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Golf Digest names Pinehurst Golf Academy one of nation’s best

Pinehurst Resort has been honored with two Editor’s Choice awards from Golf Digest in its upcoming May issue. The resort was named as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Americas while the Pinehurst Golf Academy earned a nod among the nation’s Best Golf Schools and Academies.

Hailed for its accommodations, varied dining options and certainly its nine championship golf courses, Golf Digest calls Pinehurst Resort “a premier destination for more than 100 years.”


The Pinehurst Golf Academy, led by Eric Alpenfels, was also praised. Alpenfels, a Class A PGA of America Master Professional, has in previous years been named as one of “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers” by Golf Digest and one of the “Top 100 Teachers in America” by Golf Magazine.

“Programs at Pinehurst … are staffed with highly rated teachers, and benefit from class-leading resort amenities.” -Golf Digest

But the Academy’s expertise doesn’t stop there. Kelly Mitchum, a former North & South Amateur champion who has appeared in four PGA Championships and 25 PGA Tour events, is part of a staff of lead golf instructors (including Paul McRae and Geoff Lynch) that boasts more than 75 years of combined teaching experience.

It’s that kind of expertise that caught Golf Digest’s editors’ eyes.

“When it’s time to immerse yourself in your game, a great golf school should tick the right boxes: highly rated teaching staff, low student-to-teacher ratio, a variety of programs, great location, and attractive lodging options,” writes Golf Digest. “Programs at Pinehurst … are also staffed with highly rated teachers, and benefit from class-leading resort amenities.”

“We’re honored that Golf Digest has recognized the Pinehurst Golf Academy as one of the best schools in the country,” Alpenfels says. “We take great pride in giving our guests and students the best possible experience while helping them improve at the game we all know and love.”

The Pinehurst Golf Academy runs weekly and weekend schools throughout the year. From three-to-four instructors will work each school, depending on enrollment, and each school includes video analysis and time spent on the full swing, chipping, pitching, sand play, putting and course management. The Academy’s schools are also unique, offering schools specifically designed for parents and their children, for junior golfers and for Academy alumni.

The Pinehurst Golf Academy offers a unique blend of situational practice and on-course instruction. Students enjoy a round of golf each day, so after working on your skills on the practice range, they have the chance to test what they’ve learned on the course with an instructor.

The Pinehurst Golf Academy is also an industry leader in golf research. The staff has used Academy students as well as resort guests and members to participate in studies that have measured questions ranging from whether golfers can better practice lag putting by looking at the hole during the stroke rather than the ball; the effectiveness of various drills for curing the slice; and whether aiming at a pinpoint target on full shots yields better results than fixating on a larger target.

“Everything we do is research-based,” Alpenfels says. “It is important to us to create a relationship where our students trust us and see we are willing to work hard to get there.”

For more information about the Pinehurst Golf Academy, or about which golf school is best for you, please go here.

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Pinehurst’s Kelly Mitchum pitches in for birdie at RBC Heritage Classic


In the opening round of the 2016 RBC Heritage, Kelly Mitchum, a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, holes a downhill pitch shot from 27 feet for birdie on the par-3 7th hole.


Guess that shouldn’t be TOO surprising. After all, Kelly is the guy who did this:

And this:

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Spieth’s caddie Greller reflects on Masters and Spieth’s character

Michael Geller, Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth listens as caddie Michael Greller speaks to him during a practice round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by the USGA/No usage without permission)

Michael Greller, Jordan Spieth’s caddie, wrote a heartfelt message on his Facebook wall this week about The Masters, which, as you are all well aware, Spieth…well, do we really need to say anything more?

Anyway, Greller gave writer Stephanie Wei permission to post his message on her site, and it’s a wonderful read. We suggest you read it in full because it gives a window into Spieth’s personality not just today, but over the years, dating back to 2011. As a golf fan, it is well worth your time.

As for The Masters, here is what Greller writes:

The 2016 Masters stung. Hats off to Danny Willett for an incredible final round, and more importantly, becoming a father. We have received an outpouring of support and thoughtful messages. But don’t feel sorry or sad for us. We won’t get stuck in this moment, nor should you. We will work harder, fight harder and be better for it. We will bounce back as we have done many times.

Winning shows your character and losing shows ALL your character. -Michael Greller

At the end of the day, golf is a sport. I am especially thankful to have an unconditionally loving wife Ellie Greller, family and friends who treat us the exact same regardless of wins and losses. This isn’t life and death stuff. There are far greater struggles that exist in this world than not winning The Masters. We are beyond blessed to do what we do. We are grateful to work alongside the greatest golfers and caddies in the world. It is a challenge we relish.

A wise coach reminded me recently, winning shows your character and losing shows ALL your character. Jordan continues to model grace and humility through wins and especially losses. The student continues to teach the teacher, and now millions others, just like he did at Erin Hills.

Jordan Spieth is the same genuine, grounded and humble person he was five years ago, in victory or defeat.

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Golf in New York City? You have to see “Tiger Hood”

Love golf?

Feel free to love it even more after watching ESPN’s latest 30 For 30 short. (NOTE: If you can’t view the film on this page, please go here.)

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Three Rare Best in Show Cars Returning to 2016 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance


VILLAGE OF PINEHURST – Some of the rarest collector cars in the United States – the first three Best in Show winners of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance – will return for the fourth annual vintage car showcase on April 30 for a unique and historic automobile display.

“We’re humbled to have our first three champions coming back to this event, which has become very special to them, in order to find out who will join their exclusive club,” said Pinehurst Concours President Jay Howard. “By Saturday afternoon, we will have a very special Concours Foursome.”


It will be an extraordinary opportunity to get up close to a 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer (2015 winner), a 1931 Cadillac 452A (2014 winner), and a 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster (2013 winner) all in the same location on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort — and then watch as the next champion is crowned.

All three stunning former Pinehurst Concours champions will make a grand entrance onto the showfield on Saturday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m., and then be displayed for show attendees to observe and learn about their history with the cars’ proud owners.

“What a sight it will be,” added Pinehurst Concours chief judge Nigel Matthews, who has judged concours all over the world. “I can’t think of another event that has managed to bring all of the winners together since its inception.” … Continue Reading

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