An afternoon watching the Payne Stewart statue

Every day at Pinehurst, you will see people standing and posing with the iconic Payne Stewart statue for a photo.

That was especially true during the week of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. The above video is just one afternoon of observation.

That said, we have some thoughts on this afternoon in particular, from Aug. 3, 2016.

One of our favorite things to do on the video is to click quickly and often just to see what we might catch in the frame (more on this in a second). You’ll see something different every time. That exercise, actually, has led us to the following notes:

  • We love seeing how many kids strike the pose and do it well. None of these kids were alive when Payne won the 1999 U.S. Open, but they know the significance. That’s pretty cool.
  • About 4 seconds in, you can catch a mother taking a selfie with her son in front of the statue.
  • The day started a little wet, but my, what a day it became.


  • At one point, you will see a variety of mascots. One is a french fry. One is a gummy bear. One is a…we don’t know. But it’s at about 18 seconds. Added together, though, and it might be the most interesting photo ever shot at the statue.
  • Also around 18 seconds, you’ll see a girl stand on her tip-toes and extend her right arm to bump fists with Payne. We won’t lie – something about that one gives us chills.
  • It’s incredible to consider the number of different countries that might be represented in this video alone.

Those are just a few notes, and we’d love to hear from you to see what you find. Or, better yet, add your own photo you’ve taken with the statue. They mean everything to us.