When Michael McGowan arrives at the first tee of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 on Thursday morning to kick off the 124th U.S. Open, he’ll go through his usual pre-shot routine, something he’s done countless time.  Take a couple of deep breaths. Check his grip and stance. Pick out a target and hopefully find the fairway of the 395-yard, par-4 opening hole. But there will be a couple of other extenuating forces in play for the 33-year-old first-time major-championship competitor and “hometown” hero from nearby Southern Pines. Two important figures in McGowan’s life won’t be physically among the 100-plus...

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club and Southern Pines Golf Club have been named to Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Public Courses, the only resort with 3 Donald Ross courses named to the list. Southern Pines, after undergoing a major restoration in 2021, made its debut on the list at No. 72. Both Pine Needles (No. 63) and Mid Pines (No. 86) moved up in the rankings. Read more here: America's 100 Greatest Public Courses...

[video width="1024" height="576" mp4="https://www.pineneedleslodge.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/BonnieVidSM.mp4"][/video]   Southern Pines, NC – Bonnie Bell McGowan, the eldest child of LPGA founding member Peggy Kirk Bell and an institution herself in the golf instruction and resort management business at her family-owned Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, passed away peacefully January 12, 2023 with her family by her side. She was 68 years old.  Bonnie and her sister Peggy Ann and brother Kirk grew up in the golf business as their parents, Peggy and Warren “Bullet” Bell, began running the Pine Needles golf and lodge operation in 1953 with Julius Boros and the Cosgrove family. Five years...

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls' Golf Tour (PKBGT) was founded in 2007 by Girls Golf of America, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with a simple concept: create more effective competitive playing opportunities for girls. By utilizing innovative yardage-based divisions instead of the traditional age-based format, the tour focused on developing tournament experience at the player’s pace.  [caption id="attachment_6615" align="aligncenter" width="763"] Pat and Bonnie McGowan with Futures National Division Champion Caroline Hawkins (center)[/caption] The 2021 season features over 130 tournaments in 11 states on the East Coast, and with over 1,100 yearly participants, the PKBGT is the largest girl’s only tour in the country.  The...

In my imagination, I walk over to my bag and reach in and take the head cover off of my driver. I pull the driver out and walk over to the tee. I reach in my pocket and get a tee. I tee up my Maxfli 1 with the name facing the target. I walk behind the ball and pick out my imaginary line from the ball to my target. I’m visualizing a line 24 inches long - 12 inches in back of the ball to 12 inches beyond the ball, pointed in the direction over which I expect to...

This article originally appeared on USGA.org on May 19, 2019. By Scott Lipsky, USGA Throughout her three-decade career, Helen Alfredsson has won wherever she’s played. A major champion. Seven wins on the LPGA Tour. Eleven victories on the Ladies European Tour. And now, she can finally add USGA champion to her list of accolades. With a final-round 72, Alfredsson, 54, topped Trish Johnson and Juli Inkster by two strokes to capture the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship on Sunday at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, with a 72-hole total of 1-over 285. “Just to have something USGA, it feels very nice. Since...