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Old Town Pinehurst: Historic “Lansmyr” on 3+ acres of privacy. Expansive 2-story Colonial Revival with exquisite Georgian detail with 9+Bdrms & 8 Baths. Magnificent terraced garden. $1,600,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

“Shadowlawn”: English Tudor built in 1929, on 1.5 acres of lush landscaping, is one of the finest estates in Old Town Pinehurst. Guest Cottage. Location, Quality & History define this property. Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Mid South Club: Masterful blend of European architectural

CCNC: Golf front on 5 acres overlooking pond & 10th hole of Cardinal. Light, open plan creates wonderful living areas on 2-levels. Gourmet Kitchen, 2-Fireplaces, 4Bdrms, 4Full&2Half Baths. $1,475,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Old Town Pinehust: Astonishing & masterful ground-up renovation of the former Rectory House. All new systems throughout! Gourmet kitchen, temperature controlled wine cellar. $1,275,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

CCNC: Flawlwess elegance, one level, 3BR, 3.5BA, 2-fire-

Clarendon Gardens: Built in the 1920’s on 3.15 secluded,

“Liscome Lodge” has everything you’re looking for in a prime

beautiful acres. Restored with every attention to detail. 11-Fireplaces, wood floors, beamed ceilings, and so much more. $1,250,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Old Town Pinehurst: “Edgewood Cottage” is a renovated Dutch Colonial loaded with charm and character. Heart pine floors, 4-Frplcs, Sitting Rm off Master Suite. Pool & Pool House. 4BR/4.5BA. $1,000,000 Eva Toney 910.638.0972

styles for a timeless look on the 18th hole and overlooking the lake. 5Bdrms, 5Full&2Half Baths. $1,475,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

places, exceptional pool. Property flanked by 2nd and 16th holes of Cardinal. Magnificent views - yet private. $1,250,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

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National Golf Club: Southern Livng “1999 Idea House.” Spectacluar golf course & water views! Exquisite home with beautiful, fine architectural details. 4Bdrms, 4Full&2Half Baths. $1,125,000 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Horse Country: Adjacent to Walthour Moss Foundation. 14.98 acres, 8-stall Morton Barn, 2 separate, 2-Stall run-in sheds. 10 Paddocks & pond. Gourmet kitchen, Plantation Shutters, Hardwood, 4BR/3BA. Pamela O’Hara 910.315.3093

Old Town Pinehurst: Brilliant renovation of charming 1925 Cottage! Wonderful light in every room, open design. Gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. 3Bdrms, 3.5Baths. $995,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

Old Town Pinehurst location. History, Charm & totally Renovated! Guest Cottage. 4Bdrms, 4Baths. $1,150,000

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Forest Creek: Golf front, completely furnished. 5BR/5BA, 1800sf of outdoor entertaining. Full bar & entertainment area with pool table, large flat screen TV. Seller will pay mbrshp initiation fee. Beverly Del Giudice 910.603.9903

7 Lakes West: Lake Front! www.103CookPoint.com 4BR/3.5BA exceptional home & lot on Lake Auman. Magnificent lake view! Bulk head, boat dock! Superior workmanship by Yates Hussey. $975,000 Frank Sessoms 910.639.3099

2nd & 6th Holes. Designed to capture natural light, maple cabinetry, Tiger wood floors. Stunning! 3Bdrms, 3Full&2Half Baths. $950,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

Southern Pines: Downtown sophistication in a turn-of-the-

CCNC: Wonderful family home! Formal rooms, huge Ktchn,

Pinewild CC: Classic Elegance with a French Country Flair!

century historic landmark. Restored in ‘08 to its original Queen Anne Victorian look with painstaking attention to details. $859,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

Family Room with see-through fireplace, 1st floor master, pool, 3-car garage. A Special Home! $797,500 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

CCNC: French Country Home! Charming golf-front, 3BR/

Forest Creek: Lovely golf front home in prestigious gated community. Sophisticated, comfortable elegance. Spacious living areas. A kitchen the cook will love! Family room & a Study. 3BR/3BA. $785,000 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

Weymouth Height: “Buttonwood” built in 1930 on 2.12

Forest Creek: Fabulous detail & plan! Very open design. Carolina room, screened porch with Easy Breeze Window & Door System, and a patio. 4BR/4.5BA. Separate Cottage. $725,000 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

3BA ranch home. Formal rooms, sun-filled kitchen, den, family room w/frplc, porch, deck & new roof. Move-in Ready! $789,000 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

acres is a Southern Pines landmark. Stunning updated Colonial with 3-fireplaces, wide plank heart pine floors, 10’ ceilings & deep mouldings. $758,000 Maureen Clark 910.315.1080

Fairwoods on 7: Certified “Green House” - Overlooks the

Formal & Informal living areas, 2-Frplcs, Master with private porch & hot tub. Lovely gourmet kitchen. 3BR/4.5BA. Simply Gorgeous! $795,000 Pat Wright 910.691.3224

Pinewild CC: Beautiful home designed to capture peaceful

golf & water views! Open design, cofferred Living Room ceiling, frpc, Study, Kitchen w/granite opens to Family room. 4BR/4.5BA. $774,500 Pat Wright 910.691.3224

The Fields: Custom Bonville home on 16 acres - a stunning equine inspired community. Tranquil & inviting this home is a show place...a perfect fit for nature & horse lovers alike. 4BR/3BA. $629,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

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June 2014 Volume 9, No. 6


23 Simple Life Jim Dodson 38 PinePitch 41 Cos and Effect Cos Barnes


43 Bookshelf

109 My Father’s Golf Clubs

53 N.C. Writer’s Notebook Sandra Redding

Poetry by Steve Cushman

110 Back to the Future By Lee Pace

The glorious restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 may offer a blueprint for golf’s future.

114 Out of Bounds By Lee Pace

How Pinehurst No. 2 was spared a very different fate.

118 Pants That Just Say Pinehurst

Excerpt from A Son of the Game by Jim Dodson

122 Rooms With a View of No. 2 By Deborah Salomon

Tom McPherson always dreamed of a house on a major championship course. Sometimes golf dreams come true.

133 June Almanac By Noah Salt

Weddings galore and the quotable gardener

49 The Omnivorous Reader Stephen E. Smith 55 Hitting Home Dale Nixon 57 The Kitchen Garden Jan Leitschuh 61 Vine Wisdom Robyn James 63 Out of the Blue Deborah Salomon 65 Man on the Town Kevin Drum 71 Birdwatch Susan Campbell 73 The Sporting Life Tom Bryant 135 Calendar 161 Pinehurst Confidential 175 SandhillSeen 187 PineNeedler Mart Dickerson 189 Thoughts From the Man Shed Geoff Cutler 191 The Accidental Astrologer Astrid Stellanova 192 SouthWords Ashley Wahl

U.S. Open Championships 2014

77 Bell of the Ball Nancy Oakley 83 Dressing Dixie Ron Green Jr. 89 The Ross Doctor Is In Jim Schlosser 95 Overhills — Part 3 Gayvin Powers 102 Good Baggage Bill Hensley 105 The Man Who Would be Donald Ross Ogi Overman Cover Illustration by Harry Blair Photograph this page by Joann Dost 8

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This unique and charming custom home on Lake Auman has a magnificent wide view of open water and a coveted Eastern exposure. The interior is so inviting – bright and open with high ceilings, hardwood floors, beautiful custom kitchen cabinets by Harold Locklear, and four private decks. The home also offers a 3 car garage, 6 zone irrigation system and a large unfinished basement area that would be great for a workshop, workout room or additional storage. 3 BR / 2.5 BA Code 1150 121 Wertz Drive





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Magnificent custom built home located on the 11th tee with views of the 7th, 8th and 9th fairways of Pinehurst course #4. This is what life is all about! Located in a prestigious, gated Pinehurst community, this 5 bedroom/5.5 bath home possesses timeless golf front beauty and is designed for grand scale entertaining. Meticulous attention to detail is showcased with custom moldings, unique builtins, expansive patio areas, a custom stone raised hearth fireplace, and graciously open living spaces. 5 BR / 5.5 BA Code 1147 30 Spring Valley Court



$258.000 $179,000 Southern Pines Pinehurst $199,900 Foxfire Lovely and pristine in Longleaf CC Lovely updated golf-front home Cute cottage w/nice renovations 3 BR / 2 BA 3 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 4.5 BA www.205HunterTrail.com www.4DogwoodCourt.com www.17ChestnutLane.com

Beautiful contemporary home on an oversized lot in Old Town! Unique floor plan offers soaring ceilings and open, sunlit spaces. The many recent upgrades include hardwood floors in the downstairs rooms, new cabinets, granite countertops and all new appliances in the kitchen, new roof in 2011, new fireplace in the living area and a fabulous heated, saltwater pool. Outside, there’s gorgeous landscaping, new decking and front walkway and a spacious fenced back yard. 3 BR / 2 BA Code 1133 $75,000 225 Linden Road Pinehurst Pinehurst



This lovely brick home located in the gated community of MidSouth Club has wonderful architectural design with lots of upscale extras and built-ins. The home has been immaculately kept and shows like new! Spacious rooms with lots of light make the interior very appealing. Private back yard features separate screened porch - perfect for entertaining! Beautiful landscaping and great curb appeal. Irrigation system feeds off a private well. 3 BR / 3 BA Code 1152 27 Plantation Drive



$585,000 Aberdeen $145,500 Pinehurst Fantastic, all-brick golf front home Cute home on large corner lot 4 BR / 3.5 BA 3 BR / 2 BA www.80LakewoodDrive.com www.110RavenswoodRoad.com

Absolutely gorgeous custom golf front home! Built by Step One, one of the area’s finest builders, this home offers elegant style and gracious amenities. The floorplan is perfect for entertaining with a center great room with vaulted ceilings, stacked stone fireplace, built-in entertainment unit, recessed lighting and a custom step down wet bar. Wonderful golf views can be enjoyed from every room in the house! 3 BR /CCNC 3.5 BA Code 1156 27$449,000 Barons Drive Pinehurst $239,000

Great house in a great neighborhood! This lovely home has super curb appeal and offers an open floor plan with 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths and lots of natural light. This property also has hardwood floors, plenty of storage space including a walk-in attic and a fenced back yard. 4 BR / 3.5 BA Code 1160 15 N. Catalpa Lane

$329,000 $890,000 Longleaf CC Custom Built Villa Overlooking Water Custom built all brick golf-front home Brick single story w/view of 17th green Covered porch & large fenced lot Updated Immaculate Golf View Condo 3 BR$895,000 / 2 BA 4 BR / 4 Full & 2 Half Baths 1 BR /PINES 1 BA SOUTHERN $520,000 3 BR / 2.5 BA PINEHURST 3 BR / 2.5 BA $409,000 PINEHURST www.16SteeplechaseWay.com www.110HearthstoneRoad.com www.8RoyalDornoch.com www.210StAndrewsCondo.com www.1340BurningTreeRoad.com

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windows overlooking the water. There is a separate study/library with a fireplace and a large master bedroom suite on the main floor. The gourmet kitchen with center island and upscale cabinetry has a cozy dining nook overlooking the pond. 4 BR / 2.5 BA Code 1161 110 Gingham Lane



to the foundation and completely rebuilt and expanded by Joe Ussery in 2005. The very best of both worlds - location in the Village and up to date renovations that honor the style and period of the original. 4 BR / 3.5 BA Code 978 50 Orange Road



$269,900 $187,900 Pinehurst $185,000 Southern Pines $225,000 Pinebluff Pinehurst $375,000 Foxfire Great home in family- friendly neighborhood Stunning new construction condo Golf front new construction in The Pines Immaculate all-brick w/golf views Elegant & luxurious w/spacious rooms 5 BR / 3 BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA 3 BR / 2 BA 2 BR / 2 BA 4 BR / 3 BA www.23BerylCircle.com www.100CypressCircle.com www.153LaurelOakLane.com www.18ShamrockDrive.com www.10StantonCircle.com

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68 Abbottsford Drive, Pinewild Ideal for entertaining. No detail overlooked. Home Theatre. $995,000 Debra Serino Brenner • 910.315.9051

3 Sugar Gum Lane, Pineurst 4 BR/3.5 BA Lake Pinehurst area. Heated pool, 14’ ceilings. Hardwood floors, new HVAC. PCC Membership. $359,000 Alex Reed • 910.603.6997

115 Graham Road, Village of Pinehurst Private one acre setting, English gardens, gourmet kitchen. PCC Membership. $598,000 Suzanne Colmer • 910.639.9494

1 Sodbury Court, Pinehurst

One of the orginal Cotswold units! Superb craftsmanship, Unique owner’s suite with his and her baths and closets. PCC Membership

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34 Augusta Drive, Mid-South Club

Golf front 14th fairway, custom home built, single level luxury. High ceilings, lots of hardwood.

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780 Donald Ross Drive, Pinehurst Totally renovated. Elegant open floor plan. Beautiful garden and pool. PCC Membership option. $485,000 Victoria Adkins • 910.315.9000

190 Linden Road, Pinehurst Location, Location. Ivy Pines Cottage in Old Town. PCC Membership $424,500 Debra Serino Brenner • 910.315.9051

110 Firetree Lane, Seven Lakes North Beautiful waterfront views and private beach. More than 3500 SF, all brick, 3 car garage with Boat/RV storage. $299,000 Suzanne Colmer • 910.639.9494

The Beaufort, The Arboretum 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, + Bonus 3224 SF. Club house and pool. $339,900 Alex Reed • 910.603.6997

46 Thunderbird Circle, Pinehurst Golf front Pinehurst #1, custom home, exquisite kitchen. PCC Membership $519,000 Debra Serino Brenner • 910.315.9051


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240 Midland Road, Pinehurst #2 Join us daily during the US Open. Watch the action from the upstairs terrace. PCC Membership. $1,980,000 Debra Serino Brenner • 910.315.9051

102 Hastings Road, Seven Lakes South Prime golf front property, beautifully decorated. Move-in ready. $259,900 Jodie Fondrie • 910.639.9788

20 Muster Branch, Where’s that? Exquisite setting, this hidden gem crowns the 6th and 4th fairways of legendary Pinehurst No.2. PCC Membership $2,250,000 Debra Serino Brenner • 910.315.9051

51 Richmond Road, Foxfire Beautiful custom home in gorgeous setting on the Red Fox 15th hole. Open floor plan, granite, SS appliances. $269,000 Jodie Fondrie • 910.639.9788

143 Boiling Springs Circle, Southern Pines Impeccable, open plan, 3077 SF, 4 BR/2.5 BA. Walk to downtown Southern Pines! $398,000 Victoria Adkins • 910.315.9000

110 Hearthstone Road, Pinehurst Elegant, 5,000 + SF. 17th fairway Pinehurst No.7 PCC Membership. $849,900 John McNeill • 910.638.9158

164 McDairmid Road, Pinehurst Updated Pinehurst cottage with all the charm of yesterday, large corner lot. PCC Membership $219,900 Sally Thomas • 910.215.6937

180 North Ridge Street, Southern Pines Charming Weymouth 1930’s cottage 4 BR/2.5 BA. Walking distance to downtown. It’s a gem! $525,000 Inge Dahl • 910.690.3531

108 Triple Crown Circle, Longleaf CC Immaculate one level patio home with 2 car garage. Fenced yard. $298,000 Linda Harte • 910.922.1767

15 Barrett Road East, Village of Pinehurst One level home on 1.29 acre private lot. Carolina room, hardwoods throughout. PCC Membership $639,000 Suzanne Colmer • 910.639.9494

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Pinewild CC: Panoramic Golf Front views in this Pinewild

artistically inspired beauty, situated on one acre. Spacious with surprises around every corner. 3BR/3BA. PCC option. $529,000 Debbie Darby 910.783.5193

CCNC: Distinctive location overlooking pond & golf course.

Open, light & pristine! Excellent home for entertaining. 3Bdrms each with private bath. Lower level: bar, frplc & sun room. $489,000 Kay Beran 910.315.3322

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Cotswold: Luxury Townhome with upgrades! www.9StantonCircle.com - 3BR/3BA, Bonus Rm, all brick, single level, 60” Wolf range with French top, granite counter-tops, custom moulding & more! $465,000 Frank Sessoms 910.639.3099

Mid South Club: Striking Georgian style home was built by a contractor for his personal residence. Ideal family home or an entertainer’s dream! Lovely interior features! 3BR/2.5BA. $459,000 Eva Toney 910.638.0972

Old Town Pinehurst: Circa 1928; Renovated & added to in

Whispering Pines: Stunning 5BR/4BA brick home. Open

CCNC: Living well & entertaining is easy: spacious rooms,

7 Lakes West: Rarely is a water front lot available on Lake Auman! Spectacular 180 degree, big water views just waiting for your dream home! Bulk-head, 2-Docks w/boat lift & swim ladder. $370,000 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374

floor plan with high-end finishes. With almost 5,000sf of living space & a motivated Seller, this home is a fantastic buy! $425,000 Donna Chapman 910.783.6061

lots of windows to see the stunning landscaping & Lake Watson; watch the sunset from under the deck’s awning. 3BR/2BA/2HB. $395,000 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

Pinehurst: Enjoy golf front living at its finest on Course #3! Middleton Place: Light, bright & private! 2BR/2BA, hardwood, Meticulously maintained! 2-sided Frplc, cherry entertainment tile, Carolina Room, over-size office with built-ins & bay center, beamed ceilings, Rutt Kitchen cabinets & more! window; beautiful eat-in ktchn; large patio ovrlooks woods! 4BR/2.5BA. $359,000 $323,500 Linda Criswell 910.783.7374 Carolyn Hallett 910.986.2319

for a spacious house in serene setting! Fabulous Ktchn & Great Room overlooks pool, 4BR/3BA, 2-car garage. Just minutes to downtown. $483,900 Mav Hankey 910.603.3589

2007. Heart pine floors & fireplace in original part of house. Kitchen with granite. 4Bdrms, 2Baths. $439,500 Emily Hewson 910.315.3324

Pinehurst #6: Relaxed living in this flowing floor plan! Kitchen & breakfast area open to family room. Generous master suite w/sitting area. Fireplace, laundry room & 2-car side entry garage! $245,000 Mav Hankey 910.603.3589

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The Roost • 480 E. Connecticut Avenue

Pinehurst. Residence on 5 acres overlooking Cardinal Course, 6500 Sq Ft, built in 1998. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 half baths, 10 ft. ceilings, main floor master. $1,475,000

1920’s cottage on 1.68 acres near downtown Southern Pines. Offering features a 3 bedroom residence, one bedroom guest house, pool and cabana, and two story garage apartment. $899,000

• 12 Masters Ridge • Mid South Club

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Southern Pines. Residence built in 2005 blends current design with European architecture. 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, over 7000 Sq Ft on 1.15 acres overlooking 18th hole. Pool. $1,475,000

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Pinehurst. Elegant restoration of a 1925 cottage in the Village. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths on 3 levels with ground floor master. Gourmet kitchen, porch overlooks gardens. $995,000

Pinehurst. Waterfront home overlooking beautiful section of the lake. Great views from master, family room, living room and kitchen. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, dock and boat. $529,000.

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Historic North Carolina Victorian farm house built in 1879. Perfectly maintained on 19.59 acres. Southern Pines. French Country cottage built in 1924 on 1.2 acres in prestigious Weymouth Property includes 5 bedrooms residence, barn, smoke house, and two apartments. $1,195,000 Heights neighborhood. 4196 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, new kitchen. $875,000 16 June 2014P���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills

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Lansmyr • 175 Linden Road • Old Town

Pinehurst. Residence on 1.72 acres flanked by 2nd and 6th holes of the Cardinal Course. Magnificently remodeled in 2009. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, two fireplaces, stunning pool. $1,250,000

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Donald Ross Tudor • 145 Fairway Drive. Pine Needles

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Southern Pines treasure designed and built by Donald Ross in 1920’s. One block from Pine Needles Ross Course. Slate roof, 3 fireplaces, 5544 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, carriage house. $1,495,000

Pinehurst . Certified healthy built, contemporary home, built in 2008, overlooks 2nd and 6th holes. Two story library,stunning views. 4325 Sq Ft, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, gourmet kitchen. $950,000

Golf Front at CCNC • 220 Lake Dornoch Drive

30 Barrett Road West • Old Town • Pinehurst

Pinehurst. Dream golf retreat features second floor living overlooking the signature 14th hole Architectural gem a short walk to the Village. Courtyards off living room, master, guest bedroom of Dogwood Course. 4 bedroom, 4 bath, furnished comfortably, fireplace, pool table. $525,000 create unique privacy. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3196 Sq Ft, 2 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen. $550,000 PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 2014 17

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“Admirals House of Pinehurst” 195 Barrett Rd. East • Former home of Admiral Ragan (20+ years) and Admiral Zumwalt (30 years) • Historical Home built in 1921 • Elegant Old Towne home right beside The Carolina Hotel. • Walking distance to Village of Pinehurst shops and restaurants. • Home includes lots of parking. • 6 bedrooms. 3.5 baths. • 2 fireplaces/ 9 ft. ceilings. • Minutes to Fort Bragg and downtown Southern Pines • In the heart of golf country!


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The first round after a great round starts here. The Ryder Cup Lounge Just off the porch of the historic Carolina Hotel, the Ryder Cup offers a generous selection of draft beers, scotch and bourbon as well as a mouth-watering menu with everything from Jumbo Lump Crabcake Sliders to Backyard Rib Stacks. So after your last putt drops, pick up a glass at the Ryder Cup.

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Walter’s Wallet

By Jim Dodson

Not long ago, while cleaning out a desk

Illustration by Laurel Holden

drawer I should have cleaned out years ago, I found a simple but beautifully made full-grain leather breast pocket wallet with the initials “W.W.D.” embossed in gold leaf just inside.

It looks brand-new and essentially is — though it was made sometime in the early 1940s. My father gave me this wallet in 1995 while we were on a golf trip to England and Scotland to play the golf courses where he learned to play the game as a trained glider pilot on the Lancashire coast during the Second World War. The wallet originally belonged to my grandfather, William Walter Dodson, a gift from my father to him upon his return from the war in the early summer of 1945, when my grandparents took a train from their farm in North Carolina to meet my dad returning to New York Harbor on the Queen Elizabeth. As far as I know, it was the only visit they — Walter and Beatrice Dodson — ever made to New York City. My mother met them there, dolled up to look like Veronica Lake and fresh from her job working for an admiral in Annapolis — being chased around the desk by a “brass admiral,” as my old man always ribbed her. She was indeed a beauty, the youngest of eleven children from the hills of West Virginia and a former Miss Western Maryland who up and ditched a rich guy named Earl who drove a Stutz Bearcat before the war in order to marry my father shortly before he enlisted. While my dad was away, the singer Tony Martin offered her a job singing with his orchestra, but my strong-willed Southern Baptist grandmother quickly put the clamps on that. My dad purchased this handsome wallet for his father somewhere in London’s Covent Garden, I learned decades later, and a dozen bottles of French perfume for his Liberty Bride after the liberation of Paris, hidden in the bottom of his military footlocker to get past customs officials. I have no idea what he brought his mother. Real English tea, perhaps. The story I always heard was that they all went to Toots Shor’s on 51st Street for supper that night but couldn’t get in for all the jubilant GIs and their gals — settling, in the end, for pastrami sandwiches at the Carnegie Delicatessen. My grandparents, farm people, reportedly turned in early at their modest hotel, and my dad took his bride to a Broadway show. My dad tried to give me this wallet for the first time on the day of my grand-

father’s funeral in 1966. I suppose he reasoned that because I was named for both my grandfathers — Walter is my middle name — I might wish to have it as a keepsake of its quiet-spoken owner. But he was wrong about that — at least then. I was 13 and didn’t see the point of carrying around a dead man’s unused wallet, even one I was named for, though even then I recognized its fine craftsmanship, hand-sewn from Moroccan leather, with a fine brass zippered compartment and even an ingenious little slot containing a leather square marked “stamps,” a relic from a time when a letter home really meant the world. Then there were the three beautiful initials in gold leaf. I did love my grandfather, you must understand, even if I didn’t fully grasp his peculiar ways, his calm and protracted silences and natural simplicity of motion. By the time I really got to know him, Walter Dodson had given up his farm in Guilford County and moved with my grandmother to a small cinderblock house surrounded by rose bushes and dusty tangerine trees on the shores of Lake Eustis in central Florida. I hated going there for Christmas. No place on Earth could possibly have been slower and more boring to my churning pre-teen brain. And yet . . . Walter took me bass fishing in his skiff and showed me how to cast a spinning lure and, later, in his modest carport, taught me how to cut a proper straight line with a hand saw and hammer a nail without smashing my thumb or finger. He smoked cheap King Edward cigars and sometimes hummed what sounded to me like church hymns, though he never went to church when my Baptist grandmother did. William Walter Dodson headed straight for his garden. Mind you, I was never uncomfortable in my grandfather’s presence — in fact, quite the opposite. Though I couldn’t have begun to put it into words at those moments on those silent bayou waters, he struck me as a man who loved being outdoors all the time, either tying his tackle lines or snipping his roses or hoeing in his large vegetable garden or just sitting in his shaky carport chair listening to what my older brother Dickie and I mockingly called “redneck string music” on his Philco radio as the crickets sang on his lawn and fireflies danced in the tangerine trees. Astonishingly to us, our grandparents didn’t even own a TV set. After Walter’s sudden death, after I declined to accept the gift of his wallet, my father placed his father’s wallet in his office desk, where it stayed for the next thirty years. He brought it along with us to Britain for what would turn out to be our final golf trip and offered it to me, almost off-handedly, one evening as we were having supper in a pub in St. Andrews. By then I had a very different understanding and appreciation of my “simple”

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Southern grandfather. He was rural polymath and carpenter who never got beyond the third grade but had a gift for making anything with his hands. During the 1920s, he worked on crews erecting the state’s first rural electrification towers, for instance, and returned to Greensboro just in time to serve as a foreman on the crew wiring the Jefferson Standard Building, the state’s first “sky-scraper.” Walter’s famously calm silence suddenly made sense. His mother, Emma, my father’s grandmother, was a full-blooded Cherokee woman who was known for her natural remedies along Buckhorn Road between Hillsborough and Carrboro. My father spent his earliest summer days on Aunt Emma’s farm, accompanying this gentle Native American woman on her daily plant-gathering walks over the fields of the original Dodson home place. Walter, the oldest of her four sons and two daughters, clearly identified with his lost Indian ancestry — as did, to some extent, my own father. Today, the old family homestead is an upscale housing development. But like Walter’s surviving wallet, nothing important is really ever lost. One of the first adventures our father took my brother and me on as small boys was to hunt for buried arrowheads at the Town Creek Indian Mound in the ancient Uwharrie Hills. When we began camping and fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, he always took a bag of useful books along to read — a hodge-podge of titles ranging from Kipling’s Just So Stories to the works of Sir Walter Scott — which he called, tellingly, his “Medicine Bag.” William Walter Dodson, I came to learn, was a man from another time and place who knew the simple pleasures and abiding peace of the natural world. His own kindness wasn’t showy but genuine. During the Great Depression, whenever someone down on their luck showed up at his back door seeking help, according to my father and other family members, Walter would feed him and provide a bed in a spare but clean room behind his barn. Skin color was irrelevant. My Southern Baptist grandmother, though something of a social butterfly who

preached the value of book-learning, wasn’t nearly so naturally generous of spirit. Somewhere in our voluminous family scrapbooks is a faded snapshot of Walter standing beside a black man I only knew as “Old Joe” who lived in that room and helped out on the farm for years. No one knows his real name but it hardly matters. Reportedly, Walter and “Old Joe” were close friends for years. Save for my own fading memories and a rusted twenty-two rifle and this handsome wallet from Covent Garden — still looking almost as new as that day my father gave it to his father in New York City half a century ago — that’s about all I have left of my paternal grandfather, the dignified fellow who taught me to fish in a bayou and saw a straight line and — more importantly — savor the healing quiet of nature. I tell myself Walter never had enough money to really need such a fine wallet, which may explain its excellent condition. But that’s only speculation on my part. The older I get, the more I appreciate the rhythms of W.W.D.’s simple life. By contrast, my modern life seems anything but simple. Which explains why, going forward in this column space, I plan to write about the simple life I aspire to — the small things, people and moments that need to be observed and learned from simply for the grace they provide. Hence the new column title. This week I’m driving up to New York City to see my son Jack, a recent college graduate working for a documentary film company. Making films is his dream. We’re going to play golf together for the first time in many years. Afterward, maybe even over cheap cigars, I think it may be time I offered Jack his great-grandfather’s wallet, which I recently found in back of my own office desk, where it’s been since that final trip in 1995. If he’s not quite ready to have it, well, I’ll naturally understand. I’ll be more than happy to hold onto it until he feels the need to have it. PS Contact editor Jim Dodson at jim@pinestrawmag.com.

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GOLF FRONT-Top of the line inside and out ! One acre+ on the 17th Fairway. Custom built. All brick. One owner. Totally modern. Huge screened porch. Grilling deck. Hardwood & tile throughout. 4 Bed / 2.5 Bath. 2,950 SqFt. $339,000.

GOLF FRONT-All brick, custom home on the 8th fairway. One owner. 3 car garage. Screened patio & grilling patio. Open floor plan. Tastefully decorated. 4 Bed / 2 Bath. 2,640 SqFt. $250,000.

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GOLF FRONT-Privacy on the #2 Green. Fabulous view from lovely sunroom. Interior has beautiful stained wood trim, beams and fireplace. 3 Bed/2 .5 Bath. 1,915 SqFt. $169,000

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GOLF FRONT-Country Home on the 11th T-Box. Set back from the road . Great golf course view. Large back yard with lots of privacy. Large rear deck 3 Bed / 2 Bath. 1,750 SqFt. $166,000

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3 BR, 2.5 BA, French Country Home & Barn Built in 2006, this one owner farm features 6 large stalls, a 14 ft. wide center aisle, fly system, built in water faucets for each stall, a large pine tack room, feed room with laundry facilities, and a wash stall with heat lamps. There are six large paddocks with water to each, a separate 2 stall barn with fans, fly system, mats and a large regulation dressage ring with excellent footing and built in sprinklers. This 10+ acre property borders the Walthour-Moss Foundation with 4,000 + acres of trails. For the family that loves golf and horses. The Southern Pines Elk Golf Club designed by Donald Ross is 5 minutes away. #2 Golf Course in Pinehurst is a 12 minute drive.

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To date, Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all time. For those who feel personally responsible for those numbers (thanks, kids, for begging to see it 387 times on the big screen), good news: Southern Pines Wide Open’s concert and Movie (yup, Frozen) in the Pines won’t dent the wallet. On Friday, June 13, 6:30 p.m., the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band will fill your head with something other than Idina Menzel’s “Let it Go” (don’t worry, it will be back); film starts at 8 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs. Concessions available for purchase. Watching Frozen for the 388th time: priceless. Downtown Park, 145 South Broad Street, Southern Pines.

On the Green

There is something both dramatic and enchanting about the summer solstice, on which day the tilt of the Earth’s semi-axis is most inclined toward the sun, creating the longest day of the year. On Saturday, June 21, when the fireflies come out to play, the magic continues with a U.S. Opens Pops on the Green: A Night on Broadway — the grand finale of the Opens’ lineup of events. David Michael Wolff leads the Carolina Philharmonic; concert features six Broadway vocalists in songs from your favorite musicals. Free and open to the public. Music starts at 9 p.m. on this pine-fringed midsummer night. Come early to snag a good seat. Tufts Park, 1 Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0287 or www.carolinaphil.org.

Nineteenth Hole

On Wednesday, June 18, 4:30 p.m., Nan Chase, author of Eat Your Yard, and DeNeice Guest will provide a new and delicious twist to liquid lunch with their new book, Drinking the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders. Preserving the harvest doesn’t have to stop with jam and pickles. Many fruits, vegetables and herbs can be made into delicious beverages — a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store-bought drinks, any time of year. Strawberry juice. Pear cider. Dandelion wine. Spiced apple mead. Citrus peel tea. Kombucha. Can you say bottom’s up? Discover how to create your own backyard beverage garden and how to harvest ingredients for maximum flavor and quantity. Free admission. The Country Bookshop, 140 Northwest Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www.thecountrybookshop.biz.


Birdies and Such

In addition to our world-famous golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms, the Sandhills is home to a 900-acre nature preserve with sandy walking paths and a fascinating ecosystem thriving in a longleaf pine forest. Escape from the links for a spell this month and check out the following free Nature Study Programs: Tuesday, June 10, 10 a.m., “Butterflies Flutter By You And I.” Join a ranger for a PowerPoint presentation on area butterflies followed by a short walk to see some of these brightly-colored critters in their natural environment. Prepare to be dazzled. Sunday, June 15, 3 p.m., “Ticks, Chiggers, and Spiders.” Ticks, chiggers, and spiders are very prevalent in the Sandhills. Learn how to identify poisonous spiders and disease-carrying ticks, as well as the ones that benefit mankind. Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m., “Exploring our Sandhills.” The Sandhills region has a unique ecosystem. Meet a park ranger at the Visitor Center for a short presentation before strolling into the longleaf forest that once dominated this region. Post stroll, those interested can take a short drive out to see the area’s oldest living longleaf pine, which recently celebrated its 466th birthday with cake. Bring binoculars, sun-screen and some bug spray. Saturday, June 21, 8 a.m. “Bird Walk.” Join Ornithologist Susan Campbell for a guided birding expedition on the trails of Weymouth Woods. Sunday, June 22, 3 p.m., “Pollination Celebration.” In honor of National Pollinator Week, celebrate the amazing role that insects play as pollinators. From bees and wasps to butterflies and moths, explore the park’s large preserved insect collection, and take a walk to see what’s flying this time of year. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. All programs are free and open to the public. Weymouth Woods State Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167 or www.ncparks.gov.

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(Brush) Strokes and Dimples

Fun fact: A golf ball has anywhere from 300 to 500 dimples. Paul Brown’s classical realist figures? Depends on the model. On Friday, June 6, 6–8 p.m., The Arts Council of Moore County presents an opening reception for Paul S. Brown & His Classical Realist Friends, an exhibit featuring the breathtaking works of Paul Brown. Painted from life using hand-ground paints and old master techniques, Brown’s still lives, landscapes and figurative work are internationally renowned for their beauty and exquisite craftsmanship. Meet Brown and artists Olena Babak, Gloria Carrera, Kamille Corry, Evelyn Dempsey, Carmen Drake Gordon, Jill Hooper, Joanne Kilpatrick, Patricia McDevitt, Elizabeth Strazzulla, and Frank Strazzulla, Jr., whose work will remain on display through July 11. Gallery is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, June 14 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campbell House Galleries, 482 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or www.mooreart.org.

Free Drop

Bent Grass

Locals gather on the grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater for live music every first Friday, May through October. This month is no exception. But the grass bends mid-week, too. On Wednesday, June 11, and again on Wednesday, June 18, 6–9:30 p.m., the Sunrise Theater presents Southern Pines Wide Open — two nights of live beach music on a plush carpet of oh-so-green grass perfect for shag dancing. The Embers perform on June 11 with Craig Woolard; Band of Oz performs on June 18. Y’all come. Bring blankets or chairs. Flip-flops and Bermuda shorts and you’ll fit right in. Free admission. The Sunrise Theater, 250 Northwest Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: www.sunrisetheater.org.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony, composed as he was beginning to go deaf, is one of the best-known classical works of all time. Dit-dit-dit-dah. Dit-dit-dit-dah. Dit-dit-ditdon’t miss the chance to hear it live on Friday, June 13, during a free concert presented by the North Carolina Symphony, 8–10 p.m. “Concerts in Your Community” program also includes Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture” and Terry Mizesko’s “Sketches from Pinehurst,” directed by Grant Llewellyn; performed at Tufts Park, 1 Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info: (919) 7332750 or www.ncsymphony.org.

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PinePitch Hooks, Etc.

Birds of a feather flock to Poplar Knight Spot on Sunday evenings for the Rooster’s Wife summer concert series, which is sure to knock your socks off this month. All shows start at 6:46 p.m. The Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-7502 or www.theroosterswife.org. The lineup: June 1: David Holt and Josh Goforth (bluegrass); Jacob Groopman and Melody Walker (newgrass) Four-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt and rising acoustic music star Josh Goforth bring to life the joy and spirit of old time mountain music and stories. Between them they combine the virtuosic sounds of guitar, banjo, fiddle, slide guitar, mandolin. Songs, stories and amazing musicianship appeal to all ages. Following the release of Melody Walker’s critically acclaimed debut album, Gold Rush Goddess, Melody and Jacob Groopman have toured all over the U.S. as a duo and in up-and-coming progressive bluegrass band Front Country. Tickets: $20; $25 (at door) June 8: Peter Lamb and the Wolves (acoustic jazz) Listening to the no-boundaries, acoustic jazz quintet Peter Lamb and The Wolves, you might guess that it formed to celebrate Truman’s inauguration, not Obama’s. Living up to their fairy-tale namesakes, the Wolves peddle languid sophistication that is always a little bit dangerous. Their repertoire reaches back to New Orleans’ earliest syncopators, but also forward to hipster bards like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits; a tango might trip on the heels of a French waltz or a Russian folk song. Tickets: $15; $20 (at door) June 15: David Jacobs-Strain (blues) , Ten String Symphony (old-time), Tattletale Saints (Americana) David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. Ten String Symphony — Two 5-string fiddles, two voices, the occasional banjo and resonator mandolin— is perhaps best described as “Blurrrgrass Madness.” You must experience it to hear for yourself. Tattletale Saints are a New Zealand born, Nashville Tennessee based duo described as a masterful blend of Americana fused with jazz, soul and pop. Cy Winstanley has the rich voice and lyrical instincts of Paul Simon. Vanessa McGowan adds lovely punctuation harmonies and the sort of swinging bass lines that you’d expect from a jazz musician. Tickets: $20; $25 (at door)

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Cos and Effect

The Clown Beat At First Health Hospital, roving clowns aim for smiles

How do you want to retire?

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By Cos Barnes

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hospital with a friend who recently had hip surgery, I was surprised, as was she, when DUBBSy, the clown, walked in after a knock on the door.

Spruced up in a feathered mountain hat, decorative and elongated tie, colorful vest and an orange boutonniere in his buttonhole, DUBBSy greeted us with, “Our mission is to collect smiles and cheer up patients.” And he proceeded to do just that. He also adds juggling to his act. Other of his clown cohorts dance, tell jokes and sing. “It’s lots of fun. The patients make me laugh, too,” DUBBSy said. In real life he is Michael C. Dubbs, pastor of Community Congregational Church, Southern Pines. He gained his experience from performing at birthday parties and doing magic acts in children’s sermons. He moved here from Pennsylvania approximately two years ago. He is a member of the clown volunteers at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. He attended the Literacy Council’s Spelling Bee where he saw other clowns. He immediately got involved. The clowns meet at the hospital on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. They have their assignments and stay from five to ten minutes in the patient’s room. “We always knock before we go in,” DUBBSy said. “Some people are afraid of clowns, and even some of the nurses are.” He told of entering one room and the man said, “I have just had stitches and am afraid to laugh. Come back another day.” According to Jessica L. Simpson, coordinator for volunteer services at the hospital, there are twelve regular clowns, four serving each Wednesday. They started in 2002 when Chaplain Ed Conklin, “Hopey,” began making clown rounds to staff and patients. “He worked with Patch Adams’ clown ministry. He was a doctor whose life was the basis of a 1998 movie starring Robin Williams,” Simpson explained. In 2008 Ed Renner, nicknamed “Numbers,” and Tommy Moore, a local professional clown, approached the volunteer services and asked to organize a group of volunteers to make regular weekly clown rounds. Renner had been in Russia with Patch Adams, who named him “Numbers” because he was an accountant. Clown volunteers participate in the hospital’s volunteer orientation and are given instructions regarding infection control and other safety precautions related to a health care environment. And they make us laugh. PS Cos Barnes is a longtime contributor to PineStraw magazine. She can be contacted at cosbarnes@nc.rr.com.

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June Books The Legendary Evolution of Pinehurst, Home of American Golf by Richard Mandell “Pinehurst is known as the Home of American Golf. When golfers arrive, a simplicity takes over the landscape. The red clay disappears and in its place a cream-white sand emerges. Slopes along the highways reveal the most interesting rills and redges, formed by centuries of natural erosion. Towering pine trees frame the horizon. The closer one gets, green brushstrokes intermingle with sienna-toned pine needles covering the ground like a carpet. The golfers’ senses heighten as these green swaths slowly reveal themselves as golf holes. The peaceful illage of Pinehurst, a New England-like town transplanted to the South, awaits golfers upon their arrival.”

By Kimberly Daniels Taws and Angie Tally Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon The series that has taken Southern Pines by storm over the years has its eighth installment out on June 10th! The book is sure to keep you reading late into the night as it continues Claire and Jamie’s story into Revolutionary War Philadelphia and onto battlefields. American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood, by Paul Greenberg This might be the dark horse Father’s Day book this year. I grew up fishing with my father and we eat what I think is local seafood — but the fact is that 91 percent of American seafood is foreign — and we export most of our desired American catch. Paul does some astonishing research on the industry — it is worth the read. Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption and the Soul of Surfing, by Chas Smith You might find this nonfiction account far more interesting than the plot of Point Break (the Keanu Reeves movie). Focusing on the two months every winter when the Pacific storms and surfers from all over the world make landfall on Oahu’s North Shore (the population triples), this books reveals that it is not the 30-foot waves that are to be feared — but the violent culture that permeates the night. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng This book is a bit about disastrous parenting and the perils of favoring one child over another. It is a bit about how we all struggle

to understand one another. It is mostly just a really good book about a mixed race Asian/white family in 1970s Ohio who lose a child in the first sentence of the book. The Arsonist, by Sue Miller This is a beautifully woven novel about community and how and where one ought to live set against the backdrop of Pomeroy, New Hampshire. Rich in psychological nuance and emotional insight, this book is about a picturesque and trusting town whose fault lines are revealed when an arsonist begins to terrorize the community. The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, by Niall Ferguson Ferguson is a Tisch Professor of History at Harvard, a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and a senior research fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He says that it is our institutions that make us great: representative government, the free market, the rule of law and civil society. This book argues that insititutional degeneration is behind economic stagnation and geopolitical decline — and is an interesting read to boot. Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16, by Dan Hampton Hampton visits the most famous fighter planes in the history of aviation, telling the thrilling story of how pilots ruled the skies for 100 years. From the infamous Red Baron, to brave soldiers who flew the iconic P51 Mustang of WWII, up to his own legendary F-16 Falcon, Hampton paints a sweep-

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ing portrait of air combat through the ages, seeking out their storied aircraft and flying them himself. A history book like no other, from one of the most talented pilots who ever lived, Lords of the Sky is a unique and enthralling account of aviation at its finest. The Quick: A Novel, by Lauren Owen This book is surprising because it is so much more historical fiction than it is a vampire book. There is really a feeling of dark creepy Victorian London in this novel and you care about every character. Edited by the editor of The Tiger’s Wife this is a different kind of beach read — but one you may enjoy! Face Off, by David Baldacci (Edited by Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Lisa Gardner, Dennis Lehane, Steve Berry, Jeffery Deaver, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, James Rollins.) Edited by New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide! CHILDREN’S BOOKS The Glass Sentence, by S. E. Grove It is 1891 and America is 92 years into the Great Disruption. People, land and country, thrown into chaos due to a sudden violent time glitch, have survived only by chance. One young adventurer will seek to unravel/decipher the mystery and seek the knowledge held in maps of cloth, clay, metal, glass and water. Rarely in literature has a new world emerged so fully formed to enrapture readers of all ages and invite adventurers and map lovers to step across its borders in exploration. “I liked the Glass Sentence because I didn’t know about the Glass Map and all the other maps and I thought it was interesting,” says Will, age 11. “It was pretty much the best book I ever read.” Ages 10-14


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The Thickety, by JA White Kara was 6 years old when her mother was hanged as a witch on the very day her brother Taff was born. Now, Kara has found her mother’s spell book and is using what she has learned to fight the evil in her world. “This book is packed with action, adventure and a little mystery. The Thickety is even a bit creepy at some points,” James, age 11, says “The Thickety is a great read and I would like everyone to read it!” Ages 10-14 No Dogs Allowed, by Stephanie Calmenson, Joanna Cole, Heather Ross. Fans of Judy Moody, Critter Club and Ivy and Bean will love this new chapter book series from the creator of the Magic Schoolbus series about Katie and Lucy, dogloving best friends who, unfortunately, live in an apartment where dogs are not allowed. One day, after discovering sparkly pink dog necklaces in a thrift shop, the girls discover they no longer have to wish for pet dogs, because they have magically transformed into dogs themselves. Readers will enjoy joining the girls on many furry adventures. Ages 6-10 Summer Invitation, by Charlotte Silver Macmillan Franny and her older sister Val leave foggy San Francisco to join their Aunt Theodora in sunny New York City for the summer, discovering along the way old-world locales like Bemelmans Bar, the Plaza Hotel, and the Sherry Netherland. What they don’t expect is meeting friends on the High Line, appreciating the simple elegance of a cucumber sandwich, and discovering secret glamorous and romantic past of Aunt Theodora. One reviewer said, “This is a book for those Breakfast at Tiffany-obsessed teenagers who long for a glamour and sophistication not found in their generation.” Ages 12 and up. PS

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True South

In her lyrical growing up in Georgia, the acclaimed author of Under the Tuscan Sun brings a vanishing South to life

By Stephen E. Smith

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upon a beautifully written paragraph in a book I intend to review, I circle it. If I discover a word that’s cleverly employed, I underline it. I dog-ear pages that illuminate the writer’s thematic intent. I scatter asterisks, question marks, parentheses, brackets and exclamation points throughout the text, and I make notations in the margins in handwriting that’s instantly indecipherable.

My copy of Frances Mayes’ memoir Under Magnolia is almost unreadable. She writes such exquisite prose that hardly a page has escaped defacement. I want to believe that Mayes is a natural-born stylist, but I suspect her prose, like that of most accomplished authors, has been scrutinized with a writer’s loupe in order to eliminate that worked-on feeling. Discerning readers, those who appreciate the art of prose description, are likely to be reminded of E.B. White, John McPhee and Frank McCourt. Mayes achieved literary celebrity status for her Under the Tuscan Sun, a charming, back-to-basics memoir detailing her recovery from divorce, the restoration of a Tuscan farmhouse and her immersion in a foreign culture. The best-seller inspired a 2003 feature film, and Mayes followed her first international success with Bella Tuscany, In Tuscany and a pile of related books, including a Tuscan cookbook. For her latest memoir, Mayes has returned to the South of her youth, recording in astonishing detail her coming of age in the little town of Fitzgerald, Georgia, “where you can recognize a family gene pool by the lift of an eyebrow,

or the length of the neck . . . .” Her affluent parents, trapped in a debilitating marriage, bicker and argue constantly, forcing the adolescent Frances, the youngest of three daughters, into an introspective state that sensitizes her to every nuance of the world that’s blooming around her. So Under Magnolia is, first and foremost, about growing up in the South. You’re likely asking yourself: Hasn’t this subject been done to death? After all, it’s difficult to think of a Southern writer who hasn’t written at length in memoir, fiction or poetry about the joys and misfortunes of his or her childhood. Alcoholic parents, crazy aunts, bigoted neighbors, doting nannies, quirky acquaintances and benighted ancestors — they all appear in Mayes’ memoir — are the stuff of Southern literature. From Twain to Wolfe to Conroy, the bookshelves are bulging with masterfully written and thinly disguised autobiographic fare. What sets Under Magnolia apart? It’s Mayes’ clarity of vision and her use of images that evoke a commonality of experience with the reader — as with this concise description of her parents’ anniversary party: “FRANKYE AND GARBERT — A MATCH FOR 20 YEARS was printed in gold on the white matchbooks their friend Marteel gave them for their anniversary. I was seven and it might have been the first little double entendre I got. Ha! The matchbooks suggested many guests at a celebration, all smoking, dressed up, leaning to light one another’s Camels, the flaring lights isolating happy faces, the yard decorated with lanterns and the table set with my mother’s favorite Country Captain Chicken, tomato aspic, green beans with tarragon. My father in a white suit toasting his bride of twenty impeccable years. But I don’t really remember a party.” In one paragraph, Mayes précis her parents’ life together. In imagination and memory, the guests, dressed in their party-going best, are smoking cigarettes and sipping cocktails. The lawn tables are set with Southern delicacies. Within the scene there’s the obvious irony of celebrating “impeccable years” together, the irony apparent to the young girl who commits the moment to memory and later to paper, offering up the sad incongruities of

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3BR/3BA CONDO – UPPER CORNER UNIT Grandfather view. New HVAC, new granite. Eatin kitchen, skylights, fireplace, big deck. 304 Moon Run. $335,000. Furnished. Walk to golf course, club house, one car garage.

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her parents’ lives framed in a celebratory occasion more sorrowful than a funeral. And there’s also a sense of looking back, not as an adult but as a child who can imagine the future and the regret it will surely bring. Mayes balances these human moments with gentle critiques of those Southern institutions that formed and guided her into late adolescence. She attends Randolph-Macon Women’s College and is caught up in the blur of dating and the changing mores of the early ’60s: “As soon as The Pill hit, R-M [Randolph-Macon], as it reigned, was lost. The truly revolutionary consequence of women having control over their own bodies kicked those date parlor doors closed, ripped up those destination slips, put those ladies in Charlottesville with their white toast, teapots, and emery-board towels out of business forever.” Politics, race and social turmoil are, of course, an essential part of the Southern story. Frances is raised by a sympathetic nanny, and her grandfather blames the Kennedys, Jack and his “upstart fool” brother, for “nigras getting these big ideas. . . .” As “The Great Pretender,” “Only the Lonely” and the theme from A Summer Place blare from the stereo, Mayes notices that half the freshman class has moved on because “the sense that an active world zoomed by the gates of the redbrick wall became too strong.” She transfers to the University of Florida, stows away bottled water during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and meets beaus who might be marriage material. Frankye suffers a stroke and is confined to a nursing home, and Mayes arrives at a reconciliation with a troubled mother who had offered little more than constant beratings — and she gets on with her life, eventually writing best-sellers and settling near Hillsborough, North Carolina. Readers who are accustomed to plot-driven narratives are likely to get lost in the beautiful verbiage of Under Magnolia. But Mayes’ lyric touch — all those pages I defaced — make for compelling reading: “Because the land once soaked in blood remembers, we do, too,” Mayes writes at the end of her memoir. “And there’s a shared bond, too, of coming out of a place of unpredictable weather and terrain, a sun strong enough to melt your bones, a place where the second coming is still expected, where the night creatures sing the most soulful music that can be imagined.” We’ve all been there. Mayes makes us happy to go back. PS Stephen E. Smith’s most recent book of poems is A Short Report on the Fire at Woolworths. He can be reached at travisses@hotmail.com

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By Sandra Redding BOOKSTORE EVENTS Books and summertime go together. — Lisa Schroeder June 7 (Saturday, 10 a.m.) Scuppernong Books, Greensboro. Dori Jalazo, Triad author and illustrator of One’s Own Self, a book for all ages, will discuss creativity, read, then invite those attending to share feelings about her powerful story. scuppernongbooks.com. June 9 (Monday, 7 p.m.) Barnes & Noble, Greensboro. Award-winning journalist, editor and long-distance runner Will Harlan will read from Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island. Harlan spent nineteen years researching Carol Ruckdeschel, the remarkable woman who fought the Carnegie family and the National Park Service to save turtles. store-locator.barnesandnoble. com/store/2795. June 14 (Saturday, 11 a.m.) McIntyre’s Books, Pittsboro. Monica Byrne’s The Girl in the Road, set in a dystopic near future, is a stunning debut novel. Peter Mock, the bookstore’s savvy book buyer, has high praise: “I’ve never read a novel quite like this, and I’m looking forward to hand-selling the heck out of it.” www.fearrington.com/village-shops/ mcintyres-books/ June 14 (Saturday, 11 a.m.) The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines. Karen White’s A Long Time Gone. A wonferful ladies’ summer read. June 18 (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.) The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines. Nan Chase and DeNeice Guest with Drinking the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders. June 27 (Friday, 6 p.m.) Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Island Beach. Fans of best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe will enjoy wine and cheese as Monroe reads from The Summer Wind, the second novel of her Lowcountry Summer trilogy. Filled with captivating characters, this just-released book chronicles the sad plight of wild dolphins. quartermoonbooks.com/ You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then write for children. —Madeleine L’Engle

Summer’s here and the reading is easy — especially for children who, admit it or not, will miss the book connection school provides. Here are just a few options for filling that void: • Laura S. Wharton co-wrote The Mermaid’s Tale with her son, William Wharton. Set in Seven Lakes (near Pinehurst), this absorbing mystery includes an interview with Mermaid Linden (Linda Wolbert), a performer with Mermaids in Motion. Great way for kids 8–12 to learn about ocean conservation and meet a mermaid with a big heart. www.laurawhartonbooks.com. • Writing about what she knows is JoAnn Bryson’s plan. Brevard, where she lives, is a sanctuary for white squirrels. Inspired by those rare and bushy-tailed critters, she made them the heroes in her books for young children. Last May, Bryson introduced her latest, Prissy and the Little Squirrel Rescue the Calf, at Brevard’s White Squirrel Festival. Find her books at the White Squirrel Shoppe in Brevard. www.whitesquirrelshoppe.com. • Carlene Morton of Mebane, an avid reader and author of two published children’s books, was a librarian before retiring. She now writes whimsical stories and transforms used books into one-of-a-kind art. In 2013, Morton’s altered book creation, To Kill a Mockingbird, won Best of Show in the art competition Alamance Reads From Your Point of View. carlenemorton.com. • John Claude Bemis, a popular writer from Hillsborough, brings passion for music, folklore and spinning tales to his novels for young people. Named 2013 Piedmont Laureate, the guitar-playing Bemis combines picking and grinning to his lively book promotions. The Nine Pound Hammer, first novel of his Clockwork Dark trilogy, won an N. C. Award for Juvenile Literature. From September 8–11, Bemis will teach a Table Rock workshop, Writing for Children and Young Adults, at Wildacres in Little Switzerland. Registration: tablerockwriters.com. “I’m asked if I think universities stifle writers . . . They don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.” —Flannery O’Connor North Carolina has three fine universities, located in Chapel Hill, Wilmington and Greensboro, that offer excellent creative writing programs taught by revered authors. Vallie Lynn Watson, author of A River so Long, taught two fiction classes at UNCW last spring. “I’d never studied nor taught in a Fine Arts program; now I want to be a student all over again!” she says. “Rich classes like book-building, publishing and novel writing shape students for a variety of careers.” Through UNCG’s WriteOn Greensboro, four MFA students offer free workshops to nonprofits and schools. The result: Mirages I Have Seen: A Community Anthology of Write-On Greensboro, 2014. Just released at Scuppernong Books on April 27, the anthology contains work by class participants. “If the world was composed of thoughtful writers, the world would be better composed,” observes E. D. Edwards, director of UNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts. July 31 is the deadline for Press 53’s Award for an Outstanding Poetry Collection. The prize includes publication and a $1,000 cash advance. Complete details at www.Press 53.com. Got book news? Send details to sanredd@earthlink.net. PS Bookstores and organizations, if you have a major event, let us know. Writers, if you have published a book in 2014, we want to hear about it. Greensboro writer Sandra Redding’s novel, Naomi Wise: A Cautionary Tale, is a riveting story about heartbreak and hope in the 18th century Quaker community of Deep River. Email her at sanredd@earthlink.net.

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Pinehurst Epiphany How our second home became first in our hearts

By Dale Nixon

Most women want diamonds and furs, but all I ever wanted was a vacation home at the beach.

OK, diamonds and furs may have entered my mind, but No. 1 on my wish list was always a place at the beach. I promised my husband I would make sacrifices to make my dream come true. I would clip coupons, join Sam’s Club, shop for clothes in discount stores, drink wine out of a box and water out of the faucet to help the cause. I called real estate agents, scoped the advertising section in the local newspapers and tried a little word of mouth to find a small, yet perfect beach house, condo or patio home. (Whisper) I would have settled for a shack. I thought my husband and I were in agreement on the plan until it was announced that National Golf Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina, was to be developed — an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, complete with a clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool and beautiful homesites. “I want to see about buying something at National,” he said. “I want to see about buying something at the beach,” I said. “We’ll look at both locations and then make a decision. I’ll leave it up to you.” Feeling confident that the decision was up to me, I agreed to visit National Golf Club for a “look see.” My husband should have known better than to leave the decision up to me. My decision had already been made. There was no way I was trading sand on a beach for sand in a bunker. The only bunker I knew was Archie Bunker. Why was there all this talk about eagles and birdies when I could see real seagulls at the beach? Who wanted to ride in a golf cart on a golf course when you could ride go-carts at the beach? Pine trees? My theory: If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. How do they compare to sea oats, yucca plants and the gentle sway of palm trees? In my confidence, I agreed to visit Pinehurst for our first “look see.”

I had to admit the drive from our hometown to National was pleasant. It was almost like a leisurely ride through the country boasting lush green fields and winding roads. It was a short trip — under two hours — and neither my husband nor I like to take long road trips. When we pulled onto the property, I was overwhelmed with the beauty of it all. Acres and acres of beauty that I didn’t expect and could not ignore. It was nature at its best, and I fell in love. After the presentation, we explored the area and were introduced to the elegant village of elegant Pinehurst and the quaint town of Southern Pines. Friendly people, smiling faces — everyone seemed to be happy and thankful to be in the Sandhills. We checked out the famous Pinehurst No. 2, had lunch at the majestic Carolina Resort, drinks at the bustling Pine Crest Inn and walked through the glorious gardens at Sandhills Community College. There were signs posted everywhere announcing cultural events, book signings, concerts, classes and much, much more. So, if I was not a golfer, why was I having so much fun? I even liked the challenge of the Traffic Circle when we drove around it for the first couple of times. If you’ve seen one pine tree, you’ve seen them all. Perhaps I wanted to see them all. They belonged here. Maybe I did too. It was a genuine epiphany. When the day was over, I turned to my husband and told him I was willing to make sacrifices if we could sign on the dotted line. Shocked, he asked if I didn’t want to check out the beach before we made our final decision. My reply: What beach? We have owned a small condo at National Golf Club for eighteen years now. My husband loves to play the courses down here, and I love to play. It is our second home, but first in our hearts. PS Columnist Dale Nixon may be contacted at dalenixon@carolina.rr.com.

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Sand in Our Shoes

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“Whatever lofty things you

might accomplish today, you will do them only because you first ate something that grew out of the dirt.” — Author Barbara Kingsolver

Hello to those new to this land, oh ye travelers from afar. You’ve come to a magical place, this sandy-piney stretch pinched between the rolling upland Piedmont clays and the sandy loams of vast Eastern Coastal plains. You look around you at all this lush and beautiful horticulture, groomed to peak perfection for the U.S Opens by legions of unseen gardeners, and you think . . . “Sweet!” And sweet it is. But other than longleaf pine, turkey oaks, wire grass and sand spurs, this horticultural bounty did not spring up by itself, sown by only nature. It takes some understanding of the soil to grow a garden or a landscape here — or you may just be curious about the area’s geologic history. They don’t call this “the pine barrens” for nothing. Welcome to the Carolina Sandhills, a 20-million-year-old strip of beach dunes snaking down over the state line into South Carolina. Yes, beach. This was the coastline when ancient seas were much higher, prime waterfront property of a bygone epoch. The sand beneath your golf shoes was laid down in the Micocene Epoch. In fact, so old are these sands that, by the end of this era, the ancestors of humans had split away from the ancestors of the chimpanzees to follow their own evolutionary path. And the rest, as they say, is history. The Sandhills cover roughly the lower half to two-thirds of Moore county, then continue south through Richmond County and along the U.S. 1 corridor through Cheraw, Columbia, Aiken, South Carolina and on to Augusta, Georgia. Due to the poorness of the soil, the Sandhills was the last region of North Carolina to be largely developed, although lumber and naval stores from the sand-loving pines were an active export.

“The geologic history of the Carolina Sandhills is regarded as one of the most complex in the United States. Despite the dedication of many geologists, key questions regarding the origins and development . . . remain unanswered. Much of the mystery stems from the great antiquity of this landscape, which is considered to be among the oldest exposed surfaces in the United States . . . The characteristic sands that mantle the region are responsible for much of the uncertainty. Due to the extremely porous nature of these sands, the interstream divides in the Sandhills have remained relatively stable and erosion-resistant, despite dramatic climatic fluctuations during the recent geological past. In addition, these sands are not conducive to fossil preservation, forcing geologists to rely, instead, on more imprecise dating methods based on relative stratigraphy,” wrote Mary McRae James Stevenson in her UNC-Chapel Hill Master’s thesis. Because this is a kitchen garden column, we will speak of growing fruits, vegetables, herbs. But many of the same principles apply to backyard landscaping in the Sandhills — lime, potash, organic matter and water being the key elements to consider. Because local soil is predominantly porous and sandy, the area tends to be quite droughty in summer, and sometimes even in winter. It can take a goodly slosh of sometimes-scarce water to grow many things in hot sand. Drip irrigation is a blessing in the garden, and required for agriculture. Peaches do well here, mainly because peaches need that well-drained soil. That is the first blessing of the sand — fantastic drainage. It also makes for easy, rock-free digging, if you steer clear of the tangled, rooty environs of pines and blackjack oaks. Most veggies dislike wet feet and tight, cold soils — no worries here. Carrots, beets and potatoes can stretch out unimpeded. The sand here also warms up quickly in spring. Sandy, hot soil more easily releases its moisture to the skies. In fact, so hot can the sands become that the North Carolina Sandhills are more prone to frequent summer lightning storms, second only to Florida. Yet our sand can be worked early, and planting begins in March, or even February with cool-weather items such as snow peas, collards and kale. A surprising number of veggies, planted in the fall, will overwinter, such as spinach, garlic and carrots. Our well-drained soil can be dug when wet

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without destroying the structure and creating cement-like clods. Next, all that thunderstorm activity brings summer rains — torrential rains at times. Our sandy soil has a hard time holding on to both water and nutrients unless a good amount of organic matter has been worked in. Thus, that heavy synthetic fertilization in springtime can wash downriver, or into the local lakes or water tables. Smaller, more frequent fertilizer applications are useful, and compost is superb. Our local Cooperative Extension service (910-9473188) is invaluable in this regard, as are local family-owned garden centers who know the score on how to fertilize in the Sandhills. Compost, as mentioned, helps our soil hang onto the water and nutrients they do receive. Potassium — also called potash — is one of those nutrients that moves quickly through our sand. I like to add a mined mineral supplement called SulPoMag, which doesn’t leach as quickly. It also supplies two other useful minerals, sulphur and magnesium. Perhaps most important of all, here’s what I didn’t know when I moved here: Our Moore County sand is pretty acidic. Very acidic, to tell the truth — try a pH of 4.3, the result on my first soil test. I was flabbergasted! Most veggies, fruit and flowers prefer a range of 6.0-6.8 pH. If the pH is too high or too low, the soil can tie up critical nutrients, no matter how much pricey fertilizer we throw out, and plants will not thrive. The calcium in lime also helps plants withstand some droughty conditions by strengthening cell walls. Compost also helps buffer the soil’s pH, so you may be detecting a pattern here. Organic matter can take the form of grownin-place green manures — turned-under cover crops like rye and crimson clover — decomposed leaves, mushroom compost, well-aged manure (check for bermuda grass, or you will live to regret your choice of manure), last year’s straw mulch turned in, kitchen garden scraps, purchased bags and more. If you do end up settling here, do yourself a favor and get a soil test done. A world-class lab, paid for by your tax dollars, awaits to perform your soil test for free, from April through November. A small fee applies for the busiest months of December through March. Get help interpreting it from Extension, a master gardener, or local garden supply centers with experienced, local staff. So as you trod these green fairways and piney byways, give a thought to the ground beneath your feet. It’s your day at the beach, as it were. PS Jan Leitschuh is a local gardener, avid eater of fresh produce and co-founder of the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative.

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from Pinehurst with the dream job of working for Gucci in Florence, Italy. He’s a six-foot, six-inch swarthy Italian engineer from a tiny hilltop medieval village near Chianti. His mom lives in the tower next door. Paolo decided to venture into the big city of Florence to join his friends for an evening out when he noticed Sheila, aka “Sassy.”

Wine has long been a focus for both. Sassy, an avid equestrian, is often the riding partner for Antinori’s daughter, Zlbiera. They were married in a vineyard at Villa Ricasoli, a famous Tuscan wine producer in Chianti with their good friends. Five years later their son, John Lewis, was born and the couple shared a strong desire to reside part time with family in Italy and part time with family in North Carolina. Paolo’s family had generations of friendships and relationships with some of the finest winemakers in the area, so the obvious solution was to import fine Italian wines that are not currently available in our state. Bacco Selections was born. I tasted through the lineup of seven different producers with an average of five different wines and was duly impressed with the quality/value ratio. Their primary mission is to import popular wines that are already highly rated in wine magazines, artisanal and organic. So far they are representing: Poggio Bonelli, La Ripa, Chigi Saracini, Terre Di Fiore, Lanhof, Sapaio and Tenuta Di Corti. There is a lot of interesting history surrounding the wineries. Fattoria La Ripa is a property of S.A.Santa Brigida from 1940. In the

15th century La Ripa was owned by Antonio Maria di Noldo Gherardini, the father of Mona Lisa (the Gioconda of Leonardo da Vinci), who gave a smaller part of the property as dowry for his daughter’s wedding with Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanobi del Giocondo. The main house was already indicated in the maps of the “Capitani di Parte Guelfa” and is situated in proximity of an ancient “Via di Cresta” (Ridge Road) connecting Val di Pesa and Florence, with Val d’Elsa and the “Via Francigena,” the main road taken by the crusaders from France and Northern Europe in their travels through Siena and Rome to Apulia, from where they sailed to the Holy Land. Sassy, with a background in marketing, scored a great coup with the Moore County Airport for the U.S. Open. Bacco Selections will have their wines available for tasting at a booth in the airport during the entire Open. Their wines will be served on all outbound flights and everyone arriving for the Open can taste and order their selections. Several upscale restaurants in the community have also elected to feature the wines during the Opens. In keeping with the “wine and golf” theme, one of their vineyard owners, Luca Costa, also produces champagne and is producing special limited edition bottles for the 2014 Italian Open to be held in Torino in August. The wines featured for the Opens are: Poggio Bonelli Chianti Classico Chigi Sarancini Vermentino Lanhof Sauvignon Blanc Volpolo Bolgheri Rosso Tenute Due Corti Nebbiolo d’Alba PS Robyn James is proprietor of The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room in Southern Pines. Contact her at winecellar@pinehurst.net.

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Out of the Blue

Tee and Sympathy

As a reluctant “golf widow,” my thinking on golf has finally come around

By Deborah Salomon

Late in life I find myself afflicted with a

serious case of golf envy — especially bothersome, since as a resident of Moore County, I suffer like Stevie Wonder in the Louvre, Charlie in the chocolate factory. I am an outsider, surrounded by seemingly serene people whose tans end at their ankles; a fraternal order whose handshake and passwords (like “How’re you hitting ’em?”) sound foreign to me. Mea culpa, mea culpa. I had the chance, sort of. My parents weren’t athletic. Except for country clubbers, not many parents were during and after World War II. Once TV happened my father couldn’t get enough baseball and boxing. Golf was way too slow. Genes notwithstanding, my coordination turned out above average, applied early on only to dance and cheerleading. Wouldn’t you know, I married into a family where sports began at alpha, ended a first down beyond omega. They played, they watched, they knew more stats than birthdays. Colleges were rated by their teams (poor Harvard), guys by their prowess, women by their compliance. My man — a capital Alpha. He dove into golf while I was still carpooling, keeping house and working. I had many offers to “come on out and take a lesson.” But my tan lines were in the wrong place. I could never acquire that aura, that buzz. Besides, golf seemed slow. Not like skiing. As someone who for ten years skied every Saturday and Sunday (with the family) from December to March, I did recognize this similarity: total outdoor immersion that obliterates daily woes — with this exception. On Monday, I never sweated the falls, opened-out turns, long lift lines as do golfers their short drives and forgettable putts. In other words, make mine fresh-air exercise minus the angst. About the outdoors thing: I wondered how golfers claim communion with nature since courses are man-made and artificially maintained.

But they are gorgeous, none more so than here. I found other excuses. Where we lived, opening day festivities at the club fell on Mother’s Day. So much for breakfast in bed. The desirable courses were almost an hour away. And expensive. Once I rode along, on a hilly course, where I managed to fall out of the cart, surely an omen. But the draw is powerful. I observe the sport as a religion inspiring fundamentalist fervor, which includes speaking in tongues of which I possess no knowledge. So, for decades, I stood quietly on the sidelines while my husband claimed the full Monty. Golf from May to October, then winter jaunts with his buddies. How can any outdoor activity a man loves that much be bad? It must be healthy, I surmised, despite the occasional heart attack interrupting a round. My opinion moderated when I covered a Golf Singles of America meetup in Pinehurst. The mostly silver-haired, tan-lined players had a great time on the courses and at the parties. They laughed, they teased but, best of all, they didn’t agonize over every stroke. These men and women had grown beyond competition into the euphoria of bonding over a little white ball rolling across impossibly green grass. At last, I understood. But I will never understand why Wayne Gretsky’s daughter posed, Playboy-style, on the cover of Golf Digest. Or why a cult has grown up around pimento cheese sandwiches at the Masters. At heart, this college basketball fanatic still finds golf a bit slow, perfect for retirees. Trouble is, now I’m an old-timer who can’t play, with nobody to blame but herself. A mulligan? Probably not. Give me a game where the highest score wins. I’ll just continue to watch the last hole of big tournaments, shedding a tear when the winner’s kids rush to greet him. However, I did earn a green jacket for golf-shirt ironing. And my pimento cheese sandwiches are to birdie for. PS Deborah Salomon is a staff writer for PineStraw and The Pilot. She may be reached at debsalomon@nc.rr.com.

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Party Time at the Pine Crest

In the midst of it’s centenary year of life, the gloriously homey Pine Crest Inn — the most unusual golf hotel in the world —is still the place to have a drink, sit a spell or stay a while. A former busboy (and fill-in relish girl) raises his glass

I got my start in life as a busboy at the

Pine Crest Inn and, sometimes, carrying the relish tray — yea — I admit it — I was the relish girl on slow nights. Karl Jackson, of the famous pork chop, was the first celebrity chef I knew and everything tasted better because he had the jolly smile and figure of Santa Claus and a perfect handlebar mustache. I learned life lessons from Willie the dishwasher, Marie the waitress and Tis the housekeeper. My formative years were spent there, and just about every member of my family and my friends worked there at some point. Even my dad tended bar once to help out, and my mother worked the old-fashioned switchboard that had more wires and buttons than your average super-computer. The Pine Crest was the center of my universe, and the Barretts were the reason why. We are all lucky Bob Barrett came to Pinehurst on a golf vacation in 1960, and that his wife, Betty, recognized this picturesque village, and its streets in concentric circles with rustic sand sidewalks, could be their home to raise two young boys. At the time, two inns were for sale, the Manor Inn

and the Pine Crest Inn. The Barretts played Pinehurst No. 2 contemplating their options as potential innkeepers. Legendary caddie, Jimmy Stead was on their bags, giving advice on how to manage the turtleback greens of Donald Ross as he had done many times before for Sam Snead, but had some free business advice on this day. Bob Barrett asked Stead, “Which has better food — the Manor or the Pine Crest?” Jimmy answered without hesitation, “The Pine Crest for sure.” The famous pork chop, which is what I think Stead was talking about, is still on the menu, and the two Barrett boys, Bobby and Peter, are still welcoming guests. Back then all the staff were related to the Barretts or chef Jackson — and everyone else felt like honorary family members. That special atmosphere has allowed people to feel like they are coming home when they walk in the door. They perfected a marketing category I could only describe as “Grandma’s House Shabby Chic.” It came complete with a porch, rocking chairs and comfort food. It was frustrating to the competition, with their fancy new rooms and glitzy amenities, because everyone wanted to stay at the place that felt like home — including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Payne Stewart, Michael Jordan and coach Dean Smith. “Jack Nicklaus likes room 212 and Ben Crenshaw likes the Telephone Cottage,” says Peter Barrett. One night, the inn was abuzz with the word that Ben Crenshaw had knocked in thirteen chips in a row on the famous Pine Crest chipping game. It wasn’t just the thirteen in a row — it was that he used a sand wedge. To anyone else, hitting a sand wedge meant shattering the glass on the portrait of Ross hanging over the fireplace, but Crenshaw lobbed them in to the amazement of owner Peter Barrett — who is no slouch when it comes to the chipping game. “He could have done better but he stopped to eat,” says Barrett. Payne Stewart’s signature graced the bathroom wall in the men’s room until it was re-wallpapered by some well-meaning decorator. Payne, hear-

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ing about the incident, came in and re-signed it in 1999 and it still stands today. I have had a beer with Arnold Palmer there and watched quietly as Jack Nicklaus had a beer, by himself, nearby — I was too scared to say anything. I hung out with Davis Love there in 1999 when the porch caved in — but it was repaired, we all laughed, and the Pine Crest didn’t miss a beat. While it might not be the Algonquin Hotel roundtable, golf writers called the Pine Crest bar stools their home. The legendary Charlie Price would mesmerize us all with his stories about Bobby Jones — he just called him Bobby. Dick Taylor, who ran Golf World when it was published in Southern Pines, would be there with my dad, Bob Drum, and would put a curmudgeon’s color commentary on every conversation. They established the Pine Crest as “Press Row” and the stools are marked with brass plaques in their honor — you don’t want to do what you have to do to get one of those. I remember when Pinehurst and the Pine Crest would shut down for the summer until Mr. Carrier was kind enough to invent air conditioning. In the older days you couldn’t get liquor by the drink in North Carolina. Brown bagging was the law of the land, and guests would bring their own favorite adult beverage and the Pine Crest would charge for the tonic, ginger ale, ice or garnish only. It forced me to learn the art of negotiation as a busboy trying to figure out how to get Mr. Smith to share some of his Scotch with Mr. Burberry, who had forgotten to bring his, or had not known the local brown bagging customs. It’s hard to believe that one of the best 19th holes in Pinehurst didn’t have a bar back in the ’70s unless you count the lockers in the crystal room. While things change, the feeling I get when I park myself in a comfortable chair in the lobby or sit on the porch has not. The famous, and not so famous, visitors still come, and some press, and would be curmudgeons, still gather on the bar stools and talk about the events of the day. The Pine Crest is often renowned and sited for its past owner, Donald Ross, but not its present owners enough. I want to celebrate the present owners, the Barretts, and how they have consistently nurtured and delivered something everyone wants and needs for fifty-four of the Pine Crest’s 100 years. That is the comfort you can only get in the company of an old friend or family, sharing a drink, a good story, a hearty meal and maybe even a chip shot. PS Kevin Drum, our man on the town, grew up in the Sandhills, though it’s not true he had his first beer before he could walk.

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The fabled songsters of summer nights in the Sandhills

By Susan Campbell

Early summer in the Sandhills is certain-

ly the peak season for bird song: The days are lengthening, and over one hundred species can be identified by call or song during the breeding season. Although the vocalizations of our most familiar birds are heard during the day, we have a few nocturnal songsters as well. Catbirds, mockingbirds and cardinals often can be heard singing before dawn. However, there are truly night-active species that advertise their territories at this time of year as well.

Owls, which are throughout the region, are rather widely dispersed and more likely to be heard during the winter or early spring. By far, the loudest nighttime songsters are the nightjars. Their raucous nocturnal calls, that begin as soon as they return from wintering in the tropics, are literally jarring! The two species found here, chuck-willis-widow and the whip-poor-will, repeat their names most frequently at dawn and dusk. “Chucks” and “whips,” as birders refer to them, inhabit slightly different woodland habitats. Chucks are associated with dry pine stands or mixed woods. Whips, however, are associated with wetter areas such as wooded ponds, bottomlands or seeps. Both species eat a variety of large insects, which they envelop with their huge mouths. They have so perfected flying into their prey that their ability to swallow has been lost. Chucks and whips rapidly twist and turn as they fly through the trees feeding on an abundance of beetles and moths.

Unfortunately, they often forage close to the ground along roads where they run the risk of being hit by passing cars. These birds are unlikely to be seen not only due to their nocturnal habits, but because of their cryptic coloration. Their plumage is a mottled mix of gray, brown and black such that they blend in perfectly with the leaves and low branches where they roost during the day. Nests are a mere scrape on the ground and, unless a female is approached within inches, she will remain motionless in the hopes of going undetected. The best defense for the eggs and the chicks is camouflage, since the parents are not equipped with sharp beaks or talons for warding off predators. In addition to the nightjars, we also have nighthawks throughout the area. The common nighthawk can actually be seen foraging during daylight hours, especially just before dusk. These birds share a number of characteristics with chucks and whips: They are also migrants, obligate insectivores and cryptically colored. The males combine a buzzing call with shorter wing flaps to produce a booming territorial signal. Otherwise they produce a short nasal “peent” to advertise their presence. Their long, pointed wings with bold white stripes as well as a high, bounding flight pattern makes them fairly easy to identify. Unfortunately, as more wooded areas are developed in the Southeast, the nightjars’ chorus is diminishing each year. Not only the disappearance of nesting habitat but also the associated increase in ground predators have resulted in dramatic declines of all three of these species. The prevalence of insecticide use is likely having an effect as well. So, should you hear a “chuck-willis-widow” or “whip-poor-will” from your front porch as the sun goes down or spot a nighthawk soaring over the treetops, consider yourself very fortunate! PS Susan would love to hear from you. Send wildlife sightings and photos to susan@ncaves.com or call (910)949-3207.

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For the Love of a Retriever A good hunting dog is hard to forget

By Tom Bryant

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ed it all — the dog business, that is, or more exactly, the retriever dog business — for a lot of us. A Ducks Unlimited banquet was coming up, and he was in charge of soliciting gifts from local businesses to raise money for the ducks.

First came little outdoor raffle items that would appeal to the folks that spend a lot of time in the woods. The idea was they would buy raffle tickets just for the fun of it. It also didn’t hurt that pretty co-ed cheerleaders from Elon and the University at Chapel Hill were recruited to sell the tickets. This event raised a lot of money, but the most important part of the banquet was the auction. High-dollar sporting items were designed to be auctioned at just the right time during the festivities when a couple of drinks and a firstclass dinner had loosened the purse strings of good old boys with money to burn. Coleman was in charge of getting all these gifts together. I don’t think he even realized he was doing it, but the major auction item, one that was designed to be the piece de resistance and would be presented at the end of the

banquet, was an eight-week-old black Labrador puppy. It just so happened this puppy had Dick Coleman’s name on it. As it turned out, Dick was the successful bidder for the puppy, and Jim Lasley and I helped him get the little dog home after the successful banquet. The ducks would have a lot of money generated from the affair, and a bunch of dollars came from Dick when he couldn’t resist bidding for what would become his lifelong dog friend. The Lab, named Honcho, would grow into a hundred pound, wired tight, bird-retrieving machine and would influence several of us to get retrievers of our own. Jim was the first. Jim and I had just started a small weekly newspaper and spent a lot of time at the office getting the new enterprise up and running. Coleman’s men’s haberdashery was located around the corner, and Dick would usually stop by our little office on his way to work. Invariably, the conversation would center on how the training was going with his new puppy. Jim, a past bird dog owner, got the bug and with the help of Coleman found a breeder of golden retrievers. Before you knew it, he had a perky little blond puppy he named Sandy. After a bit, along came Richard Cockman, an outdoor enthusiast, whose father-in-law, Curly Sanders, owned several champion English setters. In no time, Richard, an expert in his own right on bloodlines of Labradors, had a couple of black Lab puppies of his own.

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Then started the training. Alamance Wildlife Club was the perfect place, with a pond where the dogs could practice water retrieves and rolling fields for single marks and hand-signal training. Dog school was in session. For a while I just watched. I would ride to the club with the dog handlers and their charges, kick back and watch them as they went through their training routines. But me with a dog? No thanks, too much responsibility. That is until one day I realized how much fun the boys were having. Early one evening after an afternoon watching the handlers and dogs work, Linda and I were sitting on the patio talking about how they were progressing when she suggested that I get a retriever and join the fun. The very next day, Jim and I began the search for my puppy and soon Paddle, a nine-week old yellow Lab fur ball, became part of our family. Other guys joined in on the fun, too. Tom Pate showed up at the Wildlife Club with a cute little Boykin spaniel. In those days, Boykins had not been recognized by the American Kennel Club as a certified breed, so Princess, as she was named, couldn’t participate in the field trials of the Tar Heel Retriever Club, to which most of us belonged. Made no difference though, the little dog ran in all the training tests and even showed up some of her bigger, more acceptable dog friends, or more acceptable to that pious group, the AKC. We enjoyed working with all breeds of dogs, and Pate later got a big rangy black Lab he named Gilly, so he could make the road trips to the many field trials the Tar Heel Club hosted. We made friends across the state. Dogs and handlers have a lot in common; and from mill owners to blue-collar laborers, everybody was treated the same. When you and your dog are on the line with a double mark and blind retrieve, the only thing that makes any difference is the dog. Everybody is equal; that is, until after the test. Then come bragging rights. The Tar Heel Club sponsored some marvelous field trials. One I remember above the rest was a spring weekend in Siler City at the farm of our good

friend Edwin Clapp. Edwin’s dog, a big leggy yellow Lab, was one of the top dogs in our group. I remember dove hunting with them early one season when his dog, Dick (no relation to Coleman), jumped a five-foot cattle fence to retrieve a downed dove. At the trial on Edwin’s farm, my little threemonth-old Lab placed first in the puppy stakes. Before it was over, almost every one of my bird hunting friends had retrievers of some breed. Bryan Pennington, a good duck-hunting buddy, had a little wirehaired pointing Griffon named Shug, that would retrieve anything from a duck to a squirrel. She would even go out to her kennel and retrieve her dog bowl when it was time for supper. These special dogs during that special time helped us become the individuals we are today. They were like family and were treated as such, and I know that I’m a better person because of the furry companions who shared my life. Coleman, the boy who started it all, said it best as we sat on the tailgate of his Blazer late one afternoon after a successful dove hunt. The dogs were under the truck cooling down and resting. A beautiful early fall sunset was sinking behind the tree line to the west. “Bryant,” he said as we watched the afternoon come to an end. “You reckon dogs go to heaven when they die?” “I don’t know,” I replied. “Seems like I’ve read somewhere that there is a religious group that believes animals don’t have souls.” “Well,” Coleman said matter-of-factly as he stood up and stretched. “If they don’t go, I don’t want to go either.” PS Tom Bryant, a Southern Pines resident, is a lifelong outdoorsman and PineStraw’s Sporting Life columnist.

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Bell of the Ball Peggy Kirk Bell’s legacy in women’s golf

By Nancy Oakley

“Mrs. Bell, it’s so good to see you! I play in the

Jamboree every fall.”

An enthusiastic fan crosses the lobby of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines and has stopped by a glass case containing trophies, plaques, scorecards and other assorted mementos to greet the resort’s owner, Peggy Kirk Bell. “You’re great,” Bell tells her admirer. “No,” the woman replies, “I’m not great, but I keep coming back for more.” That statement best sums up Bell’s influence on golfers, particularly women. Perhaps she understands the allure of “coming back for more.” Growing up in Findlay, Ohio, Bell was considered the best athlete in her high school, a natural

at baseball, basketball or any sport she tried. That is, until the summer she was 17. Stuck at home with little to do, she accepted her father’s offer to take up golf at the local country club. “I had three balls and about five clubs,” Bell recalls. “I didn’t know anything about the game, so I went over to the men’s tees — I didn’t know there was a men’s and a ladies’ — and I sliced it into the woods.” Two more attempts produced the same result. “I couldn’t do it. It was mind-boggling,” she says. And it was precisely because Bell couldn’t play the game, that she was determined to keep at it, seeking lessons from the country club professional Leonard Schmutte. “He showed me how to hold the club,” she recalls. “I said, ‘That feels terrible!’ He said, ‘Well, that’s the golf grip. You’ve got to hold it with your fingers.’” Apart from grip, and the other basics of golf — posture, stance, swing — the most important lesson Bell learned from those sessions was gratitude. “I tell people, ‘Whoever introduced you to the game, thank them. Because you’ll be able to

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do it. You can get better. You can get better every day, but you’ll never master it. Nobody ever has. Even though they’ve won the tournaments, they still can’t beat the game.’” Not that you’d know it from Bell’s stellar career, or as she says, “a way of life.” It started with early tournaments while she attended Rollins College in Florida and resulted in what the LPGA describes as “one of the best amateur records ever compiled.” Among Bell’s myriad achievements: three wins at the Ohio State Championship in 1947, 1948, 1949; a shared victory with Olympian and LPGA founder Babe Zaharias in the 1947 Hollywood Four-Ball. Bell was also winner of the 1949 Titleholders and North and South Championships, and a 1949 member of the Curtis Cup team. The heady days on the Amateur Circuit were some of Bell’s happiest, as she writes in her 2001 memoir, The Gift of Golf: “We played simply because we loved the game; we loved the competition.” Camaraderie with other players, like Zaharias, was paramount, while money, contracts and agents were unheard of. “It’s a business, today,” Bell reflects on the current status of women’s golf. “They’re out there for the money.” By contrast, her early career as a professional was considerably modest. “If you didn’t have a company paying your expenses, you couldn’t play the Tour,” Bell explains. “You couldn’t afford it. And so luckily Spalding paid my expenses. I got $100 a week for going to hit a tournament.” Her role also required Bell to visit Sears-Roebuck stores and give clinics (though by her own admission, she sold more men’s Spalding clubs than women’s). Golf clinics were also a feature in the early days of the LPGA, of which Bell is a charter member. One of the organization’s founders, Patty Berg, would often lead the sessions, Bell recalls. “She would get up and have all of us sit in a row, maybe only ten of us. And each one, she’d introduce, and she said, ‘She will hit the wedge’ — Alice Bauer, because she was good with the wedge. And then she’d talk about why. And then she’d call somebody to hit the 9-iron. And Babe would say, ‘I’m the longest hitter in the game!’ We all had to do this. Why, you

couldn’t get them to do that today,” Bell laments. But times were different, as Bell’s elder daughter, Bonnie McGowan, notes: “It was part of getting people introduced. They were growing the Tour and the interest.” If anything has generated interest in golf among generations of women, it’s Bell’s own clinics. She and her husband, the late Warren “Bullet” Bell, had purchased and refurbished Pine Needles in the 1950s when one day, a woman showed up asking for a golf lesson. “And it was disaster,” Bell recounts in The Gift of Golf. But the desire to teach remained with her and by 1959, with the help of a physical education instructor, Ellen Griffin, the golf safari, or “Golfari,” was born. Likely the first women’s golf school in the United States, its definition is simple: “An adventure in learning and fun.” The, emphasis on the, er, F-word, removes some of the anxiety and frustration among students, especially beginners. Bell is still a stickler for grip (thank you, Leonard Schmutte), insisting that, “If you have a bad grip, you can’t play the game.” But her way of teaching it is nothing short of charming: She marks a glove with a Sharpie — complete with painted nails — creating a kind of road map that indicates where in the hand the club should lie, an “X” where it shouldn’t, which fingers do the gripping and how far the hand should turn. Bell’s other great skill as a teacher is patience — perhaps because she remembers her early struggle with the game back in Findlay and the joys it ultimately brings. She passed down the game to her own children, Bonnie McGowan, Peggy Ann Miller and son Kirk, without forcing them to learn. In an earlier book, A Woman’s Way to Better Golf, Bell wisely cautions, “Youngsters shouldn’t be bribed into playing golf, or improving their scores, or anything else. But if you set up the right atmosphere at the right time, they will dig right in.” Bell’s younger daughter, Peggy Ann Miller, concurs. “[Our parents] just took us out there and we hung around them, and you just kind of mimic what they’re doing when you’re little.” By the time the Bell children were ready for golf camp, their mother stood aside and let other instructors take over. The method paid


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off: Both daughters played golf competitively in college and teach alongside their mother and McGowan’s husband, former Tour professional Pat McGowan. Though Miller admits to being a “fair weather golfer” these days, and McGowan says her self-defeating perfectionism has curtailed her playing, both share their mother’s enthusiasm for teaching. “I think teaching is an avenue I enjoy more, because it isn’t me doing it,” McGowan reflects. “I can stand out there all day long if somebody doesn’t get it, and have all the patience in the world. I like to see the success of other people.” Especially, she says, when she sees students understand the progression of a golf swing — grip, posture, stance — and then stop themselves, when they realize they’ve forgotten a step or are about to execute it incorrectly. For Miller, it’s the “ah-ha” moments that are satisfying. “You can’t teach feel,” she notes. “You can teach the technique, but once they get that feel of the release, that’s what’s kind of rewarding and you’re like, ‘OK, they got it. They felt it.’” Both Bonnie and Pat McGowan, Miller and other instructors do the majority of teaching at the Golfaris these days, using the same light approach as their mother, as illustrated by various pneumonic devices: “Logo to logo” (giving full torque to the body while swinging); “hold the dinner tray” that is, like a waiter, to get a good backswing; the tOE of the putter makes the ball go sLOW; the hEELgives it spEEd. Keep your elbows straight and if a lady is well endowed? Then, take “the girls” with you (rather than swinging over or under them). “That’s how we learned. Listening to her,” says Miller. “We teach exactly the way she teaches.” These days, at 92, Bell still teaches grip using the marked gloves, though from a golf cart. Her mobility and balance have diminished, but occasionally, with a post or cart to lean on, she’ll chip and putt. Fifty-five years on, the Golfaris are still going strong. Women of all skill levels, from sharks with low handicaps to novices who’ve never picked up a club, and hailing fromall over — New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, California — have sought instruction. Some want to play golf with their husbands, some want to

schmooze corporate clients on the fairway, most just want to have fun. And their numbers are legion. In its “heyday’ (i.e., before the Great Recession), according to Miller, the school saw about 120 to 160 students a week throughout the month of May (there are also sessions in February and in September). Today the numbers tend more toward about 80 or so a week. Even so, given that the clinics have been around for so long? Well, do the math. Little wonder that Bell has racked up more accolades: the LPGA Teacher of the Year award in 1961; a spot on Golf Digest’s list of Top 50 Women Teachers in America; the Bob Jones Award in 1991 and induction into Golf magazine’s World Golf Teacher’s Hall of Fame in 2004, and last year, the Patty Berg Award. She has also hosted the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles three times (1996, 2001 and 2007). “I feel very strongly that we helped the game for women playing the game,” says Bell. And the kids are all right, too. Almost all of Bell’s grandchildren play golf, most of them for pleasure. Miller’s son Blair is a talented long-hitter, McGowan’s daughter Scotti is eyeing competitive college golf, and her son Michael will join the Tour in the fall. The grandkids also attended Pine Needles’ kids camps held every summer (“We were not paying babysitters to watch our kids when we were teaching everybody else’s kids!” Miller laughs). One of the camp’s alumni is Chris Haarlow, who took up the game at the tender age of 9 and is “the first non-Bell to go from camper to counselor to instructor.” The president of Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a nonprofit based in Greensboro that creates programs to promote junior golf across North Carolina, Haarlow is a PGA Class A instructor who has been recognized for his work with the TYGF’s Precision Golf Junior Academy. And he credits Bell for so much of his success. “She and I are kindred spirits,” he says, “She believed in me. She believes in you more than you do in yourself.” Haarlow also appreciates the way that Bell and the other instructors “have a knack of keeping the game simple.” So inspired was he by Bell’s dedication that he and partner Robert Linville decided to name TYGF’s fledging tour the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour in

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2007. They had taught a lot of girls but quickly saw that there were few places for them to compete. “They were the last off [the tees],” Haarlow says, and often finished in the dark. “We wanted to put girls first.” Now in its eighth season, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour, at 450 members, is the largest of its kind in the United States. It plays across sixteen different states in various divisions. “They made it where a beginner could go play in competition to learn how to play in competition. A division that they’re learning, so if you make a rule error, they don’t penalize you, they just correct you,” explains McGowan. “The intimidation is gone,” adds Miller. As the competitors improve, they move into higher-level divisions. “Those girls are getting college scholarships,” McGowan says. And, adds Haarlow, “It’s a chance for girls be a part of history and what has meant so much to so many.” This ripple effect of Bell’s has touched yet another admirer, who crosses the Pine Needles lobby to say hello. “I was at The Babe [the Babe Zaharias Golf Classic] in Columbus, Ohio. In ’89 I had the privilege of playing golf with you,” she tells Bell. “And I still have those pictures. I just wanted to share that with you, how much that means. How much it means to all of our committee that you came, and we appreciate it very much.” Bell fairly lights up at the mention of her home state and her friend Zaharias. She recalls why the former Olympian, like Bell herself, abandoned basketball and baseball for the more challenging game of golf: “You stop and think of the other sports, they’re tough. Babe said, ‘Golf has put me with nice people.’” And that, perhaps more than any award, is for Peggy Kirk Bell the kindest compliment of all. PS Nancy Oakley resides in Winston-Salem but is a frequent contributor to PineStraw and O.Henry magazines. She plans to start playing more golf.


What Would Donald Do? There’s usually a collective holding of breath anytime a revered golf course undergoes a renovation — especially if said course is a Donald Ross design. But since the unveiling of a rejuvenated Mid Pines, the sister course of Pine Needles, there has been not just a collective sigh of relief but collective cheers, including Best U.S. Restoration of the Year 2013 from Golf magazine. Kudos go to course designer Kyle Franz, who also worked on the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 “You can see through the trees now. They took down 700,” says resort owner Peggy Kirk Bell. (But not to worry, in springtime, says her daughter Bonnie McGowan, “There are more dogwoods than on Augusta National. On every fairway.”) Speaking of fairway, expect firm, ultra- dwarf Bermuda bordered by sandy wasteland (none of which was trucked in, but mined from nearby woods) and wire grass — i.e. no rough. The greens are also built of sand, having been replaced by grass, which took a beating from riding mowers over the past fifty years. But that’s how Ross originally built them in 1921. In fact, most of the course restoration is what Ross intended: a fun and challenging place for club players and resort guests. So what are you waiting for? Info: pineneedles-midpines.com

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Dressing Dixie

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By Ron Green Jr.

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Southern heritage are an appreciation for deviled eggs, an ear for Carolina beach music and the good manners to say, “Yes, ma’am” and “No, sir.” There are others, of course: A passion for college basketball along Tobacco Road, the scent of a tidal creek in the summer heat, and a hush puppy fried golden brown, nestled alongside a mound of vinegar-based barbecue. And there is a Southern style that, done properly, exudes a relaxed elegance, a soft sartorial sophistication and a splash of color. It can be as comfortable as a late-afternoon cocktail on the beach and as striking as the accompanying sunset. It’s that sense of style that has made Chris Knott, a native son of Fuquay-Varina, just south of Raleigh, one of the most important and influential people in the luxury clothing business. As founder of the Raleigh-based Peter Millar, Knott, 48, has created a brand that blends classic with contemporary, creating both a look and lifestyle that’s based on his years in the clothing business and his North Carolina roots. “Being in the South and seeing how people dress and growing up around clothes, it definitely influences you. In the Southeast, if you were someone, you dressed well, like in Europe,” Knott says, sitting in his office near downtown Raleigh. This isn’t New York’s garment district. This is a converted mill building where the Peter Millar offices are tucked inconspicuously alongside other businesses. Walk through the front door and you’re greeted by design tables scattered around an open area. Samples of shirts and shorts hang on racks around the offices, and there are mannequins waiting to be dressed. Sixties soul music plays softly, and Knott works in a comfortable office where fabric swatches are scattered on tables. Knott wears what his company makes. On this day, it’s a pair of cream-colored khakis and a brown and white striped shirt, his sleeves rolled halfway up his arms. On another day, it might be dressier, pairing a patterned sport coat with a striped shirt and tie, allowing the layers, textures and colors to create an ensemble that’s not daring but is distinctive. As the creative force behind the immensely popular Peter Millar brand, Knott and company president Scott Mahoney are guided by a simple concept.

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“We like what looks good and sells,” Knott says. “If we don’t like it, we don’t do it. We’re at that age and in that part of our careers where we can make those decisions.” For Knott, it began at Ashworth’s Men’s Store in Fuquay-Varina, a third-generation store where he worked and developed his eye for fashion and taste for style. As a 14-year old, Knott — whose friends were working in tobacco fields — noticed the clothes, the cars and the suntans of the clothing salesmen who stopped by Ashworth’s and wanted to be like them. When his mother bought him a nice, white button-down shirt, he wore it to middle school as often as possible with khakis. “I could tell it was kinda cool to have,” Knott said. As a teenager, he would buy khakis from an Army surplus store, have them starched and wear them virtually every day. Nothing against jeans, but Knott has just one pair today. As a student at East Carolina (1983-87), Knott’s passion for golf and clothes led him into the clothing business. He went to New York for a while, drove 60,000 miles a year in a mini-van selling clothes, and learned the business from the inside. “I had a guy in New York tell me that if you could design a line that would sell in the Southeast, it would sell all over the country,” Knott remembers. In 2001, Knott decided to start producing colorful high-quality cashmere sweaters. The Peter Millar name came from an old lawn bowling ball that was found at an antique sale. The sweaters led to golf shirts, and Peter Millar was rolling. It has since expanded into what Knott calls a lifestyle brand, offering everything from suits to casual shirts, swimwear to shoes. It is a high-end brand that is limited to select men’s stores and approximately 1,200 golf courses around the world. Over the last five years, the company has doubled in size but has the same approximate number of customers. “We don’t try to sell to everyone. If we sell to the right places, then the brand’s

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story will be told properly,” Knott says. “It’s easy to say yes, but we’ve been very disciplined to say no where we need to.” All of it — from the golf shirts to the outerwear — is tastefully distinctive. Both Knott and Mahoney explain it the same way: on trend but not trendy. Classic but not traditional. Current but not modern design. Think about tailgate parties in Greenville or Chapel Hill. Think about dinner out at Wrightsville Beach or sitting in the rockers on the porch at Pinehurst’s Carolina Hotel. Blend in The Embers as background music, season it with color and you can get a sense of what has inspired Knott and the Peter Millar brand. It’s all about what Knott calls “wearable color.” Each season, he and the designers start with twentyfive colors and work down from there, blending the colors through the various lines. Color, Knott says, is a Southern thing that he believes can sell anywhere. “Chris has an incredible eye,” Mahoney says. “That’s his greatest gift. You can look at swatches and he has the ability to pick the right one. As a company, we’re able to build around that. We built a team and a culture around good taste.” For Knott, it’s about more than just the clothes. It’s about seeing three generations — father, son and grandfather — wearing Peter Millar. It’s about the pleasure Knott still gets from measuring a

customer himself. It’s about getting a call from a customer in Memphis who liked the company’s shoes so much he thought that’s all they made. It’s about a vibrant blue stripe in a casual shirt, the breathability of a performance golf shirt, and the feeling that comes with being well-dressed. It’s about a sense of place and a sense of style, two elements of Chris Knott’s Southern heritage. PS Ron Green Jr. is an award-winning writer for the Global Golf Post, Charlotte resident, and all around great-guy. Well-dressed too.

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The Ross Doctor is In How Greensboro’s Kris Spence educated himself on Pinehurst No. 2 and went on to build a fine career restoring Donald Ross golf courses

By Jim Schlosser

When traveling through the Sandhills,

Kris Spence goes looking for fellow golf course architect Donald Ross.

“I’ll park my car behind the second green and take a walk,” Spence says. “I’ll look at the little nuances and Ross’ design elements. It is always refreshing.” The Greensboro resident is talking about Ross’ masterpiece, the Pinehurst No. 2 course. Since Ross designed it in the early 1900s (and kept tinkering with it until his death in 1948), No. 2 has confounded the game’s best players and delighted galleries at U.S. Opens and other tournaments . Spence is a student of Donald Ross, many of whose 400-plus courses over the years have been altered in the name of “modernization.” Contours of greens have been changed, bunkers removed and fairways made narrower by rough and new trees, and even rerouted. Spence seeks to put back Ross designs. He has done fourteen Ross courses in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee and is pursuing contracts on two courses in Georgia and Florida. He also has remodeled about thirty-five other courses using his knowledge of Ross and other early architects, such as A.W. Tillinghast. The latter, who designed the famous Bethpage and Winged Foot courses in New York , also did nine holes in 1925 at the Rock Hill, S.C., Country Club. Spence restored Rock Hill in 2013. His clients have included elite Ross courses in North Carolina:

Greensboro, Sedgefield, Cape Fear, Myers Park, Forsyth and Hope Valley country clubs, and the Roaring Gap Club. Ross did Roaring Gap in 1926 at the request of Pinehurst resort owner Leonard Tufts, who envisioned the mountain community as “Pinehurst in the Mountains.” Michael Faye of West Hartford, Conn., leader of the Donald Ross Society, which considers Ross courses works of art and whose members are passionate about preserving them, says of Spence: “As one who has reviewed nearly all of his restorations, I must say that I have been very favorably impressed. Forsyth, Sedgefield and Camden (S.C.) are three of the most striking of those I have seen.” Also, “It doesn’t hurt that he looks like Ernie Els,” Faye says of Spence, who is 51 and of the same build as the pro golfer from South Africa known as the Big Easy. Spence didn’t do the restoration of No. 2 in 2010-11 in preparation for this month Men’s and Women’s U.S. Open, but calls the finished product marvelous and inspirational and demonstrates Ross’ brilliance. The course again features Ross’ wide fairways and sandy waste areas. The work was done by two-time Masters champ Ben Crenshaw and partner Bill Coore. Coore once said that playing Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club while a Wake Forest University student inspired him to become a golf architect. Built in 1926 and home of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship each August, Sedgefield perhaps ranks as Spence’s best-known restoration. A monumental challenge was thrown at his company, Spence Golf Designs of Greensboro, while planning the restoration in 2007. The Wyndham announced the tournament was returning in 2008 to Sedgefield after a thirty-one-year absence. Tournament sponsors asked Spence to make sure

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the course challenged not just club members, but Tour pros, who crush tee shots distances that Ross could not have imagined. Whereas Spence had been planning fairway bunkers at 220 to 250 yards from tee boxes, “I had to think about 280 yards, 290 and even pushing 300 yards,” he says. Tees had to be moved back when possible to lengthen holes. He apparently got it right. The pros lavishly praise Sedgefield. Members seem pleased. Golf Digest magazine rated it one of the five best restorations in the country. The PGA Tour voted the Wyndham the most improved event on the pro circuit. Becoming a golf architect meant a mid-career change for Spence, educated in agronomy and landscaping and a member of the golf teams at Arkansas State University and a junior college in Florida. He moved to Greensboro in 1985 from the Atlanta Athletic Club to be course superintendent at Forest Oaks Country Club. Designed in the early 1960s by Ross’ former associate Ellis Maples of Pinehurst, Forest Oaks hosted what’s now the Wyndham Championship from 1977-2007. Not long after he was settled at Forest Oaks, Spence drove to Pinehurst to play the No. 2 course he had heard so much about, but knew so little about the Scottish-born designer. “It started teaching me lessons quickly,” he says. “I would hit a typical approach shot to a green and it would land and scoot down the back of the green. I almost felt like I was in Scotland . . . I had to hit the ball low, run it into the green, be very careful with the hazards and get the correct line. It really planted a seed for me to start studying Ross.” That led to visits to the Tufts Archives at Pinehurst’s Given Memorial Library, where many of Ross’ hand-drawn course designs and notes are kept. During his travels, Spence tries to visit the fifty Ross courses in North Carolina and elsewhere. While some retain elements of Ross, others have been drastically changed. At some courses, he found “not a square inch of Ross remained.” “A lot of clubs made a mistake by going away from Ross,” Spence says. “My job is to put him back. I don’t want a course to look like Kris Spence designed it. I want it to look like Donald Ross did it.” That means tricky greens, broad undulating fairways following the natural flow of the land, and strategically placed bunkers, beautiful to look at, treacherous to escape from. While Ross gave golfers expansive fairways to shoot at, he tooketh away what he giveth at the greens. He elevated them and included ridges, dales and mounds. A golfer can watch a putt roll off the green and down into a bunker or chipping area. Greensboro Country Club ’s Irving Park course was Spence’s first restoration, 1997-98, while he was course superintendent, having left Forest Oaks in 1989. Ross, he says, would not have recognized GCC because of alterations since he designed the course in stages from 1911 through the late 1920s. Fortunately, Ross’ GCC drawings were at the Tufts Archives. Not long after finishing GCC, Spence decided to try golf architecture full time. Someone connected with the Grove Park Inn played GCC and asked who had done the restoration. Spence was soon in Asheville studying the Grove Park. It opened in1926 but alterations had resulted in greens relocated and fairways rerouted. He found that Grove Park officials weren’t certain Ross had designed the course. In Ross’ time, clubs didn’t always make a big deal about who designed a course. As one generation of golfers gave way to another, the original drawings and the designer’s name sometimes got lost. The Grove Park’s original plan couldn’t be found. Spence had to work with an old aerial map of the course. Aerials can be valuable because they show how the course was actually built, not how it was planned. Ross often made changes to his design during the construction stage of a course. While Spence was returning a green to where it appeared on the aerial, a man in his 90s approached and declared, “Wow. This is exactly the way it was when it was the Donald Ross course.” The man said he had seen Ross working on the course. Case closed about the identity of the original architect. PineStraw : The Art & Soul of the Sandhills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 2014


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Ross was a train-riding man. In 1928-29 alone, he did forty-nine courses, and turned down twenty-one more jobs for lack of time. He may have designed some courses without visiting the property, relying on topography maps and three associates. But Spence believes Ross went to many sites. An old-timer at Mimosa Hill Country Club in Morganton told Spence, “I know he was here. He rented a team of mules from my dad.” Mimosa Hills is one of the few courses Spence has encountered with the original Ross design intact. The subtleties and nuances, however, were buried beneath years of top-dressing on greens, turf buildup and sand accumulation deep in bunkers. Mimosa member Billy Joe Patton, the late amateur who nearly won the 1954 Masters, shadowed Spence to make sure nothing outrageous was done to the course. “Why are you making this bunker so deep?” Patton asked on one hole. “Think back,” Spence replied, “to when you were a boy caddying for your father. Do you remember standing on the green and seeing his shoes in the bunker?” Patton replied, “No, you’re right.” The bunker was promptly deepened. “After that he took a different mindset about what I was trying to do. We peeled back the layers that had accumulated over seventy-five years until we found Ross. I told Billy Joe I was not trying to do anything to Mimosa Hills, I was rediscovering it.” Spence not only draws plans for restorations, his company, Spence Golf Designs, does the construction. He sometime operates the equipment that shapes courses. His twenty-five-man crew stays on the go. It was recently in Williamsburg, Va., Sunset Beach on the North Carolina coast, Myrtle Beach and Charlotte. He says too many modern-era architects bulldoze their design on

the landscape. The courses aren’t as much fun to play as old, classical courses built with horses and mules. Whereas Ross gave a golfer options on how to play a hole, Spence says, modern courses often dictate the way a hole must be played. “Golf architecture got off its footing from the days of Donald Ross,” he says. “Architects didn’t understand that not everyone was a highly skilled player. They built courses that are extremely difficult to play, difficult to maintain and extremely expensive to build.” By following the land’s natural flow, Spence says, Ross created holes that required golfers to know the way a ball would bounce once it hit a fairway that leaned left or right. Ross wanted golfers to play as many kinds of shots using every club in the bag. Oddly, in nearly fifteen years as a golf architect, Spence has never done what Ross did routinely: design a regulation nine-hole or eighteen-hole course from scratch. Until now. Spence has completed on paper a proposed new 18-hole, open-to-the-public course for a tract between Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. “It’s the first time I’ve had the full freedom . . . to create something based on all the ideas I have accumulated over the years,” he says, hoping ground can be broken in the fall. Once the course opens, golfers will see a lot of Donald Ross and a touch of A.W. Tillinghast and other old-time architects. Spence will have to modify his automatic criticism of modern-era courses. When people ask what he thinks of one, ‘I’ll say I don’t like it.’ I don’t like anything under seventy-five years old.” PS Jim Schlosser is a contributing editor of O.Henry magazine, a longtime award winning reporter in North Carolina.

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Donald Ross’ Lost Masterpiece Twenty miles due east of Pinehurst No. 2, Overhills Golf Course — once an exclusive retreat — lies buried beneath time and pine straw

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Once upon a time, Pinehurst No. 2

was not the only American golf course that reminded some of the sandy links along old Dornoch, Scotland; there also existed an exclusive Sandhills course naturally situated among the pines called Overhills. Legendary course designer Donald Ross crafted both courses with equal promise. Yet each course was fated very different futures. This month, while all eyes are on Pinehurst No. 2 for the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Open, twenty miles west of it, Overhills lies forgotten — a relic in history. One of golf’s historical gems, Overhills is no longer playable. Far from its original purpose, the once exemplary course would no longer be recognizable to Scottish-bred Ross, who was a protégé of Old Tom Morris at St. Andrews. Ross completed his Pinehurst masterpiece in 1907, and later in life he called it, “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” The success story of No. 2 is a drastic comparison to Ross’ forgotten links at

Overhills, which has become overgrown in foliage and memory — lost to bygone eras. However, Overhills didn’t start out that way. In 1916, Ross completed the golf course at Overhills, an elite hunting club outside Fayetteville, for wealthy Northern industrialists and bankers such as Percy Rockefeller, George Herbert Walker, Averell Harriman, Skull and Bones members from Yale, and others. Unlike most of his projects, where Ross was limited by acreage and budget, the designer was given carte blanche in developing the Overhills course. Rockefeller was quoted as communicating to Ross, “Here, Mr. Ross, you have 3,500 acres of property to choose from. I want a golf course that will have no superior — you are the doctor and do anything you want to — and do not consider expense when making your plans, you have an absolutely free hand.” The result led reviewers of the course to declare it better than Pinehurst courses, and a 1917 article in Golf Illustrated described it as “one of the very finest golf courses in the country.” Ross’ creation became the spirit of Overhills, anchoring cottages and the clubhouse by the ninth and eighteenth greens. The course provided a serene setting that complemented the natural environment prevailing throughout Overhills. Kim Elliman (a Rockefeller) expressed in Overhills Oral History that “(The golf course) was a backdrop; it was everyone’s viewshed.” By the 1920s, Pinehurst No. 2 remained open to resort guests while only a

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select few within the social elite received an invitation to play on the exclusive, private course at Overhills. Due to the few visitors, guests and workers often commented that playing golf at Overhills was similar to having a masterfully designed golf course all to one’s self. The Rockefellers, Harrimans and other families only visited Overhills a few times a year, but when they did come, hunting and horseback riding took precedence over golf. The sandy Scottish game was usually played in the afternoon — after riding. Visitors would sometimes play golf with workers in order to make a foursome or for added company on the quiet and secluded property. Surrounded by 11,000 acres of longleaf pines, dogwoods, birds and silence, the seclusion was vast and could make a person feel he or she was in a different world, even though the retreat was hiding in plain sight off Vass Road. There was an intimate, private connection with the property, where nature was heralded in high regard. Its inception was, after all, a hunting retreat, and that set the standard — with the exception of hunts that were conducted with the utmost decorum and proper attire. The rest of activities were relaxed and people would dress down. Even Isabel Rockefeller, Percy’s wife, insisted on greeting guests and going into town in a house dress. In terms of golf, a relaxed dress code along with lack of tee times at Overhills were in contrast with world class golf courses of the times. An Overhills golfer could start and stop playing on a whim; Rockefeller grandchildren often enjoyed playing the links in bare feet — with the exception of when a snake was found in a sand bunker. One of the more exciting events surrounding the Overhills golf course was the

annual re-enactment of a Civil War battle. Ronny Holmes, who grew up at the secluded retreat, mentions in Overhills Oral History that the enactment, located near a large bunker was “elaborate. They had cannons going off; firecrackers would be the cannons . . . Those boys would put on a pretty good show . . . But the Yankees always won.” None of the Overhills greens were more appreciated than those at the fifth and ninth holes. Guests and workers obsessed at getting a hole-in-one on number 9 — a feat that only happened once. While the Rockefellers drank their Earl Grey at the fifth hole, listening to the birds and watching the sunset, they admired the view highlighting the simple formations Ross had painstakingly sculpted along the course. In order to create this effect, in Ross’ day, machines weren’t around to do the heavy lifting, remove stones or cut centuries of deeply rooted trees; it was no simple task to create Pinehurst No. 2 or Overhills — both were crafted by hand. To achieve this, Ross’ ethical, no-nonsense upbringing influenced his selection of workers. The Ross family and Donald J. Ross LLC share letters that Ross wrote to Lillian, his daughter, during her youth. In one correspondence in May, 1933, Ross wrote: “If I had my way I wouldn’t have anyone employed in Pinehurst who didn’t do some work in community service . . . I like and appreciate honest, helpful service and dislike those would-be workers who want only the cream from other people’s efforts . . .”

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Across the pines, a sense of community filled Overhills and inspired the annual staff golf tournament. Young Bert Alabaster, known as the “Overhills Ace” and tournament winner in 1928 and 1929, grew up practicing on the links with his dog, Spud, retrieving his balls. With the stock market crash of 1929, many longtime investors took what remained of their fortunes elsewhere, leaving Rockefeller as the main shareholder. The purposefully low-profile hunting syndicate of socially elite became even smaller. The Great Depression drew a line in the sand where financial ruin threatened virtually every part of life in the United States, and because of this, the paths that Overhills and Pinehurst No. 2 followed definitively influenced their futures. Both courses had financial struggles. Overhills was hit with the financial fallout of Averell Harriman selling his shares to Percy Rockefeller after Rockefeller’s hunting dogs disrupted Harriman’s bird hunts one too many times. The split released Overhills from being a syndicate and turned it into an exclusive family retreat. Throughout the Great Depression, Ross was an active participant in ensuring that No. 2 would succeed. He is described by his great-grandson, Alex Shapiro, manager of Donald J. Ross LLC, as “an old world gentleman.” Many times Ross would remind Lillian (Alex’s grandmother) that “Success Nourishes Hope” — the motto of his family’s crest. It was this hope for the future that provided Ross with a deep sense of ownership, pride and

responsibility to take care of his Pinehurst workers. In a letter to Lillian on June, 1937, Ross wrote: “I want to get the contract to build it so that I can find work for a few of my good men here who must be discharged unless I can find other employment. That, you see, is the responsibility that goes with being a father to so many workers. I feel that they depend on me for a livelihood.” Ross was just as active in making improvements to the Pinehurst courses, tinkering on No. 2 until 1935 and regularly working next to his employees. His desire for the success of Pinehurst, his workers and his vision is prevalent. Some of it is expressed in a letter he wrote to Lillian dated May, 1936: “It’s hard, dirty work, and I get very tired at the end of each day . . . working in the sandy soil raises dust all day so when I get home I look and feel like a coal miner . . . it all seems a thankless job. If it wasn’t for that ambition which seems to drive me on to make this a great golf center, which no one follows, no one can improve, I wouldn’t bother about doing the work.” Meanwhile, the Overhills course received a fraction of the attention, care and maintenance of No. 2. To make matters worse, the Rockefellers faced their own struggles when Percy, the patriarch of Overhills, passed away in 1938. Even though the family was better off than most people during years of economic hardship, they faced an immense inheritance tax on an estate valued at over $9 million. The costly dilemma left

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Avery, Percy’s son and the new squire of Overhills, puzzling over what could be done. He finally settled on selling a portion of Overhills land in order to pay for the exorbitant costs. The struggles and choices made during those years were key factors to the future success and demise of Ross’ two courses: Pinehurst No. 2 would grow to become a world famous golf course, while Overhills would fade into history like a forgotten Rembrandt. With the onset of World War II, James W. Tufts (founder of Pinehurst) and Ross continued pouring all they could into making and strengthening No. 2 into the world-class course it is today, while the steward of Overhills focused on saving money and directly helped out the war effort. During the war, Overhills’ back nine holes were abandoned and Fort Bragg conducted nightly training maneuvers across the courses’ sandy terrain. The relationship between Overhills and Fort Bragg would foreshadow Overhills’ eventual fate over the next half century. With the world at peace again, Donald Ross continued making courses until he passed away in Pinehurst in 1948. He left a legacy of completing more than 400 golf courses in the span of fifty years in the golf industry; the most cherished among his gifts are Pinehurst No. 2 and the sister courses he shared with his workers, family and friends. In 1997, the cost of maintaining Overhills was too great for the Rockefellers. The once-vast personal retreat that spanned thousands of acres was sold to Fort Bragg, thus ending generations that spanned the Guilded Age to modern times, where practicality and nature trumped the early days where businessmen secured

their social standing on the hunt and sandy links. In Overhills Oral History, Avery Lincoln Chappell Smith, great-grand-daughter of Percy and Isabel Rockefeller, makes the last entry in the guest book in November, 1996. “Goodbye beloved Overhills . . . and all of the most wonderful people in the world. I will always love you and never forget you. So many great memories here, so much fun. Never will there be another place like Overhills again. Goodbye.” With the passage of time, Ross’ golf courses provided countless thousands of golfers and enthusiasts enjoyment, challenge and a walking meditation in nature. This month, a pair of historic U.S. Opens will pay homage to his dedication to No. 2. Meanwhile, the Overhills golf course, a masterfully designed course played on by the most privileged during the Progressive Era, sits under years of pine straw amid soft air and chirping robins. Tommy MacPhail, who grew up and worked at Overhills, mentioned in Overhills Oral History that Isabel Rockefeller, a naturalist, once stopped him from planting dogwood trees in an organized manner, saying, “We need to put them out there as the Lord would have put them.” With Donald Ross’ masterful strokes now lost and overgrown with years of foliage covering its genius, that is exactly how the land looks now, as God had intended. No longer a golf course, Overhills is letting nature take its course. PS Gavin Powers is a frequent contributor to PineStraw magazine, who last wrote about hats at the races.

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Good Baggage

As the king of Pinehurst bellmen, “Fast” Eddie Mitchell became a legend at making resort guests feel welcome By Bill Hensley

Eddie Mitchell never thinks about the

long hours, the heavy loads, or how many bags he lugged during his colorful thirty-seven-year career as a Carolina Hotel bellman. “I would rather think about the thousands of interesting people I met,” he smiled. “That was the best part of the job.”

With a ready smile and a friendly greeting, Mitchell made it his job to see that arriving guests got off to a good start with a warm welcome. “Taking their bags to the room was necessary, ” he said, “but it was secondary to being friendly and helpful. We were trained to help sell the Pinehurst product.” Over the years as a popular hotel staff member, Mitchell became legendary as “Fast Eddie” to countless hotel guests. “I’ve been told that my smile and my never-had-it-so-good attitude became well-known,” he offered, “and many guests along — with my fellow workers — called me that. If I had problems or was under stress, I tried not to let it show and kept smiling.” Now 74, the tall, talkative, ever-grinning Mitchell retired last year, but he still

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thinks of the job often and how much he enjoyed his career. “Being a bellman isn’t brain surgery, but I took pride in doing a good job and in representing the hotel in a dignified, friendly manner. And I made a good living. I didn’t get rich, but the money was good. “Most days were hard, steady work,” he continued, “especially when we had groups checking in or out. We would be hustling all day and that is tiring. But on the positive side, toting luggage can certainly keep you in shape.” Fast Eddie said that it was amazing how much a bellman could learn about a guest just by taking bags to his room. “En route we would talk about a variety of subjects, such as the history of Pinehurst, the golf courses, the weather, dining room hours, politics and that kind of stuff. It was interesting.” A native of Raleigh, Mitchell began his career out of high school with Norfolk Southern Railway as a telegrapher/station agent and train dispatcher. He did that for eighteen years before a week end trip to Pinehurst changed his life for the better. “I was smitten,” he said. “The entire area was fascinating and charming and just blew me away. The drive along Midland Road and the countless longleaf pines made a deep impression on me. I thought, this is it! This is where I belong.”

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In 1976 Mitchell applied for a job with Pinehurst Resort and was accepted, starting as a transportation driver. He transferred to the bell staff soon afterward as a doorman/bellman. Four years later he was promoted to bell manager and held that position for seventeen years. In 1981 he met JoAnn McGee, from Richmond, Va., who worked at the front desk of the Carolina Hotel. Again, Mitchell was smitten, and the couple soon married. “JoAnn and I worked as a team for years,” Mitchell said. “By the time a guest got to the front desk to register, I wanted them to already feel at home, relaxed and happy. She took over from there.” During his Pinehurst bellman days, Mitchell met a number of celebrities. “We met a VIP almost every day,” he said, “and I soon recognized many captains of industry, sports stars and entertainers. All went out of their way to be nice.” Mitchell recalled meeting Elton John on two occasions, along with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Forrest Tucker and a half-dozen North Carolina governors. But it was the homey George Lindsay of The Andy Griffith Show that he remembers most vividly. “By the time he checked out, he had everybody on the staff saying ‘Judy, Judy, Judy.’ He was hilarious. And Ron Howard was memorable, too. He spent a lot of time talking to the staff and making friends. He was a frequent guest.” His biggest tip? “It was a hundred bucks. A guest asked me to pick up his laundry, and that’s how he rewarded me. “But I got many, many five and ten dollar bills,” he continued. “With a very few exceptions, people always treated me very nicely. I was ‘stiffed’ a number of times but that came with the job, and I can’t complain.” Now that he is retired, Mitchell spends a lot of time working in his yard and being with JoAnn at home. He wanders over to the golf course when he has some spare time and works on his golf game. “I used to be a six handicap player but now I’m lucky to break ninety. But who cares what I shoot? I’m happy every minute I’m out there.” And what does he miss? “I miss the action and the friendships but not the pressure. I thoroughly enjoyed working with such top hotel officials as Pat Corso and Scott Brewton and seeing such people as the late Robert Dedman, who bought the resort and made it a special place. They were great leaders: inspiring and dedicated.” In retirement, it’s obvious that Mitchell’s friendly, easy going attitude still prevails. His email address starts off with “neverhaditsogood.” And when he checks into a hotel, he makes sure the bellman gets a good tip. PS Bill Hensley is a well-known public relationist, with deep roots in golf — and Pinehurst.

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The Man Who Would be Donald Ross

Photograph of Ogi Overman by Bonnie Stanley / Photograph of Donald Ross from the Tufts Archives

How I became the Patron Saint of American golf course design

Ogi Overman, left, sits beside his doppelganger, Donald Ross, thanks to Photoshop. By Ogi Overman

The biggest-selling single of 2013 was “Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke. If the title doesn’t ring a bell, think MTV Video Music Awards and Miley Cyrus, when “twerking” became a part of the national debate. Oh yes, that song.

I fear that I may be getting perilously close to blurring some lines of a different sort myself, those of reality. It has been said that impersonators, most notably of Elvis Presley, sometimes cross over the line and on some level of consciousness think that they’ve become their character. I’m no hunka burnin’ love, but I do bear an almost scary physical resemblance to an Elvisesque person who is revered in golf circles almost as much as Arnold Palmer. About five years ago a colleague walked into my office, plopped a magazine onto my desk and, pointing to an ad, asked, “Remind you of anybody?”

The ad was for Pinehurst No. 2, the fabled course designed by Donald Ross, without doubt the most celebrated golf course architect of all time, and contained a black and white photo of Ross himself, circa early-1930s. It took all of a nanosecond for the photo to jump off the page and slap me with the realization that I looked exactly like Donald Ross. I don’t mean like his brother, I mean him. It was actually a bit spooky to confirm the old wives’ tale that everyone has a doppleganger, and that mine was Donald Ross. The magazine soon became part of the pile, but every now and then I would dig it out, just to see if the resemblance was still as unmistakable. It was. Then, a few months later, I happened to be doing a story on a friend who had mounted a one-man show portraying late comedian Brother Dave Gardner, when that same colleague offered, “You could do that with Donald Ross.” Not ready to launch an acting career at this stage of life, I did, however, do the next best thing. Being from Greensboro, I knew that Ross designed the layout at Sedgefield Country Club, home of the Wyndham

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Championship PGA event. I approached tournament director Mark Brazil, who, fortunately, was already a friend, about portraying Ross at the tourney, hoping to add a little more atmosphere to an already-collegial event. Brazil gave the idea his blessing, which was my cue to start putting together a wardrobe of vintage clothing. And that turned out to be the moment when the character started taking on a life of its own. Already having a bit of a sartorial streak, especially with regard to neckwear, now I had a purpose to my impulsive clothes-shopping. What started out as two rented, three-piece, wool tweed suits from a costume shop has now mushroomed into an entire closet — The Donald Ross Closet, if you will — of knickers, double-breasted sport coats, retro neckties, round-collar dress shirts, lapelled vests, snap-brim balloon hats, two-toned wingtips, argyle socks, round-rimmed glasses and a watch fob. I have become personal friends with every vintage clothing storeowner in a fifty-mile radius, frequently getting tipped off when a new item comes in that I might need. Yes, I now wear knickers and garish, four-inch wide ties and snap-brim hats for no apparent reason. Friends, who heretofore had indulged my necktie fetish, are starting to worry. But there’s more. Two years ago, a female friend put together a Mrs. Donald Ross character, and she now sometimes accompanies me on my rounds at Sedgefield. Attired in full Gatsby flapper mode and drop-dead gorgeous, she attracts far more attention than her historic hubby. I’ve also become the official starter for an annual charity tournament at Greensboro’s Bryan Park. I’ve been photographed by at least a dozen websites, magazines and newspapers, and written up by four, by far the best of which was a piece by PineStraw contributor Jim Schlosser. And I almost got some national facetime on the Golf Channel, thanks to my old pal anchor Rich Lerner, but just when he had a few moments to kill, who walks into the booth overlooking No. 18 but Wyndham Worldwide CEO Stephen Holmes, who naturally got the slot. But by far my biggest thrill as a Ross impersonator came last December 3,

when I was asked by Audrey Moriarty of the Tufts Archives in Pinehurst to be a special guest at the annual Holly & Ivy Dinner at the fabled Holly Inn. Although Audrey had informed me that I might be asked to say a few words, basically I assumed my appearance would be one of glad-handing, smiling a lot, and looking the part. Little did I know the high honor that awaited. As I was seated for the five-course meal — an exact recreation of a 1930 menu at the inn, prepared exquisitely by chef Thierry Debailleaul — the people sitting next to me were a local gentleman who knew Ross personally, and Alex Shapiro, who happens to be Ross’ great-grandson. Shapiro, who is the manager of the Donald J. Ross LLC, brought with him transcripts of a number of letters Ross had written to his daughter Lillian, Shapiro’s late grandmother. The correspondence spanned three decades, from the time she went off to college to shortly before his death in 1948. The letters had never been read publicly and belong to various members of the Ross estate. Shapiro had written a script, with him serving as the narrator, explaining the circumstances of each letter, while I was given the privilege of reading them as if I were Ross himself. It was an experience — approaching an out-ofbody experience — that I will cherish the rest of my days. Yet, as gratifying as that evening was, now comes another opportunity to portray Mr. Ross before a far larger audience. An international one. If all goes well, yours truly will soon be roaming the hallowed grounds of Pinehurst No. 2 during the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens. Surely Ross’ most famous creation needs his doppleganger to be there, admiring the layout, schmoozing with fans, posing for pictures, and creating goodwill, right? But, please, no twerking. PS Ogi Overman has been a reporter, columnist and editor for a number of Triad publications since 1984. He is currently compiling a book of his columns, to be titled A Doughnut and a Dream.

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June 2014 My Father’s Golf Clubs My father’s golf clubs are tucked away in my attic, beside the old paint cans and beach chairs and suitcases. He used these clubs on the day he died playing golf, almost twenty years ago now. After his death, my stepmother gave the clubs to my uncle, who years later gave them to me. And then when my wife and I moved into our home a decade ago I set them in a corner of the attic. A couple times a year, always while searching for something else, I will spot the golf clubs. May even pull out his rust-specked putter or the 7-wood with the cracked rubber grip, squeeze it in my hands and imagine him playing his final round. I wonder if he played well that day, if he was under or over par. These are the sorts of things you don’t think about until later, much later. — Steve Cushman

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Back to the Future With the glorious restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 complete and the world assembled for a pair of historic U.S. Open Championships, Donald Ross’ original thinking may change championship golf forever — and how we look at golf courses in the future


By Lee Pace • Photographs by Joann Dost

n the beginning, the idea was so audacious that Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw leaned on the side of saying, “No. Thanks, but no.” Could you actually strip a high-profile golf course of its perfect emerald sheen and transplant it back in time half a century and beyond? Could you teach the American golf consumer that sandy and scruffy and rough-hewn did not equal cheap and low-rent? Would the United States Golf Association actually contest its U.S. Open on a course bereft of treacherous rough? Could you convince maintenance workers that weeds and organic matter and wayward pine needles are fine, that since God himself had put them there, who was a green superintendent to quarrel?

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Coore and Crenshaw, golf-design partners since the mid-1980s and the creators of more than two dozen well-regarded layouts nationwide, wrestled with the invitation to restore Pinehurst No. 2 that was first cast their way in the late summer of 2009. Don Padgett II, the president and chief operating officer since 2004 at the historic golf resort, had come to believe that the Donald Ross magnum opus had become too green, too narrow, too rough-infested and too much the antithesis of the Scotsman’s original concept of wide fairways, strategic latitude and trouble outside the fairways that accurately captured the natural landscape. In Padgett’s mind, Coore, a native North Carolinian who played No. 2 frequently as a teenager, and Crenshaw, the two-time Masters champion and the PGA’s most studious maven of the game’s history, were the perfect team to lead a restoration. “If they don’t do it, I’m not sure we’ll even try it,” Padgett said in the beginning. Coore and Crenshaw worried that restoring by hand over eighteen months what Mother Nature had accomplished over centuries might be easier said than done. They wondered if the USGA would embrace a course already on the books for the 2014 U.S. Open that could actually play a little easier if it didn’t have all the acres of three-inch Bermuda rough that grows so onerously thick in June in the South. “It is a daunting task,” Coore said on February 23, 2010, the day that he, Crenshaw and design/construction associate Toby Cobb began the process. “It’s an honor to be asked to bring our ideas to this golf course, but it’s a nervous honor.” Coore and Crenshaw in the end accepted the challenge and, over 201012, piloted the removal of forty acres of rough and 700 sprinkler heads, the installation of some hundred thousand wire grass plants, the restoration of Ross’s original fairway boundaries, and the total chopping up of every bunker on the course, giving them the look that Ross knew so well from his Scottish homeland, the appearance that perhaps a sheep or a warren of rabbits had burrowed in for the night. The result when unveiled in the spring of 2011 and subsequently tweaked here and there into early 2012 has been warmly received by Pinehurst members, resort guests, USGA officials, caddies and golf photographers searching for texture on an otherwise bland landscape, and architecture connoisseurs of all rank and file. “The response to the restoration has been overwhelmingly positive and exceeded anything you can imagine,” Coore says. “For all of us who worked there, it’s a little bit surreal; it’s almost like, ‘Did this really happen, is this reality?’ For me, coming from this part of the world, this could be a dream. I might wake up one day and realize this didn’t actually happen. It’s been one of the wonderful


things that’s happened in our careers.” And it certainly will be the most visible in their distinguished portfolio in June when the U.S. Open and then the Women’s Open are contested on these four-plus miles of bounding fairways, turtleback greens and wiregrass-infused perimeters. Some 50,000 spectators will attend daily during the men’s competition, perhaps half that during the distaff proceedings. NBC and ESPN will reach millions via the airways, and terabytes of digital images and words will flow from the media center to golf consumers worldwide. How will the browns, tans and rusts look? How will the jagged edges play? Will the masses comprehend there’s an economic, historical and environmental method to the unkempt madness? “A lot of people have their fingers crossed that this golf course and these two weeks of national championships are well-received,” Coore says. “It can be a huge statement. Superintendents from California to the East Coast want this to work. They want course owners and green committees and club members to recognize that the maintenance level of wall-to-wall perfection is no longer realistic and sustainable going forward.” Raleigh’s Jim Hyler, president of the USGA from 2010-11, spoke often during his tenure about “brown becoming the new green” and the golf industry’s need to maintain its venues with fewer dollars and chemicals and less water. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis took that theme further at the organization’s annual meeting at Pinehurst in Feburary 2014 and again at Open Media Day in late April. “Looking down the next twenty years and more, water is going to be the thing that ultimately is going to affect the game the most,” Davis says. “I think that this is a great, great story of what Pinehurst has done to say, ‘We don’t have to irrigate 150 acres anymore. We can cut that down. We can get drier, firmer fairways.’ We hope that this shows the golf world that this can be done at other places, too.” Coore remembers his tenure at Rockport Country Club in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the early 1980s (he designed the course and remained as course superintendent for two years) and one instance when PGA Tour officials came to town to mark the course for an upcoming Tour Qualifying School. The tour staff had just been to Muirfield Village, Jack Nicklaus’ opulent club in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, to mark the course for the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour. “They talked about how they didn’t use one single spot of white paint on eighteen holes at Muirfield,” Coore says. “They did mark a few little spots at the end of cart paths. Nicklaus immediately had the maintenance guys come out and re-sod those spots so there would be no white paint anywhere. That struck me. I thought, ‘That’s just not right.’ You’re trying to make every

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square inch of a golf course perfect.” It was such a seminal moment to Coore that he can remember exactly where he was standing when Wade Cagle of the Tour staff related the incident. “I was standing on the steps of the eighth tee,” he says ruefully. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, is this where we’re going?’” It was indeed. As golf grew through the second half of the 20th century, the game’s consumers wanted smoother and greener playing surfaces. Advances in agronomy and chemistry made that easier. The standard set each April at Augusta National Golf Club raised the bar for the entire industry — no matter that The Masters is played at an ultra-private club with a deep pot of money that gets limited play and is closed half the year. Now some in the business are applying the brakes. Two weeks after the 2014 Masters, Coore stands in front of a phalanx of golf writers and TV folk on the first tee of No. 2 and considers the contrasts of the course in Georgia that Bubba Watson dominated to collect his second green jacket and the one that Watson and 155 other competitors will find in June. “I don’t know if you could ever see such contrasting major championship presentations like this,” Coore says. “I think it will be extraordinarily interesting. There is no way anyone can say one is right, one is wrong. But this is what we believe is right for Pinehurst,” he says, looking over his shoulder at the 18th green and first fairway. “We applaud both and admire both. There is room in golf for both. What’s here at Pinehurst now might look like golf of the past, but in so many ways it’s golf of the future. With water issues, environmental issues, the costs associated with them, we have to go more in this direction. I hope this presentation of two national championships will showcase that and somehow convey that to those who love golf in this country and say to them that perfection does not have to rule every course. To us, this is perfection. You look at the old photographs, you read Mr. Ross’ writings, I think he would agree with that. We would hope Mr. Ross would agree with that.” The visual contrasts in the old and new No. 2 are striking. The sandy roughs and bunkers yield a cacophony of creams, golds, browns and every hue in between. There is no long grass — anywhere — and the dormant Bermuda is given a subtle tint of green dye in late November, a concession to the early season visitors from the north. As the weather warms up later in March, the dye washes out and the Bermuda pops through. Coore and Crenshaw stripped the course of the “bowling alley-like” fairways

and they now mirror the path of the original center-line irrigation pipes, first laid by Ross and green superintendent Frank Maples in 1933. The sprinklers threw water some seventy feet in either direction, meaning the grass under the waterfall was cultivated, everything else was the naturally occurring hardpan sand. The pipes run in serpentine fashion this way and that, a roadmap of sorts of how Ross envisioned the movement of the fairways. From this clue alone if from none other, Ross was saying there were no straight lines to be found on Pinehurst No. 2. The fairways are wide — fifty-one yards across on the fifth fairway at one point, forty-seven on the eighth, and most are in the thirty-five yard range. But they neck down in some places where bunkers or mounds encroach from the perimeters — twenty-two yards on the first hole, nineteen on the third, twenty-three on eight, twenty-one on twelve, twenty-eight on thirteen. Again, no uniformity at all. Coore and Crenshaw made only two changes of significance to the course’s signature greens, which sit as upside-down bowls surrounded by networks of valleys and hillocks that play havoc with recovery shots. They extended the right side of the fifteenth green and the front of the seventeenth, adding additional hole locations. The greens were resodded after a half dozen had been splotched with poa annua over the years, and the result of removing the old grass and topdressing tended to shrink their profiles by one to two inches. There is not a single round or oval bunker left on the course, no “tiddlywinks bunkers” as Coore termed the uniform traps that before had encircled the sixteenth green. Some edges are bounded by turf, others melt seamlessly into the sandy roughs. Random wire grass plants have been placed in some bunkers; sand has been thrown on the tops of the turf faces on others. “The scruffiness takes on a life of its own,” Coore says. “You leave it in places, you help it evolve in others. People say, ‘Well, this is so easy, you just kill stuff, any fool could do this, you just go out and make a mess.’ It’s not that simple. There is an art to getting this look. We don’t hear it as much today, but fifteen years ago we’d build a course and someone would say, ‘When are you going to finish the bunkers?’ We’d say, ‘What do you mean? They are finished.’” The scruffiness takes on a life of its own. That’s quite a statement and one to bear in mind as back-to-back Opens are played on ground that Donald Ross so loved because it reminded him of his homeland on the east coast of Scotland. Lee Pace has written about the world of Sandhills area golf since the late 1980s and has authored eight books about its golf courses and heroes. Follow him @LeePaceTweet.

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Left to right: John May, James Van Camp and Bruce Cunningham Photograph by John Gessner

Out of Bounds How one angry citizen and a risk-taking band of attorneys saved Pinehurst No. 2 from sure debacle in a landmark 1973 lawsuit


ill Coore was just out of Wake Forest in the early 1970s and was visiting Pinehurst to play golf with a friend and Pinehurst Country Club member named Stuart Kennedy. This was just a couple of years into the ownership regime of the Diamondhead Corp., a real estate development concern which had purchased Pinehurst — its five golf courses, country club facilities, hotel and the village itself — from the founding Tufts family at the end of 1970. Bringing a “fire-ready-aim” mentality to the sleepy village, Diamondhead had emblazoned the two golf courses on the west side of N.C. 5 with condominiums galore, some of them hexagonal-shaped units hard by the fairways of courses Nos. 3 and 5. Coore and Kennedy were on the ninth hole of No. 5, a dogleg right, when Kennedy hit his tee shot to the right of the fairway into the new construction. “They looked like little space ships. They were pod-like condos,” says Coore, today a noted golf course architect along with partner Ben Crenshaw. “He hit his ball into someone’s flower bed. I went on down the fairway. Next thing I know, Stuart’s hitting a long iron through the trees, between two of those little houses, under tree limbs. The ball runs down in front of the green. I said, ‘Stuart, you can’t do that. You’re out-of-bounds.’ “He pretty much snarls at me: ‘That was never meant to be out-ofbounds, it never has been out-of-bounds, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s not out-of-bounds!’” Indeed, Diamondhead and owner Malcom McLean were seen by Pinehurst old-timers as being way out-of-bounds with their aggressive development practices upon taking over from the Tuftses, who had founded the resort and club in 1895 and negotiated two World Wars, one Depression, a Roaring Twenties boom and the steady growth of golf, leisure activities and the middle class in the mid-1900s. Some of what McLean, a native of nearby Maxton, and his colleagues had done was necessary. The resort infrastructure was frayed and worn, and the Tufts family hierarchy had lived through the Depression and was collectively

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wont to take on debt. The club and resort needed fresh ideas, as air travel was more affordable and accessible than ever and had linked Pinehurst’s traditional Northeast visitors more easily to Florida and new destinations like Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach. Dwight Eisenhower and Arnold Palmer had taken golf to the masses, and the Tufts family remained comfortably ensconced with their very WASP-ish long-time clientele. When Bruce Cunningham, a young attorney in Southern Pines at the time who would play a key role in an impending court case that would forever mark the future of Pinehurst, asked a Pinehurst policeman why there were no street signs, the officer responded, “If you don’t know where you are going, you shouldn’t be here.” But this modernization orgy was a bit much to anyone with a modicum of historical perspective. Diamondhead was giving away Putter Boy statuettes, for decades the preserve of winners of its elite golf championships, as premiums to property buyers. They were flying in fam groups by the planeload — a free weekend in return for listening to a high-pressure sales pitch. Tweed and buttondown shirts were replaced with open-neck shirts and gold chains. Where the Tuftses preferred understated décor with wicker and wing-backed chairs in the hotel lobby, Diamondhead remodeled the hotel with the greens and golds and shag carpets of the early 1970s. Salesmen and assistant golf pros had names like Sal and Bruno and Carmen and one nicknamed “Mad Dog.” Diamondhead would build 556 condominiums in four years, and a Diamondhead official later admitted to the News & Observer of Raleigh that the company had “swallowed too much” and “overbuilt a little.” Just over two years into the Diamondhead regime, a man named Stuart Paine said enough and formed a group called “Concerned Citizens of Pinehurst.” Paine was a descendant of Thomas Paine, a key activist of the American Revolution, and was a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He had worked in the furniture business and was introduced to the charms of Pinehurst by visiting to play golf on various furniture industry outings. He later enjoyed a financial windfall by manufacturing metal bed frames in Seymour, Indiana, and then selling the company, giving him the wherewithal to pick up and move to Pinehurst. Paine would later build the Brittany Townhouses in the village of Pinehurst and be involved in the early 1980s conversion of The Holly Inn to a time-share structure. But for the moment, he was aghast at how close Diamondhead was build-

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County Superior Court in Carthage. Presiding was the Honorable A. Pilston Godwin, a 61-year-old native of Gatesville from the northeastern corner of the state, who now lives in Raleigh. That Godwin would be overseeing the proceedings was a lucky strike for the Concerned Citizens of Pinehurst. Godwin was one of five sons of a man who opened in 1900 the first law firm in Gates County. He was described by one attorney as a “Southern gentleman of the old school,” a man who maintained civility and decorum and “who could strut while sitting down.” He knew a lot of North Carolina genealogy in general and Gates County genealogy in particular, his nephew Pitt Godwin saying his uncle “could meet someone from Gates County, ask their name and tell them whether their ancestors were from England or Scotland,” and Godwin would often inquire of the ancestry of those appearing before him. Once an assistant district attorney asked if a defendant planned to “hire” an attorney, and Godwin launched into a lecture that one does not “hire” such a professional but instead “retains” or “engages” one. Godwin insisted on proper attire from attorneys — “white shirt, blue suit, a non-red tie and wing tips,” says nephew Walter Godwin, a Superior Court judge in Tarboro, and Pitt, an attorney in Gatesville, remembers hearing of one castigated lawyer dashing from the courthouse to buy a new suit of clothes at the morning break. And pity the defendant who showed up with his shirt-tail hanging out or wearing no socks. It added up to a man not likely to fancy the denigration of an institution like Pinehurst and its famed No. 2 course — no matter whose name was on the deed. “I am certain that Judge Godwin would be very firm in his conviction that condos did not then, and never would, belong aside No. 2,” says attorney Karl Knudsen of Raleigh, who appeared often before Godwin. “Judge Godwin was white-haired, very regal looking,” Van Camp says. “He believed in historic things and had some sense of precedent and sense of establishment. He was a great judge for us.” Still, the attorneys for Pinehurst Inc. and Diamondhead — in-house counsel from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, where Diamondhead was headquartered, and from Mountainside, New Jersey, where McLean’s holding company was located, as well as from the prestigious Charlotte law firm of Kennedy, Covington, Lobdell and Hickman — expected to make quick work of the hearing on a showcause order seeking a preliminary injunction against Pinehurst Inc. that began on Monday, September 17. “I don’t think many people, including the ones on the other side, thought the case had any real merit or was going anywhere,” says May, today a partner in the Pinehurst firm Robbins May & Rich. “But the developer was acting as a quasimunicipality and having a different set of rules for themselves than they had for everyone else. That caught on with the judge. He allowed a world of testimony to be put on to that effect.”

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ing condos to the golf courses and that it was encroaching on Marshall Park, a circular preserve in the middle of the village named in honor of Gen. George Marshall, who lived in Pinehurst following World War II. He thought that Diamondhead was not adhering to the zoning rules that it was imposing on its citizens. Perhaps most disturbing were plans to build condos along the No. 2 course, a layout deemed the tour de force of architect Donald Ross and the venue for the 1936 PGA Championship, 1951 Ryder Cup Matches and the nation’s longest consecutive running golf championship, the North & South Amateur. The few residences along No. 2 were the ones along the third and fifth holes that fronted Midland Road, were set well back from the golf course, and were designed and built in the same classic cottage style that permeated the village. Even Donald Ross himself lived in one of them. “Stuart loved Pinehurst and loved golf,” says his widow, Jeanne Paine, of Southern Pines. “And he loved a good fight. If he set his mind to something, there was no turning back.” Drew Gross, today the general manager of the Pine Crest Inn, was working in the early 1970s for Diamondhead as assistant to Pinehurst executive Don Collett. “I was 21, 22, 23 years old, I was trying to be a loyal company guy,” Gross says. “But in my heart I knew it was wrong. They wanted to build an office building where the Traffic Circle is. They had plans for condos between the first and eighteenth fairways of No. 2. To the right of the fourth fairway would have been a prime area for more condos.” Paine enlisted the support of five more plaintiffs, key among them Edward Stringer, and approached James Van Camp, a 32-year-old partner in the law firm Seawell, Pollock, Fullenwider, Van Camp and Robbins, which at the time had offices in Carthage and Southern Pines. Van Camp agreed to take on the case and began planning the strategy with two young associates — Cunningham, 26, and one year out of law school at the University of Virginia, and John May, 26 and one year out of law school at Wake Forest. “The new owners had totally destroyed in the minds of many what was Pinehurst, what had been there for seventy years,” says Van Camp. “They were building so many units an acre, destroying the views, destroying the ambience of Pinehurst.” The challenge was daunting because there was no law and no true precedent to guide Van Camp and his team. Diamondhead had essentially bought from the Tufts family an entire town — complete with the fire department, water and sewer and the local general store. The Tuftses had operated as a “benevolent dictatorship” for three-quarters of a century. “There was no municipal government, no zoning,” says Van Camp, today still a practicing attorney in Southern Pines. “It was a great thing for a developer. There was no oversight, no restrictions. They had 8,000 acres they could do with what they wanted. We were very open about our chances. I can vaguely remember one case that said something like developers can’t change the essential elements of their holdings. We could try to stretch that, maybe make an argument, but it wasn’t much.” Cunningham is more direct: “You just don’t build condos on Pinehurst No. 2.” The suit was filed and was set for trial in mid-September 1973 in Moore

Van Camp and his team produced aerial photographs showing the proliferation of condominiums on the No. 3 and 5 courses and questioned witnesses about the projected loss in property values. They produced photographs and measurements showing condos sitting just fifteen feet from fairways. The proceedings went on into Wednesday morning, when one of the lawyers from Charlotte maintained a sense of humor by saying, “Damn you, Van Camp, I was supposed to be out of here Monday morning. I’ve had to buy a new suit, toothbrush, toothpaste and a razor.” May remembers that morning looking at another opposing attorney across the aisle as the attorney flicked his jacket lapel and whispered, “We had them dry-cleaned.” “No one on their side was prepared to stay more than half a day,” May says. “They were so confident it would be dismissed.” One of the Charlotte attorneys soon began making a comparison between Pinehurst and a coal-mining town in Kentucky where the owners and benefactors of the town had been given sweeping latitude to run the town and company because the very economic health of its citizens depended on the profitability of the mining operation. Godwin cut him off, thought the comparison was apples to oranges, and told the courtroom he had reached a decision. Godwin looked at the chief of Diamondhead’s legal team and told him court was adjourned until 2 p.m. “I suggest you and Mr. Van Camp go in the back room and work something out,” Godwin said. That to the ears of Van Camp and his team was a victory. “When a judge says that, you better damn well listen or you might end up with something you don’t want — appeals and stays and delays for months and months,” Van Camp says. “It would have been a mess for the defendant.” May remembers Godwin telling Diamondhead’s attorneys if they didn’t settle and do so immediately, he’d order Diamondhead to tear down the condos on Nos. 3 and 5 that violated the set-back restrictions that Diamondhead was ignoring yet enforcing on the townsfolk. The draft settlement reached at 2 p.m. that day, further negotiated over the next month and finally signed by all parties in December, stipulated that Pinehurst Inc. and Diamondhead could not build any structures along No. 2 with the exception of the already planned World Golf Hall of Fame headquarters, which would sit to the east side of the course’s fifth hole and open in the fall of 1974; could not build more than eleven condominiums per acre on land adjoining a golf course; could not build any dwelling within thirty feet of a golf course; and could never use Marshall Park for any purpose beyond recreation. “Judge Godwin was wise enough that he realized the parties had to co-exist, that they had a unique relationship,” says Cunningham, who established his own firm in 1992. “It would have been very easy to say this side wins, this side loses and sign the order. He was thoughtful enough to recognize an adversarial relationship wasn’t good for anyone. He was old-school: ‘Let’s meet in the middle.’” One Saturday morning forty-one years later, Van Camp and Cunningham are having breakfast and reflecting on that trial in 1973. In less than two months’ time, the world of golf will be focused on the village of Pinehurst and the No. 2 course as the best men and women do battle in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. It’s pure speculation, of course, but what might have been left for the Dedman family of Dallas — the owners of the club and resort for 30

years — to save if golden arches dotted the village and you took an elevator to your residence overlooking the ninth green of No. 2? “I do not think unless Mr. Paine brought this suit and Bruce and I and the rest of us had done something to help him, that Pinehurst would be what it would be today,” Van Camp says. “I think it would exist . . . but it would not look like what is there today. Would the U.S. Open have come here? Doubtful, I’d say.” The names of Ernesto Miranda and Margaret Mead pop up in different contexts as the lawyers ruminate on the nuances of the case. Van Camp cites the case of Miranda, an Arizona laborer whose 1963 conviction on rape and armed robbery was overturned because the Supreme Court ruled his confession was improperly coerced by Phoenix law enforcement officers. “An attorney walked into that jail cell and there were no flashing lights saying ‘Miranda,’ but it did not look right, it didn’t smell right,” Van Camp says. “And it became the law. You don’t beat the hell out of a prisoner. This Pinehurst case was much the same — it didn’t look right, didn’t smell right, there was something wrong. They were destroying an institution. And if it went on much longer . . . well, after a certain point, forget it. It was time to do something.” Cunningham quotes Mead, the author and cultural anthropologist whose voice was heard often in the 1960s, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” “If Stuart Paine had gone to a big firm and told them what he wanted, he might well have been told, ‘Go away, there’s no law to support what you’re trying to do,’” Van Camp says. “But people like Bruce and John and I said, ‘The purpose is right. The objective is proper. Let’s find a way.’ We’ve always been risk-takers.” Adds Cunningham, “We believe if someone tells us something is impossible to do, our response is that it’ll take a little longer, but we’ll get it done. Morally and ethically, what Stuart Paine wanted to accomplish was the right thing to do.” Cunningham has never been a golfer but takes “a tremendous amount of satisfaction” in having helped save an iconic part of American golf history — a course that in June will become the only venue in the nation to have hosted the USGA’s five major championships as well as the PGA and Ryder Cup. “Every time I drive by No. 2, I think of that lawsuit forty-one years ago and smile,” he says. Eventually, homes were built along the fourth, seventh and eighth holes of No. 2, but they are on large lots and are widely-spaced and sit well back from the fairways. It takes a very bad shot indeed today to hit a golf ball out-of-bounds on Pinehurst No. 2. PS Chapel Hill writer Lee Pace has written about the history of Pinehurst and its golf courses for three decades. His latest book, The Golden Age of Pinehurst, is available in golf and retail shops throughout the village.

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Jim and Jack Dodson sharing a light-hearted moment several years ago on Pinehurst No. 2.


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t the end of spring 2005, on my way to cover the 105th United States Open Championship at Pinehurst, I stopped off to buy a new pair of pants. I realize how unexciting this sounds, but buying new pants is a rare event for me, something I do about as frequently as Americans go to the polls to elect a new president, which may explain why my pants, always tan cotton khakis, look as if they’ve seen better days. In this instance, it was a perfect Sunday afternoon, twelve days before the start of our national golf championship, and I’d just rolled into Pinehurst following a long drive from Maine. Actually, when I arrived, I had no intention of buying pants. I was mostly worrying about locating a small log cottage in the middle of Southern Pines that I’d rented sight unseen via telephone from a local realtor named Ed Rhodes, who casually informed me the key would be waiting beneath a stone angel by the back door. I was also vaguely wondering if I’d made the dumbest career move of my life by agreeing to go to work for the Southern Pines Pilot, the award-winning community newspaper of the Carolina Sandhills. Some guys, when facing a midlife crisis, roguishly splurge on a red sports car, or get hair plugs, or maybe even buy a secret condo in Cancún. Fresh from a year in which I’d traveled to Africa with exotic plant hunters and loitered at the elbows of some of the world’s top horticultural experts, I’d merely yielded to the persuasive charms of The Pilot’s enthusiastic young publisher, David Woronoff, scion of a distinguished Old North State newspaper clan. Almost on a whim, I’d agreed to write a daily golf column for the paper’s ambitious Open Daily tabloid during U.S. Open week. There was also a friendly conversation about the possibility of my staying on to write a Sunday essay after the Open circus left town, though nothing had been formally proposed, much less agreed upon. That wasn’t by accident. Truthfully, I feared that I had little in the way of wit or current insight to offer The Pilot and its Open readers because, factoring in the four long years my brain had been focused upon the distant, well-ordered world of Ben Hogan and another kind of America, and adding two years for my absorbing romp through the garden world, I’d been out of the current game for a small eternity. Since the death of Harvie Ward and the dissolution of my longtime golf group back in Maine, in fact, I’d scarcely touched my own clubs or watched a golf tournament on television or even felt much desire to read about who was doing what in a game I’d loved, it seemed, forever.

Like some sad, burned-out bureaucrat from a Graham Greene novel, I’d even begun to consider the once-unthinkable possibility that my hiatus from golf and the golf world, rather than rekindling my desire to play and restoring interest in the professional game as well, had radically cooled my passions and turned my game to sawdust. This realization had come during the drive, when I’d stopped off to compete with a friend named Howdy Giles in his one-day member-guest event at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey. Though Pine Valley is justly famous for its strategic brilliance and difficulty, I often play the course surprisingly well for a casual player, typically managing to achieve my fiveor six-stroke handicap. In this instance, I thought my lengthy time away from the game might even serve to boost my prospects of making a decent score — partly because I tend to play better golf on a difficult course and partly because some of my best rounds of golf have come following the long winter layoffs every New Englander comes to know. Well, the golf gods must have needed a good belly laugh that day. By the fourth hole, I was six over par, and by the end of the first nine, I’d jotted a big fat fifty on the card — probably my worst competitive nine holes in forty years. The anger and embarrassment I felt made me want to grab my clubs and bolt. “Don’t worry about it,” my genial host assured me at the halfway house, as I licked my wounds, guzzled Arnold Palmer iced tea, and wondered if perhaps I was through with golf or, more likely, if golf was through with me. “You’ll put it together on the back nine,” Howdy confidently said. I wasn’t so sure. Fortunately, Howdy was right. I shot a not-quite-so-horrific forty-five. As I left the ground of the world’s number-one-ranked golf course, my cell phone rang. It was my son, Jack, calling, curious to know how the old man had fared that afternoon. Originally Jack had planned to accompany me to Pinehurst to work as a standard-bearer with his friend Bryan Stewart at the U.S. Open. But late spring snows in Maine had extended his freshman year high school classes all the way to the start of Open week. There was still an outside chance he might fly down on Tuesday of that week, however, and find a spot working in the National Open. This was my great hope, anyway. I wanted the time with my son, and I also felt the experience would be invaluable for him. “Let’s just say I left the course record more or less intact.” I attempted to shrug off the disaster, fessing up to my woeful ninety-five. “Gosh, what happened?” Jack sounded genuinely astounded and also a little disappointed. After all, one of the carrots I’d long held out to him was a

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promise to play the shrines like Pine Valley, Pebble Beach and Pinehurst No. 2 if and when his game reached a level those courses demanded. “Pine Valley must be really hard,” he said. “It is hard, Nibs. Make no mistake. But truthfully I was just awful today. I hit every kind of bad shot you can — hooks, shanks, even a whiff. I five-putted a hole from twenty feet.” “Maybe you should have played a little more before you went there,” he said, politely stating the obvious. “You’re right. I should have,” I agreed, wondering if the lengthy hiatus had done some more serious damage to my game than I realized.


espite my misgivings, David Woronoff seemed to have no doubts about why he wanted me to work for The Pilot. “Between you and me,” David had confided at a lunch in a crowded café overlooking Southern Pines’ picturesque main street the morning after I said goodbye to Harvie, “we’re eager to show the national media that Pinehurst is our gold turf, not theirs. We’d like you to help us do that.” David explained that during the 1999 Open at Pinehurst, The Pilot had broken new ground by being the first to publish a comprehensive, full-color daily tabloid newspaper, fifty-six pages in length, for the 200,000 spectators who attended the Open, a publishing feat for which Woronoff and his staff had collected a pile of industry awards. Now, he said, for the 2005 Open, they were out to reprise their effort and in the process double the output in pages and increase market penetration. “This is where you come in,” he said, sipping his iced tea. “I took a poll, phoned everybody I could think of in the golf world, and asked the same question: If I could get one nationally known golf writer to come write exclusively for us for the Open, who should I try to get? Your name kept coming up. I know we can’t possibly pay you what the national media guys do. But on the other hand, I’ve read your books and know from Tom Stewart and others how connected you are to the Sandhills.” “This is where I learned to play the game — or at least to respect it,” I admitted, thinking of the venerable Mid Pines Golf Club, where I learned to quit throwing my clubs. David smiled. “Exactly. That’s why I’m hoping you might agree to come do this — on a lark, I don’t know, for the pure fun of it. We can’t pay you much, but I can promise you all the barbecue and sweet tea you want.” I tried to remember the last time I did anything purely for the fun of it. I believe Jerry Ford was in office then. Double-knit slacks and Day-Glo orange golf balls were all the rage. As it happened, being a son of both the Old North State and the newspaper business, I knew a little about The Pilot’s illustrious past. The paper had once been owned by Sam Ragan, the poet laureate of North Carolina, and its unlikely literary roots reached all the way to New York’s famed Algonquin Round Table, owing to James Boyd, a Southern Pines horseman and adventure writer whose best-selling books about the Revolutionary War, one of them illustrated by the N.C. Wyeth, had sat on a bookshelf in my own boyhood bedroom. Boyd, who had run with a crowd that included Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald, had owned The Pilot sometime in the 1940s and 1950s. That, however, was pretty much all I knew about the newspaper. Then I casually mentioned something that sealed my fate. “Here’s a strange coincidence,” I said to David. “My dad was a small-town newspaperman, like you. He once owned — and, through no failure of his own, lost — a weekly newspaper called the Gulfport Pilot and Breeze down in Mississippi. My first memories of life come from that little newspaper. Maybe I’ll tell you about it sometime. It’s quite a story.” “I’d love to hear it,” David replied thoughtfully. He paused a respectful beat, then added, “Well, The Pilot is my dream. Remind me to tell you what I went through just to get this newspaper. Basically, I stalked the dying owner


for two years and almost had to name my second daughter after him before he would agree to sell it to me. Imagine having to tell your pregnant wife that your infant daughter is going to be named Sam Ragan.” David Woronoff’s congenial friendliness and small-town optimism struck a familiar chord. Then it hit me who he reminded me of: my own dad. The resemblance was, in fact, uncanny, and not a little disarming. David smiled. “So, I guess we’ve both got printer’s ink in the blood, huh? Sounds to me like you’re almost destined to come write for The Pilot. In fact, if you want to, you can stay on and write for us after the Open leaves town. I’ll bet your dad would like that.” For a moment I considered the unforeseen development, coming essentially out of nowhere, in the midst of my midlife career crisis. On paper, at this stage of my busy life, going to work for The Pilot didn’t make sense. To begin with, the money he would offer was undoubtedly a fraction of my regular pay for magazine work, and it would mean somehow having to create two homes and be in two places at once, because I was fairly certain no one in my immediate family was eager to pull up stakes and on a lark move to North Carolina simply so I could reconnect with my redneck roots. My wife, Wendy, was immersed in teaching at-risk kids in the public schools and was active in community affairs. My children, Maggie and Jack, were enjoying high school. For a decade, their mom and I had shared legal custody of them, an agreeable arrangement that had them spending equal time at both their homes. As if these factors weren’t deterrent enough, I’d recently agreed to serve as writer-in-residence at Hollins University in Virginia for the spring 2006 term, a distinguished teaching appointment I was thrilled to have been offered but still had logistically to work out. “Well, congratulations,” David said, not appearing to think that any of these obligations presented a roadblock to his ultimate aims. “If Hollins doesn’t happen till next year, why, you could stick around and keep writing for The Pilot. We could make you our writer-in-residence too!” “I’ve never heard of a newspaper having a writer-in-residence,” I pointed out. “Neither have I. So we’ll be the first,” he said pleasantly. “We’re famous for our firsts at The Pilot.” “I still have to figure out how I’m going to alternate two-week intervals between Virginia and Maine. I’ve developed a serious aversion to airports,” I countered. “I can’t imagine adding the Sandhills to this scenario. Then I’d have to be three places at once, or at least once a month.” “You could figure it out,” he said mildly. “I can tell you really want to do it. Enthusiasm makes most things possible.” I studied David Woronoff. He looked scarcely old enough to attend an R-rated movie on his own. One thing was for sure, the boy publisher of the Sandhills didn’t throw in the towel easily. But then, neither had my father, a man whose sunny persistence never failed him. “Our best days,” he liked to say, “are ahead of us.” In time I would learn that this was one of David’s guiding beliefs as well. Thinking all this over, trying to weigh the upsides against the downs, I glanced out the window of the restaurant just as a kid in a striped T-shirt pedaled by on an old-fashioned bike. I suddenly remembered being that kid. In its own way, Southern Pines was even prettier than nearby Pinehurst, more of a working town, with a railroad bisecting its thriving main street area into two neat halves. With its handsome old houses, towering magnolias and sensible grid of streets named for New England and Midwestern states, Southern Pines — which an enterprising Southerner created to lure wealthy Yankees south and disencumber them from their money — was like a New England town set smack in the middle of the sleepy South. As towns go, it felt like a place that combined the best of both worlds: small town Southern life and Yankee village ingenuity. “You know,” I said, suddenly embarking on a foolish trip down memory lane, “when I was a kid my parents had some friends named Howie and Brenda Butz. I think Howie worked with my dad at the Washington Post. They lived in a big old house on Massachusetts Avenue and had three or four kids, all girls — prissy, bossy, red-haired girls. We once went to visit them after

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playing golf at Mid Pines and stayed for supper. I was 12 or 13 at the time. It was complete torture, till I found an old bicycle in their garage and escaped by pedaling all over Southern Pines. I decided this was the coolest town I’d ever seen and began to secretly wish we could live here instead of Greensboro, even if it meant I had to go to school with the ugly Butz sisters.” David smiled. “Man, did you ever blow it. I think they all grew up to be supermodels. We had a piece on the Butz girls.” I liked this guy. And I sensed I might enjoy working for him. I couldn’t help wondering if he possessed a decent golf swing. “Truthfully, I always had this crazy fantasy about someday living here,” I confessed, “playing golf on weekends, writing about whatever passed in front of my nose. Kind of like Charlie Kuralt and E.B. White and Russell Baker rolled into one. That would be the life.” David smiled. “Well, I’m the guy who can make that kind of fantasy happen. We may be small town but we’re not small time.” He explained that The Pilot was full of refugees and talented bail-outs from wider spots on the information highway. This included the editor of The Pilot, the paper’s ad director, even the circulation manager. “They either burned out or got sick of the bureaucracy and jumped at the chance to come live in a place where life is more sane and civilized — and the fold is great. They’ll tell you that coming here has given them a new lease on life. Ask ’em.” “Maybe I will,” I said, thinking I could use a new lease on life — or at least a fresh start of some kind. “If you do come,” David chipped in, “you could even play in our majors.” “You have majors?” “A guy named John Dempsey and I ranked all the charity golf tournaments in town. Dempsey is the president of the local community college — a total golf nut. Your kind of guy. There’s a charity gold event just about every week starting in October.” “I’m taking a sabbatical from all things golf,” I felt obliged to inform him. “I’m not sure when — or if — I’ll ever be back. Between you and me, I’m pretty fed up with the professional game right now. I can only bear to watch the majors these days. Haven’t yet figured out whether that’s because I’m such an old fogey or because the Tour had grown so colorless I can’t tell one player from the next save for Phil and Tiger. I’m hoping a long break from the game will recharge my batteries.” “Not a problem. Everyone needs a break. I’ll bet you’ll come back raring to go — to play and write golf.” “I hope you’re right,” I said, thinking of how few things in life had given me more enjoyable moments, or better friends, than this funny old game.


o here I was, still smarting from the beating I’d taken from Pine Valley but oddly relieved to be rolling into the Sandhills to take possession of a log cottage I’d never laid eyes on and to report to work at my first deadline newspaper job in more than thirty-five years. My reverie was interrupted when my mobile phone rang. The caller turned out to be my wife, simply checking to see if I’d survived my all-night drive from Pine Valley. She undoubtedly felt some responsibility for my being here, because it was she who had pushed me out the door to go say goodbye to Harvie Ward, which in turn led me to the lunch with David Woronoff and this unexpected new job. At this point I hoped my revived golf writing would turn out to be better than my revived golf playing. “I’m safely here,” I told her, “just passing the good old Belk department store. That’s where I used to buy my Scout stuff about a half a million years ago.” “Oh, good,” she responded. “Why don’t you stop in there and get some nice new pants? Not Scout pants, honey — golf pants.” “But I don’t need new golf pants,” I argued pointlessly. “My old golf pants are only three years old. They haven’t even been through a full presidential election cycle yet.”

“They look like you’ve worn them every day since the first Bush administration. I know you really love the old fart look, sweetie, but you’re going to represent the newspaper at the Open. You should get something smart to wear for the tournament.” “It’s a major championship,” I corrected her, a little cranky from being up all night as well as from the thought of having to shell out fifty bucks for new pants. “Not a tournament.” “Whatever,” she said. A few minutes later, inside Belk, I found a clerk standing by his cash register, examining his well-buffed cuticles. “I need some new pants for the Open,” I said to him. “Excellent,” he said, perking right up. “Anything particular in mind?” “Pants for golf. I like cotton, preferably khaki. Reasonably priced or, better yet, dirt cheap.” “I take it you’re a golfer?” “Isn’t everyone who shops in here except for maybe the Boy Scouts?” He sniffed. “You’re timing is perfect. I have just the pants for you. These are absolutely flying out of the store. All the golfers are buying them. Tres retro.” With visible reluctance, I followed him down several aisles to a table display where three different colors of cotton pants were neatly stacked. One stack was a faded lobster pink in hue. Another was the washed blue of a Carolina summer sky. The third was an electric shade of green. I casually fingered the green duds. They did feel pretty good, and the clerk was right about retro. Point of fact, I hadn’t seen anybody wear outrageous green golf pants like these since I was a kid watching Arnold Palmer blow the Greater Greensboro Open. I could still see the scene in my mind. There stood my hero, the King of Golf, in the muddy creek bed by the sixteenth green, clinging to a slim twoshot margin with three holes left to play in the tournament, wearing perhaps the brightest green pants anyone had ever seen. I was on the sandy creek bank a few feet away as he hitched up his electric green pants and daringly attempted to blast his ball from the sand at the water’s edge, just missing the shot. Palmer’s army groaned in collective agony as his ball trickled down the bank and rolled into the water. Hitching up his green duds a second time, Palmer blasted even harder and flew his ball twenty feet over the putting surface, after which he chipped back and untidily three-putted for a horrendous triple bogey that dropped him two strokes behind the new leader in the clubhouse, George Archer. “The silence was deafening as he left the green,” I said, attempting to recapture the drama of the moment for the benefit of the Belk clerk, who was once again examining his cuticles. “Everyone was stunned, speechless. The King of Golf had blown the GGO, a tournament he always vowed to win. Years later, he personally told me that was one of the most painful moments of his professional life. Arnold never managed to win Greensboro, you see.” “How tragic,” the clerk said sympathetically, then quickly returned to extolling the charms of the retro green pants. “Aren’t they simply fab-u-lous? In my opinion, these pants just say Pinehurst. Don’t you agree?” I nodded, too tired to argue the point. Before I realized it, the clerk had whipped out my exact size and was personally escorting me to the dressing room. “You should wear them for Arnold Palmer at the Open golf tournament. He’ll love seeing you in them!” the clerk declared, hovering outside the dressing room door. “It’s the U.S. Open championship,” I said testily, and then pointed out that Arnold Palmer was 76 years old and living quietly at home in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He hadn’t played in a U.S. Open in nearly a decade. “Oh well,” the clerk said with a sigh. “If you do see him again, be sure to wear these beautiful green slacks. They’ll take you both back to a much happier place.” PS Jim Dodson is the editor of PineStraw magazine.

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Rooms With a View of No. 2 For Tom and Kathy McPherson, golf and grandchildren inspired a residence par excellence By Deborah Salomon Photographs by John Gessner


f your name happens to be McPherson and you own a tartan kilt; if you live on a road named for a Scottish golf destination; if you spend a week each summer playing the home of golf’s bonnie courses; if your Corgi has a Scottish name meaning “clan;” and you belong to the Tin Whistles, post a 12 handicap and play 100 rounds a year, then no surprise when the U. S. Open comes knocking on your back door. Tom and Kathy McPherson’s 6,000-square-foot retirement home — patterned after Pinehurst cottages built in the 1920s — overlooks Pinehurst No. 2. Their second floor screened and open porches provide an unobstructed panorama of the eighth fairway. But, should the weather turn drizzly, Tom needs only turn around to watch the action on a 100-inch high definition TV mounted on a wall in his golf/media den, repository of memorabilia from a passion ignited at age 12, when he began playing with his father. Tom designed the electronics powering that mammoth screen. “I’m a retired electrical engineer,” he says, modestly, of a stunning career that began at Davidson College and N.C. State University, took him to Washington, D.C., suburbs and Silicon Valley, finally back home to North Carolina. Because this innovator/CEO grew up harvesting tobacco and mucking out the barn on the family dairy farm in Mebane. “He was the smartest kid in our school, especially math and science,” Kathy says.

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“And I needed some help in a trig class.” The prom sweethearts married after college. Their first apartment, in Raleigh, cost $130 a month. Tom was qualified and well-positioned for the blossoming electronics industry. They lived in Maryland, then California, moving up from 1,800 to 10,000 square feet, with pool and pool table, which made the McPherson compound the go-to place for their son, daughter and friends. Tom retired at 55. Although Kathy doesn’t play, golf influenced the location. Charleston, site of their honeymoon, was an option. But family, the Pinehurst mystique and an airport where pilot Tom could hangar or lease a plane won out. “Kathy fell in love with the village — hearing the church bells, being able to walk everywhere,” Tom recalls. Walking is her passion; Kathy walked across England, 192 miles in 14 days, with a National Geographic group. But, Tom learned, “She didn’t want the Golf Channel in her backyard.” Village properties just weren’t right. Then, an agent showed them the quiet, peaceful half-acre bordering No. 2 but close enough to the village to hear the bells. “We had never built a house before,” Kathy says. This seemed the best way to fulfill their requirements: a traditional cottage with contemporary amenities. Like a wood-paneled, mirrored elevator for elderly relatives and the 14-year-old Corgi. And an elongated dining room to accommodate a table seating up to sixteen. A dog parlor with bed and bathtub. A laundry room done in the blues, greens and sand reminiscent of their beach retreat. To interpret the genre, Tom and Kathy first took “cottage walks” around the village, photographing features they liked. Then, they turned to Southern Pines architect Lynn Anderson.


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“It’s a narrow site; they needed a large footprint but nothing too grand or overwrought,” Anderson recalls. “They kept mentioning ‘cottage.’ We thought about colors and materials. White clapboards, seemed appropriate with a green roof and details.” Tom, a gardening enthusiast, spoke of windows that brought the outside in. “They wanted a floor plan where you can see through (the back window wall overlooking No. 2) when you enter the front door,” Anderson continues.


rom streetside, the cottage amalgam with shutters, a trickling fountain, working gas lantern and garage L (with stable doors) appears faintly New England and of moderate size. The size impression vanishes once inside. Big. Airy. Bright. “I needed something with an open flow for entertaining,” which means a touch formal, a whiff British. Kathy adores all things English, from Downton Abbey (they have visited Highclere Castle, its setting) to Winston Churchill, whose birthday she celebrates every Nov. 30 with a posh dinner party featuring the wartime prime minister’s favorite foods served in her long dining salon done in dark woods, rich colors, a crystal chandelier and blue and white porcelain display pieces. Upon departure, guests are given chocolate cigars. Across the foyer from

the dining room — another Pinehurst cottage element: a living room paneled in alder. “I wanted the warmth of wood surrounding me, the intimacy,” Kathy says. Intimate, but large enough to accommodate a fireplace and baby grand piano. “We drink our coffee there every morning; we use it more than the family room.” That family room has upholstered chairs and a tufted leather coffee table/ottoman of MacBethian proportions — perfect for sinking into, with a cold one, after a tough eighteen. Kathy professes not to be a gourmet cook yet her kitchen is equipped for feeding crowds: a tall, two-door, four-drawer Sub-Zero, double dishwashers, swirled green granite countertops and massive cabinetry with a soffit shelf displaying antique pottery. In almost every room Kathy has placed heirloom pieces, including the rocking chair used by Tom’s mother to rock him. She prefers muted primary colors with a retro glow like flax, butter yellow and 1950s green, over currently popular earth tones. Kathy is most pleased with the heart pine floorboards, salvaged from a textile warehouse in Alamance County (where Kathy and Tom were born), refinished to a satiny patina. “My parents worked in the textile industry,” Kathy says. “This is like walking on somebody else’s history.” The master suite, also facing No. 2, done in pale seafoam, is elegantly

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bare, calm, with the air of a French chateau. An image of Pinehurst dusted with snow, taken by their daughter (a professional photographer) hangs over the spa tub. The second floor houses the McPherson’s double Gs — golf, in Tom’s media room, and grandchildren. This kiddie wing, which can be closed off when not in use, was conceived before the kiddies were. “Build it . . . and they will come,” was Kathy’s mantra. Anderson suggested using space over the detached garage for the bunkroom, joined to the main house by a passageway where shelves display books and dolls saved from Tom and Kathy’s children. Besides four built-in bunk beds, the room has a stage area, with curtain, for play-acting. Absolutely adorable. Kathy’s mantra worked. Two little grandsons now call the room their second home.


fter the spectacular TV, the next wow in Tom’s hunter green and leather golf cave would be the wall-to-wall Clan McPherson tartan wool carpet. Interior designer Vickie Auman, aware of Tom’s Scottish heritage, found a manufacturer in Scotland willing to participate in the research, weave the broadloom to order and ship it across the pond. “We worked on it for a month, getting the right color, since McPherson


plaid comes in four,” Auman says. They settled on red, a nice contrast to the dark walls and built-ins. Directly across from Tom’s clan kingdom but a world apart is Kathy’s tiny Victorian sitting room with chintz drapes, soft upholstery and all her English stuff, including the official cup from Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Here, Kathy creates gallery-worthy needlepoint hangings visible in several rooms. Guest rooms, each with a bath, make individual décor statements; one in black and white, another with a crib nook for pre-bunkroom grandbabies. Throughout, original art in the Impressionist mode of Monet and Van Gogh, by an American artist and one-time roommate of Jay Leno, splash color onto the walls. What individuality. What a package. “The house fits them really well,” Lynn Anderson says. Spare bedrooms have been booked by friends, family and notables for months. “I need a spreadsheet,” Tom jokes. Near the front door, his guests will notice a plaque proclaiming Whistling Pines 2010, after Kathy’s happy habit. Tom beams, quietly. “Being able to live on a U.S. Open venue was a goal I didn’t think attainable,” he reflects. “There’s a peacefulness to this spot, not a lot of light pollution. It’s a house we’ll enjoy living in for the rest of our lives.” PS

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“If you would have a lovely garden, you should live a lovely life.” — Shaker saying By Noah Salt

Road Trip Time June is the perfect month to hit the outdoors. Here are six suggestions for a great family road trip: 1. Carolina Beach Music Festival, Pleasure Island, June 7 2. 16th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival, June 7–8 3. World Ocean Day 5K Race for the Planet, Kure Beach, June 8 4. North Carolina Blueberry Festival, Burgaw, June 21 5. Historic “Double Opens,” U.S. Men’s and Women’s USGA Open Championships, Pinehurst and Southern Pines, June 8–22 6. Greensboro Summer Solstice Celebration, Lindley Park, June 21

New on the Gardener’s Bookshelf While browsing in our hometown book store recently, we were pleased to find a splendid new volume of garden truths and observations called The Little Green Book of Gardening Wisdom, edited by Barbara Burn (Skyhorse Publishing, $16.95), the ideal wedding gift for gardening newlyweds or a gardening friend’s birthday (or, for that matter, your literary-minded self for those lazy June afternoons when the work is done and the toddy is made). Chapters range from “The Art of Gardening” to rare and thoughtful reflections on garden work and plant selection from an impressive array of sources and authors stretching from ancient Egypt to Alice Walker; Cicero to Dave Barry. Three of our early favorites: “Life begins the day you start a garden.” — Chinese proverb “Much virtue in herbs, little in men.” — Ben Franklin “Let the mint plants, the tarragon, and the sage push up their spikes, just so high that a drooping hand, as it crushes their slender leaf stems, can set free their impatient scents . . . I love you certainly for yourselves — but I shall not fail to demand your presence in my salads, my stewed lamb, my seasoned sauces; I shall exploit you.” — Colette, Earthy Paradise (1966)

Bustin’ Out All Over In June, everything seems to bust out like there’s no tomorrow — graduates, wedding toasts and skimpy bikinis come first to mind. And for good reason, the sixth month of the year brings the longest hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the first official day of summer on the 21st, the so-called summer solstice that’s been celebrated in one form or another since the first homo sapiens donned a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers and proposed to his favorite cave girl. The optimism and fertility of early summer perhaps explains why plants — and matrimony — enjoy their most vigorous periods during these early days of summer. June is still by far the most popular month for getting hitched — has been, in fact, for centuries. The month takes its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage, whose female fertility and power to shape life was celebrated with a popular festival of flowers and feasting across the ancient world. Plutarch advised young couples to marry around the time of the summer solstice to assure a happy life with abundant children. In the meantime, a few of the latest wedding stats to chew on as you wait for the ceremony to begin: 2.3 million couples wed every year in the U.S. That’s roughly 6,200 a day. $72 billion is spent on weddings annually. The average wedding budget is $20,000. The average wedding ring cost $1,016. The average number of invited guests is 178. Ninety-nine percent of newlyweds will take a honeymoon. They will spend three times more than the average summer vacation. $8 billion is spent yearly on honeymoons. Most guests spend $75 to $100 dollars for a gift. The average age of brides is 25.3; grooms, 26.9.

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Sunday, June 1

Species.” Join a ranger to learn about the lives of red-cockaded woodpeckers. We’ll start inside with a talk and then move outside for a short walk to try and see some woodpeckers in action. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. Key:

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•NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Endeavors of an Endangered

Jewelry Making

ART EXHIBIT. 5 — 7 p.m. The Artists League of the Sandhills opens its ninth annual art competition, “Absolutely Art.” Winners for each category will be announced at 5:30 p.m. The Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street, Aberdeen. Info: (910) 944-3979 or www.artistleague.org.

ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. David Holt and Josh Goforth


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perform as well as Jacob Groopman and Melody Walker. The Rooster’s Wife, 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Cost: $20/ $25 at the door. Info: (910) 944-7502 or www.theroosterswife.org.

Monday, June 2

FASHION SHOW. 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina is holding a benefit luncheon and fashion

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show. The Country Club of North Carolina, 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 215-8852. REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S • MEETING. 11:30 a.m. Guest

speaker Clare Lopez, vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy. The meeting will be held at the Ross/Tufts Room of the Pinehurst Resort’s Carolina Hotel. Info: (910) 978-7766.



Encore Screening from the National Theater in London SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH 7:00PM


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Wednesday, June 4

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 — 4 p.m. Celebrate “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with the Summer Reading Program! For infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and then stay for playtime! This month’s themes include Color Magic, Weather Wise, Critter Fun, and Count on It! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Friday, June 6

ART EXHIBIT. 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. The Arts Council of Moore County presents Paul Brown and his classical realist friends. A selection of his paintings will be available to view. The exhibit runs through July 11. Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2787 or www.MooreArt.org.

JAZZY FRIDAY. 6 — 10 p.m. A fantastic evening of live jazz music provided by the Mike Wallace Quartet. Food and drinks available. Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram. Info: (910) 369-0411 or www.cypressbendvineyards.com.

FIRST FRIDAY. 5 — 8:30 p.m. A familyfriendly event with live music, food & beverages, entertainment. Dangermuffin performs. Free admission. The grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Inside Sunrise Theater in the event of rain. Info: www.firstfridaysouthernpines.com.

Sunday, June 8

NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Journal Your Journey.” Come make yourself a journal and discuss all the wonderful things you can include in a nature journal. We will make our journals, take a short walk to inspire ourselves, and make our first entry in our journals. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. Peter Lamb and The Wolves perform. The Rooster’s Wife, 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Cost: $15/ $20 at the door. Info: (910) 944-7502 or www. theroosterswife.org.

Monday, June 9

U.S. OPEN. The 2014 U.S. Open at • Pinehurst No. 2 will be the 114th playing of the national championship, and it will be the third time the U.S. Open has been held at Pinehurst

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July 8th - 9th - Basic Watercolor - Ann Campbell - 1 - 4pm -$60 July 10th - Beginning Oil - Harry Neely - 1:30 - 3:00pm -$45 July 12th - Go w/the flow-Basic Alcohol Ink - Pam Griner 12 - 3pm -$40(Supplies Included) July 14th - Creating w/Oils - Diane Kraudelt 9:30 - 3:30pm - $77 July 16th - Find Your Own Style w/Oil Pastels - Betty Hendrix 10 - 4pm -$55 July 22nd - Soft Pastels - Jo Borthwick - 10 - 3pm -$40 July 24th - The Eyes Have It - Drawing - Linda Bruening 10 - 1pm -$30 July 28th & 9th - Oil Painting w/only 4 tubes of Paint Courtney Herndon - 9 - 3:30pm -$110


August 4th - Follow the Leader (Oil) - Joan Williams 10 - 3;30 pm -$75 no discount (Includes supplies)

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August 5th & 6th - Acrylic Still Life - Pat McMahon 1-3pm -$40 August 11th - Printmaking Made Easy - Monoprints Sandy Stratil - 10 - 4pm -$53 August 12th & 13th - Beginner Watercolor - Andrea Schmidt 10 - 3pm - $80 August 20th & 21st - Watercolor Easy and Loose - Sandy Scott 1 - 4pm - $60


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SUMMER CAMP. “Nature Crafts and • Yard Art.” This Crafty Kid Creation Camp is designed for children ages 7 and above. Southern Pines Recreation and Parks Department. Info: (910) 692-2463 or www. southernpines.net/recreation.

PHOTO CLUB. 7 p.m. Photo competition on fog, haze and rain. Guests welcome. Hannah Center Theatre Center at The O’Neal School, 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Info: www.sandhillsphotoclub.org.

Tuesday, June 10

NATURE STUDY. 10 a.m. “Butterflies, Flutter By, You And I.” Welcome U.S. Open Visitors! Join a ranger for a PowerPoint program to discover more about all those beautiful butterflies you see. Afterward we will take a short walk to find some. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

Wednesday, June 11

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 — 4 p.m. Celebrate “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with the Summer Reading Program! For infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and then stay for playtime! This month’s themes include Color Magic, Weather Wise, Critter Fun, and Count on It! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.



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MEET THE ARTIST. 5:30 — 7:30 p.m. • Come see Kathleen’s folk art featuring old-

time golfers. Framed prints, cards, and one of a kind heirlooms available. Gracefully Rustic. 223 NE Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-0767.

SOUTHERN PINES WIDE OPEN. 6 — 9:30 p.m. The Sunrise Theater presents a free outdoor concert. The Embers, featuring Craig Woodlard, will be performing. Bring a chair or a blanket. The concert will take place in downtown Southern Pines next to the Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad Street. Info: www. sunrisetheater.org.

Thursday, June 12

FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. Join us for our Summer Reading Program Kick-Off event. Celebrate “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with our

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Mad Scientist Lab. Have a blast cooking up experiments and learning basic science for at-home summer fun! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

CLASSIC MOVIE. 7:30 p.m. The Greatest • Game Ever Played will be showing at the Sunrise Theater. Cost $6. Sunrise Theater. 250 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3611.

Friday, June 13

CONCERT IN THE GARDEN. 6 p.m. Coconut Grove Band performs classic rock, rain or shine. Bring family and friends. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cost: $10 member/ $15 non-member. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 486- 0221 or www.capefearbg.org.

CONCERT & MOVIE. 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a concert by the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band, followed by the Disney movie Frozen at 8 p.m. Concessions available. Bring a blanket or a chair. Free event at Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-7376 or

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NC SYMPHONY. 8 — 10 p.m. NC Symphony Concerts in Your Community: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Grant Llewellyn is the music director. This concert is free and open to the public. Tufts Park, 1 Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info: (919) 7332750 or www.ncsymphony.org.

Saturday, June 14

CRAFT DAY. This craft day will feature popup science and will take place all day. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www. sppl.net.

AUTHOR AT THE BOOKSHOP. 11 a.m. Karen White with A Long Time Gone. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www. thecountrybookshop.biz.

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NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Ticks, Chiggers, and Spiders.” Welcome U.S. Open visitors! Poisonous spiders and disease-carrying ticks will be identified as well as other, non-harmful critters. Join us for a program in our auditorium to learn more. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. David Jacobs-Strain, Ten String Symphony, and Tattletale Saints perform. The Rooster’s Wife, 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Cost: $20/ $25 at the door. Info: (910) 944-7502 or www. theroosterswife.org.

Monday, June 16

STEM CAMP. Half day camp designed for middle school students. All camp sessions facilitated by Methodist University faculty. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $175, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snack, and Friday pizza party. Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. Info: (910) 630-7246 or www. methodist.edu/summer.

Tuesday, June 17

U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN. The 2014 U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships will be played on the same course in consecutive weeks for the first time in history at Pinehurst No. 2. Pinehurst Resort, 1 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Info: www. usopen.com.

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NATURE STUDY. 10 a.m. “Exploring our Sandhills.” Welcome U.S. Open visitors! The Sandhills region has a unique ecosystem that has its own plants and animals that only live here. Meet a park ranger at our visitor center for a short introduction presentation and stroll into the longleaf forest that once dominated this region. You may also drive to see our oldest longleaf pine tree, which is celebrating its 466th year. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS. 11:30 a.m. This will be the annual meeting, election of officers and review of goals. Table on the Green, Midland Country Club, 2205 Midland Drive, Pinehurst. Cost: $12. Reservations required. Info: (910) 944-9611.

Wednesday, June 18

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 — 4 p.m. Celebrate “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with the Summer Reading Program! For infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and then stay for playtime! This month’s themes include Color Magic,

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SOUTHERN PINES WIDE OPEN. 6 — 9:30 p.m. The Sunrise Theater presents a free outdoor concert. The Band of Oz performs. Bring a chair or a blanket. The concert will take place in downtown Southern Pines next to the Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad Street. Info: www.sunrisetheater.org.

Weather Wise, Critter Fun, and Count on It! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www. sppl.net.

Thursday, June 19

FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. Join us to explore the wonderful world of sea turtles! Skype with the Sea Turtle Conservancy of Florida to learn more about these amazing creatures and efforts to save them. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Saturday, June 21


p.m. Nan Chase and DeNeice Guest with Drinking the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders. The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-3211 or www. thecountrybookshop.biz. Key:

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NATURE STUDY. 8 a.m. Bird Walk. Welcome U.S. Open visitors! Come see birdies of a different kind! Join Ornithologist Susan Campbell for a guided birding expedition on the trails of Weymouth Woods. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC. 9 p.m. U.S. Opens Pops on the Green: A Night on Broadway. David Michael Wolff leads the Philharmonic in the grand finale of the U.S. Opens’ line up of events, featuring six Broadway vocalists in songs from your favorite musicals. Free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Tufts Park, 1 Village Green Road West, Pinehurst. Info: (910) 687-0287 or www.carolinaphil.org.

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Stay Dry in the Rain and Cool in the Sun! Antiques • Collectibles Fine Furniture • Old Dolls Old Toys & Trains Glassware• China Civil War Militaria Located in Town & Country Antique Mall • Hwy. 1 Aberdeen (across from Aberdeen Lake/Park) 910-944-3359 • 910-638-4542• apbill@earthlink.net


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Scott T. Schell, M.D., P.A. Out Patient Psychiatry Psychiatric Services to help you live a fearless life and share your good with others. Complementary Interventions Alternative & Integrative Medicine in Psychiatry

Relaxation Training Individual & Group Work For Addictions Chemical Dependency Overspending • Smoking Weight Control Phyllis Peterson Parrish MSW, ACSW, LCSW Psychotherapist Southern Pines Laurinburg 910-277-6362

Children Evaluations Hyperactivity Behavorial Issues Placement Evaluations Expanded Hours & New Patients Welcome!

Dr. Scott T. Schell 910-692-4759

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Sunday, June 22

SUMMER FILM SERIES. 2:30 p.m. The • series will begin this summer with a presentation

of the blockbuster movie starring Sandra Bullock as a scientist on a space shuttle mission headed by astronaut George Clooney. As the two are on a spacewalk, debris hits the area where they are working, and soon the pair finds themselves detached from their ship and stranded in space. This film is rated PG-13. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.


114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Cost: $15/ $20 at the door. Info: (910) 944-7502 or www. theroosterswife.org.

Monday, June 23

SANDHILLS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MEETING. 7 p.m. Ornithologist Susan Campbell will present “Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge: A Visit to One of Eastern North Carolina’s Crown Jewels.” The presentation will include highlights of history and biodiversity of the refuge. Visitors welcome. Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Rd, Southern Pines. Information: (910) 692-2167 or www. sandhillsnature.org.

SUMMER CAMP. “Jewelry Making.” This is fun for both boys and girls ages 7 and up. Southern Pines Recreation and Parks Department. Info: (910) 692-2463 or www.southernpines.net/recreation.

Wednesday, June 25

•PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. 3:30 — 4 p.m. Celebrate “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with the

Summer Reading Program! For infants and toddlers (ages birth through 5 years). Join us for stories, songs, and fun, and then stay for playtime! This month’s themes include Color Magic, Weather Wise, Critter Fun, and Count on It! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net. Key:

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Thursday, June 26

FAMILY FUN NIGHT. 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. Join us for fun with planes and flying. Learn about the mechanics and history of flight, and experiment with making your own aircraft! Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

Friday, June 27

CONCERT IN THE GARDEN. 6 p.m. Tropic Orchestra performs, rain or shine. Bring family and friends. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cost: $10 member/ $15 non-member. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Info: (910) 4860221 or www.capefearbg.org.

Saturday, June 28

MOVIE MARATHON. 11 a.m. Featuring both movies based on the “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins. Pizza will be served. Southern Pines Public Library, 170 W. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-8235 or www.sppl.net.

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NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Picture Perfect.” It’s Camera Day! So in order to celebrate, we will be playing a photograph game. Bring a device capable of taking a digital picture. Then follow a series of directions and

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NATURE STUDY. 3 p.m. “Pollination Celebration.” Welcome U.S. Open visitors! In honor of National Pollinator Week, we will be celebrating the amazing role that insects play as pollinators. We’ll explore the park’s large preserved insect collection, and also take a walk to find what’s flying this time of year. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167. ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. The Get • Right Band performs. The Rooster’s Wife,


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clues to take photos around the park. Bring your friends and have some fun! Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Info: (910) 692-2167.

ROOSTER’S WIFE. 6:46 p.m. Chaise Lounge performs. The Rooster’s Wife, 114 Knight Street, Aberdeen. Cost: $15/ $20 at the door. Info: (910) 944-7502 or www.theroosterswife.org.

Monday, June 30

KINDERFUN CAMP. “Red, White and Blue Blast.” This camp offers singalongs, art, music, fun and play for children ages 3-6 years. Southern Pines Recreation and Parks Department. Info: (910) 692-2463 or www.southernpines.net/recreation.

Art Galleries ABOUT ART GALLERY inside The Market Place — Midland Bistro Building, 2160 Midland Road, Pinehurst. The gallery features local artists. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (910) 215-596. ART NUTZ AND RAVEN POTTERY, 125 SW Broad St., Southern Pines. Come see the potter at work. Features art, pottery from local potters, handmade jewelry, glass and more. MondaySaturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 695-1555, www. ravenpottery.com. Artist GAlleRy OF SOUTHERN PINES, 167 E. New Hampshire Avenue., Southern Pines. Features art and fine crafts from more than 60 North Carolina artists. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 692-6077. Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St. in historic Aberdeen. Exhibit hours are noon – 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. Broadhurst Gallery, 2212 Midland Road, Pinehurst. Showcases works by nationally recognized artists such as Louis St. Lewis, Lula Smith, Shawn Morin, Rachel Clearfield, Judy Cox and Jason Craighead. Meet-the-artist opportunities available. Monday-Friday (closed Wednesday), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m and special appointments. (910) 295-4817, www.broadhurstgallery.com. The Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Avenue., Southern Pines. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and every third weekend of the month from 2 – 4 p.m. (910)

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The Downtown Gallery inside Cup of Flow, 115 NE Broad St., Southern Pines. Ever-changing array of local and regional art, pottery and other handmade items. (910) 693-1999. Exchange Street Gallery, Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange Street in historic Aberdeen. “It’s Southern, Ya’ll,” works of Pat McMahon and Betty DiBartolomeo. September 2-28. Regular hours noon to 3:00, Monday-Saturday. (910) 944-3979. The Gallery at Seven Lakes at the St. Mary Magdalene building, 1145 Seven Lakes Drive. Just nine miles from the Pinehurst Traffic Circle up 211, this gallery is dedicated to local artists. Wednesday-Thursday 1 – 4 p.m. Hastings Gallery in the Katharine L. Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. HOLLYHOCKS ART GALLERY, 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Features artwork by local award winning artists, Phyllis Andrews, Diane Kraudelt, Linda Griffin, Carol Rotter, Jessie MacKay, jeweler Michele Garrett Laster and artist/owner, Jane Casnellie. Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (910) 255-0665, www. hollyhocksartgallery.com. Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour, 21 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst. Features local artist Jude Winkley’s original oil paintings. Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 255-0100, www. ladybedfords.com. The Old Silk Route, 113 West Main St., Aberdeen. Specializes in Asian original art, including silk paintings, tapestries, Buddhist Thangkas and Indian paper miniatures. Monday, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (910) 295-2055. SANDHILLS WOMAN’S EXCHANGE, 15 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. All merchandise at the Exchange is handmade by consignors who live in the community. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Lunch served 11.30 a.m – 2 p.m. (910) 295-4677. Seagrove Candle Company, 116 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Showcases art of the Sandhills and Seagrove area. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (910) 695-0029. SKY Art Gallery, 602 Magnolia Dr., Aberdeen. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (910) 9449440, www.skyartgallery.com.




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Wherever home is, St. Joseph of the Pines will be there. Home Care is our way of taking care of you where you live. Serving Moore, Hoke, Cumberland, Robeson, Harnett and Lee counties. A member of the St. Joseph of the Pines Aging Services Network continuing the legacy of the Sisters of Providence.

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14th Annual

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014 Featuring

Sunrise Theater 1:00 - 4pm 7:30-9pm Eye Candy 9-10pm 10:30-1am Wine Cellar 7:00-11pm O’Donnell’s 9:00-1am Bell Tree 900-1am Cup Of Flow 9:00-1am Rhett’s 9:00-1am Betsy’s Crepes 9:00-1am The Jefferson 9:00-1am


For tickets and more information, go to www.sunrisetheater.com.

All access Armbands are $18 before July 6th and $20 after July 6th. “Day of” Ticket sales begin at 10am with the Annual Sidewalk Sale at the tent near the train station. The Sunrise Preservation Group. Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) Tax-Deductible, Non-Profit Organization

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Studio 590 by the pond in Dowd Cabin, 590 Dowd Circle, Pinehurst. This historic log cabin is the working studio and gallery of artists Betty DiBartolomeo and Harry Neely. Fine oil paintings, commissions and instruction. (910) 639-9404. White Hill Gallery, 407 U.S. 15-501, Carthage, offers a variety of pottery. (910) 947-6100.

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Nature Centers Sandhills Horticultural Gardens (32 acres of gardens). The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens are handicapped-accessible. Daylight hours year-round. (910) 695-3882. Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve (898 acres). 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. (910) 692-2167. VILLAGE ARBORETUM. 35 acres of land adjoining the Village Hall on Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. (910) 295-1900.

Heffner Landscaping’s experts on turf treatment will keep the weeds away by giving your lawn what it needs when it needs it. Leave the stress of lawn maintenance to the pros.

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Historical Sites Bethesda Church and Cemetery. Guided tours for groups by appointment. 1020 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. (910) 944-1319. Bryant House and McLendon Cabin. Tours by appointment. (910) 692-2051 or (910) 673-0908. Carthage Historical Museum. Sundays, 2 – 5 p.m. or by appointment. Located at Rockingham and Saunders streets, Carthage. (910) 947-2331. House in the Horseshoe. Open yearround. Hours vary. 288 Alston House Road (10 miles north of Carthage), Sanford. (910) 947-2051. Malcolm Blue Farm and Museum. 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. (910) 944-7558 or (910) 603-2739. North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, 555 E. Connecticut Avenue., Southern Pines. (910) 692-6261. Shaw House. Open 1 – 4 p.m. Tuesday-

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Friday. (910) 692-2051. Tufts Archives. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday. (910) 295-3642. Union Station. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located in downtown Aberdeen. (910) 944-5902.







Sandhills Woman’s Exchange Log Cabin. Open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (910) 295-4677. PS To add an event, email us at pinestraw@thepilot. com by the first of the month prior to the event. Or go to www.thepilot.com and add the event to our online calendar.

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Pinehurst Confidential Twenty-five things you must see, do and experience in the Sandhills while attending the 2014 U.S. Open Championships By Jim Dodson


espite what you might be tempted to think this week and next, man does not live by championship golf alone. Woman certainly doesn’t. To make your fortnight at the historic back-to-back U.S. Opens in the Home of American Golf even more fulfilling and unforgettable, there are people, places and things you really should check out — some pretty obvious and many others known largely by us locals. It’s out pleasure to give you a bit of guidance, our personal primer, as it were, on the pleasures of village and town and the surrounding areas.


Drop into the Tufts Archives at the Given Memorial Library. See the Arctic soda fountain that made Pinehurst founder James Walker Tufts a very wealthy man — plus Have your picture taken by the a world of fascinating Payne Stewart statue. Yes, it’s displays and Donald Ross pretty obvious and even a bit corny. But artifacts from the early Payne’s triumph here in 1999 and tragic death days of the village. just months after indelibly links Pinehurst to golf immortality. Step up and say “cheese.”




Drop into The Old Sport Gallery and Books. Tom Stewart’s longtime shop just off the village’s Main Square is something of a cross-roads of modern golf. No telling who you’ll see browsing over rare books and art and an impressive array of golf collectibles.


Have a drink on the porch of the Pine Crest Inn. You may need a jaws of life to get into the place, but a visit to the historic and funky Pine Crest Inn — once owned by that famous teetotaler Donald Ross — is a must. Winnie and Arnold loved staying here. So did Barbara and Jack. Pet Marmaduke the cat and listen to glorious golf lies.


Hit a bucket of balls at Knollwood driving range. Whatever the season or the temperature, you’ll always find golf nuts working on their games at this mainstay off Midland Road.

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Meet John Derr. The legendary founder of CBS Sports is 96-years-young and still a man about town, spinning tales of golfing glory and greeting visitors like old friends.


Stroll the streets around the village and the shops of Broad Street in Southern Pines — Pinehurst is a Southern Nantucket in the Pines, home to more adorable turn-of-the-century cottages than anywhere else for a village it’s size. Southern Pines’ main shopping district is home to terrific boutiques and restaurants.

Eat a Ross Burger at Pine Needles. The Bell family owns and lovingly caretakes Mid Pines and its rustic neighbor Pine Needles Resort, where three U.S. Womens Opens have been conducted under the watchful eye of Dame Peggy Kirk Bell. She’s still a fixture on the property and the bar — some say the best in the Sandhills — which features a mammoth hamburger you won’t soon forget.



Have lunch at the Villager Deli. It’s always packed with locals at lunchtime but well worth the wait — good salads and sandwiches and simply the best place to people-watch in the village proper.

Visit the Mid Pines Hotel. It’s a step back in time, designed by the famed architect who did the Williamsburg Bridge in New York and built as a cozy getaway place from the madding crowds at Pinehurst. The public rooms are beautiful and original. Julius Boros was once the club’s touring professional. Duck your head into the men’s locker room to see where it’s still 1955.

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Private Setting/Horses Allowed/Abundant Wildlife/Land for Family Custom 3,000 sq ft BRICK HOME, great for entertaining w/ spacious 1st floor Master Suite & Private Bath, WIC. 3 BR w/3 rec/bonus rooms, 2 gas log fireplaces. Hardwood, Tile, Brick floors. Extensive Brick porches/patios, Double garage. CAR COLLECTOR’S DREAM w/4yr old 2,000 sqft Garage/Workshop w/ office, 1/2 bath, 2 bay doors, (220 power/50 amp), exhaust fan/ work sink. 16x28 Gardening/Craft Cottage w/sink. 20 min to Pinehurst, 35-40 min Raleigh/Cary/Fayetteville/Greensboro $495,000 IN SANFORD, NC

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Welcome Golf Fans

CUSTOM HOMES REMODELING METAL BUILDING Ask us how you can get your home plans for free. Proudly supporting the Military

Award-winning Builder Certified Green Professional NC Housing Hall of Fame

Daniel Adams, Owner local builder since 1978


Phone: (910) 295-1504 • Fax: (910) 295-1549 Email: Danny@danieladams.com PO BOX 3090 • Pinehurst, NC 28374 www.danieladams.com

(910) 603-8088 • 1832 NC Hwy #5, Aberdeen


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Catch a film at the Sunrise. Our beloved restored historic movie theater specializes in live performances and current art films. Serves wine and homemade popcorn at reasonable prices.

Browse at The Country Bookshop. One of the Old North State’s legendary independent bookstores, located in the heart of Southern Pines’ handsome shopping district on Broad Street. A great collection of golf titles and a super-helpful staff — home of Boomer the Book Dog.


Try the blueberry pancakes at the Track. Tucked into a bend of the harness-racing track just off N.C. 5 in Pinehurst, the Track restaurant is where us locals always go for a blueberry pancake fix. Glenn the cook is a walking baseball trivia freak.

Snoop around Aberdeen. This truly Southern railroad town is enjoying a nice commercial renaissance with outstanding home fashion shops and even a European bakery. We also love the tortilla chips at La Poblanita, a really fine Mexican joint just around the corner.


Cruise the Pottery Highway. More than seventy-five talented and world-famous potters make their homes along N.C. 73, the so-called Pottery Highway, just west of Pinehurst, including celebrated potter Ben Owen and the of artists of Jugtown. It’s a great afternoon getaway between the Opens.

Join us on June 21 to celebrate Pogo’s 15th birthday featuring Birthday cake from Fur-Baby Pantry Door prizes, Giveaways and More!

15% off all merchandise Offering the highest quality dog and cat foods, supplements and supplies. Training classes offered Large selection of products made in the USA

Located in Cam Square 1150 Old US Highway 1S, Southern Pines, NC 28387 910-693-7875 Hours: M to F 10-6 • Sat 10-5 Follow us on Facebook: Cared for Canine and Cat

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Hang around for The Rooster’s Wife at the Poplar Night Spot. Aberdeen’s beloved Rooster’s Wife has gained a strong regional following for its fantastic live music evenings featuring some of the best acoustic and jazz acts on the circuit. Check their website to see what’s happening.


Take in the artistry of Paul Brown at the Campbell House Galleries. Brown, simply one of the most gifted stilllife and landscape painters in America, hails from Carthage and has his work on display at the Campbell House in Southern Pines all month long.


Walk the Southern Pines Reservoir Park at dawn. A good way to start your day.


Best place to land your airplane and eat barbecue: Speaking of Carthage, the county seat, just ten miles north of the Traffic Circle on U.S. 15-501, home to the wildly popular Pik N Pig, a friendly joint that serves up delicious smoked pork and home-style cooking alongside an active airstrip where customers often drop in from the sky for lunch.


Coffee at Java Bean Plantation, West Broad, Southern Pines — Where the locals get their morning fix.

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To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

Pinehurst Series

R.E. Lee Auditorium | Pinecrest High School

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 Sunday, October 26th, 2014 4:00pm

Amadeus with the

Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Saturday, March 21st, 2015 7:30pm For ticket information: www.fayettevillesymphony.org | (910)433-4690

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Chill out in the Sandhills Community College Horticultural Gardens. Ranked one of the finest in the Southeast, it’s a great place to find peace and quiet and walk the paths or meditate in the beautiful Japanese gardens away from the massive crowds.

Drive Young’s Road. Southern Pines is serious horse country, and a drive along this road takes you past dozens of spectacular horse farms.


Spend an evening at the Ryder Cup Lounge, the Carolina Hotel. Terrific menu, friendly staff, cozy leather couches and big screen TVs — not to mention some of the best people-watching spots in the Sandhills.


Find the oldest longleaf pine in America. Believed to be nearly 500 years old, this monarch of the longleaf forest sits just up a sandy lane off Young’s Road.


Get your wine and beer here. Local wine buffs pack the Wine Cellar on East Broad on summer nights while the beer crowd gravitates toward grittily authentic O’Donnell’s Pub around the corner on New Hampshire Avenue, Southern Pines. PS



LIGHTS 2611 Dogwood Street Sanford

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195 american fusion cuisine supporting local farmers

lunch tues-sat 11-3 dinner wed-sat 5:30-9:30 chef prem nath

195 bell avenue southern pines 910.692.7110 www.195americanfusion.com

MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET Anti-Inflammatory Food Demonstration with Sueson Vess of Special Eats

“Foods with Benefits” – learn to enjoy nutrient-dense foods in daily living for reducing inflammation and improving health.

Saturday, June 28th 9:30 – 11:30”

Tomatoes, Strawberries, Fruits, Veggies, Jams, Meats, Flowers & Plants, Corn, Baked Goods, Prepared Foods, Crafts, Goat Cheese, Peaches, Blueberries Mondays- FirstHealth (Fitness Center) Facility courtesy of First Health 170 Memorial Dr • Pinehurst 2pm-5:30pm Will be open through October 27th Open Year Round • Thursdays - 604 W. Morganton Rd (Armory Sports Complex)

Facility courtesy of Town of Southern Pines Southern Pines 9am-1pm Saturdays - Downtown Southern Pines

Facility courtesy of Town of Southern Pines Broad St & New York Ave 8am-Noon Will be open through October 25th

Call 947-3752 or 690-9520 for more info.

hwwebster@embarqmail.com Web search Moore County Farmers Market Local Harvest www.facebook.com/moorecountyfarmersmarket SNAP welcomed here

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“Upscale Casual Dining”

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Full Bar www.davisonssteaks.com WEDNESDAYS 2:30-5:30pm Cannon Park/Camelot Park Rattlesnake Trail & Woods Rd



New Hours New Items!!

Open 7 nights Dinner served at 5:00pm

20% off

all Sushi between 5-6pm (no take out)

A lot of small plates

We are no longer serving lunch.

off Hwy 211 W. Pinehurst (near traffic circle) SATURDAYS 10:00am-1:00pm Village of Pinehurst Parking Lot 1 Village Green Rd. West

Fresh & Local Produce Pasture Raised Meats Free Range Eggs & Baked Goods Crafts & Live Music

Jams, Jellies & More!

Alternate Locations During US Open

June 7th

The Village Chapel | 10am-1pm 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst

June 14th & 21st

New Shrimp Box 70 Market Square (in the village of Pinehurst)


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Christ Community Church | 10am-1pm 220 Campground Road Two blocks north of Pinehurst traffic circle Contact Us: 803.517.5467 www.sandhillsfarmersmarket.com sandhillsfm@yahoo.com | www.facebook.com/SFGMarket

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Happy Hour 5-7pm Daily

Buy 1 item, Get Any Baked Good Half Off!


Tuesday – Saturday 5pm – 9pm 133. S. Steele Street Sanford, NC 27330 www.thesteelepig.com RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED


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444 Mill Creek Rd (next to Harris Teeter)

(910) 695-2222 Hours: Mon- Fri 6am-8pm Sat- 8am-8pm • Sun- 11am-5pm


Specializing in Authentic Japanese Cuisine Hibachi • Sushi • Noodles and Tempura dishes Party Rooms Available www.mtfujibistro.com • 910-944-9340

Open Lunch: Tues-Fri. & Sun- 11:30-2:00 pm (no lunch Saturday) Dinner 5-9 pm, Fri. & Sat-5-10 pm Closed Monday

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Jerome De Perlinghi, Street Haircut, Shanghai Maoming Lu, 1987, Kodak Tri-X, Epson inkjet archival paper print, 16 x 20 inches

Curated by Edie Carpenter, Light on China highlights five photographic artists who have traveled to China and through their lenses have captured the sights, textures, nuances, shadow and light they found there. The exhibition offers the artists a platform with which to share their perspectives of their journey unencumbered by external expectations of what we will see.

Greensboro Cultural Center | Downtown Greensboro | greenhillnc.org


High Point University is pleased to announce

The School of

Health Sciences

& The School of

Pharmacy The School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy will advance client and patient-centered care through excellence in teaching, scholarship, evidence-based clinical practice, and community engagement. Joining the prestigious faculty at High Point University, the Health Sciences and Pharmacy faculty were attracted to HPU from leading universities including Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Virginia Tech, Duquesne, and University of Kansas among others.

Meet the Deans

Daniel Erb PT, PhD

Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Ronald Ragan RPh, PhD Dean of the School of Pharmacy

The School of Health Sciences offers: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy Proposed Master of Physician Assistant Studies The School of Pharmacy offers: Proposed Doctor of Pharmacy

Prestigious Faculty

Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, MHSc, CSCS, OCS Founding Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy

Jolene Henning, EdD, ATC, LAT

Tony Kemerly, PhD

Chair of the Department of Athletic Training

Chair of the Department of Exercise Science

Linda Sekhon, DHSc, PA-C

Kevin Ford, PhD, FACSM

Founding Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Director of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory

James Smoliga, DVM, PhD

Jeffrey B. Taylor, PT, DPT, Mark Teaford, PhD OCS, SCS, CSCS Professor of Physical Therapy

Nancy Groh, EdD, ATC, LAT

Yum Nguyen, PhD, ATC, LAT

Sara Arena, PhD

Associate Director of Director of Clinical the Human Biomechanics Education for the and Physiology Laboratory Department of Physical Therapy

Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, FAAOMPT

Kimberly Reich, PhD

Kyle Sunderland, PhD

Dan Tarara, EdD, ATC, LAT

Mark Archambault, DHSc, PA-C

Ashlyn Bruning, MMS, PA-C

Stephen Meyers, MD

David Pitonzo, PhD, PA-C

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Director of Research for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Clinical Education Coordinator for the Department of Athletic Training

Director of Clinical Education for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

Medical Director for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR WEBSITES: highpoint.edu/healthsciences and highpoint.edu/pharmacy

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Director of Didactic Education for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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Citywide Delivery Senior discounts on OTC Products

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Town Center Pharmacy

610 S. Bennett St., Southern Pines • 910-692-7158 • tcp-rx.com Monday-Friday 8am-6pm • Saturday 9am-3pm

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Bill & Jane Coley

Tom & Kathy McPherson

Gaye & Don Padgett

Tufts Archives Sustainers Event Pinehurst Country Club Monday, April 21, 2014 Photographs by John Gessner

David Weiner, Bill Coore

David Woronoff, Richard Moore, Jim Dodson

John & Anne Howell

Charlie & Lulu Eichhorn

Marilee Huntley, Meredith Clifton Peter & Patti Fisher Roy & Carolyn Register

Tom O’Toole, Jim Hyler

Extraordinary Choice,

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Well•Spring residents enjoy exceptional retirement living with the most diverse mix of social activities and healthcare plans in the area. Here you can maintain an independent lifestyle while enjoying new friendships and opportunities for enrichment. At Well•Spring, we strive to be your first choice for retirement living. Contact us today to learn more about our award-winning community.

1650 Valley View Road• Southern Pines, NC Adjacent to Hyland Golf Course on US 1

910-692-0855 • www.WindridgeGardens.com Hours: Wed. -Sat. 10AM-5PM and Sun. 1PM-5PM


4100 Well Spring Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 Phone: (336) 545-5400


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Bamboo a boutique salon

Featuring Elliot laurEn | JosEph ribkoff inspirEd by spannEr | tribal ala CartE | Ming Wang niC & ZoE and MorE!

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Andy Pellegrino

Casual to Dressy

Chas Chapman

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Jill Landingham

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Veronica Longoria Katie Queen

120A W Pennsylvania Ave.

Southern Pines, NC 910-695-3376


CLOTHES HORSE Beside The Fresh Market 163 Beverly Lane, Southern Pines, NC 28387

910.693.2111 Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 1pm-5pm EXCLUSIVE RETAILER OF ORIBE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS


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Luxury Wine Bar & Outdoor Smoking Lounge Craft Beers & Live Entertainment Where the smoke never gets in your eyes. 100 Magnolia Rd, Unit 104 • Pinehurst, NC 28374 (Corner of Market Sq & Magnolia)

(910) 420-8030 www.vineintheash.com


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Susan, Michael, and Bob Hardee

Peggy and Dudley Crawford

Tartan Day Celebration Sunday, April 6, 2014

Photographs by Al and Annette Daniels Roger Ferguson, Karen and Michael Robeano

Shirley and Bill Frei

Trudy Koeze, Mary Lou Norberg Phillip Hobbs, Danielle Green, Louisa and Chandler Stewart Ted Taws, Alison and Kent Atkins

Jane and Marian McPhaul, Debbie and Don McKenzie Bill Snyder, Robert Baughn, Susan Bailey

Jean and Tommy Ammons, Gale and Charles Lewis

Heidi Hobbs, Nina McPhaul

Arlene Jenkins, Dean Austin

Rex and Dot McDonald

Homer and Martha Phifer

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Impressive Southern Cape Cod Near Lake Pinehurst MLS#157283 3+bd/2.5 ba 2437sf Wonderful open living spaces, Carolina room, Bonus room, formal dining room & breakfast area. Main level master suite. Hardwood floors. Tasteful updates. Fenced backyard. Easy to show. Call Kim for appointment today!


• Planning • Providing • Performing All Things Interiors Residential & Commercial Remodeling & New Construction Floor Coverings, Wall Coverings Tile, Furniture, Accessories Window Treatments & Rugs

Francy Thompson Interior Designer, Owner

225 W Morganton Road • Southern Pines

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Frankie and Ray Harris

Tim and Marj Dwyer, Phil and Judie Wiggins

From Midway to Broadway Habitat Gala Saturday, April 12, 2014 Photographs by Al and Annette Daniels

Ken Rahal, Chris and Amie Fraley, Kelly Sanders

Kathy Wilford, Walt Hess

Sally Brown, Pam Bradley, Richard Pabst, Gail and Alan Stagaard

Sandra Phillips, Dick Verrilli

Sheri and Mark Trudeau

Jackie Garris, Nelson Neil

Dale and Darlene Skinner

Sarah and Jay Clatworthy

Chris Hamilton, Nicole Carbon

Bob Wood, Ro Kachel, Bob and Jimmie Hepner

Carnie Lawson, Cynthia Eckard

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of Southern Pines

Lyme is a happy store

filled with ‘joie de vivre’ - and that reflects my personality...

sassy, optimistic and a little daring Melody Bell Miller OWNER

280 NW Broad St. Southern Pines, NC 28387 (910) 684 - 8001 lymeofsouthernpines.com

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Jackie Blue, Ann Hart, Kathryn Short


Lily Camina, Matt Vick

Run for the Roses Wine, Beer and Food Tasting Friday, April 25, 2014 Photographs by Al and Annette Daniels

Kerry Morse, Asa Moran, Kelly Altman

Beth and Jay St.John

Roger and Linda Erwin, Dorothy and Maurice Martin Florence and Gerald LaShomb, Kim Spaulding

Mary Margaret and Grace West, Rachel Stewart, Grace Johnston Kim and Ed Spaulding

Julie and Dr. Kurt Wohlrab, Rita and Robert Menzies, Jennifer Harrell, Jay Heimrich

Marcy Simpson, Bruce Croffy

Beth and Sam Walker

David Shupp, Nanci Harp, Aidan Keane, Jeff Harmon

Dick and Mary ann McCrary, Sharon and Carnie Lawson

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BEAUTOPIA Summer List PHaircut PHighlights Pgel manicure stone Phot pedicure PWax PFacial PHOT Yoga Pcrossfit PBikini Ready


• Handwrought Fine Jewelry • Repairs • Restoration • Buying Fine Estate Jewelry Tuesday-Friday 11-5 Saturday 11-4 110 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 910-695-HARK (4275) 182

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Lisa and Allan Beck

29th Heart ’n’ Soul of Jazz Concert Saturday, May 10, 2014 Photographs by Al and Annette Daniels

Geoff and Brooke Cutler, Robin James, Don Westbrook, Andie and Bennett Rose Peter and Patti Fisher, Diane Jones, Robert Neff Bob and Jane Asdal

Tracy Nater, Terry Strohl, Chris Kreutzfeldt

Front – Heather Funk, Barbara Mattern, Lisa Akers Back – Barbara Miller, Carol and Ed Mulcahy

Barbara Mattern, Chris Kreutzfeldt Luisa and Fernando Cobos

Beth, George, Rita, and Chris Jordan

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Free Outside Concerts! Downtown Southern Pines (next to Sunrise Theater)

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T h o u g h ts f r o m T h e Man S h e d

When Letting Go Can Be a Really Good Thing

By Geoff Cutler

Our parents weren’t helicopter parents —

more like space shuttle parents, only the galaxy they orbited was far, far away. When June rolled around, for example, and school had just let out, they labeled all our clothes, made sure we had more than one pair of sneakers and lots of bug repellent, bought us pocket knives, stuffed our trunks to bursting, and then dropped us off at camp in the Maine wilderness for two months. “Bye-bye,” they called, waving out of our station wagon as it made its way up and out the driveway — not to be seen again till sometime in mid August — “be sure to write!” And write we did, every Sunday afternoon in the camp’s main lodge. I’d been given a box full of handsome stationery. Royal blue, as I recall, with my name and camp address embossed on both the paper and the matching envelopes. I distinctly remember the theme of my early missives:

Dear Mum and Dad, How are you? I am OK. But I still wish you would let me come home. I really think I would have more fun at the pool with my friends. Please, please think about it! At least think about calling Oney and telling him that I can stay for only one month here, and not two . . . But of course we were made to write more. So the remainder of these letters would describe all the different and terrific things we had done that week. Like shooting .22 rifles to gain marksmanship badges, or how we were learning to sail and save a drowning person’s life. One Sunday, I told them about how I’d swum all the way across the lake and that the following week, I’d swim across, and then back again. How we climbed mountains,

water-skied, learned how to split wood with an axe and light a campfire. I’d tell such a weekly tale of wonderful experiences and life skills that I was learning that all I accomplished with my parents by beginning each mildly homesick letter with a plea to come get me was to reaffirm for them what a great decision it was to send us away. Chances are, they knew that anyway, no matter how much I pleaded with them. That’s why they were the parents and I was the kid. They knew what was best for me, and I didn’t. And I wonder sometimes if we moderns forget that. Recently, I heard about a kid who was going to summer camp. It was only for a week or so, but the parents planned to go along with him, not to the camp itself, but to the town where the camp was located. They were going to take a motel room for the duration of the camp so they’d be close by their son. My parents, the ones on the space shuttle, wouldn’t have hovered over my camp if their lives depended on it. The whole point of the thing was to encourage the growth of a kid’s character in as many ways as possible, and to make the kid take responsibility for his own life, and the lives of the other kids around him. They must have figured that two months was just about enough time to get the job done right and was at least long enough for the early letters of homesickness to die away. My niece is about to go away to summer camp. I was thrilled to hear it and envious that she is about to spend the most exciting, useful and instructive time of her life, even if she may not realize it right now, or becomes a little sick for home. I’m glad her parents have the vision and stomach to part with their child for that extended period of time. I expect that if they get letters like those my parents received from me, they’ll react just as my parents did. Summer camps and the life-long skills they provide and teach seem more needed now than ever. Parents who choose not to hover, who instead confiscate the smartphone, pack their kids’ trunks and drop them in the woods for a couple months may just be doing the smartest thing for their kids that they’ll ever do. And it’s all much easier than you might think. The satellite parent simply waves goodbye and says: “See you in August . . . be sure to write!” PS Geoff can be reached at geoffcutler@embarqmail.com.

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T h e A cc i d e ntal A st r olo g e r

Bustin’ Out All Over June’s here, honey. Open that bubbly stuff

By Astrid Stellanova

Bless my heart. Here it is, June, the sixth month, as in Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Astrid here is a romantic and loves me a little tulle, some pink roses and a summertime wedding. That “I do” button is a whole lot more fun to hit than the “undo” key. Re-do and do-overs are all part of the fun this month. Which raises the question: Will my cold-footed Beau ever put a ring on it? Gemini (May 21–June 20) Of all the people you spend time with, you like yourself the best. Is that bad? Good? Not my call, as anybody with a smidge of sense sometimes needs to recharge. Anywho, Honey, you have solitude galore in the stars this month, but by the end of June this comes to a halt when Venus slides into Gemini and everything changes again. By the 28th, not even a rainy day can kill your buzz.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) Frustrations might lead you to take stock and muscle toward changes that leave you in a better place. Empty the attic, closet and basement. Clear the garage. If you find them Cabbage Patch babies, hit Ebay and find a buyer, because this month ain’t a good time for Sagittarians to get a loan. Funnel that fear into something else, Child, because Grandpa Hornblower says fear is just false evidence appearing real.

Cancer (June 21–July 22) Just about everybody gets whacked by that Mercury retrograde, and you won’t escape either. Child, one thing you can do is do a real back-up — not as in, slam the Chevy into reverse, but back up as in save that suspense novel you’ve been writing onto the cloud. (Thought nobody knew, huh?) You are about to bring somebody into your inner circle. This new confidant ain’t tall and mysterious but short and funny. What all this means is, you put your trust in somebody that ain’t your usual type. That in itself is mysterious enough.

Capricorn (December 22–January 19) Relying on luck is like putting your trust in a man working at the women’s cosmetics counter. Too much blush never looked good on nobody but a clown. Whatever happened to trusting your own fine self, Honey? Take charge and don’t let nobody get your name on a contract until you know it is the best deal you could broker. I didn’t sign on no dotted lines when I developed my STIFF hair care products without my Philadelphia lawyer, Albert B. Arbitrage, signing off first.

Leo (July 23–August 22) Given the fact that you put so much stead in what your friends say instead of a shrink, the stars say be sure to get yourself some smarter friends. This is one of them months when you need good counsel, and Leo ain’t often humble enough to ask for it. So, if it’s given freely, take it. Beau has got a Leo friend who don’t believe water’s hot unless he sticks his finger in it. Your career track is slicker than the Indy 500 right now. Your love life? Not so much.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18) Are you prepared to kick back and take it easy for a change? That’s June for you, Baby. Think tranquil. Think quiet. Just don’t think too much. After mid-month, Mercury makes some moves that will affect you in July but not just yet. You will have a lot of dream time — lots of time to muse, make nice with friends, and just — do what Aquarians do so well. Peace out, Child. Don’t bust outta that lounge chair unless somebody’s holding out a lemonade.

Virgo (August 23–September 22) Money-making mania continues in your sign this month, and you will be whooping it up like some fool on Let’s Make a Deal. With the stars in your favor, risk is perfume for you, fortunately or not, and you’re acting like you hold a royal flush. I don’t care if you think this entitles you to play video poker the live-long day, ’cause it just ain’t healthy. Get you some sunshine and a square meal. The Virgo fun ramps up by month’s end when Venus enters Taurus and skin wins. You cash out and hide the money under the mattress to chase the love jackpot.

Pisces (February 19–March 20) I already know you didn’t take Astrid’s advice last month to try a new hair color. Maybe you’re easy, but you sure ain’t no pushover, Lordamercy. The good news is, you get a second chance because once again, things are nuttier for your sign than my Cousin Mabel’s fruit salad. Try temporary color. Be bold and beautiful. I done told you it’s better to change your hair than tear it out, because this month is buggy and you surely will know it.

Libra (September 23–October 22) By the middle of the month, a full moon (on the 13th) delivers good news and surprises concerning family and travel. I’ve said it before: Keep a bag packed, wear clean underwear and top off the Kia’s gas tank. Another new moon arriving on the 27th brings a nice work surprise. Your new work interest may not be Don Draper, but he might be D. B. Cooper’s alter ego. If he tells you something surprising, keep your face straight and act like you suspected it all along. Scorpio (October 23–November 21) Scorpios are the Crock-Pots of this old universe — slow cookers, Baby, either always cooking something up or about to boil over. The stars know a Scorpio ain’t going to give away much about themselves. As my Scorpio Mama says, she is good at keeping secrets if they are her own. When Neptune is retrograde this month, you get very introspective and start cleaning up some old business. This is a good thing and will lay a foundation for something better. Change is here.

Aries (March 21–April 19) Chaos, hair on fire and crossed wires. Sound familiar? That’s just any old day if you’re a fire-eating Aries. You leave all that, and more, in your wake. Stash the cash. Change your passwords. Clunk the burglar on the head with a can of Raid and then spray it in his eyes. Hide the body if it comes to that. Honey, this month is more than you counted on when Venus enters Gemini on the 23rd. If you’re still of childbearing age, take “extry special” precautions, Star Child. Taurus (April 20–May 20) Honey, you still got it, and this month you are hell-bent on finding and wooing somebody who still wants it. You will succeed, as you possess exceptional woo-powers this month. But let’s bet when you do woo, you’ll want somebody else almost immediately. Your powers to charm are equal to your powers to bewilder, sweet thing. Want you they will — it’s just that your romantic self sees spring-green opportunities in almost every pasture. June is your wait-wait, back-up month. And when you look at the charts, a retrograde in Mercury on June 7 fiddles with all the reset keys on your console. PS For years, Astrid Stellanova owned and operated Curl Up and Dye Beauty Salon in the boondocks of North Carolina until arthritic fingers and her popular astrological readings provoked a new career path.

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The Unclothed Truth

By Ashley Wahl

Among the schoolyard songs of my childhood was one so silly I could barely sing it without giggling. No way was there a place in France where the ladies wore no pants. An d if men walked ’round with their “hammers” hanging down, then surely they must have been carpenters.

At the tender age of 8, the concept of nakedness for the sake of nakedness was foreign and faraway, especially when coming from Whispering Pines, the quiet, semi-retirement village in the North Carolina Sandhills where I grew up. Even after I traveled to Europe with my kid brother during our college years, developed an appreciation for Renaissance art and found a spiritual connection with nature, I was stunned when I heard that there was a nudist resort and campground just fifty miles south of my new home in Wilmington — and doubly stunned when I heard it was called Whispering Pines. It was like discovering a parallel universe right here on Earth. Understand that the Whispering Pines of my youth was, by design, a place where Sunday drivers were the only kind. Most of our neighbors were elderly. Many were conservative. But it wasn’t a bad place to be a kid — especially if you could shrug off the occasional disapproving glare. They were sometimes well-earned. One summer, Katie, my childhood best friend, whose folks live on Pine Ridge Drive, talked me into stuffing water balloons into my bikini top and roller-blading around Spring Valley Lake, past the pine-fringed golf courses and the stately country club. The following summer, Katie and I pitched a tent on the pine straw in my parents’ backyard, stretching an extension cord from the garage to watch Charlie’s Angels on the portable TV/VCR. I won’t say whether or not we ever skinny dipped in Thagard Lake. Suffice it to say that I was considered something of a wild child, but maybe that was because I was simply one of the few children in sight. Surely, I thought, the other Whispering Pines must be a hotbed of debauchery. Reading about it, even the RV hookups sounded suggestive. I imagined a place of unrestrained passion where love is free and skinny dipping is child’s play. “How do you think I know about it?” asked one of my most bohemian writer friends. On the day of her visit, she told me, the men who live there were installing solar panels to heat the community hot tub. “They wore sneakers and tool belts but nothing else,” she said,


providing a new and literal twist to the schoolyard ditty of my youth. At a recent editorial meeting, several colleagues dared me to visit, howling at my unlikely connection to the unclothed Whispering Pines, and my obvious discomfort. Innuendos came naturally. Comments were tongue-in-cheek. I was, whoops, the butt of the joke. Teenage dares were issued, worthy of the seventh grade. “Maybe you could wear tiny fig leaves until you feel comfortable enough to bare all,” someone suggested. Another recalled the essay from openly gay humorist David Sedaris’ biographical story collection, Naked, that describes his week at a nudist trailer park: “. . . her breasts hung like two knee socks, each stuffed with a single orange. I knew when I signed up that I would encounter exposed breasts, but this being my first pair, I reacted with alarm.” Too embarrassed to be caught looking at the online photos at the office, I went home to do a little poking around on the website. What I saw was surprising — and not so different from the place I grew up. It looked like a retirement community for, well, naked seniors. According to the first-timers’ guide to socialized nudity, accessible through the site, “The human body is terribly common. Believe it or not, everybody has one. And mostly, they look fairly alike . . .” Touché. As far as I can tell, there is nothing remotely sexual about the other Whispering Pines. It’s a family-oriented resort where ogling is not permitted. And with its wooded nature trails and tall stands of sighing pines, it looks like a peaceful place to unplug from the everyday, and perhaps establish a more intimate relationship with nature. I still haven’t been. But if I ever change my mind, at Whispering Pines — you know which one I’m talking about — it’s really no big deal. Meantime, if you happen to know alternative lyrics to the “Streets of Cairo” song, don’t expect me to sing them without giggling. PS Ashley Wahl is the senior editor of Salt magazine, and grew up in Whispering Pines, fully clothed most of the time.

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Illustration by Meridith Martens

A former wild child from the original Whispering Pines decides to stay covered up — for now

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