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Pinehurst legend Willie McRae enshrined in Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame

Legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae was enshrined in the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame over the weekend, celebrating McRae’s rich life and over seven decades of caddying in Pinehurst.

With more than 40 friends and family looking on, McRae spoke at the CGA’s Annual Meeting, regaling the audience and those around him that evening with several of the stories that have made McRae one of Pinehurst’s lasting figures. The CGA also produced the video above, featuring some of Willie’s best stories while noting his historic legacy at Pinehurst.

McRae’s legendary time at Pinehurst traces much of the area’s rise in the annals of American golf. He has caddied for five presidents, for celebrities from Mickey Mantle to Michael Jordan and many of golf’s greatest figures, including Donald Ross, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead.

“I’ve always been thankful to be able to work at a place like Pinehurst,” McRae said. “Everybody’s always been so nice to me. They’ve always made me think I was the important person.”


Willie McRae is pictured with his CGA Hall of Fame plaque. McRae’s image will be placed with all of the members on the CGA Hall of Fame Wall in The Carolina Hotel. (photo courtesy of the CGA.)

McRae is one of just two living participants of the 1951 Ryder Cup, which was contested at Pinehurst. He has caddied in several of golf’s greatest championships, ranging from the Ryder Cup to multiple U.S. Opens and U.S Women’s Opens. A great player in his own time, in the 1950s the U.S. Army stationed McRae at Fort Dix instead of shipping him overseas, installing him as the captain of the golf team.

“Willie always says that everybody is somebody, that everyone has a right to be treated well,” said Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “But what we all know is that Willie has always been one of the most important people at Pinehurst.”

“It’s a very proud moment for the Carolinas Golf Association,” said G. Jackson Hughes Jr., the chairman of the CGA Hall of Fame selection committee. “Willie McRae has meant so much to so many people for so many years here at Pinehurst. It’s a well-deserved award.”


Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae speaks at the induction ceremony of the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy of the CGA).

“It’s nice to know that with his enshrinement into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame, Willie’s picture will be on the Hall of Fame wall in The Carolina Hotel forever,” Pashley said. “To know that his family will always be able to walk by that photo and see how much Willie has meant to the game of golf is really special.”

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Buy Willie McRae’s memoir “On the Bag”

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This weekend, legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae will receive another well-earned honor when he is enshrined in the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to the honor, McRae’s portrait will hang in The Carolina Hotel on the wall honoring all of the CGA Hall-of-Famers.

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Why is McRae a Hall-of-Famer? It’s all in his fantastic book, On The Bag, which you can purchase directly from Pinehurst, where McRae has caddied for more than seven decades. On The Bag is an engaging and entertaining journey of McRae’s life and times on and off the links. His career at Pinehurst parallels the great history of the game of golf. McRae has caddied for five presidents, celebrities from Michael Jordan to Mickey Mantle and many of golf’s greatest players, including Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead.

Just two living participants of the 1951 Ryder Cup, which was contested at Pinehurst, McRae remembers looping for the legendary Donald Ross on Ross’s crown jewel, Pinehurst No. 2. In On The Bag, McRae recounts in rich detail many of those moments and the profound effects they’ve had on one of Pinehurst’s most enduring figures in its history.

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New Chef & Maker Series weekends kick off in May

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The team here at Pinehurst is excited to be launching a new culinary series celebrating North Carolina’s best culinarians and creatives.

The Chef & Maker Series will features three award-winning North Carolina chefs showcasing their unique talents alongside a variety of artisan makers.

The first weekend, May 12-14, features acclaimed Charlotte chef Clark Barlowe (Heirloom Restaurant), then July 7-9, James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen (Death and Taxes, Poole’s Diner, etc.) of Raleigh, and finally James Beard-nominated Asheville chef Katie Button (Nightbell and Curate) Sept. 15-17.

“Pinehurst has a long and storied history as a festive and comfortable setting for unique culinary events and we enjoy these types of collaborations,” says Pinehurst’s Executive Chef Thierry Debailleul. “They often result in the most rewarding experiences for both the visiting chefs and our guests.”

The weekends each kick off with the Pinehurst culinary team hosting dinners inspired by the cuisine of the featured chef. Events will include a pig pickin’, comfort food or Spanish tapas. The Friday night events will be open to the general public and tickets are available for $70 per person at

Each Chef & Maker weekend offers its own unique schedule, including interactive demonstrations, informative workshops, chef dinners and more. Christensen and Button will also be signing their recently released cookbooks: “Poole’s Diner” (Ten Speed Press) and “Curate” (FlatIron Books) for guests.

View chef bios, complete weekend itineraries and package details at or call 888-832-5890 for more information.

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Treat yourself to a Seasons of Love Massage

Pamper yourself with one of our specialty massages.

Our latest seasonal massage is inspired by the warm feelings and comfy scents of Valentine’s Day. 

During this 50 minute service, our therapist will blend FarmHouse Fresh’s Whoopie! Cream Shea Butter with a cinnamon-spiced massage oil  to create a luxurious Swedish massage.

The treatment ends with a touch of ultra-hydrating Honey Heel Glaze to pamper the feet.

Treat yourself to the Seasons of Love Massage for a limited time by calling 855-878-5077 and asking for the seasonal massage.


Whoopie! Cream Shea ButterThis shea butter whip is sprinkled with natural vanilla and citrus oils. The supple butters and Vitamin E-packed Jojoba and Soybean oils calm even the severest of dry skin.

Red Hot Body Oil: This vitamin-rich bath and body oil brings an instantly silky, soothing feel to skin, with a sultry-sweet red hot cinnamon fragrance. It imparts wonderful benefits to skin as Grapeseed and Olive Fruit oils have powerful antioxidants which diminish the damaging effects of sun, enhance the synthesis of healthy collagen and elastin and improve skin’s texture.

Honey Heel Glaze:  This honey-based serum seals in moisture and brings rich color back to tired feet. Fragranced with velvety cinnamon notes, sweet cloves and actual honey, it’s been called the Instant Pedicure.

NOTE: Stop by The Spa at Pinehurst to sample and purchase a variety of FarmHouse Fresh products.

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Pinehurst’s new TV commercials

Pinehurst has three new commercials that will air this year. Which one is your favorite – Walking With Hogan, A Round With Ross or Pinehurst’s Vintage Greens? You can vote below after watching all three commercials.

Walking With Hogan

A Round With Ross

Vintage Pinehurst Greens

Walking With Hogan
35 Vote
A Round With Ross
22 Vote
Vintage Pinehurst Greens
28 Vote

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