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By Lee Pace

What goes around, comes around.

All of the early golf courses in the Sandhills featured greens made of a sand-and-clay base until architect and green keeper Donald Ross developed a strain of bermuda grass in the 1930s that could survive the heavy play the area received during its prime fall-through-spring season.

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Ross Legacy Enhanced Once Again

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The 1928 Pine Needles golf course reopened in early September with freshly planted bermuda greens, some new bunkers and a few subtle tweaks to its overall appearance. The project improves the playability and ambiance of a classic Donald Ross course that, paired with the Mid Pines layout across Midland Road, gives Pine Needles and Mid Pines resorts as fine a set of vintage Ross courses as exist in the world.

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Remembering Peggy Kirk Bell, the ‘First Lady of Golf’

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Remembering Peggy Kirk Bell, golf writers offer tribute to the First Lady of Golf. 

Since the passing of golf pioneer Peggy Kirk Bell on November 23, 2016, golf writers, icons and media outlets have paid tribute, honoring her legacy and sharing stories of her many achievements and contributions to golf, golf instruction and to Pine Needles-Mid Pines Resort.

Below please find a small sample of their tributes. 

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The Pilot: In Golf and Life, Peggy Kirk Bell’s Timing Was Impeccable

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By Laura Douglass, The Pilot

Bing Crosby serenaded her in the Pine Needles bar. Perry Como played her course. Jimmy Carter stayed at the lodge during the National Governors’ Convention. Rudy Vallee was a guest and she played with Jackie Gleason, Michael Jordan, and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

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Pine Needles Announces the Passing of Matriarch Peggy Kirk Bell at Age 95

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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – November 24, 2016 – A pioneer of American golf has died at the age of 95.

Peggy Kirk Bell of Southern Pines died at her home Wednesday evening, November 23, surrounded by her family. Her death ends a colorful and distinguished career as one of golf’s best-known and most popular players, teachers and ambassadors. Her many contributions to the game were spread out over more than 70 years.

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