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It takes a Village – The Carolina Hotel Gingerbread Village [Video]

The Carolina Hotel’s Pinehurst Gingerbread Village took over 100 hours to complete, from the hotel carpenters building the village’s sub-structure to the detailed work done by Pinehurst Resort Pastry Chef Joey Norombaba and his bake shop team, which includes Bake Shop Supervisor Samantha Duffy, who is seen in this video with Chef Norombaba. A total of 12 artists from the bake shop and the kitchen began work on the village the day after Halloween.

The display consists of The Carolina Hotel, the Village Chapel and four residential homes near The Carolina.

It took 24 hours to erect the Gingerbread Village in its final location in The Carolina Hotel lobby.

Items used to complete the structures include:

  • 400 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 6 gallons of egg whites
  • 3 quarts of lemon juice
  • 40 pounds of rolled fondant
  • 4 pounds of pretzels
  • 3 cups of green food coloring
  • 150 pounds of house-baked gingerbread
  • 5 pounds of dark chocolate
  • 10 pounds of various candies

The Pinehurst Resort Culinary and Engineering teams would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. The public is invited to come to The Carolina to view the amazing work done by Pinehurst Resort’s team.

 

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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 www.pinehurst.com 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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Don Padgett II vs. Kelly Mitchum – “The Thistle Dhuel”

Pinehurst President Don Padgett II hits a putt on Thistle Dhu as Pinehurst golf professional Kelly Mitchum looks on.

Pinehurst President Don Padgett II hits a putt on Thistle Dhu as Pinehurst golf professional Kelly Mitchum looks on.

This weekend on the Thistle Dhu putting course, Pinehurst Resort hosted the first Moore County Putting Championship. With the proceeds benefiting the area’s Young Life program, competitors were encouraged to pay a $10 entry fee during two qualifying rounds. The four lowest scores and ties in a men’s and women’s division would square off in the finals on Sunday afternoon.

During a break in Friday’s qualifier, though, a little conversation sprang up between Pinehurst President Don Padgett II and decorated Pinehurst golf professional Kelly Mitchum. Padgett talked of his best round on the putting course, a tidy 37 on the 18-hole course like few have ever seen before.

Soon, a friendly wager was in the offing. Could Mitchum tie the 37? How would the two fare in an impromptu head-to-head match?

“Give me a minute to go grab my putter,” Mitchum said.

“Yes, get your putter,” Padgett quipped. “We don’t need any excuses.”

The Thistle Dhuel was on.*

*Watching these two play the course, there was a lot to be gleaned for someone who wants to post a score. In fact, there’s a video below that will give a player an immediate leg up.

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Between the Pines – Fall Scenes at Pinehurst

While Pinehurst is known for its stately pines, when Autumn does its annual splashes of color, the vibrant hues only seem to shine more brilliantly against the backdrop of southern blue skies and towering evergreens.

Here are a few recent shots from around the Resort Club and adjacent golf courses:

The Resort Club at Pinehurst

The Resort Club at Pinehurst

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2012 Pro-Member Palumbo Cup [Video]

The Pro-Member Palumbo Cup, the first tournament of its kind at Pinehurst Resort, was competed at The Centennial, Pinehurst No. 8, on Monday, Nov. 12. The event was played in conjunction with Pinehurst’s annual Palumbo Cup, a match play tournament among the two dozen Pinehurst golf professionals played in honor of the late Frank Palumbo, a revered pro at Pinehurst.

The Pro-Member Palumbo Cup featured 17 five-player teams, each featuring a Pinehurst golf pro and four members. Among the golf pros participating in the inaugural event was PGA Tour veteran and Pinehurst member Darron Stiles, who is the all-time money-winner on the Web.com Tour and will return to the PGA Tour in 2013.

“This is a pretty unique event,” said Pinehurst President Donald Padgett II. “I don’t know of another club that can feature as many golf professionals, including a PGA Tour pro, for an event like this one.”

2012 Pinehurst Pro-Member Palumbo Cup

2012 Pinehurst Pro-Member Palumbo Cup

The winning team, with a 60, was Geoff Lynch’s group, which included members Howard Milligan, Howard Schwartz, Hugh Menzies and Ronald Center. Placing second with a 62 was Shannon Smith’s group (featured in the last highlight clip above), which included David McNeill, Charles Terrill, Jerome Phelps and Joyce McWane. In third, also with a 62, was Kyle Fera’s group (featured at 1:00 in the video), which included Richard Moss, Pat Milligan, Patricia Williamson and Liz McClain.

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