Pinehurst News

Pinehurst Short-Game Practice Area – The Evolution

As Pinehurst’s short-game practice area continues to mature, check out the video above for a look back and a look to the present. We will have more information about the opening of the area soon.

For more information about the short-game area, go here.

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Photoblog – The Putter Boy makes a move

For the first time in nearly two decades, Pinehurst’s fabled Putter Boy made a significant and historic move recently. (If you haven’t seen video of his trip, you can see that here.)

This wasn’t a move, though, that came on a whim. The Tufts Archives tell us that there is documentation from the iconic Donald Ross listing in his notes where he wanted the Putter Boy statue to stand on the Pinehurst grounds. While the Golfing Lad has moved around quite a bit in his 100 years, he was finally placed once again very near where Ross originally intended. And now that he’s placed, we can see from vintage photos that he is not far from where he stood as far back as the 1920s.

Putter Boy Tufts Archives

Putter Boy at Pinehurst, mid 1920s — Source: Tuft’s Archives.

Putter Boy Tufts Archives

Putter Boy — mid-to-late 1920s. Source: Tufts Archives

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Putter Boy Moves Back Home

If you know anything about Pinehurst history, you’ve probably heard that the iconic Putter Boy, known, among many other names, as the Sundial Boy from the days he was designed by Lucy Richards in 1912, has ventured to a number of different spots on the grounds at Pinehurst Resort. While the Tufts Archives tells us that there is documentation of the legendary Donald Ross providing specific instructions for where to place the Putter Boy, the Golf Lad has been around through his century on these grounds.

For the last couple of decades and since the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, Putter Boy has resided in front of the main putting green near the Resort Club veranda. But on Sept. 13, he was on the move once again. With a dedicated crew showing tender care for the Boy, he was moved near his original location of nearly 100 years ago, and very close to the spot Ross originally intended. Putter Boy now overlooks much of the new short-game practice area that Pinehurst is developing, and bisects the large putting green.

He is where he is supposed to be.

Home.

At Pinehurst.

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The Life as a Touring Pro – Pinehurst’s Darron Stiles

It’s not all glamour and big money and first class and luxury courtesy cars. The life as a touring golf pro can be demanding. It can rob you of valuable time with your family.

It can also bring you great rewards — depending on how well you play and how long you dedicate your life to it. For Pinehurst Country Club member Darron Stiles, he’s done both.

Stiles, who a few weeks ago won for the fifth time on the Web.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour, which was formerly the Nike Tour, which was formerly the Hogan Tour — Stiles knows all these things), is that tour’s all-time leading money-winner. But even with more than 1.8 million in earnings, Stiles yearns to get back to the PGA Tour, where he has spent five seasons of the his 17-year professional career. Currently 10th on the Web.com Tour money list with seven events remaining in the 2012 season, Stiles has virtually assured himself of returning to the PGA Tour in 2013.

Recently, with Pinehurst No. 2’s famed 18th green behind him, Stiles took a few minutes to discuss his success on the Web.com Tour, the number of differences between the two tours, the toll the touring golf pro life can take and look ahead to what’s next for the rest of the golf season.

For more on Stiles’ season, go here and here.

 

 

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“Iron Chef” at Pinehurst

Pinehurst Resort Chefs Jay Hunter and Daniel DeFusco compete in an “Iron Chef” cook-off on the final day of the 24th Labor Day Food and Wine Festival at The Carolina Hotel. The two chefs were judged by festival guest chefs Damien Cavicchi (Biltmore Executive Chef) John Hui (Executive Pastry Chef, Pebble Beach Resorts) and Ruth Van Waerebeek (Executive Chef, Concha y Toro).

“One thing Pinehurst makes sure of is that when you are here, you are comfortable in a family setting,” says DeFusco. “Pinehurst is a giant family, and we just keep inviting more guests in to be a part of it.”

“It’s a team at Pinehurst,” says Hunter. “Even though it was a competition today, it’s a team.This winefest is not possible without (the patrons) and without the team. Hats off to the chefs this weekend. They did a phenomenal job.”

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