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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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Sean Walsh wins the 115th North & South Amateur

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Sean Walsh stands with the coveted Putter Boy trophy after winning the 115th North & South Amateur Championship on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

Walsh defeats medalist and top seed George Cunningham 3 & 1 on Pinehurst No. 2

Match Play Bracket

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – If you only followed the top half of the North & South field last year, you likely missed Sean Walsh. And he wouldn’t blame you.

“Oh, we made a trip last year,” Walsh said of his first appearance in the North & South. “We didn’t really play golf. I don’t know what that was called.”

A pair of 76s meant Walsh’s trip from the Pacific Northwest was a short one; the Gonzaga golfer didn’t even make the 36-hole cut.

But, even in his first, albeit brief, visit to Pinehurst, Walsh learned something – something very valuable when it comes to golf at Pinehurst.

“It was a lot thinking you could hit a shot like…Say, you have a back-left pin,” Walsh explained. “I learned my lesson very quickly as far as when I came back: if you have a back-left pin, you don’t hit it at the back-left pin.

Walsh took that advice to heart throughout the week on Donald Ross’ legendary Pinehurst No. 2, playing a masterful round of golf to beat George Cunningham 3 & 1 to win the 115th North & South Amateur Championship on Friday afternoon. … Continue Reading

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Pinehurst celebrates Independence Day

At Pinehurst, we celebrate Fourth of July in a big way.

That’s why you’ll see 24 American flags flying atop the main clubhouse. It’s a sight that will fill you with pride and patriotism. If you can’t stop by to see them this weekend, check out some of our photos.

 

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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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Top-seeded Cunningham fights his way to North & South semifinal

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George Cunningham looks over a putt on Pinehurst No. 2 during the quarterfinals of the 115th North & South Amateur. (Photo by Sarah Campbell)

No. 2 seed Clark Engle cruises while third-seeded Ben Griffin suffers tough loss

Match Play Bracket

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Nobody had a tougher day over two matches than George Cunningham.

Unless you count Henry Do.

Cunningham, the top seed after stroke play in the 115th North & South Amateur, needed all 18 holes in both of his matches on Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday, edging both 16th seed Andrew Novak and upstart Chun an Yu 1-up to advance to Friday’s semifinals.

“I definitely had to work for it,” said Cunningham, the only player Thursday to play the 18th twice.

While his match with Novak was up and down, Cunningham never trailed, but never wrestled away control until a birdie on the 17th hole. A matching par on 18 was enough to close out Novak, who had survived a four-hole, six-man playoff late Wednesday to earn the final match play seed in the championship.

The afternoon round against Yu was a different story. Cunningham trailed three times, only to come back with birdies on 7, 9 and 11 to square the match. Finally, with a birdie on 14, Cunningham took the lead on the reigning Western Junior champion, but still had to answer the 16-year-old bomber, making a 7-footer for birdie to halve the 16th before holing a slick downhill 4-footer on 17 for par to stay 1-up. … Continue Reading

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