The best part of The Cradle, though – well, other than the fact that kids 17 and under play free with an adult – might be the wonderful stories that have come out of it in the first few months. Here are our five favorite stories from The Cradle (so far):
Editor’s Note: As the year comes to a close, Pinehurst will reveal its Top 10 Stories from 2017. We’ll have one recap a day with links to the original stories if you would like to reflect more. We appreciate your engagement with each of these stories and several others from throughout the year, and we look forward to making more news in 2018.
And since we like numbers at Pinehurst, that’s exactly how we’ll count these down:
His highest round was 4-over 31 (his 5th round of the day).
Here’s how Mitchum played all nine holes:
1 – -2
2 – +4
3 – -5
4 – +1
5 – -6
6 – E
7 – E
8 – -5
9 – +1
“To me, The Cradle is the ideal blend of difficultly, yet it’s playable for pretty much everybody,” says Mitchum, who now must be considered the resident expert on Pinehurst’s short course. “It was certainly tricky in spots, especially depending on the hole location. But my last round was every bit as enjoyable as my first – even though I was hurting. I never got to the point where it wasn’t fun anymore, and even with the same hole locations all day, I never once got bored.”
Mitchum admits to being very sore by the end of the round, and perhaps even moreso the next day. He was treated to a massage and cryotherapy at The Spa at Pinehurst, and says he felt much better after both treatments within another day.
“I was waaay better,” Mitchum says. “I was pretty close to back to normal.”
Mitchum’s day proved to be popular on social media and around Pinehurst Country Club. Many people came out to congratulate him at sunset. Mitchum plans to try the feat again next winter solstice, and Pinehurst plans to add a charitable aspect to the day.
Today being the Winter Solstice, Pinehurst pro Kelly Mitchum (yes, THAT guy) is celebrating by seeing how many holes he can play today on our shortest course, The Cradle. He started at sunrise and will play to sunset on the 789-yard course.
Here’s the final update from Kelly after the sun dipped below the horizon. What a day.
Here’s the afternoon update from Kelly, who would love to see people come out this evening to watch him finish at sunset, which is 5:08 p.m.
Scroll about 4 minutes in on the Facebook Live video below to see us slow Kelly down for a minute as he plays the 3rd hole.