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Behind the Scenes: Pinehurst breakfast buffet

By Sarah Campbell
Pinehurst Resort

Each morning when the crystal chandeliers light up, a flurry of activity descends on the back portion of the Carolina Dining Room.

It’s 5 a.m. and about a dozen Pinehurst employees are methodically moving about setting up the famous breakfast buffet.

As three long rows of tables go up, black cloth is draped across each one. White overlays are added to finish the look. Next, stainless steel serving dishes are placed along the center tables to store hot foods like grits, bacon and biscuits.

It’s obvious each employee knows exactly what to do.

Alton and Shelia shine the silverware and meticulously fold dozens of cloth napkins.

Nicholas pours hot water into the serving dishes to ensure the food will stay warm throughout the four-hour breakfast window.

Shekia rolls out a cart filled with bowls of fruit and arranges them along the back table while Wanda places an assortment of freshly-baked pastries at the other end.

Thomas sits a large bowl of eggs behind him as he readies his omelet station.

“It’s a lot of preparation in such a short period of time, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Laura, the Carolina Dining Room’s morning manager. “We are lucky to have such a great team.”

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Nice traj, Kid. Nailed it.

Today’s target practice tip is from 21month old Julian Bandy of Perth, Western Australia. Nailed it. Literally.

Posted by Adam Scott’s Mi Golf Club on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Oh, how we all wish we could hit the golf ball straight like Julian Bandy.

Even if he is 21 months old.

Meet Julian, of Perth, Australia. The video was originally posted here.

Great stuff.

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Pinehurst Madness – The Final Fore


And now, we’re down to four.

Our Final Fore, if you will. Last week, we opened up the first Pinehurst Madness bracket, because as we stated at the dawn of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, in North Carolina, there are three things we can always argue: Golf, College Basketball and Barbecue.

This, though, is a tournament to decide which Pinehurst Resort golf course is the best. We’ve taken the liberty of seeding the tournament, and we’ve also removed Pinehurst No. 2 from the bracket. We figure after back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, it’s a pretty clear winner in its own right.

A few notes about the first round:

  • For a week, there was an upset looming, all day, every day. Pinehurst No. 6, as a 5th seed, took an early lead on Pinehurst’s most recently added course to the stable, Pinehurst No. 9. But the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design closed the gap, making it a neck-and-neck race that seemed to change hands every hour. Finally, when polling closed Wednesday night, No. 9, the 4th seed, proved victorious…by 1 single vote.
  • Pinehurst No. 3, no matter how beloved by Ben Crenshaw, could never muster a great challenge to Pinehurst No. 7. The same was true for Pinehurst No.1 and Pinehurst No. 5, courses that found themselves up against top seeds Pinehurst No. 4 and No. 8, respectively.

Now, though, it’s time to determine our final.

NOTE: Vote by clicking on the course of your choice. Votes are tallied automatically.

No. 1 seed Pinehurst No. 4 vs. No. 4 seed Pinehurst No. 9

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Most agree Tom Fazio elevated a good course to a great one with his work on No. 4. Indeed, it was selected as the co-site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur. Meanwhile, Jack stays alive at the Dance. The area's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is Pinehurst No. 9, added to the Pinehurst stable in 2014.
Pinehurst No. 4
65 Vote
Pinehurst No. 9
13 Vote


No. 2 seed Pinehurst No. 8 vs. No. 3 seed Pinehurst No. 7

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Some feel that No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout better than any of the other courses, and many mid- and higher-handicappers find it the most enjoyable track to play. The Rees Jones monster of Pinehurst No. 7 is considered one of the toughest tracks in the area, and there is history as well: No. 7 was built on the site of a forgotten 9-hole employee course.
Pinehurst No. 8
53 Vote
Pinehurst No. 7
28 Vote

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7 things to do at Pinehurst this spring

1. Take in the beauty

The iconic “Pinehurst” topiary that welcomes guests to the Carolina Hotel is a sight to behold any time of year, but it’s even more enchanting during the spring when it’s remarkably lush and green.

Everywhere you go, you’ll see flowers blooming and hear birds chirping. Take a deep breath and enjoy the smell of the Pine trees.

Experience the beauty of Pinehurst in just 30 seconds by watching the video below:

Wasn’t that wonderful? Now imagine seeing it all in person.

 2. Play golf


Spring is one of the most intoxicating times of year to play golf at Pinehurst. The courses are in pristine shape and the weather is pure bliss.

The temperatures top out in the 70s or 80s most days, creating ideal golfing conditions.

We’ve already mentioned the beauty, but it should be said that the courses are stunning this time of year thanks to the dogwood trees and azaleas that add pops of color to an otherwise green landscape.

Click here to view of spring golf packages.

3. Hit the tennis courts

Our world-class tennis center features 18 clay and three hard courts.

Skip the gym and head for the tennis courts. You can get a great workout in while soaking up the sun.

We offer 18 clay courts and a game-matching service to connect you with local players for a friendly competition.

Click here to learn more about our tennis offerings.

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Paul Azinger talks about his money game with Payne, Lefty and Gentle Ben

You have to hear this one.

Paul Azinger, talking to the great Matt Adams, tells a crazy story about a serious money game at Bay Hill between teams of Phil Mickelson and Ben Crenshaw and Azinger and Payne Stewart.


That’s a lot of Pinehurst history in that game (Payne and Phil, Crenshaw AND Azinger, who also won here). And it’s telling to hear Payne’s confidence in Mickelson.


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