Pinehurst Activities & Recreation Archive

5 Favorite Activities for your Group

Meetings and groups of all types have been gathering at Pinehurst for more than a century. Whether you’re meeting in one of our ballrooms, golfing on our courses, unwinding in our Spa or just relaxing on the veranda, you’ll feel you’re in a special place at Pinehurst – a place your guests will never forget.

Here are five of our favorite activities for groups visiting Pinehurst, with a few hidden gems thrown in.

Take on one of the newest and coolest trends on the links!

1. Night-Light Golf

Just because the sun has set and the Carolina blue skies have waned does not mean golf at Pinehurst is done for the day. Treat your group to one of the newest and coolest trends on the links – Night-Light Golf. Our team of Pinehurst golf professionals will create a fun evening event for attendees of all abilities.

Experience world-class bass fishing with an experienced guide.

2. Outdoor Experience at King Fisher Society

Pinehurst has a storied history with outdoor sports, but today we take it up a notch with the  legendary King Fisher Society.

Treat your guests to an array of outdoor field sports at one of the area’s finest private sporting retreats. Just 45 minutes from Pinehurst, this 2,000-acre nature preserve features a 120-acre lake stocked with Bluegill and Bass, world-class sporting clays facilities, falconry and archery, along with instruction. If you like, we can also add orienteering, pontoon boat rides, kayaking or even quail hunting to your experience.


3. Historic Scavenger Hunt

As with most of our group activities, they can be modified for what works best for your team. Here are a couple of options that incorporate Pinehurst’s great history with the rush of competition.

The Amazing Pinehurst Race: Get to know the area by taking part in a number of mental and physical challenges. Teams can take advantage of our shuttle service or use a bike to get to each location. Those feeling adventurous may even race through the Village on foot.

Photo Frenzy: Instagram addicts will love this scavenger hunt. Clues will lead participants to a variety of locations throughout the Village. Upon arrivals, you’ll snap a picture of your entire team before moving on to the next clue.


4. Spa Workshops and Group Programs

The variety of programs offered by The Spa at Pinehurst only hints at the benefits it could have for your group.

Interested in treating your attendees to a few minutes of relaxation during their down time? We offer many abbreviated options of some of our most popular massage therapy treatments.

Pinehurst Golf Academy

5. Corporate Golf Instruction

The instructors at the Pinehurst Golf Academy are rated among the best in the world and include Kelly Mitchum, who can do this and this, all while regularly competing in the PGA Championship.

Imagine then, what they can do for your group of golfers.

Want to give your team the edge on the golf course? The instructors at our Golf Academy offer lessons, clinics and corporate golf schools. Our specialized programs can be customized for individuals or groups. On-course instruction can be included for an additional fee. The staff can also video golfers’ swings or create group-specific skills challenges to identify problem areas or highlight participants’ progress.

The Hidden Gems

Here are a few activities that might surprise you and your team.



Get active! Soar through the forest on eight different zip line cables. A highlight is a stop at a beautiful waterfall. Two or more trained guides accompany each group as they explore some of North Carolina’s most scenic wilderness areas. The experience includes 15 unique tree platforms, 3 canopy sky bridges and 3 spiral staircases.


Golf Genius Scoring

For a professional tournament experience, take your golf outing to a new level with custom packages created using our Golf Genius software to include any of the following add-ons:

  • Event website that displays itineraries, pairings, results, photo, messages, etc.
  • Live Scoring via Golf Genius Scoring app
  • Live TV leaderboards available in multiple locations
  • Branded printed materials including tee sheets, score cards, cart signs and locker room signs, bag tags and more.


Culinary Experience

Any foodies in your group? Get hands-on instruction from our talented culinary team, which can design experiences that feature southern style brunches, sushi, and food and wine combinations.


The Pinehurst Triathlon

If your team has a competitive streak, this is the activity for them. Our version of the triathlon includes activities at our golf facilities, tennis club and lawn sports greens. Each of the areas will test a variety of unique skills. Add a cash bar to your triathlon to celebrate along the way or at the finish line.


Make your own pottery

North Carolina is well known for its pottery, and your guests have the opportunity to work with them. Your guests will participate in a hands-on class with Seagrove Potter Bobbie Thomas. Groups will also visit three pottery locations to learn about the potters and of course, shop!  The pieces you guests create will be shipped directly to them once they have been glazed and fired. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

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Join us for Girl’s Spa Weekend next month

Save time to do a little shopping. The Village's historic buildings are now home to a variety of shops and boutiques that sell everything from olive oil to handmade gifts.

You’re invited to relax and reconnect with a Girl’s Spa Weekend March 11-13.

The weekend kicks off Friday, March 11 with a welcome reception at The Spa at Pinehurst. Take a tour of the 31,000 square-foot Spa, which includes a women’s relaxation area equipped with a whirlpool, sauna and steam room. A saline lap pool is the centerpiece of the main relaxation area.

Enjoy complimentary hand massages, chair massages and eye treatments during the reception. Wine and small bites will be served and guests will receive a goodie bag including luxurious BABOR skincare products.

Start Saturday on the right foot with breakfast in the beautiful Carolina Dining Room. Our famous breakfast buffet has everything from biscuits and gravy to yogurt and granola. Save room for a made-to-order omelet!

Explore a variety of unique shops and restaurants in the heart of the Village.

Explore a variety of unique shops and restaurants in the heart of the Village.

After breakfast, go on a historic walking tour or enjoy a yoga class.

A local expert will lead the walking tour that will begin at the Carolina Hotel and wind its way through the Village to points of interest such as the Holly Inn Tufts Archives and the Theater Building, which once hosted performances by stars like Will Rogers and Gloria Swanson.

Local instructor Christy Weaver will lead the yoga class, which uses slow flowing movements and stretching to improve balance, strength and flexibility. The class is suitable for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Mats will be provided.


Pamper yourself with one of our specialty massages.

Devote to rest of the afternoon to unwinding at The Spa. Each guest will receive a 50-minute treatment of their choice with options like the new Swe-Thai Massage and Detox Facial. Book additional services of 50 minutes or longer at 35 percent off.

After a day of pampering, you’ll be treated to a cooking class where they’ll learn how to turn a fresh Farmer’s Market haul into a tasty meal.

A Pinehurst chef will demonstrate how to make Olive Oil Poached Smoked Salmon with Citrus Quinoa and Curry Greek Yogurt. You’ll also learn how to make an Heirloom Tomato and Beet Sampler with Baby Wild Arugula topped with a Blackberry-Sorghum Vinaigrette and served with a Goat Cheese-Fig Crostini.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with breakfast followed by yoga. An extended checkout allows for extra time to explore the area.

Join us for the weekend. Click here to view rates and learn more. 

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Taste of the New South serves up good times

Labor Day weekend at Pinehurst was bursting with Southern flavor.

The Taste of the New South food and wine weekend kicked off Friday with a welcome reception introducing guests to a variety of world-class wines and exceptional craft beers. The event was in full swing when the fun migrated to the Pinehurst Fair Barn for the Carolina Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin.’

Fireside Collective’s bluegrass twang filled the Fair Barn as guests enjoyed roasted oysters, barbecue, smoked salmon and Southern classics like home-style macaroni and cheese. The evening wrapped up with the Sinfully Southern Dessert Bar, which included cocktails that were equally as sweet.

Chefs, winemakers, authors and food educators led 15 sessions that spanned Saturday and Sunday, offering guests an interactive learning experience. With sessions focused on wine, beer, spirits and food, our presenters served up something to suit all tastes.

The wine was the focal point of Saturday’s intimate Vintner’s Dinner presented by Acura. Each of the five courses was be expertly paired to complement the flavor profiles of the wine.

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Taste of the New South: An A to Z Guide

Fireside Collective will perform their unique blend of bluegrass music Friday during the Carolina Oyster Roast & Pig Pickin’.

Taste of the New South, a food & wine weekend, will kick off in just a few days. Here’s a quick guide to get your ready for the weekend. See you soon.


(Silent) Auction: Silent Auction bidding will take place throughout the weekend in the Marketplace and close out Sunday night during the Culinary Tour of Pinehurst. The auction benefits the culinary program at Pinehurst High School and the hospitality programs at Sandhills Community College.


Barbecue: The Pinehurst culinary team is cooking up a 120-pound pig and more than a dozen pork shoulders for Friday’s Carolina Oyster Road & Pig Pickin’ at the Historic Pinehurst Fair Barn. The N.C. BBQ station will be serving up vinegar-based, yellow mustard and blueberry barbecue sauces, while the Korean BBQ station will feature kalbi, gochujang and doenjang sauces.


Craft beer: Try a variety of beers from half a dozen breweries including North Carolina-based Highland Brewing and Mother Earth Brewing. Out-of-towners will want to be sure to try samples from Rail House Brewery, which is just up the road in Aberdeen.


Jake Wolf, chef and co-owner of Capital Club 16, will share his secrets to the ultimate brunch Saturday.


Demonstrations: Jake Wolf, chef and co-owner of Capital Club 16, will kick off the demonstrations with his Southern-Influenced, Old European-Style Brunch Demo on Saturday. Chef Brian Sonoskus will share a Taste of Tupelo Honey Café on Saturday afternoon.


Entertainment: The Asheville-based bluegrass band Fireside Collective will perform Friday during the Carolina Oyster Roast & Pig Pickin’. L Shape Lot, an Americana band based in country, rock, bluegrass and roots/folk music, will provide the music during Sunday’s Culinary Tour of Pinehurst.


Farm to fork: Our culinary team has scoured the region to find the best ingredients for Sunday’s Farm to Fork Brunch. Enjoy Southern breakfast and lunch specialties sourced from farmers within a 50-mile radius.

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Sommelier ready to talk wine, sake during Taste of the New South


Wine is her first love, but sake isn’t far behind.

Sara Guterbock, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, will share her knowledge of both beverages during Taste of the New South.

She’ll join Chef Dan Lewis, oyster educator and owner of Coastal Provisions, to present Wine & Brine, Oysters and Wine 101 on Saturday, Sept. 5. Guterbock said Lewis will share his extensive knowledge of oysters, including information about why they are a green food source and which types to eat raw versus baked.

Lewis will prepare five different oysters on the half shell for the audience to enjoy with a wine selection.

“We’ll discuss the science behind oyster and wine pairings – what makes it work, what makes it more difficult,” Guterbock said.

Guterbock said the two have selected a good variety of wines.

“Most people feel you’ve got to go with very classical pairings with oysters,” she said. “We’re going to do a couple of those, but we’ll also pair a raw oyster with red wine. I think it’s going to be pretty fascinating for people.”

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