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Pinehurst’s Top 10 of 2012 – The Honorable Mentions

At Pinehurst, we’re not worried about the Mayans.

Instead, we continue to look forward to bringing you the best golf America has to offer. And to celebrate a different kind of countdown – less than 18 months and counting until the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 – we would like to present what you felt was the best news, notes, photos and videos to come out of Pinehurst this year.

And so beginning on Dec. 21 – take that, Mayans! – we’ll reveal on Facebook and Twitter  a countdown of the Top 10 Pinehurst Resort Blog posts and the Top 10 Pinehurst Resort Videos from 2012.

The top 10 is determined by your visits, views and comments.

To whet your appetite (and to tempt those pesky Mayans even further), here are some honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut.

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Pitch, Chip, Putt and More: Pinehurst Resort’s Short-Game Practice Complex [Video]

Pinehurst Resort’s state-of-the-art Short-Game Practice Complex began construction in August. Now open, the complex allows golfers to work on every level of the short game, from pitching to bunker play to chipping and putting, not to mention practice from the sandy waste areas so similar to the restored Pinehurst No. 2. For more about the evolution of the area, go here.

It is just another improvement to the practice area at Pinehurst, which includes the fun element of the game in the wildly popular 18-hole putting course, Thistle Dhu. The practice area even gives players a sense of what it’s like to play famed Pinehurst No. 2, even if they don’t have a tee time scheduled for that day on the course that will host unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.

“It will have a taste of No. 2,” said Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s director of golf course and grounds management. “Those who come out to enjoy Pinehurst may not always get to play No. 2. But with this practice area, they’ll be able to get a real appreciation for what No. 2 is like.”

A few notes about the short-game complex:

Built: 2012

Opened: Nov. 2, 2012

Area size: 4.3 acres

Greens surface: Creeping Bentgrass

Total Greens Size: 45,600 square feet

West Putting Green: 15,000 square feet

East Putting Green: 10,000 square feet

Small Chipping Green (“Putter Boy Green): 3,300 square feet

North Chipping Green: 4,800 square feet

South Chipping/Bunker Green: 5,800 square feet

Pitching Green: 6,700 square feet

Pitching Green Facts:

  • Designed by Dave Axland, associate of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw
  • Designed to simulate short-game play on Pinehurst No. 2
  • Features hardpan, wire grass, bunker, natural sandy areas and rolloff from turtleback-shaped green
  • Built for chipping, bunker play and pitches up to 40 yards.
  • Formerly the 18th green to Pinehurst No. 1

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2014 U.S. Open – 18 Months And Counting…

Today, Dec. 12, 2012, marks exactly 18 months before the start of the 2014 U.S. Open (June 12, 2014). Pinehurst, which has hosted more golf championships than anywhere in America, will once again make golf history beginning that day.

2014 US OPEN_JOINT LOGO finalWith famed Pinehurst No. 2 hosting unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens with 2014 Open and the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, Pinehurst will become the only club to host all five major USGA events.

There’s no doubt that June 2014 will be a special time for Pinehurst and the world of golf.

Let the countdown begin.

18 months and counting…

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Jolly Ol’ St. Putter Boy…

He's been a very good boy this year.

He’s been a very good boy this year.

So, what do you think Putter Boy asked for?

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Pinehurst Resort’s Clubhouse – Through the Years [Video]

On the back cover of Kenneth Boyd’s marvelous book, ‘The Pinehurst Country Club: A Historical Journey through the House at American’s Golf Capital,” he writes:

“Since 1898, Pinehurst, North Carolina, has been the foundation of golf in America. The Pinehurst Country Club, which serves its members and resort guests in the finest traditions of golf, has been the catalyst for the growth of five world-class courses that begin and end at its doors. The physical presence of the clubhouse has evolved from a modest two-story structure built for enjoying the new sport of golf to the expansive gathering of seamless architecture, which has become a recognizable emblem known world-wide.”

The clubhouse – in particular, the Pinehurst Country Club Members Club – continues to enjoy architectural enhancements. In late November, construction began on a $3.7 million renovation project that will transform the Members Club and provide dramatic new views off the East Veranda, a stunning backdrop for the walk up the 18th hole of famed Pinehurst No. 2, and several other amenities. By Spring 2013, the exterior will feature the stately columns and arches the South Veranda famously added with the clubhouse renovation by Lyman Syse in 1922.

The video above takes you on the 115-year journey of the many faces of Pinehurst’s golfing home. What follows are a few notes about each image you see in the video.

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