst No. 2…better?


Technology is forever evolving in industry—steam engines replace horses pulling cargo, dynamite replaces picks and shovels for mining coal. And in sports as well—golf clubs morph from hickory shafts to steel to titanium.

Today improvements in grass seed science allow golf architects and green superintendents to use grasses in the Mid-Atlantic “transition zone” not long ago deemed too bumpy and slow for quality putting surfaces. The greens on Pinehurst No. 2 are now five months into their next iteration, this time with a strain from the same family of grasses, Bermuda, deemed outdated three decades ago.

“Technology keeps evolving. The Bermudas available today are nothing like the common Bermuda we knew 30 years ago,” says Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s director of golf course and grounds management.

The greens on No. 2 were torn up one week following the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and resurfaced with Champion ultradwarf Bermuda, a strain that maintains high density during extreme temperatures and at low mowing heights, delivering smooth, consistent putting surfaces 12 months a year. Champion has been installed on more than 530 courses throughout the South in the last decade.

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