Pinehurst News

The club twirl returns

It’s an opening tee shot of a pro-am for a small-field tournament, but it’s video of Tiger Woods happy with a tee shot and the signature club twirl. (We’ll see how long this video lasts online…)

It’s been 16 months since the golf world has seen that. In that time, a lot has happened at Pinehurst. Here are 9 of the biggest moments.

A few Tweets from this morning:

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A Merry Vintage Christmas from Pinehurst

It’s always fun sifting through vintage photos, but it’s even better when they include memories from Christmas past. 

Most of these images were shot at the Carolina Hotel during the 1940s, proving the holiday season was just as special then as it is now.

Enjoy this look back.

Photos copyright Tufts Archives

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Experience Skating Under the Pines

Skating 1This season, we’re transforming The Carolina Hotel’s West Lawn into a 2,100-square-foot skating rink complete with music, lights and festive cheer that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Whether temperatures call for sweaters or shorts, guests will enjoy a skating experience unlike any other.

A tantalizing array of merry treats will be available, including s’mores bites, cookies, brownies, as well as hot chocolate, coffee and a full bar. Skates will be provided.

  • Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays
  • 50-minute skating sessions start at the top of each hour
  • Tickets are $10 per person and purchased rink side

Group skating, private party inquiries and special requests should be directed to Josh Leap at 910-235-8783 or

*Schedule and hours are subject to change due to safety concerns, weather permitting and at the discretion of rink management.
** Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis and based on rink capacity
***All skaters must sign a waiver prior to entering the rink.

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…Since Tiger’s last competitive swings…

So, a few days before he returns to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge, here’s Tiger’s Woods’ golf swing with his driver from a practice round on Monday:

With that in mind, back in September when Woods announced his hopes for returning to golf, we put together a list of all the changes and improvements that have been made at Pinehurst since his previous PGA Tour appearance at the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015.

But after Woods’ withdrawal before a Tour event in October, our list has grown. To wit:

9. Gil Hanse to redesign Pinehurst No. 4, build short course – In early November Pinehurst announced that Hanse Golf Design will redesign Pinehurst No. 4 and build a short course as part of a master plan to further restore the original character and spirit to the Pinehurst golf experience.

Beginning this winter and unfolding in several stages over the next few years, the plan also includes restoring Donald Ross’ original characteristics to Pinehurst No. 1 and No. 3 while enhancing Maniac Hill and Thistle Dhu.

8. Sadly, we lost Arnold Palmer and Peggy Kirk Bell – Two giants in golf, both with legendary Pinehurst connections. We’ll miss them every day.

7. Pinehurst won the Ryder Cup Wager with St. Andrews – The Pinehurst No. 2 flag flew proudly on the 18th hole of The Old Course at St. Andrews after the United States defeated Europe in the Ryder Cup. That’s video we’ll never get tired of watching.

Nearly $2.5 million is being invested to spruce up all 168 guest rooms in the main tower of the Carolina Hotel.

Nearly $2.5 million is being invested to spruce up all 168 guest rooms in the main tower of the Carolina Hotel.

6. Room Renovations at The Carolina Hotel – This year, all 168 guest rooms in the Carolina Hotel’s main tower have received enhancements. The upgrades will enhance the guest experience by providing a modern look without losing the hotel’s timeless feel.

5. Pinehurst No. 5’s New Greens – The greens at Pinehurst No. 5 have been converted to champion ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass, a move that will extend peak conditions throughout the year.

Six of the resort’s nine courses now have the heat-tolerant Bermuda grass installed. No. 1 successfully converted to Bermuda in 2012. Pinehurst Nos. 3 and 8 followed in 2013 and famed Pinehurst No. 2 underwent the conversion following the back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in 2014.

4. History Hall has more…History – This year, we’ve taken a few minor steps in what we hope will be an improved experience with the vintage photos in the hallway of Pinehurst’s main clubhouse. With the help of the wonderful Tufts Archives, we’ve restored many of the photos, which had been damaged over time.

Also, we’ve updated the framing and matting, and in what may be our favorite part, added contextual captions with each photo. Most of these captions go into further detail about every photo – you already know the where; here, we add the who, the what and the why.

3. Paul Simson Makes History, Then Makes it Again – Since Woods teed it up to start the 2015 Wyndham, amateur golf legend Paul Simson has won two more North & South championships – each of the last two Senior Men’s North & South Amateurs. His 2016 victory in August gave him eight total North & South wins, making Simson the most decorated golfer in Pinehurst tournament history.

2. Kelly Mitchum Does It Again – Kelly Mitchum, the 1993 North & South Amateur champion and one of the leading instructors at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, continues to make viral waves with his original 3-putt.

But in January, Mitchum may have outdone himself with his sequel – another 3-putt that boggles the golfer’s mind.

1. The Deuce Opens – For decades, golfers and guests have gathered on the veranda overlooking the 18th green of famed Pinehurst No. 2. Now, they are able to do so in The Deuce, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s new bar and restaurant. And after just a week, the reviews were rolling in:

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The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

CHRISTMAS IS A MONTH AWAY, so now is the time to find the perfect gift. Our retail shops are full of items for anyone who loves Pinehurst.

Here we’ll provide a few suggestions, but you can browse our entire online inventory at Enjoy 25% off purchases of $200 of more now through Monday, Nov. 28.

Note: Click the photo of the item to purchase.

For the Fashion-Forward Golfer

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His: This Dri-FIT Nike Victory Polo features flattering horizontal stripes and flat seams that stay off the shoulders and sides to help make every swing, pitch and putt comfortable.




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Her: This ’47 Brand Ladies Squad ¼ Zip Pullover featuring a screen print of the Putter Boy logo has a sleek design that will make her feel her best on the golf course.




For the Little One




Introduce your children to Pinehurst with this plush teddy bear decked out in a sweater featuring the Putter Boy logo. Choose from four different colors.




For the Art Lover




An archival fine art print of “Pinehurst at First Light” is the perfect addition to any home. This breathtaking image was highlighted by the Golf Channel and is considered to be one of our most beautiful views.




For the Christmas Fanatic 




If you know someone who visited Pinehurst in 2016, this keepsake ornament is a must. Featuring the iconic Carolina Hotel and Golf Lad, it’s the perfect nostalgia piece to help them relive their time in the Sandhills.



For the Ultimate Entertainer




Entertaining is a lot more fun with this stylish Director Whiskey Set. Hand cut and polished, this 24% full lead crystal set includes a 26-ounce decanter and four 10-ounce rocks glasses.




For the On-the-Go Golfer 




Hit the road or the course with the versatile Viking Tumbler. It keeps hot liquid warm for more than four hours and cold liquids chilled for up to eight hours.




For the Craft Beer Enthusiast




Every beer lover knows the glass is almost as important as the beer itself. This Belgium beer glass is designed with an inward tapering top to capture aromas and enhance the tasting experience.



For the Book Worm 




Updated since its original introduction in the fall of 2012 to include coverage of the back-to-back 2014 U.S. Open and U.S Women’s Open, this book is lavishly illustrated and chronicles the evolution of Pinehurst and its famed No. 2 course over more than a century.


For the Friend who Deserves Pampering 





Made from plush terry cloth, this comfortable robe will make your pal feel like they’ve escaped to a day at The Spa at Pinehurst.



For the Traditionalist




Hit the course in style with a Pinehurst Tartan Driver Cover. Custom-made by Oregon-based Seamus Golf, this timeless piece is available both online and in the Pinehurst Pro Shop. Shop the entire collection of Tartan head covers and accessories.



For the Golfer Who Has Everything




Feel like your friend has everything they could possibly want? Consider a Hickory Shafted Putter featuring the iconic Putter Boy logo.






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Still undecided? A Pinehurst gift card is always a great option. It can be used to play a round of golf, enjoy a day at The Spa or go out to dinner at one of our restaurants.




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