Area History

History of Pinehurst, NC

The Village of Pinehurst is a special place. It is a New England-style village exuding with southern charm and rich with golf history. It all began in 1895 with the vision of a man named James W. Tufts. The Village was designed in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmsted, most famed for his landscape design of New York City's Central Park and the gardens at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

A few years later, a Scot by the name of Donald Ross, came into the picture and designed golf courses that would soon mark their places in history as would famed golfers such as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and many, many more. The historic significance of the presence of such golf greats in such a quaint little town, can only be truly captured by a visit to experience the Village, the golf, and its surroundings.

The Village of Pinehurst is the home of the North and South Amateur. It was created in 1901 and continues in its tradition still today. Pinehurst has an impressive resume having hosted the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup matches, US Amateurs, the Senior Open, and the 1999 and 2005 US Opens. In 2014, it will do something no other venue has ever done: host the US Open and US Women's Open in back-to-back weeks!

Though known as "The Home of American Golf", the Pinehurst area is not just a place to visit for the golf. It is rich with history, artists, pottery, architecture, and is amidst some beautiful horse country. Shopping in the Villages of Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen offers quaint boutiques and specialty shops and delicious restaurants and cafes. The famed Seagrove Pottery Highway is a short drive away and the Rockingham Raceway is down the road as well. Additionally, for those wanting some pampering, there is a world-class spa in the center of the Village.