March 13, 2014
March 12, 2014
Our day began with a 6:00 a.m. departure from Albany, making a quick stop in Baltimore, and finally touching down in Raleigh by 9:00 a.m. The team hoped into the car and headed south. The early morning travel didn't slow us down - the morning was filled with a number of sing-alongs, most prominent of them being "Timber" which could have been heard all the way back in Albany. After a short hour-long drive, we finally reached our destination: Pinehurst.
Pinehurst is one of the premier golf resorts in the world, full of historic moments and host to a number of prestigious golf tournaments. The resort has eight courses, the most famous being Course No. 2, designed by none other than Donald Ross (the best course architect in my book). The resort hosts the annual North and South Open, an amateur event, and has hosted a number of men's and women's championships over the years. The most memorable championship was arguably the 1999 U.S. Open when the late, great Payne Stewart beat out Phil Mickelson in the final stretch; there is even a statue on the grounds commemorating his famous fist bump (a necessary photo opportunity for any golf fan). Course No. 2 will be extremely busy this summer, when both the men's and women's U.S. Open Championships will be held just two weeks apart.
After a range session, we headed to Pinehurst, embracing the historic air of the resort. A long and grueling putting contest on the large practice green followed, where I came out as victor, beating out Coach Wronowksi, mirroring the win of Payne Stewart in 1999. We then walked through the halls of the clubhouse, looking through the historic roots of the course. Seeing so many prominent golfers of the past and the mark they left on Pinehurst was a great inspiration for our team headed into the weekend.
We will be practicing at Little River Country Club this week, a course in the area, and playing against Boston University on Friday at National Golf Club. Saturday will be the practice round of the College of Charleston Invitational, with 54 holes of play following the next two days on Course No. 1 at Pinehurst.