Pinehurst Activities & Recreation Archive

Christmas at The Carolina

Pinehurst Resort’s famed Carolina Hotel has decked its halls with the holiday spirit. For more information about how you can join us in Pinehurst for the holidays, visit or call 1-800-Its-Golf.

A few fun facts regarding the holiday decorations around the Resort:

  • Nearly 2,500 yards of ribbon were used to decorate the hotel this year (That equals 1.42 miles)
  • More than 35 nutcrackers can be found in the Carolina.
  • More than 20 trees adorn the Carolina Hotel alone.
  • More than 20,000 lights twinkle within the Resort Christmas trees.
  • There are almost 550 poinsettias throughout the Carolina and more than 800 throughout the Resort.
  • The tree in the Conference Center holds 144 poinsettias.
  • The Main Lobby Tree is strung with 3,000 white lights
  • More than 2,500 feet of garland were used to adorn the inside and outside of the Carolina.

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Christmas Shopping at the Pinehurst Resort Retail Sale

It’s already early November, which means one thing around my house — no need to start Christmas shopping for another month at least.

OK, OK, so I wouldn’t suggest this annual policy for anyone else, but as a lifetime media member, sometimes I do my best work under the stress of a deadline.

But if I were ever to adopt a more sound practice for dealing with Christmas shopping for family and friends — and wife and daughter, wife and daughter, wife and daughter, and before I forget to mention them, my wife and daughter — this weekend provides me with the best opportunity of all. That’s because Pinehurst Resort is offering its annual end-of-season clearance retail sale this weekend in the St. Andrews Room of the Resort Club.  (Friday and Saturday, 9-5; Sunday 9-3)

So with that said, I’ve decided to take this ample opportunity and run with it. I’m going to mow down my Christmas list in a matter of a few hours. I’m giving myself a budget of $500. Let’s see what I can get with that:

Let’s go ahead and start working on my lovely wife. She always comes first, you know. Always. Every time. No matter what I say. Or do. Or don’t say. Or don’t do.

Let’s move on.

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Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance Iron Mike Rally Pre-Run [Video]

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance held its Iron Mike Rally Pre-Run, an event designed to work out the logistics of the 36-mile Iron Mike Rally to Fort Bragg the Concours will run in May 2013. Among the classics on display were a 1965 AC Cobra, a vintage 1937 Lincoln, a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC, a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and a cayenne-red custom 1962 Corvette convertible.

You can read more about the pre-run here and here. In addition to showcasing a sampling on the classic vehicles that will be on display at Pinehurst Resort from May 2-5 at the Main Post Parade field,  special media VIP, car owners and guests were treated to an emotional and uplifting tour of Fort Bragg, including stops at Range 37 and meetings with Special Forces soldiers. The group was also entertained by a moving performance by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus, of which highlights can be seen and heard here.

The Iron Mike Rally is named after the iconic “Iron Mike” statue, located near Fort Bragg headquarters, that represents all paratroopers past, present and future. Fort Bragg is home of the United States Army 82nd Airborne and Special Operations Forces and is one of the largest military complexes in the world, with approximately 57,000 military personnel, 11,000 civilian employees and 23,000 family members on site.

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82nd Airborne All-American Chorus [Video]

As part of the Pinehurst Concours D’Elegance Iron Mike Rally pre-run on Tuesday, the media group and car owners were treated to an incredible day touring Fort Bragg, including stops at Range 37 and visiting with Special Forces soldiers. Among the events, guests enjoyed a moving performance by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus. Check the video for a sample of the emotional and uplifting show.

You can’t miss the entrance chant, but for sure, don’t miss the exit chant. They are packaged below:

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USTA Tennis at Pinehurst – 90 Years Young [Video]

Last week, Pinehurst Tennis Club hosted the USTA National Men’s 70, 85 and 90-plus Clay Court Championships. Dozens of the top older tennis players in the country descended on Pinehurst to try to earn one of the coveted gold balls, handed out to players who win USTA championships.

One of the most well-attended and fervent matches was the 90s-plus Doubles Championship, pitting Santa Barbara, Calif.’s Robert Sherman, who’s won an incredible — and record — 127 gold balls in his tennis career, and Raleigh’s James Clavesse versus William Kuntz, of Mandeville, La., and W.T. Mathis, of Johnson City, Tenn.

Robert Sherman USTA

Robert Sherman, 92, won another USTA gold ball in Pinehurst.

In a match played with vehement competitive spirit – a racket may have been tossed clayward here and there, and Clavesse may have let out an audible “Ah, c’mon!” (check the video) — the match left spectators, tournament officials and other players in awe at the play, talent and ability of the four players, who returned to play in the 90s singles tournament a day later. For the record, Sherman/Clavesse defeated Kuntz/Mathis 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-2.

And please, please…

Please, don’t miss the dap.

(The fist bumps, y’all.)

So, what do you think you’ll be doing at 90?

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