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Video: Keep trying kid, we promise it gets better

We’ve all felt this way at some point playing this game, right?

And if you haven’t, well, just give it time.

Keep trying, kid. We promise it gets better.*

Maybe.

(Nice find, Morning Drive.)

 

*No matter how the kid’s golf game goes from here, he already owns John McEnroe in post-putt meltdowns. And that’s saying something. Here, judge for yourself.

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PGA’s Best Golf Images of 2014 includes new U.S. Open photos

PGA.com has put together an extensive collection of the Best Golf Images of 2014. We’re happy to report Pinehurst Resort appears in 16 of the 116 photos.

Many of the images, which were shot during the historic back-to-back U.S. Open championships in June, are new to us. Take a look below and check out the entire gallery over at pga.com.

As 2014 winds down, this is a great way to look back at a memorable year here in Pinehurst.

 

Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates with the trophy after his eight-stroke victory during the final round of the U.S. Open. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates with the trophy after his eight-stroke victory during the final round of the U.S. Open. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Eleven-year old Amateur Lucy Li hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the U.S. Women's Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Eleven-year old Amateur Lucy Li hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the U.S. Women’s Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Michelle Wie poses with the trophy after her two-stroke victory at the 69th U.S. Women's Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Michelle Wie poses with the trophy after her two-stroke victory at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Inside look: Decorating the Carolina Hotel for Christmas

The Carolina Hotel is so meticulously decorated for Christmas, one might think a merry gang of elves sneak in at night to trim the trees and deck the halls.

In reality, the bulk of the work is done by just two women.

Starting the first Monday of November, Mallory Caddell and Taylor Dykeman begin turning the historic hotel into a winter wonderland.

It takes more than three full weeks of decorating and months of preparation to pull off the annual transformation.

Take a look at the process.

July

While most people are gearing up to celebrate our nation’s independence, Mallory and Taylor have Christmas on the brain. The women use the Fourth of July as their jumping off point to start planning for the holiday season.

By the end of the month, they typically have nailed down a theme for each of the hotel’s Christmas trees.

While a few of the trees stay the same, most are updated each year.

“We want to keep tradition and some of the favorite trees available to our guests, but we also want to have new trees that have never been done before,” said Mallory, the Resort’s recreation manager. “We’re both pretty creative people, so that helps.”

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Golf Channel Previews the Bryan Brothers at Pinehurst

On The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, Geoff Shackelford and Gary Williams discussed the Bryan Brothers’ sneak peak of their trip to Pinehurst to hang out with our favorite trick shot artist, Clarkie.

Here’s what you need to know about Clarkie Carroll:

He’s now 12, and if you watch the video above, you’ll learn Clarkie has battled a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. Clarkie had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was), which was replaced by a titanium prosthesis. This resulted in his right leg being a few inches longer than his left.

Clarkie, clearly, loves golf (lacrosse, too), and he performed this trick shot at another Donald Ross course, at Glen Falls Country Club in New York. Clarkie’s grandparents, Tom and Joan Moynihan, live at Pinehurst No. 7.

He also did it after just completing 10 months of chemotherapy.

We’ll pause to let that sink in.

Clarkie’s doing well today, but he’ll be scanned quarterly for the next 5 years. He’s one tough – and talented – little kid.

His dad, Dave, put Clarkie’s toughness into words for us:

“10 months of chemo.

17 Rounds.

54 Treatments.

Zero Complaints.”

 

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Behind the scenes: The making of the Gingerbread Village

It takes Head Pastry Chef Joey Norombaba and his awesome team nearly a month to construct the Gingerbread Village that turns a corner of the Carolina Hotel lobby into a magical wonderland.

The display consists of the Carolina Hotel, The Village Chapel, a train station and three residential homes in Pinehurst.

So, what does it take to make the sweet creation?

Well…..

200 pounds of sugar

150 pounds of handmade gingerbread

100 pounds of assorted candy including Twizzlers, peppermint, Snickers bars, gummy bears and Necco wafers

50 pounds of cooked Rice Krispies

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

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Caleigh adds lights to the interior of the Carolina Hotel replica.

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Our team bakes about 150 pounds of gingerbread for the Village.

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Kristin adds detail to the exterior of the Carolina Hotel.

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Chef Joey Norombaba works on lighting for the Village Chapel.

Gingerbread final

The Gingerbread Village will be on display in the lobby of the Carolina Hotel through the end of the year.

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