Pinehurst Golf News Archive

How to make Payne Stewart’s famed putt at Pinehurst

There’s a secret to making Payne Stewart’s famed putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

You see, Payne knew something no one else can see.

But Pinehurst’s Willie McRae knows it. So does Eddie Mac.

So do all the Pinehurst caddies.

Want to make Payne’s putt?

Watch the video.

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Let’s see your greatest trick shot

We’re always on the lookout for new trick shots. Got a great one you’ve just done? Tweet it to us @PinehurstResort and we might share it with all of our followers on all of our social channels.

Until then, a couple we stumbled upon:

Not sure if it’s new or, for that matter, real. But we like it.

Ah, kids and golf.

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Robert Dedman’s Rules of Order

The bronze plaque displayed in front of the statue of Robert Dedman Sr. on the Pinehurst Walk of Fame says it all. If we were to put it even more succinctly: Mr. Dedman is most responsible for resurrecting Pinehurst and making it is what it is – again – today.

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Mr. Dedman wrote a set of rules to live by – and, importantly, to work by as well. Clearly, they would work well for golf, too.

They are Robert’s Rules of Order.

  1. A sense of balance must apply to all areas of your life, not just your livelihood.
  2. It’s so important in life to have a life plan. Planning is a prelude to balance.
  3. The more you learn, the more you earn. Even more importantly, the more you learn, the more you live.
  4. A positive mental attitude is a key ingredient to a balanced, long and happy life.
  5. Humor is one of the best ways to get and keep a positive mental attitude. When times get tough, humor help…even sick humor.
  6. It’s nice to be important, but even more important to be nice.
  7. Setting up “win-win” relationships is the ultimate measure of success in life…and in business.
  8. Be a giver; not a taker. They don’t put luggage racks on hearses for good reason.
  9. Integrity, good health, family and friends are worth more than money can buy.
  10. Don’t forget to have fun. The more fun you have, the more money you make. It works both ways. The more money you make, the more fun you have.


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Driving at Pinehurst – The Best of the Lot

Curtis Strange says he enjoys Pinehurst so much because it is a community and a lifestyle that is intricately connected to what he has done all of his life – play and enjoy golf.

While that sentiment is certainly evident just about anywhere in the Village of Pinehurst, a quick glance around the parking lot at Pinehurst’s Resort Clubhouse reveals just how ingrained golf is here. Here is a sampling of a few of our favorite golf-themed license plates we’ve seen here.

All of these plates were seen in Pinehurst’s clubhouse lot alone. Got a golf-themed plate of your own? Feel free to post in the comments. We may even include it in the gallery here.

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Kristen Gillman adds North & South Amateur Championship to her U.S. Women’s Amateur crown

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Kristen Gillman won the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2 on Friday. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

Gillman, who won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur, defeats Katelyn Dambaugh 3&2 to win the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur



VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Nothing could slow down Kristen Gillman at the Women’s North & South Amateur.

Not Pinehurst No. 2.

Not one of the best college players in the country.

Not even lightning and driving rain.

Gillman, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, continued her brilliant roll through the 114th playing of Pinehurst’s storied tournament, carding three birdies in seven holes on the back nine to turn away South Carolina All-American Katelyn Dambaugh 3&2 on Friday.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” said Gillman, who became the first U.S. Women’s Amateur champion to also win the North & South since Danielle Kang accomplished the feat in 2011. “Everyone wants to win every tournament they play, but this one is really big. This is a tournament everyone wants to play and win.”

How Gillman won the coveted Putter Boy trophy will go down as one of the most dominant performances in the championship’s history, which dates back to 1903. While Gillman was just the ninth seed in match play and won 1-up to survive the Round of 16, she was lights out from there. Gillman won her last three matches 7&6, 6&5 and then was in control of the championship match against Dambaugh, leading 3-up after just 11 holes.

Gillman did all of that on famed Pinehurst No. 2, home to more single golf championships than any other site in America.

“I thought I played pretty well,” said Dambaugh, who was the runner-up for the Annika Award, given to the top women’s collegiate golfer. “But Kristen did a really, really good job.”

Dambaugh had her opportunities early in match as Gillman’s short game sputtered, and even led 1-up after the 7th hole.

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Kristen Gillman chips during the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur in Pinehurst. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

But Gillman won the next four holes, winning 8 and 9 with pars before birdies on 10 and 11, the latter of which came on a 25-foot putt after she had missed the fairway for the first time in the match.

“I was just really tired in the beginning and lost my focus,” Gillman said of her start. “My caddie (Pinehurst caddie Kevin Kristy) gave me a little pep talk, saying, ‘This is the last match. Just don’t give up. Leave everything out here.’ That got me focused again.”

Just, though, as everything was rolling again for Gillman, in came rolling thunder and clouds. Play was suspended for 2 ½ hours for rain and lightning with the players around the 12th green.

But it didn’t faze Gillman, who spent the time scrolling through old photos on her mother’s phone with her sister Emily.

“We did that and watched the lightning,” said the 18-year old, who will attend powerhouse Alabama next month. “The delay went by really fast for me.”

The break seemed to reignite Dambaugh, who made terrific par saves from greenside bunkers on 12 and 13 to stay in the match. Dambaugh’s approach at 13 appeared to be perfect but came up just short, burying under the lip. Somehow, though, Dambaugh hacked it out to 18 feet, where she made the putt to grab some momentum.

But even that didn’t sway Gillman.

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Katelyn Dambaugh hits a tee shot during the 114th Women’s North & South Amateur in Pinehurst. (Photo by Thomas Toohey Brown)

“She’s a great, great player,” Gillman said of Dambaugh. “I knew she wasn’t going to leave without a fight. I expected that to happen.”

And so Gillman stayed aggressive, hitting a beautiful tee shot to about 20 feet on the par-3 15th, where she nearly won the match as her birdie try brushed the side of the cup.

On the par-5 16th, playing first from the fairway, Gillman still didn’t shy away from the stage, reaching the green in two with a piercing fairway metal.

Dambaugh’s second shot finished just short of the green, and  after her chip rolled by, Gillman nearly sank her eagle try, leading Dambaugh to concede the birdie and the match.

It was a match that lived up to the stature of the two participants. Both among the highest ranking amateur players in the world, Gillman and Dambaugh combined to hit 22 of 26 fairways and 22 of 32 greens on Donald Ross’ perilous gem. Gillman, in the end, was even par through 16 and both players played the last five holes in 1-under, halving each of them.

“Kristen had it going for her today,” Dambaugh said. “She was outstanding.”

The Women’s North & South Amateur is the longest consecutively running amateur championship in the United States. North & South champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey as well as Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng.

As much as the North & South is a championship with a great past, it also continues to foster a great legacy. Ten of the last 13 Amateur champions have joined the LPGA Tour, three of whom have won major championships – Pressel, Tseng and as of Sunday, Lang, who won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open.


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pinehurst No. 2


No. 16 Anna Redding d. No. 1 August Kim, 2&1

No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 8 Kelly Grassel, 1up

No. 4 Jennifer Chang d. No. 13 Brooke Graebe, 3&2

No. 12 Sydney Needham d. No. 5 Cecily Overbey 2&1

No. 15 Malia Nam d. No. 2 Maddie Szeryk, 3&1

No. 7 Jaclyn Lee d. No. 10 Alice Chen, 5&4

No. 14 Yujeong Son d. No. 3 Emilia Migliaccio, 2&1

No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh d. No. 6 Kacie Komoto, 2up


No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 16 Anna Redding , 7&6

No. 4 Jennifer Chang d. No. 12 Sydney Needham, 4&3

No. 15 Malia Nam d. No. 7 Jaclyn Lee, 2&1

No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh d. No. 14 Yujeong Son, 5&3

Friday, July 15, 2016


No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 4 Jennifer Chang, 6&5

No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh d. No. 15 Malia Nam, 1up


No. 9 Kristen Gillman d. No. 11 Katelyn Dambaugh, 3&2


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