Pinehurst Activities & Recreation Archive

Jolly Ol’ St. Putter Boy…

He's been a very good boy this year.

He’s been a very good boy this year.

So, what do you think Putter Boy asked for?

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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 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.

For more information about Pinehurst’s best rates of the year, view below:

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Christmas Shopping at the Pinehurst Resort Retail Sale

It’s already early November, which means one thing around my house — no need to start Christmas shopping for another month at least.

OK, OK, so I wouldn’t suggest this annual policy for anyone else, but as a lifetime media member, sometimes I do my best work under the stress of a deadline.

But if I were ever to adopt a more sound practice for dealing with Christmas shopping for family and friends — and wife and daughter, wife and daughter, wife and daughter, and before I forget to mention them, my wife and daughter — this weekend provides me with the best opportunity of all. That’s because Pinehurst Resort is offering its annual end-of-season clearance retail sale this weekend in the St. Andrews Room of the Resort Club.  (Friday and Saturday, 9-5; Sunday 9-3)

So with that said, I’ve decided to take this ample opportunity and run with it. I’m going to mow down my Christmas list in a matter of a few hours. I’m giving myself a budget of $500. Let’s see what I can get with that:

Let’s go ahead and start working on my lovely wife. She always comes first, you know. Always. Every time. No matter what I say. Or do. Or don’t say. Or don’t do.

Let’s move on.

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Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance Iron Mike Rally Pre-Run [Video]

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance held its Iron Mike Rally Pre-Run, an event designed to work out the logistics of the 36-mile Iron Mike Rally to Fort Bragg the Concours will run in May 2013. Among the classics on display were a 1965 AC Cobra, a vintage 1937 Lincoln, a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC, a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and a cayenne-red custom 1962 Corvette convertible.

You can read more about the pre-run here and here. In addition to showcasing a sampling on the classic vehicles that will be on display at Pinehurst Resort from May 2-5 at the Main Post Parade field,  special media VIP, car owners and guests were treated to an emotional and uplifting tour of Fort Bragg, including stops at Range 37 and meetings with Special Forces soldiers. The group was also entertained by a moving performance by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus, of which highlights can be seen and heard here.

The Iron Mike Rally is named after the iconic “Iron Mike” statue, located near Fort Bragg headquarters, that represents all paratroopers past, present and future. Fort Bragg is home of the United States Army 82nd Airborne and Special Operations Forces and is one of the largest military complexes in the world, with approximately 57,000 military personnel, 11,000 civilian employees and 23,000 family members on site.

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