At The Cradle of American Golf, you’ll find a family vacation destination your kids can enjoy from the time they’re in a cradle too. There’s Lake Pinehurst with its sandy beaches, playgrounds and calm waters. There’s the pool complex where kids can splash and play while parents lounge. There’s delicious food around every corner, with items on every menu kids are sure to love.

And, of course, there are family-friendly golf activities for players of all ages and skill levels, from putting on Thistle Dhu to practicing your short game at The Cradle to teeing it up on one of our nine renowned golf courses. Kids under 17 play free with a parent, so make it a family affair and build your kids’ passion for golf at Pinehurst.

*Based on parent’s meal plan. A premium per child applies when playing No. 2 and No. 4. Kids 5 and under dine free and ages 6-17 dine at a la carte pricing. Kids 17 and under stay and golf for free when sharing a room with a parent.



Explore the fun of golf in our “front yard”.

Whether the kids – or the parents – are golfers or not, we hope everyone who visits Pinehurst can have some exposure to the game we love. It’s why the “front yard” of the main clubhouse is devoted to the fun of Pinehurst golf.

Putt-putt golf gets an upgrade at Thistle Dhu, our 18-hole putting course, filled with hills, bumps and valleys over a 75,000-square-foot green around the famed Putter Boy statue. Play is free, so just ask our starter for a few putters and golf balls, grab a scorecard and off you go.

Next door is The Cradle par-3 short course, featuring nine holes ranging from 45-120 yards. Perfect for every level of golfer and if there’s enough room, you can play as many loops as you’d like. Kids play free with a paying adult, so kick off your shoes, take in the tunes and enjoy.


Tator Tots and Treats with a view.

The Deuce, one of the best pubs in all of golf, overlooks the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2. Just this year, the Deuce extended its hours and expanded its menu to include dinner. It’s the perfect spot to cap your first day.


All-you-can-eat bliss.

Breakfast always starts at The Carolina Hotel’s breakfast buffet. All the traditional fixin’s, an omelet station, cereal, waffles – it’s all here. Everybody can be happy.


Choose your adventure.

For the golfing family:

You’ve come to the right place. Everyone knows about No. 2, and nothing compares to the crescendo of cheers you’ll hear as you walk up the 18th fairway while you wrap up the round of a lifetime with your kids. Believe us – the score won’t matter. If not everyone is ready for No. 2, there are eight other courses to choose from. Pinehurst No. 5 is fun, forgiving and one of our best-kept secrets.

Not a golfer?

Try out The Spa at Pinehurst, or lounge and play at the pool at The Carolina. Bike into the Village of Pinehurst – there are also kids-sized bikes available – or take in a day of shopping. Walk the Arboretum or bound over to the Camelot playground, a favorite of local families. Reserve a BMW Guest Drive for three hours and head over to nearby Southern Pines – a 5-minute drive – for more parks and shopping in another quaint small town.


Mix in with the locals for lunch anywhere in the Village, or try any of our casual restaurants like the new Carolina Vista Lounge or Pinehurst Brewing Co.


Fine dining and tall pies.

For dinner, enjoy a nice evening with the family at the Carolina Dining Room. Sure, it’s a tad more upscale, but there’s no jacket and tie requirement, and there’s always something for the kids.

Kids’ Choice

Don’t leave Pinehurst without trying – and seeing – the Mile High Key Lime Pie. Go big and order the brownie sundae, too.


Rocking chairs and relaxation.

Time tends to slow down at Pinehurst, so don’t feel like you have to rush off. Sit a spell. Wake up slowly and head to the Coffee House at The Carolina for a pastry and beverage. Kick back in a rocking chair on the veranda and take in the refreshing scent of the pines.


Stock up on the gear.

What didn’t you get to on Day 2? It’s all available again today. The golf, the Spa, the Village, the restaurants, The Cradle, Thistle Dhu again. On your way out, stop by the main golf shop at the Clubhouse or the gift shop at the Carolina and shop a wide selection of Putter Boy logo’d apparel, drink ware, golf accessories and more to commemorate your Pinehurst family trip.

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