Q&A with Davis Love III
January 25, 2012
PGA Tour golfer and North Carolina native Davis Love III has played the greatest courses in the world. But it’s the Home of American Golf® that holds a special place in his heart.
Q: What is your first memory of this area?
A: Well, my dad worked in Pinehurst as an instructor, so I saw it as a kid. I remember the weather most of all, how nice it was all the time. I was born in Charlotte, and I remember going to Pinehurst and seeing how perfect everything was. The Carolina Hotel, all the courses and the folks who took care of you—I have fond memories of it all.
Q: Why is it such a special place for golfers?
A: First of all, the courses. There are so many to choose from. And Pinehurst, that’s Donald Ross’ home. The whole area has grown up around golf, not just tournaments. It’s a great place to play, with great places to eat, like the Pine Crest Inn. It’s just a special place.
Q: So when you’re playing golf here, is that business or pleasure for you?
A: Both, I guess. When I’m here it’s usually for the [U.S.] Open, and that’s strictly business. But other times, when I’m with family or friends, it’s very easy for me to unwind and relax. After all these years, it feels like home.
Q: It sounds like the Sandhills experience has stayed with you your whole life.
A: It really has. I think one of the biggest reasons I ended up at [the University of North Carolina at] Chapel Hill was becauseI spent so much time in the Sandhills in the summers, and I learned how good the golf was. [Pinehurst] No. 2 is No. 2, but you could go down there and still play a lot of other great golf courses. They’re all good. . . . It’s such a neat place. It never leaves you.
Both as a Tour player and now also as a course designer, 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III has left his mark on his home state.