VOL. II., iNO. 18.
PINEHURST, N. C, FEB. 24, 1899.
PRICE THREE CENTS.
PINEHURST GOLF LINKS.
Fine, Well Kept Greens Close
by the Village,
Attractive, Conveniently Arranged Club
House Recently Completed.
A Place of Great Resort on the Beautiful
Sunny Days During the Winter.
The game of golf is rapidly increasing
in popularity throughout the country,
and many Northern people, in selecting
a place to spend the winter away from
snow and ice, choose a village where
they can enjoy this healthful sport. The
proprietors of many resorts have thus
boon led to provide for this class of peo
ple, but at no place in the South can the
enthusiastic golfer find better facilities
, for enjoying the grand old Scotch game
than at Pinehurst.
During the season of 1S!)7-0$ a field
comprising sixty acres of cleared ground,
located near the foot of the Village (Jreen
and about two minutes' walk from the
centre of the village, was taken for this
purpose and courses were laid out under
the direction of an expert. Many
improvements were made there last sum
mer. The sod was turned under and the
courses rolled and sown to grass, a
handsome new club house was erected
and many little conveniences added, and
a fine bicycle track was constructed
extending entirely around the field.
The links are laid out on rolling ground
and no two holes are alike, a Hording a
great variety of play for the golfer. The
hushes have been removed and there is
hut one t ree in the whole field. The put
ting greens are made of clay and are
oiled every morning so that a good
player can hole out at fen feet, and the
Mirface is sprinkled with sand so that
they shall not be too fast. There is
absolutely no cross on the courses, nor
:"iy place where there is any danger
whatever. Ahorse roller is frequently
run oyer the fair green, keeping it hard
There are two courses, a long one and
short one, of nine and six holes respec
tively. The short course comprises holes
e, two, six, seven, eight and nine of
the iong course.
The first hole, which is located close
''.V the gate near the pine grove, is a
short one protected by sand bunkers, and
a good mid-iron, shot will carry over
the bunkers onto the green. Three is
the record for this hole.
The second hole is across a valley to
the green at about the same elevation as
the tee. These first t wo holes are the
same for either the short or long course.
In playing the six-hole course, after put
ting on the second green the golfer plays
hole six of the long course and so on to
Hole three has bunkers at eighty yards
from the tee, and the course is a slight
decline on the brow of a hill.
The fair green of the fourth hole runs
down hill for about seventy-five yards
and then rises gradually up to the green.
The fifth hole is by all odds the best,
the course being absolutely level for 300
yards and then up a steep incline to the
green. The best amateurscore for this
Hole six has been done in three by two
amateurs and is fairly level, there being
a slight depression about half-way. An
over approach is penalized by a sharp
decline on the further side of the green.
arranged, and is fitted with everything
necessary for the comfort and pleasure
of the players.
On entering the building the visitor
finds himself in a well furnished recep
tion room which extends across the
whole front of the structure and occupies
nearly one-half of this floor. - Large win
dows on three sides admit an abundance
of light, and an open fire-place is pro
vided for heating on cool days, when the
blazing logs of pitch-pine diffuse a cheery
warmth and light and add to the com
fort and pleasure of the occupants. Here
the golfers can find shelter in ease of a
sudden shower, or when tired can gather
and discuss the merits of the fascinating
sport and recount the interesting games
they have played or witnessed.
Leading off this room to the right is
the gentlemen's dressing room. This
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THE PINEHURST GOLF CLUB HOUSE.
The seventh hole is perhaps the sporti
!t of all, the course running up a steep
so to a noint 150 yards from the tee,
and then down to the green.
The eighth is up gradual iv
ground, with bunkers to protect w
green. , ,
rvun iw,n,o l.nle is a gradual slope to
h,p n-een. which is located close by the
putting green of hole one.
The soil is almost pure sand many feet
deep, and quickly absorbs all moisture,
so that there is no surface water even
after the heaviest rain, and the links are
condition for piay ai y -
is not falling.
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inning of the course ? the handsome
clubhouse which was ereereuuu.
past summer. This building is of
attractive design, conveniently
contains lockers of good size which are
rented to the players for $1.00 for the
season, or 50 cents per month. Back of
this room a door to the left opens into
the gentlemen's toilet room, and on the
ridit is a small room used as a workshop
by the professional golfer who has
charge of the links.
The ladies' dressing room opens off the
reception room, to the left. This is also
supplied with lockers which are rented
at the same rate as those for the gentle
men. Back of this apartment is the
ladies' toilet room. The ladies' and
gentlemen's dressing rooms both contain
mirrors, and the lockers are fitted with
Yale locks. The number of lockers pro
vided when the building was erected at
the beginning of the present season has
proved totally inadequate to meet the de
mands of the players and twenty-nine
new ones have recently leen added.
A wide piazza runs around three sides
of the building and is supplied with seats
for spectators. On the souMi a stairway
leads from the piazza to the second floor.
This story is open on all sides and com
mands a fine view of the whole Held. It
is provided with seats and those who do
not care to play can sit here and watch
The building seems well adapted to
serve the purpose for which it was In
tended and little conveniences are con
stantly being added as their need ap
pears. Mr. John Dunn Tucker, a professional
golfer, has charge of the club house and
links, and there is great demand for his
services as a teacher.
Our villagers are taking great interest
in the game, and many people send a
few weeks here in order to avail
themselves of the facilities ottered for
enjoying this pastime. On the beautiful
warm sunny days so numerous in this
section as the time when our friends in
the North are wallowing through snow
and slush with the mercury out df sight
and frozen there, the Pinehurst links are
thronged with a merry crowd of golfers
engaged in their favorite sport, while
a host of spectators congregates ou the
club house piazzas and other points of
vantage from which to view the game.
A cup lias been ottered by Mr. Tufts
for the player making the best score on
our links this season. The body of the
cup is turned out of the finest selected
Mexican Pedreraouyx, with base, top and
handles of burnished gold plate, it
is a very beautiful piece of workmanship
and there is much speculation as to
who will be the fortunate winner. The
cup will be suitably inscribed and will
bear the name of the winner.
The bicycle track around the golf field
is very popular with lovers of the wheel,
many of whom enjoy a daily ride along
this well kept path. Wheels are rented
at the Bowling Alley so that all may
enjoy this exhilarating exercise.
A map of the Pinehurst links will be
found on page eight.
Mr. Asbury Peppers.
"Talking of patriotism," said Asbury
Peppers, "the South furnishes the only
"What?" shouted the boarder from
"Fact. Think of the clay eaters
down in Georgia. Just think of how
they love their native soil !" Cincinnati
dilvlng Herself Away.
Mistress "Jane, I've mislaid the key
of my escritoire. I wish you'd just f etch
me that box of odd keys. I dare say I
can find one to open it."
Jane "It's no use, ma'am. There
isn't a key in the ouse as Tl tit that