The Early Days of Pinehurst


When people discuss the timeless idyll that wanders through a forest which seems to go on forever, they will remember the fellow who wore knickers that made the famous putt – and kicked his leg up toward heaven in the most pure display of joy and redemption you will ever see. Even those not so conversant with golfing ephemera will vaguely recall the Scot who formed those legendary sporting fields. When they make their pilgrimage they will hear the chimes of the clock tower slowly cast its resonant spell throughout the town and across the links. They will miss the intricately detailed mosaic that is the authentic story of Americas once and future home of golf. For Pinehurst is not a conglomeration of stark facts. It is a mythic realm where the presence of the immortals who have passed through is palpable – and quickens the spirits of those who enter.



Chris Buie is the author of The Early Days of Pinehurst

Many facts contained within are derived from Richard Mandell’s book “Pinehurst – The Home of American Golf”. Most of the images are courtesy of the Tufts Archives. Both are first rate affairs which are more than worthy of your patronage.

Also referenced are Oakmont, 100 Years by Marino Parascenzo and the Garden City Golf Club Book. The Longhurst section is from Herbert Warren Wind’s compendium The Complete Golfer.