Fifty years ago, Peggy Kirk Bell started Youth Golfari as a way to get kids involved in the game of golf, while they experience a week of fun unlike any other. She and her husband Warren “Bullet” Bell ran the camp together, where she was one of the lead instructors and he ran the day to day operations. Over the years their own children attended the camps, but every kid felt like family. Peggy Bell Miller, daughter of Peggy and Bullet, started attending the camp herself at age 10. Back then, families would come together and the kids would stay for a...

Southern Pines, English golfer Laura Davies crushed her tee shot. The defending U.S. Senior Women’s Open champion had dropped by to play a round at the home stomping grounds of the grande dame herself, the late Peggy Kirk Bell, in anticipation of the 2019 U.S. Seniors Women’s Open Championship....

This article originally published on ThePilot.com on March 24, 2019. By Hunter Chase, The Pilot Peggy Kirk Bell’s impact on women’s golf lives on. Bell, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 95, was a pioneer in promoting women’s golf, a passion she carried throughout her life, including the more than 60 years she was the Grand Lady of Pine Needles. She still is making an impact on women’s golf, with her legacy and contributions to the game a driving force behind the USGA bringing the U.S. Senior Women’s Open to Pine Needles in May. The Senior Women’s Open, the newest national championship overseen by...

This article originally published on USGA on February 27, 2018. By Julia Pine, USGA Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., will be the host site for the 77th U.S. Women’s Open in 2022. The championship, considered the ultimate test in women’s golf, will be held June 2–5. The 2022 U.S. Women’s Open will be the seventh USGA championship and record fourth U.S. Women’s Open contested at Pine Needles, which is also set to host the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2019. The USGA was last at Pine Needles for the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, when Cristie Kerr won the first...

This article originally appeared in The Fayetteville Observer on February 1, 2018. By Bill Kirby, Jr. SOUTHERN PINES – There’s something inviting about this place with the circular drive, and all the more in the evening when you can see the soft lamps emitting a yellow hue from the Georgian-style hotel windows. There’s a warmth. “Mid Pines has history and rich traditions,” Haresh Tharani says about Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club that has been a part of the Sandhills since 1921. “It has the right bones.” Read More....

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.—David Orr, who went from teaching golf at Pine Needles from 2000-04 to coaching some of the top players in professional golf a decade later, is returning to the venerable Sandhills-area resort and relocating his putting and short-game teaching business and on-line Flatstick Academy there. Orr credits his years at Pine Needles working under the late Peggy Kirk Bell as the foundation to a career that evolved into teaching Professional Golf Management at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., and then embarking on cutting-edge putting research. He then took his putting and short-game expertise to professional golf, where his...

The Tharani Family through its investment company has joined the Bell Family as a new partner in owning and operating Mid Pines. SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, a hallmark in the Sandhills area golf and travel industry for nearly a century, is under a new ownership partnership following the purchase on Dec. 1 by the Tharani family of the shares previously owned by three Triad area individuals. The Tharani Family through its investment company has joined the Bell Family as a new partner in owning and operating Mid Pines, which opened in 1921 with Donald Ross-designed golf...

124 hickory enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada participate in the tournament using wooden clubs and wearing period attire SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – November 17, 2017 – A full field of 124 hickory golfers from 23 states and Canada teed off this past weekend in the 14thAnnual Mid Pines Hickory Open Championship at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club. The Hickory Open requires participants to use pre-1935 golf equipment, including wooden-shafted clubs. Players typically don period clothing including plus fours and ties. The event is played over three days on the Donald Ross-designed course, one that is valued among the best in North Carolina. Craig...