Pinehurst forged an indelible bond with the St. Andrews Links Trust today, using a physical reminder of a longstanding relationship that began more than 100 years ago.
Peter Mason, external relations manager of the St. Andrews Links Trust, and Pinehurst president Donald Padgett II, poured bunker sand from the Old Course to Pinehurst No. 2, signifying the bond today. The sand was shipped from St. Andrews’ famed Road Hole bunker and poured into No. 2’s 18th greenside bunker from a quaich, a silver Scottish drinking vessel typically used on celebratory occasions.
Both historic golf locations will serve as sites of their respective Open Championships this summer.
“We share in our ideals, in goals, and in training our staff,” said Padgett. “We believe that there’s no better partnership in golf and we are certainly honored to be a part of it.”
Pinehurst also dedicated the St. Andrews Room at Pinehurst as part of the ceremony. Formerly the Resort Clubhouse Dining Room, the large meeting and event room now contains a special dedication plaque as well as artwork from both locations. Two of golf artist Richard Chorley’s Old Course originals grace the walls, as well as historic replica pin flags from its 17th and 18th holes. The room also contains Pinehurst original art from Linda Hartough, official artist of the United States Golf Association.
“For to stand on the first tee of either place is to feel the full weight of the game’s history descend on your shoulders. St. Andrews is the home of golf and Pinehurst is the guardian of its traditions in the United States,” the plaque reads. The full inscription commemorates “the kindred spirit” that exists between St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf and Pinehurst, the home of American golf.
Pinehurst has long been compared to St. Andrews, dating back to the early 1900s. Bobby Jones formally noted the spiritual bond but describing Pinehurst as “the St. Andrews of United States golf” during one of his many visits to the historic resort. The local time for both locations can be read via two clocks behind Pinehurst’s main front desk, a longstanding symbol of that connection.
In the early 1990’s, both organizations began talks to share business practices, initiate a staff exchange program, and reciprocate champions’ invitations to their respective annual amateur tournaments. The room dedication and merging of bunker sand are the latest examples of the modern-day partnership.
Mason further emphasized the relationship before the bunker ceremony. “I’m delighted to recognize publicly what we regard as one of our most important relationships in the world of golf,” he said. “The fact that we find so many areas where we can learn from each other, where we’re working to similar standards, and most importantly, where we share the same values, is a testament to the universality of golf.”
Guests and members of Pinehurst will hear the story of the bunker sand blending each time they play No. 2 with a caddie. The St. Andrews Room, located in the main Resort Clubhouse, is open to the public when not in use.
Located in the North Carolina heartland, world-renowned Pinehurst Resort is a 2,000-acre property featuring spa, golf, tennis, family, events and leisure recreation. Built in 1895, it has hosted such international events as the U.S Open Golf Championship, U.S. Clay Court Tennis Championship, and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. It continues to receive numerous awards for its exceptional accommodations, dining, meeting and children-friendly offerings, including #1 Resort by the readers of Travel + Leisure Golf magazine, and the coveted Mobil Four-Star Spa recognition, the only facility so designated in a three-state region.