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Pinehurst’s Greatest Moments – The Bracket

It’s that time of year again, and while last year we had a tournament to determine your favorite golf course at Pinehurst, this year we’re pitting some of the biggest moments in Pinehurst history against each other in a tournament bracket.

All of the information is available in the below bracket (apologies for the Google-placed ads throughout – those are out of our hands). Each matchup has some detail to go with it as well as some video background to help you make your picks.

Go ahead and go through the entire bracket and feel free to share both your choice and the bracket itself with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, at the close of the NCAA Championship, we’ll reveal which moment received the most wins and the most votes. Will it be Payne? Will it be Ross? Will it be the No. 2 restoration or Ben Hogan winning for the first time?

You decide.

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The Pinehurst Short Course’s First Stake

Wednesday, March 22, proved to be a momentous day in the evolving history of Pinehurst Resort. While we’ve known since November about the new Gil Hanse-designed Short Course at Pinehurst, the reality of Pinehurst’s newest addition became a little more tangible when stakes were placed showing the routing of the course on the 10 acres that were once home to the first holes of Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 5.

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Ashley Christensen’s Famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Hot Honey

Fried chicken is one of the mythical unicorns of the southern kitchen. There are thousands of recipes and techniques out there, but every serious home cook has likely deemed theirs the best. If you’re still searching for the perfect recipe, we have one for you to try.

Ashley Christensen, who is headlining our second Chef & Maker weekend in July, serves her signature fried chicken with hot honey – a pairing we find irresistible.

friedchicken_johnnyautryGarden & Gun recently included her restaurant, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, on its Fried Chicken Bucket List: A state-by-state guide to the best birds in the South.

Joe Kwon of Avett Brothers fame shared this nugget with the magazine.

“The chicken here is brined, which means juice-dripping bites of fried goodness. It so happens to be right down the street from me, and I fight the urge to just grab and go several times a week.”

The recipe is inspired by the fried chicken Christensen’s mother used to make when she was a child. The somewhat unconventional move of drizzling honey over the chicken came about because of her dad, who was a hobbyist beekeeper and gardener.

The recipe appears in her new cookbook “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner,” which is included in the Chef & Maker weekend package along with a question-and-answer session with Christensen and a Chef’s Dinner featuring her re-imagined comfort food.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Hot Honey Recipe




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Locavore Chef Clark Barlowe kicks off Chef & Maker Series

Clark Barlowe insetWe’re excited to welcome Clark Barlowe, one of North Carolina’s brightest up-and-coming chefs, to Pinehurst to headline our first Chef & Maker Series weekend event May 12-14.

Barlowe, who has appeared on The Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Beat Bobby Flay,” is the owner and executive chef of acclaimed Charlotte restaurant, Heirloom.

Chef & Maker Barlowe food06His masterful creations center on original and unique dishes that reflect his travels around North Carolina. He is an avid forager, and when he is not in Heirloom’s kitchen, he can most likely be found in N.C. forestsc and fields, sourcing ingredients for the restaurant’s eclectic menu.

“Clark is one of the most inventive and interesting chefs working in the Southeast today,” says Thierry Debailleul, Pinehurst Resort’s executive chef. “Guests will marvel at his remarkable talent while enjoying a truly unique dining experience.”

“Clark is one of the most inventive
and interesting chefs working in
the Southeast today,”

– Pinehurst Executive Chef Thierry Debailleul

The festivities begin Friday evening with a “Sandhills Pig Pickin’’ featuring regional food, wine and beer inspired by Barlowe’s hyper-local food sourcing philosophy.

“Pinehurst Resort is a world-class destination, and it’s been hosting distinct culinary events for over a century,” Barlowe says. “The North Carolina Sandhills are home to a wide range of ingredients not readily available to us in Charlotte.  I am excited to work with the Pinehurst culinary team to create a meal truly emblematic of this special time and place.”

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Learn about the art of knife making from Charlotte’s Steve Watkins.

Saturday kicks off with a knife forging lecture and demo, allowing attendees to learn about the fascinating art of knife making from Charlotte-based Steve Watkins of Ironman Forge.

Watkins was a Runner-Up in Garden & Gun’s 2015 Made in the South awards, an annual list featuring the best Southern-made products.

Afterward, guests will enjoy a cooking demo and tasting with Barlowe, followed by a theme-centered lunch.


Clark Barlowe will bring his locavore philosophy to Pinehurst in May.

Later that day, guests will be treated to a Locavore Chef’s Dinner featuring a farm-to-fork menu celebrating regionally-sourced, seasonal ingredients – a perfect coupling of globally-inspired cuisine with Barlowe’s deep southern roots.

Packages start at $399 per person and include two nights’ accommodations at one of the resort’s charming historic hotels, including The Carolina Hotel and The Holly Inn.

The Friday night event will be open to the general public and tickets are available for $70 per person at

For more information about the series, including chef bios, complete weekend itineraries and Chef & Maker package details, visit or call 888-832-5890.


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Arnold Palmer always loved Pinehurst, and his lone win here is a great story

Arnold Palmer always had fond memories of his youthful days playing golf amid the pines and sandy loam of Pinehurst.

Palmer’s father, Deacon, visited Pinehurst regularly in the 1930s and 1940s with a group of golf buddies from their home in Latrobe, Pa., and their hotel of choice was the Manor Inn. Arnold came on occasion and then attended Wake Forest College in the late 1940s when it was located in the town of Wake Forest, just north of Raleigh. Palmer and teammates such as Buddy Worsham, Frank Edens, Jennings Agner and Dick Tiddy would pile into a Desoto station wagon for the 90-mile drive to Pinehurst.


Perhaps no player has had a greater impact on golf than Arnold Palmer. But his lone win at Pinehurst is a difficult one to find. It’s not the North & South Amateur, which he laments, and where he lost twice in the semifinals. Palmer turned professional in 1954, so he missed the North & South Open, and he was past his prime for the PGA Tour events at Pinehurst in the 1970s and the U.S. Senior Open in 1994.

But there is a win at Pinehurst in the Palmer ledger, and he recalled it fondly. Perhaps he thought so much of it because it was a crushing near-miss for the Tar Heels and their star, Harvie Ward.

“It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.” -Arnold Palmer

In 1948, Palmer was a freshman sensation at Wake Forest, competing in the Southern Conference, a precursor to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Near the close of the second round on Pinehurst No. 2, Palmer found himself ahead of his friend and rival Ward. But Ward still had the famed 18th to play, and was comfortably in the fairway.

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Arnold Palmer and Harvie Ward at the 1948 North & South Amateur. (Photo Copyright Tufts Archives)

Palmer should’ve been confident. Ward would need to hole his approach shot just to tie.

But with the ball in the air, Palmer’s heart sank.

“Harvie needed to hole his second shot to tie me,” Palmer told us in 2014 before the U.S. Open. “He left it about 3 inches from the hole. I didn’t think it had a chance, but he damn near made it.”

Palmer won the conference championship by a stroke. It’s his only documented Pinehurst win.

“It would’ve dismayed me quite a bit,” Palmer said of Ward’s shot. “It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.”

Neither Wake Forest nor North Carolina won the Southern Conference team championship, though.

Who did?


Of course.

Lee Pace contributed to this story.

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