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Don Potter’s Magical 18th on Pinehurst No. 2

Don Potter stands with the flag from the 18th green on Pinehurst No. 2 after making eagle.

Don Potter stood in the middle of Pinehurst No. 2’s 18th fairway, 155 yards from the green. In the distance, he could see the iconic Payne Stewart statue. No one has played the 18th better in a bigger spot than Payne Stewart.

But Don Potter tried.

A heady wind facing him, Potter made his wisest decision of the day. “I listened to my caddie,” he said.

Just 155 away, Potter’s caddie told him to play it 170. Potter took the advice, pulled a 5 iron and set up for a punch shot as his approach.

Potter rifled the shot on a line Payne has seen few times in his time adjacent to the finishing green of one of the world’s most demanding courses. Potter knew it looked good.

Then he heard the roars.

Potter came to Pinehurst with his group S.T.A.G. – The Royal Society of Soon-to-Be-Ancient Golfers. Most of his group had finished its round, and awaiting the final pairings to come up the 18th, the group was watching the action from the Resort Club’s back veranda. They are the ones who saw Potter’s ball roll straight into the cup for an eagle 2.

“I only heard it,” said Potter, who hails from Chicago. “It was downright fantastic.”

Potter was given the flag from the pin as a keepsake for his eagle. It was a great cap to a trip in which S.T.A.G. donated $7,000 to the Carolinas Golf Association to promote junior golf.

Oh, and one more thing: On the tee, Potter needed eagle to break 80.

He got it.

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Thistle Dhu – In Time [Video]

Pinehurst Resort’s newest attraction, Thistle Dhu, continues to draw rave reviews from guests and members alike. At just about any time of day, one can find players enjoying themselves on a course like few have seen anywhere.

Now we offer you a look at the maturation of the course, which is playing firm and fast just a few months after ground was broken and the design of Coore and Crenshaw’s Toby Cobb and Dave Axland came brilliantly to life.

Kudos to the incredible staff at Pinehurst. It truly is amazing how quickly Thistle Dhu came together.


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Putter Boys Swingin’ it at Pinehurst [Video]

Pinehurst’s Maniac Hill practice range was full of golfers on Monday, enjoying their warmup in cool seasonal temperatures before they embarked on a memorable round at one of Pinehurst’s famed courses.

But in the middle of the range stood a man possessing dark sunglasses, striking white hair and a soft, soothing voice. In front of Joe McAuley were two of his grandsons, McAuley, 6, and Porter, 4.

And the three of of them were having the time of their lives.

Especially Grandpa, who gave perhaps the best piece of advice for everyone who introduces the game to kids. Check out the video’s final frame for that sage wisdom. We could all learn a thing or two from Joe and his grandsons.

Pinehurst member Joe McAuley stands with his grandsons Porter 4, (left) and McAuley, 6, (right) on the practice range at Pinehurst Resort.

Pinehurst member Joe McAuley stands with his grandsons Porter 4, (left) and McAuley, 6, (right) on the practice range at Pinehurst Resort.

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Could Your Game Use Some Professional Help?

Pinehurst Golf Academy

Pinehurst Golf Academy

We’re looking for three good candidates to enjoy a weekend golf school at the Pinehurst Golf Academy – all on us! All you have to do is convince us your game needs help. AND, be willing and comfortable to have us film your journey through the school. If you’re picked, you’ll come to Pinehurst on Thursday, October 18, enjoy resort accommodations for three nights including all meals, and get three full days of instruction in the Golf Academy. What’s better than that?
Send us a few words, a video, or any type of plea as to why we should pick you and you might just find yourself at Pinehurst next weekend.
Please send your submissions to
*Travel cost is not included.

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Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance Iron Mike Rally Pre-Run [Video]

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance held its Iron Mike Rally Pre-Run, an event designed to work out the logistics of the 36-mile Iron Mike Rally to Fort Bragg the Concours will run in May 2013. Among the classics on display were a 1965 AC Cobra, a vintage 1937 Lincoln, a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC, a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and a cayenne-red custom 1962 Corvette convertible.

You can read more about the pre-run here and here. In addition to showcasing a sampling on the classic vehicles that will be on display at Pinehurst Resort from May 2-5 at the Main Post Parade field,  special media VIP, car owners and guests were treated to an emotional and uplifting tour of Fort Bragg, including stops at Range 37 and meetings with Special Forces soldiers. The group was also entertained by a moving performance by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus, of which highlights can be seen and heard here.

The Iron Mike Rally is named after the iconic “Iron Mike” statue, located near Fort Bragg headquarters, that represents all paratroopers past, present and future. Fort Bragg is home of the United States Army 82nd Airborne and Special Operations Forces and is one of the largest military complexes in the world, with approximately 57,000 military personnel, 11,000 civilian employees and 23,000 family members on site.

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