Archive for July, 2012

Pinehurst Golf Resort

By: Tenna Merchent on July 31st, 2012

A few of the Purgatory Golf Club staff members are in Pinehurst N.C. this week for the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship. It has been a long time since I have been to Pinehurst, and while I thought I remembered how different it is, I didn’t remember many of the fine nuances that set it apart from the rest of the high-end golf resorts.

First of all, there are 8 golf courses at Pinehurst, that doesn’t mean surrounding Pinehurst, although there are plenty of other courses nearby. But there are 8 courses right here at this resort. Including the famed #2 designed by none other than the legendary Donald Ross. Unfortunately they require that you keep the golf carts on the paths at all times, which make for an exhausting round of golf because you then have to carry 4 clubs and your yardage finder with you to your ball because you don’t have the exact yardage. Then hall it back to the cart after each shot. They make no provisions for the elderly, something they really need to consider.

The resort itself is old fashioned. There are 3 hotels, the main Carolina, that still requires you to dress for dinner in the dinning room, although they do have a pub. Next is the Holly, which is the in-town hotel. It is quaint, but musty. Lastly is the Manor, which is outside of town and probably the most relaxed of the 3. Both the Carolina and the Holly have pools, the Manor does not. The Holly has the advantage of being in town, but town is tiny, consisting of at the most 10 blocks of retail.

The resort has a shuttle system that is very responsive and can take you to the golf proshop, town, or any of the hotels. The longest we have had to wait for a shuttle was about 10 minutes.

The food and service has been good at both hotels and in town. Pub atmosphere everywhere, sometimes with quite authentic pub food like Shepard’s pie, some places have more contemporary fare such as brie, and quesadilla’s. Hot dog’s, good quality ones according to our son, can be found in most places.

I’ve included photos from around town so you can get an idea of what this charming resort offers.

Gorgeous Golf Painting Junior Sportswear

By: Tenna Merchent on July 26th, 2012

We have some amazing new sportswear in for our juniors. I’ve included photos of just two styles. I hope to post more later. They are unisex t-shirts, incredibly soft, when our boys got theirs, they put them on immediately, and they both slept in them that night. The t-shirts display artwork from several of our favorite holes at PuratoryGC on both the front and the back, and the PGC logo appears on the back of each shirt.

We also have similar sportswear available for adults, and even aprons, napkins, and beach towels. If you ever see a piece of our artwork that you would like to have on a product we carry, please let us know, and we’ll see if we can make that happen. Hope you love the new items as much as we do!

Inspiring, or Intimidating?

By: Tenna Merchent on July 25th, 2012

When I heard that 10-year-old female golf Latanna Stone qualified to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship, I wasn’t sure if I felt inspired or overwhelmed. As the parent of an junior golfer aspiring to play the tour someday, these child prodigy’s and their amazing accomplishments can make you feel like you simply aren’t doing enough.

We’ve chosen however to take it as inspiration. It is so wonderful that these young people can accomplish so much. We have decided to take a slightly different path, while our son still competes, he also goes to camp, has play dates, and leads a somewhat normal life, with golf clearly on his top 10 list of things he thinks about, talks about, worries about, wants to do with his time…

So we have decided to add golf inspiration to the list of Purgatory Golf Club’s responsibilities. We hope to accomplish this in a number of ways, with quotes, stories, photographs (of course), and anything else that we think may keep your motivated to enjoy the game of golf, and not worry about the fact that you or your offspring didn’t qualify for a big tournament at 14 or 10. Because, even though I hate to say it…there is more to life than golf.


Purgatory Loves Pinterest!

By: Tenna Merchent on July 19th, 2012

We have just set up our Pinterest page at, and if you haven’t checked Pinterest out, I suggest you give it a look. It is a Very visual experience, and with me being a photographer, well it just speaks my language. Yes it’s another place for me to share my Purgatory art with you, and the rest of the world.

This morning I spent surfing Pinterest for golf photography, golf wedding, golf outing, and golf food ideas. There are some really fun, clever, creative ideas, and I’ve started boards for them. I will keep posting, because you know, I must not have enough things to occupy my time . . . well that’s another matter all together. But hey, when I cool site like Pintrest comes along, and you can share your photography, and get way cool ideas at the same time, I’m all over it. I hope you love it as much as I do.

PS. I do have a heck of a time remembering how to spell it though, first I spelled it Pinetrest, then Pintrest, and finally a double, actually triple checked it and found the correct spelling of Pinterest. Crazy spelling, very cool site.

Hard Decisions about New Clubs

By: Tenna Merchent on July 17th, 2012

In this video, Mike and Clay Merchent discuss the difficult decision that Clay made regarding his awesome, but heavy new custom made clubs. His new club were custom made for him, so they were the right length and the proper lie, but they were still too heavy for his young swing. He ultimately made the tough decision to stick with his older junior clubs, and to save his new amazing custom clubs for when he is a little stronger and older. Very mature decision. Many junior golfers go to too long of a club before they are ready. It gives them short term benefits, but in the long run it hurts their game because the don’t learn how to generate club head speed with their core, which Clay actually does quite well.

Custom Club Fitting & Construction

By: Tenna Merchent on July 12th, 2012

Join Mike & Clay Merchent as Clay is fitted for his new custom clubs with Mizuno heads. Thank you to the talented Randy Campbell for all your hard work!


Ladies Clinic

By: Tenna Merchent on July 10th, 2012

These are images from Jon Stutz’s Ladies Clinic. I’ve always wondered what the big white cross bar was for, it’s for scooping up golf balls, who knew?!

There is almost always something going on at Purgatory, the Junior Clinics are still going on, and it’s not too late to sign up. Hope you’re having a great summer!

Jon Stutz Plays the 10th Hole

By: Tenna Merchent on July 5th, 2012

Join us as our Head Professional Jon Stutz shares his strategy as he plays the 10th hole. I’m learning a lot myself with these videos. You would think as many times as I’ve played this course, photographed it, videotaped it, walked it, that I would know every angle. But somehow, as I edit these videos, and hear our staff discuss the holes, there is always something I hadn’t realized. I hope you find these as valuable as I do.

By the way, Jon is a natural in front of the camera. His charming wife Theresa pointed out to me that Jon was a communications major at my alma mater, Depauw University. That makes sense given the thought he puts into each video we create. Well done Jon, and thank you Theresa for filling in the blanks!