Pinehurst Resort Overview

Founded in 1895 in the heart of the North Carolina Sandhills, Pinehurst Resort is an unparalleled destination featuring nine world-class golf courses, an award-winning spa, three historic hotels, tennis and other recreational activities. Widely known as the cradle of American golf, Pinehurst has served as host to more single golf championships that any other site in America, with events including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches, PGA Tour’s TOUR Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and many others. Its most revered golf course, Pinehurst No. 2, is considered one of the game’s architectural masterpieces and was recently restored to Donald Ross’ original vision. In 2014, Pinehurst and No. 2 played an unprecedented role, serving as the site for the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks.

Set in one of America’s only Historic Landmark Districts, Pinehurst Resort originally was originally established by James Walker Tufts as a health retreat amid the towering pines and mild Southern breeze. The firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape designer acclaimed for creating New York City’s Central Park, prepared the physical plan for the Village of Pinehurst.


  • James Walker Tufts, a Boston soda fountain magnate, purchased in 1895 about 5,000 acres in what is now Pinehurst for about $1/acre, with plans to build a health-centered winter retreat. He purchased the name Pinehurst from an individual entering the name in a contest to tag a real estate development in Martha’s Vineyard.
  • The Holly opened on New Year’s Eve in 1895, charging $3 per day for lodging. The inn is now classified as a National Historic Landmark.
  • Olmsted, the landscape architect of Central Park, provided the plan for the village and Tufts and his workers imported 220,000 tree seedlings, shrubs and flowers. He added facilities for tennis, croquet, cards, recitals, riding and shooting.
  • With golf growing in popularity, Tufts commissioned D. LeRoy Culver of Southern Pines to create a nine-hole course, which opened in the spring of 1898. Pinehurst guests embraced the game, and nine more holes were added for the opening of the 1899-1900 season.
  • In 1900, Scottish-born Donald Ross was hired as golf professional. Ross would later redesign Pinehurst No. 1 and design No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 for the Tufts Family. He has been credited with the design or redesign of more than 400 golf courses across North America, but made Pinehurst his home.
  • The Carolina, the cornerstone of the resort today, opened on New Year’s Day 1901, replete with an electric elevator and call bells.
  • Pinehurst Resort and the Village of Pinehurst were granted National Historic Landmark status in 1996.
  • Many of the world’s rich and famous have crossed the thresholds of Pinehurst – the Rockefellers, DuPont’s and Morgan’s to name a few. Several presidents, including Dwight D. Eisnehower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Barack Obama have visted Pinehurst. John Philip Sousa, Will Rogers, Bing Crosby, Mary Pickford, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, and others have also visited Pinehurst. Amelia Earhart landed her plane at the resort’s airstrip, and Annie Oakley taught hundreds how to shoot here.
  • Famed Pinehurst No. 2 is the proud home of the North and South Open and Amateur Championships, and has played host to major tournaments including the 1936 PGA Championship, 1951 Ryder Cup Matches, the 1991-92 Tour Championships, 1994 U.S. Senior Open, 1962 and 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship, and 1999, 2005 and 2014 U.S. Open championships. The Women’s North & South remains the longest running women’s amateur championship in the U.S.
  • Pinehurst is the only site to have held the United States Golf Association’s five most important tournaments (U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur) and is one of only four sites to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.
  • Pinehurst No. 2 reopened in March 2011 following a year-long restoration project. Among the changes: all rough was eliminated; about 26 acres of turf was stripped leaving natural sand and hardpan areas; fairway widths were increased by about 50% on average; about 650 sprinkler heads were turned off, leaving about 450 operational; the length of the championship course was increased to 7,565 yards; natural bunker edges replaced rigid bunker definition; minor modifications were made to the 15th and 17th greens to return lost pin placements.
  • Pinehurst will host three USGA national championships within the next decade: The 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship (Pinehurst No. 8 and Pinehurst No. 2), the 2019 U.S. Amateur (Pinehurst No. 4 and Pinehurst No. 2) and the 2024 U.S. Open (Pinehurst No. 2).


Pinehurst has more than 480 sleeping rooms across three world-class hotels, as well as condominiums and villas. All Pinehurst venues are equipped with complimentary high-speed Internet access in each guest room and wireless access in all common areas for the ease of our business travelers.

  • The Carolina, opened in 1901 and dubbed the “Queen of the South” and the “White House of Golf,” has 230 newly renovated guest rooms and lobby, including a 1,600-square foot Presidential Suite, featuring North Carolina art, 60-inch multimedia screen, fireplace, 5-head shower, and a menu of personalized in-room amenities. A Mobil Four-Star/AAA Four-Diamond hotel, The Carolina is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a smoke-free facility.
  • The Holly, which opened on New Year’s Eve in 1895, was Pinehurst's first inn and houses the exceptional AAA Four-Diamond ranked 1895 Grille. The Holly was completely renovated in 1999, with a $31 million renovation of its 82 guest rooms.
  • The Manor, opened in 1923, offers casual lodge accommodations with its 42 newly renovated guest rooms
  • Pinehurst also offers 11 four-bedroom villas, each with a connecting parlor; and 30 two- and three-bedroom condominiums, each with a full kitchen and located adjacent to several golf course fairways or lakeside.


  • Nine 18-hole championship golf courses open for year-round play. Five, including famed No. 2, are located off the main clubhouse.
  • Pinehurst Golf Academy. Opened in 2007, the Pinehurst Golf Academy is ranked by GOLF Magazine as one of the country’s top 25 golf schools. Leading The Pinehurst Golf Academy is Eric Alpenfels, a Class A PGA of America Master Professional who has been recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Teachers in America” and Golf Digest as one of “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers.” The Academy offers weekend and weekday schools, including those dedicated to alumni, juniors and parent / child.
  • The Spa at Pinehurst. At 31,000-sq. ft., the spa features 28 treatment rooms, lap pool, steam, sauna, and whirlpool. Offering more than 50 treatments ranging from massage to bath to body treatments, salon and fitness services. Signature treatments incorporate the scents of the region: holly berry, peach, magnolia and pine.
  • Top 50-ranked tennis facility by Tennis Magazine, including 24 tennis courts (18 soft Hartru and six hard surfaced) open for year-round play. Four of the courts are lighted. The tennis program is staffed by three full-time USPTA professionals and has a full schedule of activities, instruction and tournament play.
  • Two immaculately groomed croquet courts open for year-round play. Pinehurst has served as the site of the U.S. Croquet Championship.
  • Championship lawn bowling course, open for year-round play. Pinehurst has hosted the World Lawn Bowling Championship.
  • Lake Pinehurst and Beach Club, a 200-acre freshwater lake with seasonal sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming. Amenities also include beach volleyball, covered picnic areas, grills, certified lifeguards, a snack bar, restrooms and complimentary transportation from resort hotel.
  • The West Lawn Activity Center, with hot tub, kiddie pool, misting pool, new cabana, outdoor fireplace, gazebo and gardens/putting green.
  • Carriage rides through historic Village of Pinehurst, as well as historic walking tours, fitness walking trails, horticultural self-guided tours, distinct boutique shopping and nightlife are available year-round.
  • Fitness Center. Complimentary to all Resort guests aged 16 years and older, the Pinehurst Fitness Center is located in The Spa at Pinehurst and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. State-of-the-art equipment includes treadmills, cross trainers, bicycles, weight machines, TRX bar and dumbbells.


From the gourmet Southern flavors of the Four-Diamond 1895 Grille to the casual atmosphere of the Ryder Cup Lounge, Pinehurst’s nine dining options include something for every taste.

The Carolina

  • Carolina Dining Room. Southern gentility abounds in this elegantly appointed dining room with its popular buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, featuring steaks and chops.
  • Ryder Cup Lounge. Reopened in March 2010 with a brand new menu and triple the space, The Ryder Cup Lounge has been named one of Golf Digest’s “50 Best 19th Holes.”  The PGA of America granted special permission to use the Ryder Cup name when it originally opened in 1986. It features memorabilia from past Ryder Cups, the highlight being the wall dedicated to the 1951 matches played in Pinehurst, which had a U.S. team that included Snead, Hogan, Burke, Demaret and Mangrum. The leather chairs fireside are spectacular for a cool night, but the porch is the place to be this spring. Try out the tour wines and 8 new beers on tap, relaxing with a beverage as you travel back in Ryder Cup history.
  • Carolina Coffee Shop. Located off of the lobby of the Carolina Hotel, the Carolina Coffee Shop is great for a hot or cold one on the go, or a place to enjoy a quick sandwich or pastry, just like Parisians do.

Holly Inn

  • The 1895 Grille. With its AAA Four Diamond rating, the 1895 Grille offers an upscale, delightful room with original hardwood paneling and columns leading toward the atrium ceiling with seating capacity for 90 guests. Featuring fresh seafood and Carolina-inspired cuisine.
  • The Tavern. An antique bar brought over the pond from Scotland is the centerpiece of The Tavern, a cozy spot for lunch and dinner. The menu features a variety of unique sandwiches, salads and soups for lunch and a hearty menu of pasta, beef and other entrees in the evening. Casual seating for up to 35 guests for lunch or dinner with outdoor patio seating overlooking The Village center is available seasonally.

The Clubhouse

  • The Deuce Overlooking the historic 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2, The Deuce features indoor and outdoor dining in a relaxed setting. Some might call it the best 19th hole in golf and the perfect place to end your round. The Deuce serves lunch until 3 p.m. and small bites through dusk. The bar features a variety of creative cocktails and nearly a dozen craft beers on tap, including North Carolina microbrews.
  • 91st Hole. Located in the Resort Clubhouse with views of the golf course, the 91st Hole is an oasis for post-round libations, a quick sandwich pre-round or just a place to talk stories of your round while taking in some great golf on TV. Early mornings the 91st Hole is also your stop for that last cup of coffee or biscuit before you hit the links.

Course No. 7

  • Fairwoods on 7. Only a shuttle away, the Fairwoods Dining Room is known for its fabulous Cobb Salad, Burgers and Chef Specials. An elegant dining room, it overlooks the pristine lake and golf course.

Course No. 8

  • Centennial Dining Room. Course No. 8 was designed to celebrate Pinehurst’s 100th anniversary. The dining room is open for lunch when the golf course is open, and offers a deli-style menu that is perfectly suited to the golfer’s need for dining and relaxation after a round of golf.



Pinehurst Resort features more than 80,000 square feet of meeting space, including 51 meetings rooms and outdoor spaces. Its largest room, the Carolina Hall can accommodate 1,500. All meeting locations are equipped with independent climate, lighting and sound controls, and are equipped with high-speed internet access.

  • Total 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space.
  • The Carolina has 27 multifunction gathering spaces to accommodate 10-1,500 guests, including the newly renovated Carolina Hall and Terrace and Grand Ballroom.
  • The Holly has three meeting rooms for up to 60.
  • The Manor is equipped with one meeting room for up to 15.
  • More than 10 unique outdoor venues provide a wow setting for events and functions. The Pro Shop Veranda (outdoors) can accommodate 150 reception-style seats, and there are acres of space amidst putting greens, driving range and practice areas.