Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club has an abundant history in women’s golf, having held three U.S. Women’s Opens, one U.S. Girls’ Junior and one U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.
So when the USGA decided to create a new U.S. Senior Women’s Open, it made perfect sense to award one of the first two to the course owned by LPGA founding member and Hall of Fame instructor Peggy Kirk Bell.
The 1928 Donald Ross-designed course at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, the venue of three U.S. Women’s Opens, will be closed in the summer of 2016 to convert the greens from bent to ultra-dwarf bermuda, course officials announced.
Kelly Miller, president and CEO of the company that owns and operates both Pine Needles and Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, said the successful conversion of the greens at Mid Pines in 2013 is part of the motivation to do a similar greens resurfacing at Pine Needles. The historic resorts (Mid Pines opened in 1921) are located across Midland Road from each other.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – By and large, the decision to stage the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in back-to-back weeks at the Pinehurst No. 2 course here has received rave reviews. One dissenter, at least initially, was Peggy Kirk Bell, who has owned and nurtured the nearby Pine Needles resort since 1953.
“The USGA called me the night before they made the announcement that both events were going to No. 2,” Bell said Monday, when I found her eating lunch with friends at the Pine Needles Lodge. “I was furious.”
SOUTHERN PINES, NC, July 13, 2012 – Peggy Kirk Bell, owner of Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resort and LPGA pioneer, has been named in Golf Digest’s 2012 list of “America’s 50 Best Women Teachers”.
The list is generated on votes from over 1,600 female Class A PGA of America and LPGA Teaching and Club professional members along with teachers who rank for “Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your State”. All of the professionals recognized offer lessons to the public.
A field of 68 teams (36 Open Division & 32 Senior Division) from 12 states as well as Quebec, Canada, teed off Friday, March 2nd in the 18th Annual Pine Needles Invitational Championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club and Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. This has become one of the most popular amateur team events in North Carolina and the Southeast. The event is a 54-hole team competition playing both Four Ball and Modified Alternate Stroke formats over the first weekend of March. The Open and Senior Divisions competed on both Donald Ross designed layouts, which are constantly ranked among two of the best in North Carolina.