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The Pinehurst Team-Building event for Golic & Wingo’s Leadership Retreat

You are running out of time to enter for a chance to win a spot in Golic & Wingo’s Leadership Retreat at Pinehurst, which includes airfare, premium accommodations, and rounds on famed Pinehurst No. 2 and the new short course, The Cradle.

But as the contest has been running, Mike Golic has wondered aloud about team-building events.

Well, we have one.

First, a little Pinehurst history.

As you probably know, Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open over a young Phil Mickelson after making a dramatic 15-foot putt for par. Every Sunday, Pinehurst places the hole location in that same spot to honor Payne.

For the Friday round on No. 2, we’ll have Payne’s hole location ready for the Golic & Wingo winners. Everyone can try to see if they can make the Payne Stewart putt.

Good luck.

For more info on how to enter, watch this:

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Mixing fun and business at Pinehurst

 

Many people come to Pinehurst seeking the respite of a premier golf getaway. Others, though, actually come for work – as a guest for a conference, meeting or group outing.

But that doesn’t mean the group guest has to miss out on all the fun. Here are a few of the best activities to mix fun with business.

 

So, the Golf…

Let’s go ahead and get this one out of the way. Not to be TOO obvious here, but as the Cradle of American Golf, Pinehurst offers one of the best golf experiences in the world. And with nine courses, Pinehurst can accommodate any group’s number of golfers.

But while the accolades always pour in about famed Pinehurst No. 2, or Pinehurst No. 8 and the coming Gil Hanse redesign of Pinehurst No. 4, the best thing about golf at Pinehurst is YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A GOLFER TO ENJOY THE GOLF AT PINEHURST.

That may feel a little daunting, but even if you’ve never played the game before, Pinehurst has made golf even more accessible in the last year. Here, you can play our fun, winding 18-hole putting course Thistle Dhu. Or if you want to swing a club, try the new 9-hole short course, The Cradle. It’s made for fun, whether you are an avid golfer or a beginner.

Lawn Bowls at Pinehurst

Staying Green

There’s nothing like the beauty in and around Pinehurst, so it is a place to enjoy the outdoors. Even before golf came here before the dawn of the 20th century, Pinehurst emerged first as an outdoor wellness retreat with its founding in 1895.

So if golf isn’t your thing, try your hand at another of our games like croquet or lawn bowls. There is play every day on the meticulously manicured croquet and lawn bowl courts that sit adjacent to Pinehurst’s stately clubhouse. Groups are always welcome, and brief lessons are also available. Every evening, the sun sets in view of the courts, making for a most perfect way to wind down a day with your colleagues.

The charming Village of Pinehurst

Tour the Village

While most think of Pinehurst as an iconic golf destination, the Village of Pinehurst actually preceded the first golf course in Pinehurst. Founder James Walker Tufts originally envisioned The Village as a beautiful, healthful, New England-style village.

Tufts knew his guests’ needs would be varied, so he decided to build an assortment of private cottages, rooming houses and hotels. By December of 1895, Tufts had built the Holly Inn and more than 25 cottages.

By 1901, The Carolina Hotel and many other cottages had been built, along with department stores, a fire department and livery stable. Most of the main buildings of The Village are still in existence and can be toured today with historic walking tours, carriage rides or the best kind of self-guided touring – shopping!

Take Your Pick

Just take a look at this link. You WILL have fun at Pinehurst.

Donald Ross, the famed golf architect who designed No. 2 and so many other courses around the country, once said that, “Golf should be a pleasure, not a penance.” So when you visit Pinehurst, even if it’s for a work gathering, we hope Mr. Ross’s sentiment holds true.

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The Pinehurst Fox Squirrel can now be yours

Finally, a Pinehurst Fox Squirrel who won’t steal the crackers out of your golf bag.

In the Golf Shop or online here, now you can buy a plush fox squirrel to bring home and keep on your desk, as something for your kids to snuggle with, or, perhaps, to keep in your golf bag for good memories and good luck. Each fox squirrel features the Putter Boy logo, which can be seen here.

As for the real thing, every Pinehurst guest seems to have a fox squirrel story.

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Here’s how you can join us for the Golic & Wingo Leadership Retreat

It all began with Trey shutting down Golic.

Then, Stugotz mentioned he likes having music while he plays golf.

So, we showed off The Cradle to ESPN.

Now, it’s on.

And you have a chance to join in.

Watch the video above for all the details. It was just this morning that Golic & Wingo announced the contest with Pinehurst.

How did the “Golic & Wingo Leadership Retreat” – or better known by its full name, “The Golic & Wingo Off-Site, Off-Hand Town Hall Leadership Retreat Strategy Session Golf Tournament” – come together?

It all started with this, when Golic THOUGHT he could slip a Pinehurst joke past Trey:

And now, the joke is on us.

We’ll see you at Pinehurst.

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The Pinehurst Trolley returns

Early in Pinehurst’s history, a trolley routinely brought guests from the nearby train station to hotels such as The Holly Inn and The Carolina Hotel. Now, based off the design of some of those original trolleys, Pinehurst Resort has brought back the trolley to add a unique transportation option for use around Pinehurst.

Here are a few fun facts about the new trolley, which began service this month:

  • The Pinehurst Trolley can seat 30 people comfortably.
  • It is a Villager Trolley model from Hometown Trolley out of Crandon, Wisconsin.

A vintage Pinehurst trolley. (Photo copyright Tufts Archives)

  • The new trolley combines the nostalgic trolley car service which welcomed visitors in the early 1900’s with the modern version of elegance, convenience and style within the Village of Pinehurst.
  • The trolley will be available for guest and member functions, such as weddings, corporate outings and special events. It can be also be used for daily service in and around the Village of Pinehurst.
  • A rear porch balcony provides a wonderful photo opportunity. Other exterior highlights include the traditional bell chime, accent lighting and the iconic Putter Boy logo.
  • Interior highlights include a surround sound system and LED lighting, customizable to different events, traditional hardwood flooring and waterfall slat seating, complimented by bead board ceiling and traditional rooftop cupola.
  • Pricing and information can be available by contacting Pinehurst Resort Transportation at 910.235.8465.

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