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America’s Home Of Golf

PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA | As an ardent fan of Bobby Jones, I was pretty much down with anything the golfing great was quoted as saying. Until, that is, I made my first trip some years ago to the Carolina Sandhills. That was when I learned that he once called Pinehurst “the St. Andrews of United States golf.” And frankly, I did not get the analogy. Pinehurst is not built on linksland, nor located by the sea. As its name suggests, loblolly and longleaf pines abound here, and that is not the sort of flora you associate with the Home of Golf. I also found nary a swath of gorse during that maiden journey to Pinehurst, and no one spoke in a Scottish brogue, either. The climate was much more temperate in this Southern retreat, and I learned that the drink of choice at many postround watering holes was bourbon, not single-malt whisky. All of which made me wonder what Bobby Jones was thinking of when he uttered those words. But I went back to Pinehurst a
few more times, most recently with the Postmen – my fellow Global Golf Post staffers Andy DeKeuster, Steve Eubanks and Mike Purkey – this past summer. And those visits helped me understand just what the man meant. The village of Pinehurst was laid out in the 1890s by the noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and it exudes the same small-town quaintness of St. Andrews. Both communities have oodles of golf, with there now being more than 40 courses within a 15-mile radius in Pinehurst.


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