Pinehurst Heritage Archive

Inside look: Decorating the Carolina Hotel for Christmas

The Carolina Hotel is so meticulously decorated for Christmas, one might think a merry gang of elves sneak in at night to trim the trees and deck the halls.

In reality, the bulk of the work is done by just two women.

Starting the first Monday of November, Mallory Caddell and Taylor Dykeman begin turning the historic hotel into a winter wonderland.

It takes more than three full weeks of decorating and months of preparation to pull off the annual transformation.

Take a look at the process.


While most people are gearing up to celebrate our nation’s independence, Mallory and Taylor have Christmas on the brain. The women use the Fourth of July as their jumping off point to start planning for the holiday season.

By the end of the month, they typically have nailed down a theme for each of the hotel’s Christmas trees.

While a few of the trees stay the same, most are updated each year.

“We want to keep tradition and some of the favorite trees available to our guests, but we also want to have new trees that have never been done before,” said Mallory, the Resort’s recreation manager. “We’re both pretty creative people, so that helps.”

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Marshall Park honors accomplished Army general


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Marshall Park now has a more prominent location at the corner of N.C. 2 and Carolina Vista Drive.

Thousands of people have walked past the 10,000 pound granite monument since it was erected in 1959.

Those who have stopped to read the inscription know the stone pays homage to George Catlett Marshall.

The U.S. Army general resided in Pinehurst from 1952 until his death in 1959.

During that time, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to restore Europe’s economy following World War II. You may remember learning about the Marshall Plan during history class.

After serving as Chief of Staff, he was tapped for Secretary of State. He went on to become the President of the Red Cross and Secretary of Defense.

Resort officials celebrated Marshall’s role in history by placing the monument on the property in 1959 and naming the area around it Marshall Park.

It was moved in 1972 to make way for the tennis courts. Last year, it was relocated to a more prominent location at the corner of N.C. 2 and Carolina Vista Drive.

Dozens of people gathered Friday morning to re-dedicate the monument and park, paying tribute to Marshall’s leadership.

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Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, speaks Friday during the ceremony.

“General Marshall is by far one of the most decorated Americans who has ever lived,” said Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army Chief of Staff.

Marshall said the park’s new location is special because it’s easy to access by foot or car.

“Village officials and residents, the (Pinehurst) Community Trust and Resort worked together to ensure the park’s prominence for decades to come,” he said. “They did this to educate all those who visit Pinehurst and really honor the legacy of service which General Marshall is known.”

“General Marshall is by far one of the most decorated Americans who has ever lived.” – Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army Chief of Staff.

Odierno said Marshall and his wife, Katherine, were active members of the community, attending services at the Village Chapel and taking in movies in Southern Pines. They bought a one-story cottage on Linden Road in 1944 after a stay at the Carolina Hotel.

“They would host guests, both local and famous, at Liscombe Lodge,” he said. “But it was not for the fame that the Marshalls moved to Pinehurst, it was the sense of belonging that (they) felt here from the start. The warmth, the congeniality and the patriotism they felt every single day best defined this wonderful community of Pinehurst.”

Pinehurst native Marty McKenzie, a local history buff, said he hopes the monument’s new home will make it more accessible to both residents and visitors.

“Hopefully, we will see Scouts, schools and civic groups visit the stone and be inspired to learn more about our wonderful American history,” he said.

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Members of the Army Ground Forces Band’s Brass Quintet play before the re-dedication ceremony gets underway.

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Your best memories of Payne Stewart


Our hearts grew about three sizes Saturday as we read your favorite memories of the late Payne Stewart.

Your posts proved Payne was far more than just a great golfer. He was a devoted father and husband, a thoughtful friend, a quiet mentor and a frequent prankster.

Check out a few of the best Payne stories and feel free to leave your own memories in the comment section below.


“I was just a 12 year old, brand new to golf. I watched Payne’s epic run at the U.S. Open with my grandfather, who had gotten me into the game. I had no idea at the time what I was witnessing. I thought so much of Payne Stewart and his style that I wanted to wear knickers when I played golf. My mother and I looked high and low for some to no avail. Not long after, the plane accident happened. I shed some tears when the news broke. He was my first golfing idol. Remembering the day my gramps and I watched that final round at Pinehurst is a very treasured memory of mine as he passed away a few years ago.”
-Tyler Garten

“As Payne came down the steps to sign his score card, I got to High Five him and say, “Happy Fathers Day, Payne!” His reply, ‘This is the greatest Fathers Day ever!'”
Pat Collins

“Growing up with him in Springfield, Missouri and having the pleasure of playing golf with him a lot. I served as an honorary pall bearer at his funeral. I had the honor of playing in the 2013 North South at Pinehurst. I finished 12th, but had a wonderful time and loved seeing all the wonderful treasures around the resort.”
-Stephany Jackson Powell

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“While I was working for Arnold Palmer at North Port National Golf Club in Osage Beach, Missouri, we were having a grand opening featuring Payne, Arnold, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino in a televised Michelob Skins Classic. I was fortunate enough to give Payne a ride on a golf cart from 17 green to 18 tee. It was only a couple hundred yards, but we chatted a bit. When we arrived at the tee, he shook my hand and thanked me for the ride. He was a real class act, his death was a hard blow to the great game of golf.”
-Hal Hogan

“I saw and talked to him at the Buick Open many years ago. He was so charming and loved his fans. He talked about his haircut and his golf game, and was easy to approach.
-Brenda Schoener

“Watched Payne take a 10 at the par 3 12th hole at Muirfield Village. He always had a smile on his face and laughing with the crowd as the score on the hole increased. Class act.
– Jeffrey Mascolo


We lost Payne Stewart 15 years ago today. What are your favorite memories of the golf legend? We like this one.

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“At the Ryder Cup in Brookline during a practice round he walked up behind a little boy, put his arm around his shoulders and walked away about 10 yards. The boy thought it was his dad, so when he saw it was Payne he was so excited. Payne was very gracious. I will never forget that image of him.”

“The story of him filling Paul Azinger’s shoes with bananas after Zinger holed a bunker shot to beat him. Zinger was out doing all of the winner’s duties and Payne paid a clubhouse attendant to open Azinger’s locker. Zinger didn’t have a clue but immediately knew who was responsible. Great player, better man.”

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We miss you, Payne

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It’s been almost 15 years since we lost Payne Stewart. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of his death, but he had one heck of a life.

Take a look back on Stewart’s personal and professional trials and triumphs by watching “Love & Payne.” The short documentary by ESPN’s Hannah Storm offers an intimate glance at the golf legend’s life and unexpected death.

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Pinehurst’s Back-to-Back Opens – and what they mean for the game of golf

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Martin Kaymer celebrates after winning the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by the USGA)

When the USGA’s Mike Davis looks back on the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, what does he see? Two of the most important weeks in the long history of the U.S. Open and the USGA


USGA Executive Director Mike Davis is a keen historian of golf and says when asked to talk about the most memorable and important U.S. Opens in history, he thinks of 1900 at Chicago Golf Club, where Harry Vardon won his first Open—“That was the one that took the Open from a small, mostly regional event into a national and international competition,” Davis says.

He thinks of 1913 at Brookline, when American Francis Ouimet bested the top players from Great Britain —“The game had been dominated by players from the U.K., and here an unknown American wins. It was the kickoff of the great American golfer,” Davis says.

He thinks of Arnold Palmer winning at Cherry Hills in 1960, beating an aging Ben Hogan and a young Jack Nicklaus; of Nicklaus and Tom Watson winning at Pebble in 1972 and ’82, respectively; and of Tiger Woods’ playoff win over Rocco Mediate on a broken leg at Torrey Pines in 2008.

“In a few years from now, I think we’ll look back on the 114th U.S. Open and the 69th Women’s Open and say that in a lot of ways, it was a seminal moment in the game of golf.” – Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director

And he’ll now think of the two weeks in June 2014 at Pinehurst No. 2, when Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie won back-to-back the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open.

“We saw this year we don’t have to have real narrow fairways, we don’t have to have to have long, rough grass to have successful U.S. Opens,” Davis says. “In a few years from now, I think we’ll look back on the 114th U.S. Open and the 69th Women’s Open and say that in a lot of ways, it was a seminal moment in the game of golf and championship golf and sustainability of the game. These two weeks will rank right up there with the best ever.

“We have to celebrate how well Martin Kaymer played and how Michelle Wie won her first major championship. It was a great story on water use and a great story of the restoration of one of the great golf courses in the country—in the world, for that matter. It’s going to be hard to give these two weeks enough accolades for what they’re going to mean to the game.”

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