The Spirit of Pinehurst

Published By: Sports Media Group

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Sports & Recreation

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Reviewed by Bob Pike CSP, CPAE

Pinehurst! What memories does it evoke for you? If you're a golfer there will be memories. While it might be Michael Campbell's 2005 U.S. Open win over Tiger Woods, it most probably is Payne Stewart's 1999 U.S. Open win over Phil Mikkelson by sinking a 15-foot putt on the final hole.

This book conveys the history of golf and the excitement of competition that has been Pinehurst from the beginning. Stunning pictures convey a sense of Pinehurst's history as well as providing a glimpse of the modern-day courses.

The art of Pinehurst, as captured by nationally recognized landscape artists Linda Hartaugh, Bill Mangum, and Eric Johnson, is stunningly reproduced. If you've been to Pinehurst these paintings will make you remember. If you haven't been--they'll make you want to go.

Author Pace also captures the history of Pinehurst by providing the historical details of both William Tufts, the Boston millionaire who bought the desolate sand hills that became Pinehurst and Donald Ross, one of the world's preeminent golf course architects who built many of the courses at Pinehurst, including the famous Pinehurst No. 2. It also chronicles the rescue of Pinehurst by Robert Dedman, Sr. and Don Padgett.

And many of the finest golf stories that Pinehurst has played a part in are captured through essays from some of the best golf writers in the world: Charles Price, Herbert Warren Wind, Jaime Diaz, and James Dodson among others. You'll feel as though you actually saw the shots played by Payne Stewart, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and others.

Armchair Interviews says: If you love golf, this book is a must have. If you know someone who loves the game--this is the gift to give.

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