Pinehurst News

Splash, Splash, SWISH! Bryan Brothers strike again!

You already know why we’re fans of the Bryan Brothers.

But we’re also fans of trick shots that involve more than golf.

Recently, Wesley Bryan posted a new trick shot, skipping the ball across a pond, and into…wait, what is that exactly?

Well, we asked. It’s a basketball hoop on its side, taped over to show the effect of what happens when Wesley connects, hitting the ball through the hoop.

A regulation basketball rim diameter, by the way, is 18 inches.

Not bad, boys.

Here are the Bryan Brothers with Clarkie at Pinehurst:

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Meet Urban Meyer, the golfer

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Urban Meyer tees off at the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge Golf tournament.

Urban Meyer obviously doesn’t need any coaching advice from us.

But, we may be able to help the Ohio State football coach with his golf swing.

Here’s footage from our friends at PGA.com of Meyer teeing off in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge Golf tournament.

Not bad, and our Eric Alpenfels might be able to give him a few pointers. Alpenfels, a Class A PGA of America professional, is the Director of Golf Instruction here at Pinehurst.

Of course, golf is likely the last thing on Meyer’s mind right now. His Buckeyes will face the Oregon Ducks in the national championship game Monday.

If Meyer’s team wins, he may considering rewarding himself with a trip to Pinehurst.

He can unwind with a visit to the spa, enjoy a fine meal at the Carolina Dining Room and take in a round on Pinehurst No. 2, a course played by every golf legend of the past century.

Of course, Meyer isn’t the only college football coach who unwinds on the greens.

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Alabama’s Nick Saban both play golf.

Check out the video below to see Saban’s swing.

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A little cold weather doesn’t halt golf games

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FILE PHOTO: It rarely snows in Pinehurst, but we know some of you are pros when it comes to golfing in the cold. See what some of our followers had to say about their chillest golfing experiences.

Temperatures climbed to nearly 70 degrees Sunday here in Pinehurst. Today, they’ll hit just 30 degrees. Folks, that’s a 40-degree difference in just 4 days. 

The good news: No snow accompanied the freezing temperatures. The even better news: Forecasters predict highs in the 50s all next week.

We thought we’d use this cold spell to have a little fun, so we asked our followers to tell us about the coldest weather they’ve ever golfed in. It turns out some of you are pretty hardcore and for that, we salute you. Golf on, friends.

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Everybody loves Putter Boy

It’s no secret  everybody loves Putter Boy.

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.

 

Putter Boy, one of the most famous inanimate figures in the game of golf, is older than you might expect. Created in 1912 by sculptress Lucy Richards, he turns 103 this year.

Read more about the history of Putter Boy here.

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Pinehurst lauded by Golf Digest in America’s Top 100

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Just 24 golf courses have been included on every Golf Digest national ranking since its inception in 1966.

Pinehurst No. 2, host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, remains one of them. Golf Digest has revealed its biennial survey of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, ranking Donald Ross’s famed No. 2 28th.

“In 2010, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw led a team that descended on Pinehurst No. 2 and killed out all the Bermudagrass rough that had been foolishly planted in the 1970s,” Golf Digest writes. “Between fairways and tree lines, they established vast bands of native hardpan sand dotted with clumps of wiregrass and scattered pine needles. They reduced the irrigation to mere single rows in fairways to prevent grass from ever returning to the new sandy wastelands. Playing firm and fast, it was a wildly successful fortnight when the 2014 Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens were played on consecutive weeks at No. 2. Because of its water reduction, the course was recently awarded a Green Star environmental award by Golf Digest.”

Pinehurst Resort is home to three courses on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. No. 2 is seventh while Pinehurst No. 4 is 59th and Pinehurst No. 8 is 80th.

Be wary of the three pot bunkers protecting back-left hole locations.

Pinehurst No. 4 12th Hole

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.”

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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.”

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