UPDATE, March 22: We’ve updated the bracket from the play-in games, with the 15th-seeded 15th Hole of Pinehurst No. 5 – the famed Cathedral Hole – advancing, along with Gil Hanse’s redesigned 6th Hole of No. 4, the No. 16 seed, which will now advance to take on the top seed of the tournament, the 5th Hole of Pinehurst No. 2.
The Cathedral Hole will take on the bracket’s 2nd seed, the 14th Hole of Pinehurst No. 8. Voting is happening now at Facebook and Twitter.
A little background:
We’ll be honest, our NCAA Tournament brackets are busted.
But we still wanted to have some fun with March Madness, and based off of some voting by you, we’ve selected a Pinehurst Dream 18. Now, it’s time for the tournament to determine what is Pinehurst’s Greatest Golf Hole.
We’ll be doing a series a online polls – on Twitter and Facebook (voting is open now) – over the next few days, allowing you to determine Pinehurst’s best hole. We’ll update the bracket as we go along, revealing what you believe to be Pinehurst’s best hole on the day the NCAA Championship is played.
Master Golf Professional and the Director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, Eric Alpenfels, is a regular presenter at the World Scientific Congress of Golf – held every four years and hosted by, ahem, St. Andrews. Why? Because Alpenfels’ research over the last 25 years is that highly regarded in all facets of golf, from instruction to technology to equipment. It’s nice to have Einstein in a polo watching your swing.
Well, getting back to research, Alpenfels over the years has found that a golfer is going to improve more quickly if he can immediately take what he’s learned at the range to the course. And so in Pinehurst, there’s on-course instruction with a Pinehurst golf pro as part of the daily routine.
What’s better than learning from short-game wizard Kelly Mitchum in the morning, and then taking that info directly to the most demanding short-game course in the world, Pinehurst No. 2?
Speaking of, You Get to Meet Kelly Mitchum
He’s played in four PGA Championships, dozens of PGA Tour events, the Walker Cup, was a U.S. Amateur semifinalist and won the North & South Am. Now he’s teaching you.
Oh, and dude can do this:
You’re the VIP
There may be no better guest experience at Pinehurst than that of a Golf Academy student. Overnight accommodations, breakfast in the morning, followed by golf instruction, lunch, golf instruction on the course, time to play the course in the afternoon, evening socials and dinner, and a lot of times, new friends for life.
Like many resorts, Pinehurst encourages post-stay surveys with our guests. Every single year, the Pinehurst Golf Academy gets the highest scores in total guest satisfaction. The numbers don’t lie.
Ouimet. Hagen. Snead. Hogan. Nicklaus. Watson. Payne. They all won here.
The 1936 PGA Championship. The 1951 Ryder Cup. In 2024, Pinehurst will host its fourth U.S. Open in just 25 years, something no site has done in a century.
Bless you, Mike Golic. And bless you, Trey Wingo, for putting Golic in his place.
It’s all good fun here, and we’ll admit we’re playing this with our tongue planted firmly in cheek. Still, we enjoyed it immensely this week on ESPN’s Golic & Wingo when Golic tried to call BS on golfers who like to walk when they play. Wingo agreed, but only to a point, mentioning that when he gets the opportunity to play historic courses, he’s always going to walk. “I would always rather walk on Pinehurst No. 2,” Wingo says.
Here, though, is where Golic thinks he sees an opening.
“I will not lie,” Golic starts, his face beginning to light up. “I like to walk on Pinehurst 6.”
But both girls have been diagnosed with juvenile Batten disease, an exceedingly rare neurological disorder for which there is no cure. The Kahns are on borrowed time.
But they are also incredibly inspiring, and have begun a foundation – ForeBatten – to raise awareness and money for research. From the story:
This Monday, March 12, the ForeBatten Foundation will host its inaugural fundraiser at TopGolf in Scottsdale. The ambitious goal is to raise the $800,000 needed to fund a critical new research study. David has tapped his many friends and contacts in golf to assemble a dazzling array of auction items.