Tour NC With Me – Pinehurst

Algonquin, Sioux and Cherokee Indians roamed the Sandhills following the buffalo. Few settled the area primarily due to the thick carpet of longleaf pine straw that made for hard travel and quick moving fires in the lightening season. When the Europeans discovered that longleaf pines were a good source of naval stores such as turpentine and tar, the trees in the area were quickly used up and cut down.

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Downtown Pinehurst, Theatre Building on left, The Department Store Building on the right

The town of Pinehurst has only existed since James Walker Tufts fell in love with the area in 1895. He bought 6,000 acres of treeless, sandy land for $1.00 per acre and gave it the now famous name. ( Pinehurst was one of many submitted for a contest to name Martha’s Vineyard.) Tufts, a philanthropist, initially built the town as a health resort for people with “the consumption” (tuberculosis). When it was revealed that the disease was contagious, he changed course and started incorporating more outdoor games such as tennis, yard bowling, horseback riding and roque, Tuft’s personal favorite. In 1918, Annie Oakley of ‘Wild West Show’ fame, was brought in to teach shooting lessons at the Gun Club.

Originally carved out of the Pine Barrens, Pinehurst under the direction of Mr. Tufts became a self-supporting town. It had it’s own department store, a theater, shops and trolley car lines bringing passengers from the train station in neighboring Southern Pines. The story is told that one of Tuft’s dairymen complained about guests hitting little white balls and scaring the cows in the expansive pastures. Tufts investigated the complaint and discovered the game of golf, a recent import from Scotland. Even though he thought it might be a “passing fancy”, he built a nine-hole course in 1897, and in 1900 brought in Donald Ross to build an eighteen-hole course. The rest, as they say, is history….

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18th Fairway of #2

(From the Tuft’s archives) In 1901, James W. Tufts, the founder of Pinehurst, hired Ross to manage golf at the Pinehurst Country Club. And there in the Sandhills of North Carolina Ross became instrumental in making the country’s first major golf resort. Ross wrote in his book, Golf Has Never Failed Me, that “Pinehurst was absolutely the pioneer in American golf. … Men came here, took lessons, bought a few clubs and went away determined to organize clubs. … Their influence gave golf the sort of start it needed in many communities.” Ross quickly became the country’s pre-eminent and most prolific golf architect traveling widely promoting golf. His architecture practice grew to include several designers and offices but he did much of his work at his home in Pinehurst where he lived until his death.

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Walkway in front of the Department Store Building

To recreate his New England style town, James Walker Tufts contracted the firm of Fredrick Law Olmstead, (the father of modern landscape architecture), to lay out the streets and design the town. Thousands of trees and bushes were imported to develop the beauty of this growing resort town.. By the 1920’s Pinehurst became “The” place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of northern city life.

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The Holly Inn

During WWII, The Holly Inn was requisitioned by the US Army and turned into a hospital. During this time, conscientious objectors volunteered to be studied in medical experiments.
(from Friends Journal) Incongruously, the experiment was under the office of the Surgeon General of the United States Army, and its purpose was to study atypical pneumonia. ~ Army doctors and nurses gave me every needed attention, but there was no medication for the type of pneumonia I had. I stayed isolated in my room 24 hours a day for the full 7 weeks of the experiment.

Throughout the 20th century, Pinehurst experienced many ups and downs. In 1960, the Tufts family sold the property to Diamondhead Corporation because they could not afford to keep up the much-needed maintenance. Many locals however, felt that Diamondhead took more away from than brought to Pinehurst and were grateful when it was sold in 1984, this time to Club Corp.

Club Corp and Pat Corso are credited with the revitalization of most of Pinehurst and the Club’s famous golf courses. They were instrumental in bringing the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens to Pinehurst and reminding the world of golf of this almost forgotten gem. (scroll down and take the “virtual tour”) Today, the town is thriving, the hotels are full and property is at a premium. The courses are groomed to perfection, tee times are a precious commodity.

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Scoreboard at 2005 U. S. Open

It has been announced recently that Pinehurst again has been sold, this time to KSL Capital Partners.
(From The Pilot) All Moore Countians join in the hope and expectation that this latest ownership transition will only propel Pinehurst higher into the stratosphere of most desired recreational/residential locations on earth. The remarkable accomplishments that Pinehurst has racked up in the past century-plus will be an extremely tough act to follow.

Events and Festivals for next weekend:

10/16/2006 - 10/22/2006

A congenial gathering of astronomers, photographers, scientists, and other night owls. Convened in a Dark Park under Clear Skies for the purpose of Looking Up. For upcoming MASP information go to, or contact Debra Cockman, Robbins Town Hall, (910)948-2431.

Airlie Oyster Roast
10/20/2006 - 10/21/2006

Airlie Oyster Roast is a time to enjoy friends, eat succulent oysters and dance to a dynamic live band, all at the coastal setting of the Airlie Gardens 300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403 (910)798-7700

Mystery Theatre Dinner Train - "The Crypt of Passion"
10/6/2006 - 10/20/2006

Thursdays & Fridays only - 6,12,13,19 & 20. Rock'n'Roll fans return for a Halloween blast 25 years after The Crypt left the stage. Will Snake, the last surviving band member, survive to play again? Bryson City Depot Bryson City, NC 28713 (800)872-2681

Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow
10/20/2006 - 10/22/2006

Come & celebrate the traditions of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe. Arts & crafts, food and entertainment throughout the weekend. The parade will begin at 10:00am on Saturday morning. Indian dancing and competition and a social dance will also take place on Saturday. Old Lake Road - Buckhead
Bolton, NC 28450

17th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree
10/20/2006 - 10/22/2006

The mountains are alive with more than fall color as gem & mineral dealers from across the United States converge on Franklin to sell their wares. Sponsored by the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Hours 10 am to 6 pm Friday & Saturday, Noon to 5 pm Sunday. 425 Porter Street Franklin, NC 28734 (800)336-7829


This was an easy one, just live 3 miles north of Pinehurst

Have worked in and around Pinehurst for years and have gotten to know all the stories and myths. It is a beautiful place, but only has three streets of shops in the downtown area! Still, it is a quaint town and the golf courses are always full!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Would have been a terrible

place to have to visit, right Mo? Beautiful job as usual. I love Pinehurst and have played #2. I won't tell you what I shot.

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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Thanks SD, can always count on you for a kind comment

Would you believe that although I can tell you all about Pinehust, can talk a pretty good golf game and other than putt-putt, I've never played? Did go to the 1999 US open, sat at the 13th hole/14th tee...watched them all. Saw Payne Stewart come thru, he had ripped the arms out of that jacket he was wearing to make what looks like a vest. When he came by, you could still see the rough edges. He talked to the crowd, something like, "are you enjoying the game?"

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

B- do you know anyway to label the pics?

I want to explain what each are and tag them as mine.

Top pic - View of downtown Pinehurst, Theatre Building on left, Pinehurst Department Store Building on right.

#2 pic - 18th fairway of #2

#3 pic - Walkway to the Phst Dept Store building...bottom floor, Gentlemen's corner, Pinehurst Deli, Incredible Edibles. Also shops in basement, and around the corners. Upstairs offices.

#4 pic -the Holly Inn, opened on December 31, 1895. Home of the ghost, Mr. Holly, who died falling out of a persimmon tree while picking them. (anyone know anything about persimmons?)

#5 pic - the scoreboard from the 2005 U S Open. Hubby works for TWC and both opens had to go be on the course throughout the day, available in case any of the tvs in the banks of televisions in each corporate tent went down. Pinehust had a tractor-trailer load of tvs incase any of them went bad. He had to be there each morning by 7, go pick up his golf cart, check out all the televisions, fix any with problems, so by 8A.M. he could go watch the game. He was one of the few allowed to have a cell phone too. (Damn those cable guys!)

Here's a pic of corporate tent row:

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Pinehurst is pretty inovative too, what looks like brick walkways was actually stamped and painted asphalt!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Syntax, don't understand....

do you mean that anywhere in the img line that i put in "alt" then the description? do i need to also put in any 's? please keep in mind that I'm still learning this, bluenc has been like a classroom for me!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Thank you Syntax,

and now that I see that page, it reminds me that Stan...or was it Robert, linked it for me once too. This time I bookmarked it. Thanks!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Beautiful report!

I've only been there once (to speak at a conference) and felt like a fish out of water. I guess I have a bit of a problem with the golf aristocracy.


Still can't get over your shyness A

your writting is so powerful. In Pinehurst, the locals are people like you and me, the imports and visitors are the fish out of water! (A running joke in these parts is that you can tell when golfers are out in public, they are so badly spoiled rotten children away from their nannys)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Great job as always, M!

Pinehurst is a beautiful place - a New England village recreated in the middle of NC. Of the nearly 11,000 registered voters there, only 2194 of them are Democrats; 2307 of them are Unaffiliated. I suppose that's to be expected - it's certainly the wealthiest town in Moore County.

Pinehurst has been quick to want to annex a neigborhood - a gated golfing community called Pinewild, and the residents have fought vociferously against it because they don't want to pay increased taxes. Pinehurst, seeing tax dollars and more desirable citizens, is going to annex any way. NC law apparently allows for this.

For those of you not familiar with the area, less than 3 miles down the road from the center of "the Pinehurst Village" is Jackson Hamlet, an unincorporated neighborhood with no sewer, water, or garbage pick-up. This small community is a horrendous example of the have-nots in the shadow of the haves. The residents are mostly black, and very low-income. Pinehurst, the closest neighboring town, has shown no interest in providing services or annexing the neighborhood, even though the residents have asked.(Most of the residents of Jackson Hamlet who are employed work at the Pinehurst Resort.) Aberdeen, the town bordering on the other side, has been unwilling to add Jackson Hamlet to its citizens as well. What services there are for Jackson Hamlet are provided by the county - but the water and sewer system does not extend that far. This is not a matter of trying to replace wells and septic tanks with town/county water - many of the homes in Jackson Hamlet are still working with pumps and outhouses. Both Pinehurst and Aberdeen have their own water and sewer systems, and could easily add Jackson Hamlet. The county would have to by-pass both towns and install lines over several miles (as far as I can tell, all the way from Carthage, which is about 15 miles away) just to reach them - and just doesn't have the money to do it.

Why is this the case? I don't know. Ask my neighbors in Pinehurst. ::sadly shakes head:::

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

I guess my crystal ball was working, for a change

I actually sat here, saying, "this is a great post, and she's my friend, but...what about Jackson Hamlet?" Hubby told me, do it. So I did. Whatever your reasons - I'm with you.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Need your love again....

and a comment or two would be most appreciated!

Cross posted at DailyKos and at MyDD

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Love it again Momo!

Great job again, I love it, thanks for showing me Pinehurst, it's like being there. and what good weather for the pictures. Another homerun.

Thank you dk2/America08

Always think of you when doing these because of your comments on the pics. You have inspired me to always add the best and I try hard to take some really good shots for you. As always, thanks for taking the "tour"!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Started to post another comment

And it took on a life of its own.

Please see my post here.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi