It looks like some members of the North Carolina basketball team will be trying out a new sport this offseason. On Monday, North Carolina’s historic Pinehurst Golf Resort invited Armando Bacot and the rest of the five 2021-22 UNC starters to enjoy a game on the links. The offer arose following a tweet from Bacot, where the rising senior big man claimed he was missing basketball and wanted to fill his free time playing with his fans.
Check out Bacot’s tweet and Pinehurst’s response below:
Hey Mando, let’s do this. Make it an Iron Fivesome. https://t.co/UFpWbXlNwP
— Pinehurst Resort (@PinehurstResort) April 18, 2022
Already attempting to establish the “fivefold,” Bacot quickly sent a message to Tar Heel big man Brady Manek:
OK I will do it @BradyManek ?? https://t.co/quqCV5HGco
— Armando Bacot Jr. (@iget_buckets35) April 18, 2022
Named after the town in which it resides, Pinehurst is a golf resort located 65 miles southwest of Chapel Hill. The resort features nine 18-hole golf courses, with Pinehurst No. 2 consistently ranked as one of the best courses in North Carolina and among the best in the United States.
Designed by the esteemed Donald Ross, Pinehurst No. 2 opened in 1907 and is considered Ross’ finest work. He continued to tour the grounds and perfect them until his death in 1948.
Both avid golfers, former UNC star winger Michael Jordan and former head basketball coach Roy Williams frequent Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.
For its 2020-2021 ranking, Golf Magazine named No. 2 the 11th best course in the country and the best in North Carolina.
No. 2 is the only course to have hosted the United States Golf Association’s five most important events: US Open (1999, 2005, 2014), US Women’s Open (2014), US Amateur (1962, 2008, 2019) , US Women’s Amateur (1989) and US Senior Open (1994).
The course will host the US Open for the fourth time in 25 years in 2024.
Last season, Bacot led the Tar Heels to their 21st Final Four and 12th National Championship game. He led the nation with an NCAA record tying 31 double-doubles, led the ACC in rebounds (13.1 per game) and offensive rebounds (4.2 per game), and led the Tar Heels in scoring (16.3 ppg), rebounding, offensive rebounds. , field goal percentage (.569) and blocks (65).
In the national championship game against Kansas, Bacot battled repeated ankle injuries and finished the game with 15 points and 15 rebounds, becoming the first player to have six double-doubles in an NCAA Tournament.
Bacot’s 2021-22 season is forever etched in Tar Heel lore. His 511 rebounds last season were the most in UNC history and 95 ahead of second-place Brice Johnson (416). The total was also the fourth highest in ACC history and the highest since 1956.
The former five-star’s total rebound percentage of 22.6% broke Sean May’s record of 21.8% (2004-05). His 13.1 rebounds per game were the sixth-highest single-season total in UNC history and the only top-10 entry by a Tar Heel who played ball after 1965.
Bacot’s choice to return for his senior season jeopardized several Tar Heel records. He is 218 rebounds shy of Tyler Hansbrough’s career high in rebounds (1,219). Bacot’s career average of 10.0 rebounds per game ranks 7th in UNC history and could reach No. 2 in the record books (10.7) if he chooses to return.