North Carolina Newspapers

    StHE finest, the most unique, and the best located all-the-year
(11 E resort hotel in the world is being built in Asheville, N. C.
- It will be opened July ist, 19 13, under the management of
Wm. S. Kenney, of The Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, N. H.,
and Hotel Clarendon, Seabreeze, Florida.
It is being built of the great boulders of Sunset Mountain at whose
foot it sits. It is being built by hand in the old fashioned way,
ABSOLUTELY FIREPROOF, and will be full of rest, comfort and
wholesomeness.
It is being built plainly, but as richly as man can do it. Four
hundred one-piece rugs are being made at Aubusson, France; the
furniture is being made by hand by the Roycrofters ; the silver hand
hammered ; and the "big room" will contain two great stone fire-places,
capable of burning twelve-foot logs.
In front of this hotel, GROVE PARK INN, are one hundred and
sixty acres of golf links and lawn, and all around, miles of majestic
mountains and the wonderful climate. The Hotel Company owns eight
hundred acres around the hotel and consumptives will not be taken.
For particulars address Wm. S. Kenney, Mgr., Grove Park Inn,
Asheville, N. C. Southern Orifice until April 20th, Hotel Clarendon,
Seabreeze, Florida. New York Office, n 80 Broadway.
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THE HIGHLAND PINES INN
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Weymouth Heights, Southern Pines, N. C.
HE Highland Pines Inn is a new hotel, Southern Colonial style, with modern
conveniences and luxurious appointments. Has 60 rooms en suite with private
bath. Excellent orchestra. Nightly concerts and many social events.
Accomodations for 200 or 250 guests. Open December 1st to May 1st. CharmiDgly
situated on Weymouth Heights with extensive and delightful views in all directions.
Behind the Inn are the 2,000 acres of the great Weymouth Woods, among whose
giant long leaf pineg run many miles of hard, picturesque and well-kept roads, the
freedom of which is accorded the guests of the Tnn. The Southern Pines Country
Club golf course five minutes walk from the hotel. Auto bus service to the Pine
hurst Country Club. For rates and reservations address :
A. I. Creamer Lessees and Managers M. H. Turner
Southern Pines. North Carolina
AMBITION MAKES FOR GOLF
Lack of it is Generally Responsible
for Middle Class Players
L J 1 that golf is a game for
2&U men of a11 aes an(
H feature has been one of
the delights of the royal
and ancient pastime.
However that may be,
middle aged players fre
quently are prone to for
get that the high class performers are not
confined to the younger element. There
are many golfers in the front ranks who
long since have passed the 40 mark and
not a few have beaten even that by ten
years. Given good health and some am
bition a middle aged man may attain
more than the average amount of profi
ciency, provided he will take the matter
seriously and strive earnestly.
There are several reasons why so com
paratively few players reach a degree of
proficiency that will permit of their being
fairly well rated. In the first place they
are often in too much of a hurry to play
the game, believing that the sooner they
get at it the more fun they will have.
They are too impatient to devote time
and energy to that hard, gruelling and
monotonous practice with one club after
another which alone can create or de
velop the ability to use all their clubs
with uniform skill at critical moments.
In almost all other out of door games
each player has his particular part to play,
in which he expects, and is expected, to
show particular efficiency. Not so in
golf. In this each player is, to all intents
and purposes, a whole team in himself.
He is an individual multiplied by the
number of clubs he carries in his bag.
When he tails in the skiiliui use 01 any
one club he is like a baseball team with
an unreliable baseman or a careless
catcher. The only way, therefore, for
him to make himself a good team is to
master the use of each club, and the only
way to accomplish this is to practice.
There are those who say that, as they
are out for exercise and enjoyment, they
do not wish to devote the time and atten
tion necessary to become a capable
player. Such men, therefore, ought not
to complain, for they get just what they
try for. They naturally fail to get from
their golf playing anything like the
amount of enjoyment they might get if
they would set for themselves a higher
standard and by so doing learn to play
better golf.
A player of this description is accus
tomed to playing over his home course in
scores ranging from 85 to 90, seldom go
ing outside these limits either way. He
is likely to look upon this as steady work
according to his ability to feel convinced
that he is getting all the pleasure possible
for him out of the game and therefore
to adopt this degree of proficiency as his
standard.
As a contrast to this the more ambi
tious player of the same class has the
keenest satisfaction in some day coming
in with a victory over a clubmate whose
handicap is several strokes less than his
own, and with a medal score two or three
strokes better than his previous best.
During the match everything has gone
just right for him. He has got his tee
shots away well. He has kept out of
serious trouble. His approaches have
been straight and well judged as to dis
tance and his putting has been better than
the average. It would be absurd to deny
that this victory was worth more to him
than any of those which he previously
had won from opponents of his own class,
although many of the latter have been
close, and accompanied, perhaps, by that
good natured banter which so many play
ers believe helps make a good time. Bet
ter than all else is the fact that he now
begins to believe in himself, in the possi
bility of his becoming a good player, and
to this end, if he is wise, he will go out
as often as possible to- devote some time
to practice with different clubs.
A well known player in giving advice
as to how to go about practising sug
gested that as the start of a round Is
made at the tee the practising should
begin there. After the golfer has ac
quired a satisfactory amount of steadi
ness in getting his tee shots away he
might take a dozen balls some seventy
five or a hundred yards from the green
and play them until he can put eight of
the number near enough to the cup to
give him a chance to hole four of the
eight. Then he might go to a bunker,
make footprints in the sand and drop balls
into them. With his niblick he slashes
at them until he Is able to get more than
half of them out with a single stroke
each, not trying to reach the green but
to get out of the bunker with the loss of
one stroke, the deserved penalty for get
ting into it. Of course, in getting out
his ball should lie in a place from which
another well played shot would put his
ball within striking distance of the hole.
Finally, the ambitious golfer might take
a dozen balls, go to different greens and
put in a few hours of putting practice.
In the event of his losing to a pre
viously unsuccessful opponent, though
only after a hard match, there should be
no sting in the defeat, rather satisfaction
over the fact that he made the other fel
low fight to the last for the honors. This
is especially so when it happens that the
other chap is really the better golfer. He
now knows that the closeness of the
match was not due to a fluke, but to a
determined effort to improve his game,
and ultimately he becomes able to make
the circuit in several strokes less than he
used to do. It is here that enthusiasm
takes hold of a man and makes him an
ardent devotee of the game.
The experience of such a golfer, while
unfortunately not so frequent as to make
it a rule, is nevertheless real in many
cases, and is common enough to encour
age and inspire the really ambitious
player. The attitude of complacency over
a fair amount of skill is too common, par
ticularly when men take up the game at
a time when more active pastimes are
practically out of the question. For all
that, the increase in skill and the result-
    

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