A decade ago, when Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were overseeing the spectacularly successful restoration project at Pinehurst No. 2, writer Lee Pace spent a good bit of time shadowing Coore.
Pace, a longtime Carolinas golf writer who has written a handful of books about Pinehurst resort and the surrounding area, was struck by Coore’s simple approach to the golf course.
“Over the years he worked on that, I don’t think I ever once saw him in a golf cart,” Pace said. “He wasn’t the kind to get in a golf cart. He’d walk around and he’d talk about being able to feel the ground with his feet.”
Pace has similar feelings, believing that walking a golf course is a part of the experience. He doesn’t judge cart-riders too harshly, but given the choice Pace prefers to sling a bag over his shoulder and set off on another adventure.
It led Pace to write a book titled Good Walks, Rediscovering the Soul of Golf at Eighteen of the Carolinas’ Best Courses, which was released earlier this spring by the University of North Carolina Press.
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