Pinehurst News

Meet Pinehurst’s tiniest fan


Robert Hill Jr was born March 8, 2015 in Ontario, Canada to Pinehurst members Rob and Julie Hill.

It’s clear Julie and Rob Hill love Pinehurst.

Some of the first photographs ever taken of their new son, Rob Hill Jr., included the adorable baby dressed in Pinehurst garb.

The couple lives in Ontario, Canada, but Julie said they travel to Pinehurst “every chance we get.”

They visited Pinehurst for the first time as a pair back in 2009. Rob had been to the Resort before, but it was a new experience for his future wife.

“I absolutely fell in love with the place the second I laid eyes on the beautiful pines on Midland Road,” Julie said.

During their stay, the couple played Pinehurst No. 2 with the assistance of caddie Russell Bauer, who they remain friends with to this day.

“Our son was even born on the same day as Russell’s daughter, Harper,” Julie said. “It’s so sweet that our children share a birthday just two years apart.”


Rob and Julie Hill love Pinehurst so much, they decided to make it part of the first portraits of their son, Rob Jr.

The Hills became Pinehurst members in March 2012.

“On one of our many visits to Pinehurst I was sitting in the rocking chairs overlooking the 18th (of Pinehurst No. 2) and had an amazing conversation with a current member…,” Julie said. “He suggested we buy property in Pinehurst and we did just that. One day when life allows, we plan to build our Pinehurst home and make it our permanent residence.”

The couple looks forward to making more memories at Pinehurst even though they already have enough to last a lifetime.

“If you ask Rob the best time of his life he, without hesitation will say the U.S Opens in Pinehurst 2014,” Julie said. “It was an amazing experience.”

When it came time to take Rob Jr.’s first portraits, the Hills knew they wanted to include Pinehurst.

“Pinehurst is the most special place in the world to us,” Julie said. “When we aren’t on the courses we love to ride the Carolina bikes through the Village, sit on the Carolina veranda, watch the 18th green from the rocking chairs, have drinks at the Pine Crest and eat dinner at Dugan’s.

“We cannot wait until August when we will be taking Lil Rob to Pinehurst for the first time.”


Pinehurst members Julie and Rob Hill pose with their new son, Rob Jr., hours after he was born. The first hat Rob Jr. wore was from Pinehurst.


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Willie McRae and Jackie Burke, together again

There are just two participants from the 1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst still living. One of them is Hall-of-Famer Jackie Burke, who at 92 years old, is still active in golf.

The other is Hall-of-Fame caddie Willie McRae, who is still looping at Pinehurst.

On Tuesday, the two spoke, likely for the first time in more than 60 years.

Burke, a two-time major champion who initially rose to fame with two lopsided victories in the United States’s triumph over Great Britain and Ireland in 1951, has been a longtime mentor for 1995 PGA Champion Steve Elkington. On Tuesday, Elk was in Pinehurst for his television show, Secret Golf, to do a feature on Willie. Moments after finishing up a chat with Willie on Pinehurst’s Maniac Hill, Elk got a phone call. It was Burke.

Elkington, telling Burke he had someone he wanted Burke to speak with, handed the phone to Willie. Elk’s crew quickly turned the camera back on, and while our audio isn’t great – and unfortunately  nobody thought at the time to put Burke on speaker – we still feel like we captured a pretty special moment in golf history. You can hear the joy in Willie’s voice, and based on his side of the conversation, you get a pretty good idea of what Burke had to say to Pinehurst’s legendary caddie.

We caught another nice moment earlier in the day when Willie decided to sing a gospel tune for Elk and the crew:


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1919 Pierce-Arrow named Best in Show during 2015 Pinehurst Concours

Robert Jepson Jr. of Savannah, Georgia took home the top prize at the 3rd annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance with his 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer.

The vehicle was customized by Don Lee Coach & Bodyworks in Los Angeles for the famous silent movie actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.

It has the largest engine made for automobiles at that time, sporting 6 cylinders and 825 cubic inch displacement. Its tires, including side mounts, are all white and measure 6 x 36. The car stands 7 feet tall at its highest point.

The car receives a total “nuts and bolts” restoration in 2007 by Lon Kruger of Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Michael Campbell announces his retirement from golf

Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open Champion at Pinehurst No. 2, has announced his retirement from golf, reports Phil Casey of the Press Association writes.

Campbell memorably held off a charging Tiger Woods on No. 2, making history in his native New Zealand that had a lasting impact on one of the game’s greats today, Lydia Ko. Injuries had sidetracked Campbell’s career since the victory at Pinehurst.

“Obviously (winning the US Open) 10 years ago was something special for me and for the country and for golf itself,” Campbell, 46, told New Zealand Radio. “I fulfilled one of my dreams to win a major and it was fantastic.

“But as everyone knows, it has been well documented, my career since then hasn’t been great. But if I walk away from the game right now I could be very proud of my achievements.”

At Pinehurst, we wish the very best to Campbell, a great champion we are proud to include in the annals of Pinehurst No. 2.


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Celebrate spring with a Pinehurst Mint Julep



You haven’t truly savored spring in the South until you’ve sat outside with a mint julep in hand.

Writer Kathleen Purvis pays homage to the classic drink in the May edition of Our State magazine, visiting Pinehurst’s Ryder Cup Lounge to get the full experience.

“Cold and sweet, with the nose-tingling bite of mint mingling with the caramel note of bourbon, glass frosted and the drink just barely watered down by a mound of crushed ice,” she writes. “The making and serving of a julep is a ritual, a coda at dusk announcing the end of a warm day.”

What makes our mint julep so special? Well, it’s are served in a footed Mason jar called “Southern stemware” rather than a silver cup, a perfect fit for our historic hotel known as the “Queen of the South.”

But the glass isn’t the only thing that sets our julep apart. We serve the cocktail year-round, mixing up slightly different concoctions for each season.

Right now, we’re offering a citrus version made with bourbon, house made mint-citrus simple syrup and lemonade. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy after 18 holes.

With the Kentucky Derby coming up Saturday, it’s the perfect time to learn how to make a mint julep at home. Use our recipe above to wow your friends.

Read the entire Our State story titled “The Julep Solution” here.





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