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Simon Hobday, the 1994 U.S. Senior Open Champion at Pinehurst, has passed away

Simon Hobday as seen with the trophy after winning the 1994 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.(Copyright USGA/Robert Walker)

We at Pinehurst are saddened to hear of the passing of Simon Hobday. His grit and determination in winning the 1994 U.S. Senior Open was a performance that stands with the best in the history of Pinehurst and Pinehurst No. 2. We extend our sincerest condolences to the Hobday family.

Hobday’s victory at Pinehurst was a wonderful moment, and he topped a leaderboard that included the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Weiskopf, Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd, all of whom finished among the top 13 in the championship.

Hobday, too, was one of golf’s greatest characters. The tributes on social media have been great fun to read today and allow us to remember a great champion at Pinehurst with a laugh and smile.

Here is a sampling of those tributes:


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Experiencing back pain? A massage could help

couplesmassage_12213Forget prescription drugs, treat lower back pain with a massage at The Spa at Pinehurst.

A new study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that patients with lower back pain that lasts less than 12 weeks usually get better over time, so they probably will not need medicines. If you don’t want to wait, a massage could help.

For those who are experiencing acute or subacute back pain, the answer to relief can often be found in massage, heat therapy, spinal manipulation, exercise and yoga or Tai chi, according to the guidelines.

Read the USA Today story and visit to explore our massage menu.



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Golf Channel: Modernized rules reflect trends in golf, including at Pinehurst

For The Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella, several of the modernized rules reflect the progress of many golf destinations, including Pinehurst.

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A quick bite at the turn

No gators, just fox squirrels in Pinehurst.

According to, this is from a golf course in Florida.

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A majestic Phil Mickelson Ryder Cup story

It’s Phil, Feherty, a leather jacket and Lefty telling stories like this.

Can’t wait.

Here’s hoping there’s a 1999 U.S. Open story in there somewhere.

And then here’s another on his famed shot at the 13th at Augusta, where Phil uses the word dispersion like our Eric Alpfenfels:

Make it three now. Golf Channel posted this clip today:

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