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Sip & Savor your Labor Day weekend at our Taste of the New South Festival

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Pinehurst’s food and wine festival sure to delight guests with southern food, prestige wines and craft beer

Pinehurst Resort will host Taste of the New South, a food & wine weekend, Sept. 4-7. The Labor Day weekend event will feature mouth-watering southern fare, a vast portfolio of prestige wines and even a craft beer brewed exclusively for the event.

“The South is known for its unique tastes and traditions, and the programming for the festival is designed to celebrate them all,” said Ed Peckels, Pinehurst Resort’s Director of Food & Beverage. “Guests can choose from more than a dozen tastings, culinary demonstrations and interactive events over the course of the weekend.

Overnight packages are $299 per night at the majestic Carolina Hotel and include all events and activities. Guests can save 10 percent by booking a three-night package. For a complete list of events, guest chefs, featured wineries and breweries, please visit TasteOfTheNewSouth.com.

For a full schedule of events, please go here.

For a full selection of guest chefs, please go here.

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5 things to do at Lake Pinehurst

We know most of you come to Pinehurst for the golf, but if you want to spend a day off the course there’s plenty to do out at Lake Pinehurst.

The 200-acre private lake opens for the season Saturday. Here are a few things you can do during a day at the Lake.

Go fishing

For just $7.50 you can rent a fishing rod and spend the entire day out at the Lake. Catch everything from largemouth bass to catfish.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fishing at Lake Pinehurst.

Take to the water

Explore the Lake from one of our kayaks, canoes or boats. Rent a kayak or canoe for $25 an hour. Jon boats are $30 for four hours and pontoon boats cost $55 an hour.

Enjoy kayaking or stand up paddle boarding on Lake Pinehurst.

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Just another perfect Pinehurst day…

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Welcome back to Pinehurst.

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Solomon Trophy competition underway at Pinehurst

The croquet equivalent of the Ryder Cup is taking place at Pinehurst this weekend.

The Solomon Trophy, which pits the United States against Great Britain, is being held at the main clubhouse through Monday.

Six of the best players from each country take part in the competition, which includes 12 doubles and nine singles matches. The winner of each match is awarded one point. The first to reach 11 becomes the champion.

Four of the players representing the U.S. live right here in North Carolina.

“You’d never know it, but North Carolina is a hotbed for croquet, which is kind of an oxymoron,” said Tournament Director Mike Taylor, a member of the Pinehurst Croquet Club.

This year marks the 22rd time the match has been played since its inception in 1985 and the first time it’s been hosted at Pinehurst. The United States has won just twice.

“The British team has dominated to say the least,” Taylor said.

It’s not hard to see why the Brits are so good at croquet. The sport was born on the British Isles during the mid-19th century. The United States Croquet Association wasn’t formed until 1977 even though the sport has long been a popular American pastime.

“Here in the United States pretty much every country club is built around golf,” Taylor said. “They have a few of those in Britain, but most of the country clubs there are built around croquet, so people start playing at a young age.”

David Maugham, a member of the British team, picked up the sport when he was a preteen.

“Historically, (the Solomon Trophy) was a way to developing the game in America,” he said. “There wasn’t a huge pool of players at first, so we dominated for the first 20 years because of that disparity.”

But as the game has gained popularity in America, its teams have continued to get better.

“Croquet still isn’t a huge sport in this country, but it’s a lot bigger than people realize,” said Taylor, who has been playing for seven years. “It’s a really great game.”

Maugham, a 30 year veteran of the sport, is drawn to the mental aspect of croquet.

“I quite like the fact that the game is more about playing yourself than it is about playing the opponent,” he said. “It has a healthy tactical element in that you have to think about where you want to balls to go so it’s most advantageous to you and least advantageous to your opponent.”

Pete Trimmer, another British player, enjoys the complexity of the game.

“It’s got a really good balance between physical, tactical and psychological skills,” he said. “There’s arguably no better mix of those three in any other game.”

Croquet is offered to all Pinehurst members. The club plays at 9 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They teach clinics to those interested in joining Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Meet the Solomon Trophy Players.

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1919 Pierce-Arrow named Best in Show during 2015 Pinehurst Concours

Robert Jepson Jr. of Savannah, Georgia took home the top prize at the 3rd annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance with his 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer.

The vehicle was customized by Don Lee Coach & Bodyworks in Los Angeles for the famous silent movie actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.

It has the largest engine made for automobiles at that time, sporting 6 cylinders and 825 cubic inch displacement. Its tires, including side mounts, are all white and measure 6 x 36. The car stands 7 feet tall at its highest point.

The car receives a total “nuts and bolts” restoration in 2007 by Lon Kruger of Scottsdale, Arizona.

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