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Gear Up for Winter at ShopPinehurst.com

Judging by the numbers we see in this video, proper attire can go a long way to keeping your scores lower in the winter. Pinehurst Assistant Golf Professional Robert Hoadley demonstrates how a bulky coat can impact your golf swing and shows the proper way to layer for cold weather golf.

Apparel featured in this video can be purchased at ShopPinehurst.com. Enjoy 20% off Winter Gear using promo code COLD17 through Jan. 31, 2017. 

FootJoy ProDry Long Sleeve Mock Golf Shirt

FJ Mens ProDry LS Mock - White resizse

FootJoy Texture Sport Half-Zip Pullover

FJ Mens Texture Sport Half Zip Pullover - Royal

FootJoy Hydrolite Jacket
Mens FJ Hydrolite Jacket - GreyRedBlack

Imperial Pinehurst Winter Knit Hat

Pinehurst Winter Knit - DkGrn_Wht - Front resize

FootJoy WinterSof Golf Gloves are available at the golf shop inside the main clubhouse. Discount does not apply to gloves.

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Matt Vick snaps Kelly Mitchum’s brilliant streak to win coveted Palumbo Cup

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Matt Vick, the head golf professional at Pinehurst No. 9, won the coveted Palumbo Cup at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club on Friday.

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST – Through 14 holes, Kelly Mitchum never lost the honor, never lost a hole, and rumor has it, still had never lost on Pinehurst No. 2.

Matt Vick changed everything.

In a thrilling match that featured dramatic par saves, huge up-and-downs and brilliant shotmaking, Vick, the head golf professional at Pinehurst No. 9, outlasted Mitchum in 21 holes Friday to win Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s coveted Palumbo Cup, the annual staff match play tournament.

“I’m really honored. I’m about as happy to win this as I am anything in my career,” said Vick, who like Mitchum and several other Pinehurst professionals, competes regularly in the Carolinas PGA golf section. “This is a special place, and this is a special tournament. This means a lot to me.”

In a match in which the two players halved the first 12 holes – they both made bogey on 6 and birdie on 8 – Vick finally won with a par on the first hole of No. 2 – the 21st hole of the match – moments after draining an slippery 18-footer for par on the second playoff hole on 18 to stay alive in the match. … Continue Reading

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Drive, Chip and Putt Regional to return to Pinehurst

Once again, the road to Augusta will go through Pinehurst.

The 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship announced this week all of the qualifying sites for the championship, and for the second straight year, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club will host one of 10 regionals.

After local and subregional qualifying (all of the sites and dates for qualifying can be found here), one boy and girl from each age division will advance from the regional qualifying sites to the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which is held annually at Augusta National the week before The Masters.

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A golfer putts during the Drive, Chip and Putt regional at Pinehurst in September 2016.

Pinehurst will be the first regional played in 2017 for the 2018 Championship, taking place on Sept. 3. Other regional sites include some of the best courses in the world, including Winged Foot, The Olympic Club, Torrey Pines, Southern Hills, Muirfield Village and TPC Sawgrass.

“A hallmark of Pinehurst’s history has been its affection for the amateur golfer, and in many cases, the young amateur player,” said Pinehurst Director of Golf Ben Bridgers. “We are honored to again participate in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. We believe it adds to Pinehurst’s legacy as a home for amateur golf, a legacy that includes the century-old North & South Amateurs, past U.S. Men’s and Women’s Amateurs as well as the U.S. Kids Golf World championship events. We look forward to welcoming these tremendously talented young players to Pinehurst.”

The National Finals will be played on April 1, 2018.

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A golfer stands with her Drive, Chip and Putt medal next to PInehurst’s Putter Boy.

In September 2016, eight winners from the Pinehurst regional advanced to Augusta for the 2017 National Finals, which will be played on April 2. There will be 80 players total and just 10 per age group. Qualifying at Pinehurst were:  Peter Sposato, and Claire Bradford, both of Athens, Ga,  as well as Catherine Qiu of Ashburn, Va.; Carter Kontur of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Madilyn Newman, Knoxville, Tenn.; Clinton Daly, of Charlotte, N.C.; Karson Adkins, of Savannah, Tenn., and Jaron Leasure, of Virginia Beach, Va.

Lucy Li, who famously stole the show at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 after qualifying at age 11, won the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship a couple of years ago.

In the Drive, Chip and Putt competition, each golfer gets three drives, three chips and three putts with scores based on distance (for driving) and accuracy.

Nine total shots. No mulligans. No room for error.

And a coveted spot in the shadow of Amen Corner.

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“Nothing short of spectacular” – Golf Digest ranks Pinehurst No. 2

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Golf Digest unveiled its 2017-18 golf course rankings, placing Pinehurst No. 2 on the list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.

We’re particularly pleased with several of the panelists’ comments about No. 2:

“A true thinking-man’s course. Donald Ross demands shot-creation. Off the tee, there are great lines for shot visualization but it can also trick you if not careful or exact.”

“Though I had seen the restoration on television, the actual experience of playing the course and seeing the changes up-close was better than expected. There is tremendous atmosphere and history surrounding Pinehurst, which makes it feel like an incredibly special place to play a round of golf.”

“Though I had seen the restoration on television, the actual experience of playing the course and seeing the changes up-close was better than expected. There is tremendous atmosphere and history surrounding Pinehurst, which makes it feel like an incredibly special place to play a round of golf.”

“The green complexes at #2 should be studied… I love that once you make it on the green, there are a lot of putts to be made, but hitting the green in regulation is a challenge, due to the upside down dish greens.”

“Nothing short of spectacular. The greens are even more terrifying now, as they are surrounded by more short grass and sand. The waste areas and sandy scrub are just awesome. The course played rock hard and fast, which made the golf course much more interesting as it was possible to run up approach and recovery shots. A great, great golf course.”

“The course is very pleasing to the eye with hardpan and wire grass lining the fairways against the backdrop of the tall pines.”

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Meet the 2016 Donald Ross Junior Champions

Nearly 300 junior boys and girls from 24 different states and three countries competed in the 69th annual Donald Ross Junior Championship this week at Pinehurst.

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AJ Beechler

AJ Beechler of Pinehurst took home the title in the boys 15-18 division, which was held on Pinehurst Nos. 4 & 5. With two consistent rounds of 70, he edged out first round leader Jack Parrott of Columbia, South Carolina by two shots. Beechler’s eight birdies were bested only by third place finisher Attie Giles of Pinehurst, who posted nine birdies throughout the two-day tournament. Grayson Wotnosky of Wake Forest tied for third place with a score of 143, while Connor Armistead of Charlotte rounded out the top five.

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Jackson Van Paris

Another Pinehurst native claimed the first place title in the boys 12-14 division, played on Pinehurst No. 1. Jackson Van Paris defeated Ben Warian of Stillwater, Minnesota in a sudden death playoff after tying at 141 following two rounds. A bogey five on the first playoff hole was all Van Paris needed for the victory. Nicholas Hance of Irving, Texas, Drew Miller of Arlington, Tennessee and Narayan Mohan of Charlotte tied for third place, posting 36-hole totals of 142.

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Kareem Elkassem

Kareem Elkassem of Raleigh claimed the top prize in the boys 11 & under division, played on Pinehurst No. 1. After finishing as runner-up last year, Elkassem was determined to take home a coveted Putter Boy trophy. He did just that, besting Sihan Sandhu of Ashburn, Virginia through two playoff holes. Sandhu’s second round 69 was the lowest score for the division. Jackson Herrington of Franklin, Tennessee took home third place prize while Greenville, South Carolina native William Jennings claimed fourth place. David Oliver IV of Pageland, South Carolina rounded out the top five.

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Gracyn Burgess

Nineteen girls were part of Pinehurst history as they competed in the inaugural Donald Ross Junior girls field. Gracyn Burgess of Lexington, South Carolina took home the girls 15-18 title, narrowly defeating Kathryn Carson of Mooresville. Burgess entered the final two holes with a five stroke lead and played them at +4 to earn her title. Belmont native Taylor Hinson finished third.

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Sisters Amelia and Emma Shen of Tenfly, New Jersey were both victorious in their respective divisions. Amelia topped the 11 & under field while sister Emma led the 12-14 division. Boonyanant Rujiranan of Southern Pines was the runner-up in the 11 & under field while Addison Klonowski of Naples, Florida finished third. Rounding out the 12-14 division was Katharina Floyd of Chapel Hill and Mara Hirtle of Pinehust who finished second and third, respectively.

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