Pinehurst Activities & Recreation Archive

Add fishing to your Pinehurst experience

120-acre private Richmond Hill Lake is world-known for bass and bluegill fishing.

Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or a novice angler, a day on the water at the King Fisher Society is a great way to add a little adventure to your Pinehurst trip. 

The one-of-a-kind fishery and nature preserve is home to Richmond Mill Lake, one of the elite bluegill and bass fishing sites in the world. Tucked away in the Sandhills of North Carolina, it’s just 30 minutes from Pinehurst.

Pinehurst guests can enjoy half a day with a dedicated fishing guide on the 120-acre lake described by The Texas Sporting Journal as “one of the top destinations in the United States for anyone who loves fishing.”

"Once we even doubled on bluegills, with a pair of two plus-pound slabsides in the net at once.”  -Mike Altizer, Sporting Classics“We feel like Pinehurst and King Fisher Society are kindred spirits. Pinehurst offers the absolute best golf in North America and we feel like we offer the best fishing in North America,” says Jim Morgan, King Fisher Society’s president and chief executive officer. “The fact that we’re so close in proximity makes it a natural partnership.”

“The service and expertise at King Fisher Society is exceptional, and we are delighted to be able to offer our guests an opportunity to add such a tremendous experience to their visit to Pinehurst,” says Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “Richmond Mill Lake is nationally recognized for its unparalleled excellence, and its natural, beautiful setting creates an incredible atmosphere for a special day on the water.”

“Fishing is more fun if you’re catching fish and fishing is even more fun when you’re catching big fish.”
– Jim Morgan, President of
King Fisher Society

Protected from the fishing pressure placed on most waterways, Richmond Mill Lake is family-owned and carefully managed by renowned biologist Bob Lusk, ensuring angling in a peaceful and beautiful environment. The area was recently named as one of the “50 Great American Places to Visit” by Men’s Journal and is known for its status as a world-class fishery for bluegill and bass.

“Recently, a guy caught two Richmond Mill bluegills larger than three pounds,” says Lusk. “Those are quickly becoming a huge reason to visit King Fisher and are garnering national attention, much more than the fantastic bass fishing. This bluegill fishery is snowballing into something which could be significant in the fishing world. The difference between a normal 8- or 9-inch bluegill that weighs half a pound and these 3-foot-long monsters is like comparing a paper airplane to a fighter jet. Try to rein in a fighter jet on 4-pound-test line on an ultralight.” Enjoy a 1/2 day fishing with an experienced guide.

It is an experience unlike any other.

“Fishing is more fun if you’re catching fish and fishing is even more fun when you’re catching big fish,” Morgan says. “Here, it’s totally unique. On a public reservoir, you’ll never be able to catch the size of fish and the volume of fish you can catch at Richmond Mill Lake.”

For additional information, including rates, click here. This package is available during July and August only and may be reserved by calling 800.487-4653.

           

 

 

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5 can’t miss July 4th activities at Pinehurst

Fourth of July weekend kicks off Friday at Pinehurst with a full day of activities planned for the entire family. Celebrate with a trip to Lake Pinehurst for a little fun in the sun or enjoy the comfort of the indoors at the Family Activity Center.

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite activities below, but you can view the entire schedule here.

Sandcastle competitions

Bring your imagination and get ready to build. Competitions get underway at noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Start brainstorming a unique design now!

Falconry with Chip 

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Join Chip in the Stevens/Taylor Room for a fascinating falconry session from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. You’ll get to see birds of prey like the peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, Harris hawk, owls and more during this interactive learning experience. Chip will share his knowledge of these unique birds and give you a chance to see them fly!

Patriotic concert

Get in the spirit with patriotic tunes courtesy for the Moore County Concert Band. The complimentary concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Ballroom. Seating is limited, so arrive early to nab a good spot!

Fireworks and more

July4thIceCreamJoin us at the main clubhouse for a festive evening that includes live music, face painting and a complimentary ice cream sundae bar. The fun gets underway at 7 p.m. Saturday. Stick around for the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Beach Blanket Bingo

Stop by Lake Pinehurst to play this classic game with a twist. Both children and adults will love playing this one. Play from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

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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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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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