Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Lucy Li looks back on her Pinehurst, 2014 U.S. Women’s Open experience

In a story by the USGA’s Lisa D. Mickey, the sweetheart of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2, Lucy Li, looks back on her experiences with the championship, Pinehurst, ice cream…and Webb Simpson. (We encourage you to read the entire story by Mickey, which gives some detail on how Lucy has grown since appearing at the Open.)

Li had plenty of support at her coming-out party at Pinehurst in the 2014 Women’s Open. Fans adored her and lined up for autographs. All the while, the diminutive junior held her own at the same venue where Michelle Wie made her own splash with her first major-championship victory.

“The people at Pinehurst were so nice, the golf course was really tough and the food was really good,” said Li with her trademark laughter. “That’s what I remember. Oh, and the greens were tough.”

When asked how her experience at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open impacted her game, Li called the week “incredible,” adding what only a teen might put at the top of her highlight list for the week.

“The people at Pinehurst were so nice, the golf course was really tough and the food was really good,” said Li with her trademark laughter. “That’s what I remember. Oh, and the greens were tough, and I met Webb Simpson.”

When pressed on how that week helped her become a better player, Li paused and gave the question some thought.

“I think it helped a lot because I learned I could play under pressure with a lot of people watching me,” she said. “That was the most people I have ever played in front of, for sure.”

Li said she wasn’t intimidated by the crowds that pressed against the ropes to watch her play the challenging Pinehurst No. 2. In fact, she admitted that she didn’t really notice the massive galleries.

“It was really about me and the golf course,” she said. “I didn’t really see all of those people when I played, but when I watched it on TV later, I was like, ‘Wow! There were that many people there?’”

We’re closely following Lucy’s progress at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, and looking forward to her performance at the U.S. Women’s Amateur as well.

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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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