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Pinehurst offering complimentary golf, discounts on spa, food and retail to honor active military

Pinehurst Resort will host its annual Military Appreciation Day on Monday, September 4, offering complimentary golf and special discounts to active members of the military and their spouses.

Golf will be offered on Pinehurst No. 6 with tee times beginning at 7:42 a.m. Active duty military also will receive a 25 percent discount on any 50-minute spa service, up to 25 percent off merchandise in the Resort’s retail shops and a 15 percent discount at Resort restaurants.

“With the amazing sacrifices our incredible military makes for all of us, we want to show Pinehurst’s appreciation,” said Ben Bridgers, Pinehurst’s director of golf. “We hope this gives our military a chance to enjoy a day of recreation and relaxation.”

Active duty military will need to show a military ID upon arrival, but are encouraged to make advance reservations, as space will be filled quickly. Tee times can be made by calling (910) 235-8145 beginning on August 31. Appointments for the Spa can be made immediately by calling (910) 235-8320.

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VIDEO: Pinehurst appears on Jeopardy!

Sure, it’s an easy answer…err, question, but still, pretty cool to see Pinehurst No. 2 mentioned as part of a Jeopardy clue again in a re-airing of the show’s Teachers Tournament on Tuesday night.

Not sure if Eduardo, who answered the clue correctly but didn’t win the episode, is a golfer. (Maybe somebody out there could help us reach him.) But if so, he’s free to head to No. 2’s first tee…on us. We’re hoping that might be a nice consolation prize.

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Lefty may have found his next caddie

Another reason why Phil Mickelson is just one of the best. Check out this exchange with a young golf fan at the Dell Technologies Championship last week:

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Remembering Pinehurst caddie Charlie Spain

Charlie Spain looked fondly on this portrait of himself from a 2012 magazine spread about Pinehurst’s caddies, sharing it several times over the years on his Facebook page. We at Pinehurst are saddened to learn of Charlie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We will continue to add remembrances from Charlie’s friends to this post throughout the next few days. Please feel free to add comments below.)

We are terribly saddened to hear the news of the passing of veteran caddie Charlie Spain, who caddied at Pinehurst for more than two decades. He was 60.

Spain, who also caddied for several years at such notable places as Whistling Straits, garnered attention over the last couple of years as the inventor of the popular new putting grip, the Flat Cat. Released in March 2016, Olympic and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has been using the grip, which was designed to help a player feel more square to the ball when putting.

The grip, with flat sides all around, allowed the golfer to have the feeling of being square to the ball in the palm of his or her hand. Spain noted: “When you can actually feel what square feels like, you’re gonna sink more putts. It’s that simple.”

“The caddie program at Pinehurst has lost a legend, Pinehurst Resort lost a person who has made thousands of guests enjoy their round on No. 2, and so many of us lost a friend. Old Charlie was a good soul, called off the grass too soon.” – Jeff Crabbe

While he enjoyed the growing popularity of the Flat Cat, Spain will most be remembered by his closest friends as a kind and gentle soul.

“Charlie was an original at Pinehurst, from the old school,” says former Pinehurst Golf Professional Jeff Crabbe. “He mentored so many of the current caddies, all working hard to live up to his example.

“Charlie was one of a couple caddies I would use when I got to play Pinehurst No. 2 because I enjoyed being with him, not for his knowledge of the course – which he knew like the back of his hand – but for our friendship. The caddie program at Pinehurst has lost a legend, Pinehurst Resort lost a person who has made thousands of guests enjoy their round on No. 2, and so many of us lost a friend. Old Charlie was a good soul, called off the grass too soon.”

Todd Camplin, a former Pinehurst golf professional who tabbed Spain to be his caddie when Camplin qualified for the PGA Championship, says he always leaned on Spain.

“Charlie and I first met in 2000 after I quit playing golf for a living and obtained a job as a caddie,” Camplin says. “He and I hit it off quickly as we both enjoyed playing the game in the afternoons/late evenings following work.  We played numerous rounds together then and through the years.

“Charlie caddied for me in two of the three PGA Tour events I played in, including the 2011 PGA Championship, as well as the only event I played. My brother caddied for me in the other PGA Tour event I played in, so you can see what kind of company I held Charlie in. He was also on the bag for each of my five starts in the PGA National Championship, most recently in 2016 at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.

“We shared a lot of times together through the years and these events and both were always talking about our next venture together. He would always say to me, ‘Hey Pro, when we going back to the Show?’ I can hear him this very moment saying it to me in his raspy voice that is so recognizable.

“Charlie loved people and loved caddying. He will be missed by many, especially this guy, his pro.”

Fellow Pinehurst caddie Mark Tinnen remembers Spain as a mentor.

“He took me under his wing when I first started caddying at Pinehurst, and never left my side,” Tinnen says. “We became inseparable. We caddied all the time and played just as much golf together. I’ll always remember him as a fierce competitor, but also as a dear, dear friend.”

Spain passed away on Thursday in Kohler, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife and son. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.

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