The Pinehurst Top 10 – 2012

Pinehurst in 2012 will cast a long shadow.

Pinehurst in 2012 will cast a long shadow.

Beginning on Friday, Dec. 21 (take THAT, Mayans!), the Pinehurst Resort Blog began its countdown of the Top 10 Blog Entries and the Top 10 Videos from 2012.

The top posts and videos have been determined by you, the reader and viewer, based on views, comments and social media interaction.

We posted one from each category each day on our Facebook and Twitter pages through the end of the year. For those that just missed the cut, we had our Honorable Mentions for the year.

Now, though, is a good time to thank you for your continued interest in the Blog and for your collaboration on our social channels. We look forward to bringing you more and better content in 2013. As for 2014, well, you know…

Below is The Pinehurst Top 10 as they are revealed:

 

 

TOP 10 IN BLOGS

U.S. Kids Keys to Better Pace of Play

U.S. Kids Keys to Better Pace of Play

No. 10:  U.S. Kids at Pinehurst – In Pictures

This post encapsulated much of what happens during the two weeks U.S. Kids descends on Pinehurst, from the swarm of Rickie Fowler hats to the media coverage. We saw the best of kids and golf, and we saw pressure on the players. We also saw that U.S. Kids has its finger on the pulse of that divide, and what it’s doing to fix it.

 

 

The pool at The Spa at Pinehurst.

The pool at The Spa at Pinehurst.

No. 9: The Nervous Guy’s Guide to the Spa Experience

Apparently, quite a few of you believe it really is time for us guys to man up and hit the Spa.

 

 

Payne Stewart Sunrise

No. 8: We Miss You, Payne

It never, ever gets any easier…

 

 

The star -- comfortable in front of the camera.

The star — comfortable in front of the camera.

No. 7: A Day in the Life of Kelly Mitchum

Pinehurst golf professional Kelly Mitchum had another huge year in golf – placed second at the PGA National Championship, played in his fourth PGA Championship, Carolinas PGA Player of the Year (AGAIN – that’s five now) – but this year he was also profiled by CBS and The Golf Channel. Here was a recount of a very busy morning and afternoon for Mitchum, who celebrated his 17th wedding anniversary in a way he and his family won’t soon forget.

 

 

Don Potter stands with the flag from the 18th green on Pinehurst No. 2 after makiing eagle.

Don Potter stands with the flag from the 18th green on Pinehurst No. 2.

No. 6: Don Potter’s Magical 18th on Pinehurst No. 2

Don’t we all wish something like this could happen to us, on this great a golf course, with close friends and even strangers serving as a gallery on the veranda?

Of course we do.

And don’t forget: Potter has some really good advice, too. We could all learn from Don Potter’s magical 18th…

And we could only imagine what the 19th Hole (or, in the case of Pinehurst, The 91st Hole) was like.

 

 

Lili Geehr points to her father's name, M. Pierpont Warner, on the North and South Amateur Champion Wall of Perpetuity at Pinehurst Resort.

Lili Geehr points to her father’s name, M. Pierpont Warner, on the North and South Amateur Champion Wall of Perpetuity at Pinehurst Resort.

No. 5: TIE

60 years on, Pinehurst connects father and daughter

When Lili Geehr walks into Pinehurst’s clubhouse, her heart swells, it aches, it mourns. But most of all, it leaps.

 

 

Skip Alexander, standing to the immediate right of United States team captain Sam Snead (holding trophy) survived a plane crash to play at Pinehurst.

Skip Alexander, standing to the immediate right of United States team captain Sam Snead (holding trophy), survived a plane crash to play at Pinehurst.

1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst – In Skip Alexander’s hands

In the late 1940s, Skip Alexander was a rising star in professional golf. Then he was critically injured in a fiery plane crash in 1950.

Still, he set his sights on the Ryder Cup on Pinehurst No. 2. What followed was remarkable.

 

 

Thistle Dhu at Pinehurst

Thistle Dhu at Pinehurst

No. 4: Thistle Dhu – The Video

While the building and opening of Pinehurst’s popular putting course created quite a buzz throughout the summer, the actual playing of it for the first time had people shaking their heads, laughing, grabbing their iPhones for pictures and even searching for windmills.

 

 

Formerly the 18th green for Pinehurst No. 1, the green will be the focal point of improvements to an already state-of-the-art practice facility.

Formerly the 18th green for Pinehurst No. 1, the green will be the focal point of improvements to an already state-of-the-art practice facility.

No. 3 Pinehurst Resort’s Short-Game Practice Complex

Pinehurst’s dazzling new short-game complex has drawn rave reviews from users – and generated a ton of interest from you.

At No. 3 on The Pinehurst Top 10 in Blogs for 2012 – All things related to the short-game area, which turned the former 18th green for course No. 1 into a practice facility unlike any in the nation.

 

 

Ken Dwyer visited Pinehurst again in 2012 - and inspired everyone around him.

Ken Dwyer visited Pinehurst again in 2012 – and inspired everyone around him.

No. 2: Ken Dwyer faces life – and golf – head on

On Labor Day, Pinehurst Resort held its Military Appreciation Day, giving deep discounts on golf, dining and spa to military personnel and their families. That opportunity brought Ken Dwyer back to Pinehurst for the first time in many years – and brought inspiration to everyone who was around him or saw him that day.

Only one blog post this year garnered more attention from readers and social media than Ken Dwyer’s story, which is recounted at the link above. The Silver Star is only part of his story.

 

 

View of the 18th green on Pinehurst No. 2 from the East Veranda, with the green awning in the process of being removed.

View of the 18th green on Pinehurst No. 2 from the East Veranda, with the green awning in the process of being removed.

No. 1: Day and Night – Especially Day: New dramatic views from Members Clubhouse

Knowing the vast potential for improvement, Pinehurst has hoped to begin renovations on the Members Club for some time.

In November, the first glimpses revealed themselves.

And clearly, you all loved the potential of what’s to come.

The most viewed blog post of the season revealed before and after shots from the East Veranda of the Members Club overlooking the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 and the first hole. The difference was beyond dramatic, and as the awnings came down, and then the frame and then the columns, it just continued to get better and better, even, as the photos revealed, from inside the clubhouse.

2013 will bring more renovations, inside and out. 2014 will bring even more:

 

 

 

TOP 10 IN VIDEO

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No. 10: The Pinehurst Clubhouse – Through the Years

While the Members Club continues its renovation, changes made to Pinehurst’s iconic clubhouse are nothing new. Here we celebrate the century-old history of one of Pinehurst’s greatest trademarks.

 

 

No. 9: Pinehurst Members Club Renovations: The Columns Come Down

While the removal of the green awnings gave a glimpse of what the new views off the East Veranda will soon look like, work began in earnest on the Club’s exterior.

 

 

No. 8: Christmas at The Carolina

A holiday tradition that never gets old.

 

 

No. 7: Jason Day’s First Impressions of Pinehurst

So often when a PGA Tour player comes to Pinehurst, he has a history with the historic venue and famed Pinehurst No. 2.

But for 24-year-old Aussie Jason Day, Sept. 26, 2012, marked the first time he’s ever been to Pinehurst and the first look he’s ever gotten at Pinehurst No. 2.

He liked what he saw.

 

 

No. 6: Pinehurst Podcast With David Feherty

OK, OK, so not technically a video.

But, c’mon, it’s David Feherty! Talking Crenshaw, Pinehurst, The U.S. Open, the Putter Boy and mental illness, pretty much in that order.

A sampling:

“Because of the nature of (Donald) Ross’ twisted mind, if you miss the green in the wrong spot, you are, for want of a better word, f—–.”

 

 

No. 5: Sir Nick Visits Pinehurst

In October, Sir Nick Faldo, a six-time major championship winner, visited Pinehurst as part of a BMW function, running about 15-to-20 minutes extra on what was supposed to be a 1-hour golf clinic. He also took the time to chat with Pinehurst Resort (despite blistering wind as Hurricane Sandy was near the Carolina coast) about the perils of playing Pinehurst No. 2, the fear involved in chipping here, and also gave his opinion on the controversy surrounding banning anchored putters and talked about his new book, an updated version of A Swing for Life.

 

 

No. 4: Putter Boy Moves Back Home

For the last couple of decades and since the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, Putter Boy has resided in front of the main putting green near the Resort Club veranda. But on Sept. 13, he was on the move once again. With a dedicated crew showing tender care for the Boy, he was moved near his original location of nearly 100 years ago, and very close to the spot Donald Ross originally intended. Putter Boy now overlooks much of the new short-game practice area that Pinehurst is developing, and bisects the large putting green.

 

 

No. 3 Storytime with Sir Nick Faldo

Yes, you’ve already seen the interview with Sir Nick on the countdown. But during the golf clinic, Sir Nick told stories.

Oh, he told stories.

Stories about Ernie Els and the bottle(s), about Sam Snead, about “real golfers.”

You have to see this one.

 

 

No. 2: Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore discuss Pinehurst Restoration – Part 2

In Part 2 of an extensive interview from their visit in August, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore discuss what kind of player will do well at the 2014 U.S. Open, how the men’s and women’s Opens will be dramatically different than any other Open in history, and how the course will change naturally over time and seasons.

It was no surprise that this was our second-highest viewed video of 2012. You can view the entire interview here. As David Feherty says, “It takes Ben a half hour to tell you his name.”

So soak in the interview in its entirety, where we are certainly happy to let Ben and Bill speak at length.

 

 

No. 1: Thisle Dhu at Pinehurst

Certainly, excitement continues to build as the back-to-back 2014 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst draw nearer. But perhaps nothing generated more interest on the Pinehurst “campus” than the building and opening of Thistle Dhu, Pinehurst’s new 18-hole putting course. And when it opened for the first time to cap Pinehurst’s annual Member-Guest Tournament, the legend was born. It has been the site of “Thistle Dhuels” ever since.

At No. 1 in The Pinehurst Top 10 in Video for 2012 (with a nod to Golf Digest’s Geoff Shackelford), it comes as no surprise that this is your favorite video. FOR MORE ABOUT OPENING DAY, GO HERE.

Once more, many thanks for your interest in the Pinehurst Resort Blog and the content coming out of this historic area. You’ve made 2012 a year to remember in Pinehurst. Please remember to keep up to date with all things happening at Pinehurst on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

 

 

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