Pinehurst Top 10 in 2017 Archive

Pinehurst Top 10 in 2017 – No. 1: Pinehurst Opens The Cradle, its New Short Course

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:

No. 10: Pinehurst No. 3 Brings It All Back – Charm, Strategy…and Wire Grass

No. 9: The Deuce is named Best New Restaurant in Golf

No. 8: Pinehurst Announces it will Open a Microbrewery

No. 7: U.S. Open Champion Calls North & South Runner-Up After Championship Match

No. 6: Isabella Fierro Makes History in Winning the Women’s North & South Amateur

No. 5: Teenagers win the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

No. 4: Pinehurst Moves and Expands Putting Course Thistle Dhu

No. 3: Gil Hanse Begins Redesign of Pinehurst No. 4

No. 2: Legendary Caddie Willie McRae Retires After 70-plus Years

No. 1: Pinehurst Opens The Cradle, its New Short Course

Even with nine courses, it’s not every day that Pinehurst builds a new golf course.

But that’s what Pinehurst did in 2017, and at the very end of September it opened The Cradle, a 789-yard, nine-hole short course that lies on the very same land of many of Dr. Leroy Culver’s first holes ever designed at Pinehurst in 1898.

Hailed by major media outlets and kids alike – Golf Channel called The Cradle the best golf design in America for 2017 – The Cradle could be considered the cornerstone of Pinehurst’s efforts to improve the golf experience here at The Cradle of American Golf.

Not only that, but there seems to be a fun new story coming off The Cradle every few weeks:

And finally, perhaps best of all, kids play The Cradle for free when with a paying adult. And all replay rounds on The Cradle are free.

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Pinehurst Top 10 in 2017 – No. 2: Legendary Caddie Willie McRae Retires After 70-plus Years

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:

No. 10: Pinehurst No. 3 Brings It All Back – Charm, Strategy…and Wire Grass

No. 9: The Deuce is named Best New Restaurant in Golf

No. 8: Pinehurst Announces it will Open a Microbrewery

No. 7: U.S. Open Champion Calls North & South Runner-Up After Championship Match

No. 6: Isabella Fierro Makes History in Winning the Women’s North & South Amateur

No. 5: Teenagers win the U.S. Amateur Four –Ball

No. 4: Pinehurst Moves and Expands Putting Course Thistle Dhu

No. 3: Gil Hanse Begins Redesign of Pinehurst No. 4

No. 2: Legendary Caddie Willie McRae Retires After 70-plus Years

On May 19, 1943, Willie McRae turned 10, and his father asked him if he was ready to caddie at Pinehurst.

Seventy-four years later, McRae is still willing to caddie.

He’s just finally ready to slow down a little.

McRae, one of the last two remaining men alive to have participated in the 1951 Ryder Cup on Pinehurst No. 2, officially retired from day-to-day caddying at Pinehurst in October. McRae still plans to take special requests, but they will be limited.

“I love Pinehurst. Everybody has always been so good to me here,” McRae says. “This place has been my whole life.”

He began a legendary career that led to enshrinement into three different Halls of Fame on that spring day with his father, earning $1.75 a loop.

“I’d bring that $1.75 home to my mother, but I’d get 50 cents for a tip, and that would be mine,” McRae recalls. “I’d spend 25 cents of that on candy, and I’d have candy for the whole week.”

McRae’s career at Pinehurst parallels much of the great history of the game of golf. He has caddied for five presidents, celebrities from Mickey Mantle to Michael Jordan and many of golf’s greatest players, including Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead. Along with American player Jack Burke Jr., McRae is one of just two living participants of the 1951 Ryder Cup, and he remembers looping for Donald Ross on Ross’s crown jewel, No. 2.

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Pinehurst Top 10 of 2017 – No. 3: Gil Hanse Begins Redesign of Pinehurst No. 4

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:

No. 10: Pinehurst No. 3 Brings It All Back – Charm, Strategy…and Wire Grass

No. 9: The Deuce is named Best New Restaurant in Golf

No. 8: Pinehurst Announces it will Open a Microbrewery

No. 7: U.S. Open Champion Calls North & South Runner-Up After Championship Match

No. 6: Isabella Fierro Makes History in Winning the Women’s North & South Amateur

No. 5: Teenagers win the U.S. Amateur Four –Ball

No. 4: Pinehurst Moves and Expands Putting Course Thistle Dhu

No. 3: Gil Hanse Begins Redesign of Pinehurst No. 4

It was November of 2016 when Pinehurst announced it had hired Gil Hanse to redesign Pinehurst No. 4, and in the year since, Hanse has already delivered to Pinehurst a new short course and the expanded putting course, Thistle Dhu.

But the week The Cradle opened to rave reviews, ground was also broken on No. 4, where Hanse plans to return many of the original Pinehurst characteristics to a course that has seen myriad changes since Donald Ross’ first routing in 1919.

No. 4 includes perhaps the most dramatic landscapes of all of the Pinehurst courses, and those vistas are in Hanse’s capable hands. While there isn’t yet much to show since work has only been going on for a couple of months, hopes and expectations are high for a new No. 4 to rival the best of the best in Pinehurst and beyond.

We’ve been teased with renderings at this point, and we’ll certainly show more throughout 2018.

In the fall, Pinehurst No. 4 will reopen. We hope you’ll join us.

 

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Pinehurst Top 10 in 2017 – No. 4: Pinehurst Moves and Expands Putting Course Thistle Dhu

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:

No. 10: Pinehurst No. 3 Brings It All Back – Charm, Strategy…and Wire Grass

No. 9: The Deuce is named Best New Restaurant in Golf

No. 8: Pinehurst Announces it will Open a Microbrewery

No. 7: U.S. Open Champion Calls North & South Runner-Up After Championship Match

No. 6: Isabella Fierro Makes History in Winning the Women’s North & South Amateur

No. 5: Teenagers win the U.S. Amateur Four –Ball

No. 4: Pinehurst Moves and Expands Putting Course Thistle Dhu

The golf experience at Pinehurst has always evolved since Dr. Leroy Culver’s first nine holes were carved from the sand in 1898.

Continuing to improve and add new avenues to that golf experience, though, were consistent themes throughout 2017 at Pinehurst (and will continue into 2018).

Even in the Putter Boy’s shadow.

In 2012, Pinehurst opened its first putting course, Thistle Dhu, which was located near the first tee of Pinehurst No. 4. It was a big hit, even during the 2014 U.S. Opens, but always felt a little too far away from the main clubhouse.

That’s no longer a problem. As part of Gil Hanse’s vision for the new “front yard of Pinehurst,” Hanse moved and expanded Thistle Dhu to the main practice putting green just off the steps of the clubhouse, surrounding the famed Putter Boy statue with 18 meandering and mind-bending holes. Thistle Dhu is nearly four times the size of its original iteration, maxing out at about 75,000 square feet, and is routinely filled with everything from young families to buddy trips settling a score.

The best part? Thistle Dhu is free to play.

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Pinehurst Top 10 of 2017 – No. 5: Teenagers Win U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

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:

No. 10: Pinehurst No. 3 Brings It All Back – Charm, Strategy…and Wire Grass

No. 9: The Deuce is named Best New Restaurant in Golf

No. 8: Pinehurst Announces it will Open a Microbrewery

No. 7: U.S. Open Champion Calls North & South Runner-Up After Championship Match

No. 6: Isabella Fierro Makes History in Winning the Women’s North & South Amateur

No. 5: Teenagers win the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

How does a USGA national championship only register No. 5 on the list of Top 10 Stories at Pinehurst in 2017?

Well, it’s been that kind of year.

Still, it was a thrilling week to watch the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball play out on Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 8, which served as the companion course in its first USGA event in the course’s 20-year history.

While there were storylines all over the place in a staggering field of two-man sides – Kid 59, Will Grimmer, was one of the medalists with his teammate Clark Engle, Don Padgett III added a mark to the lengthy Padgett history at Pinehurst and a pair of alternate mid-amateurs crashed the finals on No. 2 – teenagers Frankie Capan and Ben Wong emerged victories with brilliant ball-striking and towering drives.

The rising high school seniors spent the week turning heads.

“Those kids, oh my goodness,” said Clark Collier of the runner-up side that fell 2 & 1 in the championship match. “Those guys are going to be pros. They are really, really good.”

 

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