Joey Hines has done something no one else has – at least that we know of. Hines, a 60-year-old PGA professional, has played every single course that has hosted a men’s major championship.
Before he realized what he was doing, this improbable journey – a bucket-list dream for many serious players – began in 1981 when he played Pinehurst No. 2, which hosted the 1936 PGA Championship and would eventually host multiple U.S. Opens (1999, 2005, 2014). He completed a 38-year, 119-course odyssey last month by playing Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., site of the 1938 PGA Championship.
“It was a dream I never planned on having,” said Hines, who has been the director of golf at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, N.C., since 1990.
After graduating from Eastern Carolina University, Hines got his first job as a PGA professional at the Northwood Club in Dallas. Northwood was a place he had never seen before, manicured and incredibly challenging. It also hosted the 1952 U.S. Open
Hines wanted to keep playing “qu...
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