Whispering Pines

Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, began in 1995 as a rudimentary nine-hole amenity to a summer youth retreat called Camp Olympia. Expanded to 18 holes in 2000, it was transformed into a championship test of immense beauty and thrilling performance. It now ranks 55th on Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses, up from 75th in its debut in 2013, and is also the No. 1 course in Texas. Presented by Porsche.

Released on 1/10/2017

Credits

Director: Ben Miller, Atomic Kid Studios
Producer: Stephen Barrante, Atomic Kid Studios

Transcript

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[Narrator] Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas,
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some 90 miles north of Houston,
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began in 1995 as a rudimentary nine hole amenity
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to a summer youth retreat called Camp Olympia.
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Expanded to 18 holes in 2000,
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it was transformed into a championship test
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of immense beauty and thrilling performance.
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It now ranks 55th on Golg Digest's list
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of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses,
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up from 75th in its debut in 2013,
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and is also the number one course in Texas.
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Originally routed by Chris Gilbert
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and Corby Robertson Junior,
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Whispering Pines greens, strategies, and hazards
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were fashioned by Texas golf architect Chet Williams,
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at the time an associate of Nicklaus Design.
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Carved from an old growth forest of pines and oaks
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with six closing holes along Caney Creek
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and Lake Livingston,
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Whispering Pines is an architectural fusion of
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Pine Valley's vast expanses of sand,
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Augusta National's graceful water hazards,
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and Pinehurst's Number 2's legendary greens.
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The truly groundbreaking purpose of Whispering Pines
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is to raise money for charity.
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A good portion of the membership fees
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is donated to designated nonprofit organizations
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and the course hosts the Biennial Spirit International,
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a team competition among male and female amateur champions,
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invited from nations around the world,
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billed as an unofficial Olympics of golf.
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Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Martin Kaymer, Brandt Snedeker,
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Lorena Ochoa, Lexi Thompson, and Paula Creamer
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are among the notables who competed as amateurs
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on this course that is a true fusion between
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cutting edge design and progressive thinking.
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