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ideal towns >>> pinehurst, nc
How did the small town of Pinehurst in the North Caro- lina sandhills become “The Cradle of Golf in America?” It all started in 1895 when James Walker Tufts, the
wealthy founder of the American Soda Fountain Company,
bought 598 acres of land in the sandhills with a plan to build
a health resort for people with tuberculosis.
Although Tufts abandoned that plan, he did build a resort
designed by Frederic Law Olmsted, and it became known as
the Village of Pinehurst. In 1900, Tufts hired Scotsman Donald Ross as the resort’s golf professional, and it soon became
the greatest golf resort in America.
Today, the Pinehurst Resort features nine spectacular golf
courses. Course No. 2 is Donald Ross’ masterpiece and has
been the site of more single golf championships than any
course in America. The Pinehurst area boasts more than 40
golf courses, making it a true golfer’s paradise.
The Village of Pinehurst is a National Historic Landmark.
Take a delightful walking tour of the village to see the historic
hotels, cottages and commercial buildings. Or, take a stroll
on your own through the village and you’ll find intriguing
boutiques, gift shops, antiques and unique restaurants.
In addition to golf, Pinehurst is also horse country. The
Pinehurst Harness Track is a 111-acre equestrian facility that
has been a winter training center for standard-bred horses
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Pinehurst by
visiting the 33-acre Village Arboretum, and enjoy walking and
biking on the Pinehurst Greenway trail system. Water sports
abound at nearby Lake Tillery, Blewett Falls Lake and Tucker-town Lake. The Uwharrie National Forest, just 30 miles from
Pinehurst, is the perfect place for hiking, bikingv and fishing.
Pinehurst’s appeal is undeniable with its charming small-
town atmosphere, elegant historic inns and iconic emerald
fairways and towering pines.
by Nancy Gross
• The 1895 Grille, located at the historic Holly
Inn, invites you to experience intimate fine dining
with an award-winning menu straight from Carolina
Farms to your table.
• Carolina Dining Room in the historic Carolina
Hotel features aged beef and chops with a signature
dry seasoning rub, plus a legendary breakfast buffet.
• Drum & Quill Public House is located in Olde Town
Pinehurst in a historic building and offers a friendly
pub vibe with eclectic food and drinks.
• Elliotts On Linden uses the best regionally-grown and
raised agricultural products to offer world-class cuisine
including duck, rack of lamb and chicken porchetta.
• Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe’s patrons
dine in a Victorian atmosphere with crystal, fine china,
linen tablecloths and napkins, and enjoy a wonderful
selection of tea, crêpes, scones, quiche and desserts.
TOP THINGS TO DO
• The Carolina Hotel
(at Pinehurst Resort)
This majestic century-old
hotel boasts a copper cupola,
sweeping verandas and elegant
• The Pinehurst
This 111-acre equestrian facility
has offered winter training for
standard-bred horses since 1915.
Stroll through 10 major
gardens, including the Ebersol
Holly Collection and the Sir
Walter Raleigh Garden.
• Seagrove Pottery
of the Sandhills
One-of-a-kind works are
available from over 25 pottery
artists with more than 800
pieces to view.
• The Tufts Archives
Discover the rich heritage and
history of Pinehurst through
artifacts and exhibits.
• Village Arboretum &
Explore a large open lawn
area, a Pergola Garden and
three miles of walking trails.