Pinehurst 2013 –
Best in Blog

As we continue to look back on 2013 at Pinehurst (and get set to turn the page to the year we’ve all been waiting for with breathless anticipation), here’s the countdown of our most popular blog posts and stories from 2013.

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For the Best in 2012, go here.

The Best You Didn’t See or Read in 2013



Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams Talks Golf…And Timeouts

Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams has always had an affinity for golf, so at his most recent Pinehurst visit, we chatted with him about how golf and basketball might be linked (Scroll to 1:45 in the above video). But we also asked what rounds of golf were like with Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, and even heard Roy’s best story about golfing with Coach Smith – and it happened right here on Pinehurst No. 2 (3:45).

But once we asked about Roy Williams’ philosophy concerning taking timeouts – or, in reality, NOT TAKING timeouts – that’s when the post hit the message boards and began to spread like wildfire. (Scroll to 5:45.)


U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk: “You’re looking at a brand new golf course.”

Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion and 16-time PGA Tour winner, visited Pinehurst with friends to play a casual round on the restored Pinehurst No. 2.

An animated Furyk came away impressed – and even marveled at the thought of adding his name to the walls of the historic Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.




No. 5. Augusta and Pinehurst – What Might Have Been

One of our best additions to the Pinehurst Blog this year has been the writing of acclaimed author Lee Pace, as valuable a historian on Pinehurst and its place in golf as you will find anywhere on the planet. Lee authored several intriguing posts for us this year, and will continue to do so leading up to the U.S. Opens in 2014.

Here, Pace tells the story of how Bobby Jones came to choose Alister MacKenzie over the famed Donald Ross to design Augusta National – and breaking a supposed handshake agreement with Ross in the process. Read the role the fate of golf – and losing – played into Jones’ decision, and the legendary impact the decision made on Ross and his vision for what No. 2 could become.



No. 4 #Dufnering in Pinehurst

When #Dufnering swept a nation, it breezed through Pinehurst as well.

Everywhere at Pinehurst…


No. 3 Wedding Bells on No. 2

Navy man Steve Gonzalez and his fiancée Wendy Ross originally wanted a small wedding, a quick ceremony, and considered even eloping. But with two large families, that wasn’t going to happen.

Until Pinehurst came in.

And Wendy – NOT ASHLEY (watch the video to get it) – got the surprise of her life.


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No. 2 Ben Crenshaw and the 2014 U.S. Open: “There’s going to be a lot of heartache”

When Lee Pace caught up with golf legend Ben Crenshaw and USGA Executive Director Mike Davis on a recent trip to Pinehurst, the ideas of how the 2014 U.S. Opens COULD play dominated the conversation. From Crenshaw and Davis themselves came hints at the most anticipated Open setup in history.


And our most-read blog post of 2013…

M.O. Owens, at 100 years old, lines up a putt on Pinehurst No. 2.

No. 1 Breaking 100 on Pinehurst No .2

Dr. M.O. Owens picked up a golf club for the first time in 1932.

Eighty-one years later, he finally got to play Pinehurst No. 2.

At 100 years old.

A delightful man. A delightful story.

A delightful game we all share.