New Executive Chef



Mr. Lyndel Opozda has been appointed executive chef for Pine Crest Inn
effective immediately.

Lyndel’s most recent position was kitchen and floor manager of The Hickory Tavern in Pinehurst. His past executive chef positions include Waxy O’Connors in both Ft. Lauderdale and San Antonio, The Island Grill in the Florida Keys, Copeland’s of New Orleans (Chef de Cuisine) and Latitude 35 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Lyndel is known for his creativity and his desire to make every plate a masterpiece.

“The secret of any success I have had is because all I have ever cared about is the food. I want a meal to be long remembered long after the last bite has been taken.”

Lyndel and wife Lisa who is General Manager of Starbucks Coffee live in Aberdeen.

Pine Crest Inn thanks outgoing Executive Chef Robi  Guerrant for all his hard work and contribution to the food and beverage operation as we continue to grow and advance towards the goal of excellence. 

Golf.Com US Open Article

Here is a link to the article that went live on June 19, 2014:


The Donald Ross Experience

In celebration of Pine Crest Inn's Centennial in 2013, we were fortunate to have had "Donald Ross" , former owner of Pine Crest Inn, visit us on several occasions.  We are happy to announce that you, too, can have Donald Ross be a part of your Pinehurst Experience.  Please click here for more information about appearances and presentations by THE ROYAL GREENSMAN.

Crossword Puzzle

In honor of our Centennial Year, we have a Pine Crest Inn crossword puzzle to share with you.

Click here to download and print the crossword!


If you really get "stumped" (and yes, that was meant to be a play on words), you may check the Answer Key.


The Stump - The Official E-Newsletter of Pine Crest Inn

At least once a month, Pine Crest Inn issues a newsletter to clients, customers, and locals to keep everyone informed of the activities at Pine Crest Inn.   

If you are not already on the email list and would like to be, please send your email address with a request to be added to the newsletter list to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 910-295-6121.

Here are links to our most recent newsletter:   

April 1 2016

The Mystery of Marmaduke's Missing Morsels


  • The Setting: The Porch at the Pine Crest Inn
  • The Characters: Marmaduke, the Beloved Pine Crest Inn Cat & a Mystery Culprit 
  • The Plot: Marmaduke's food has been disappearing from his dish. "Detective Don Lee" is on the case to solve the crime of the missing morsels

It was a dark and stormy night..... The Pine Crest Inn was closed for most of the month of January. Very little activity occurred at the normally hustling and bustling historic Inn. With the exception of 2-3 staff members, few graced the steps of the 100 year old Inn during this time period except its permanent resident, Marmaduke, the Cat.

Read more: The Mystery of Marmaduke's Missing Morsels

Pine Crest Inn Centennial Merchandise

Commemorative Pine Crest Inn Centennial Merchandise

Pine Crest Inn has wonderful Centennial Merchandise for sale including tee shirts, golf shirts, hats, playing cards, and wine glasses.  They make wonderful gifts so please stop by today to make your selections.  

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Articles and Reviews

Here are some articles and reviews with mentions of Pine Crest Inn.

Pine Straw Magazine - May 2013 - Minute by Minute (Marmaduke is a star!)

American Golfer - April 10, 2013 - Historic Pine Crest Inn Reveals New Room Designs, Property Renovations and a New Bench

Carolinas Golf - Official Magazine of the Carolinas Golf Association - "A Century of Hospitality" Spring 2013

Links Magazine - Serenity in the Sandhills, Winter 2013

Read more: Articles and Reviews

The Inn Cat


The orange cat lives on the porch at Pine Crest Inn.  There have been three:  Marmalade, Marmalade II, and currently Marmaduke.  The locals and staff make sure it is fed and cared for.  The cat may nestle up to your leg or curl up on the seat beside you.  The cat is part of the Pine Crest Inn Family.

From The Spirit of Pinehurst, p.28

"There's Marmalade, the orange cat on the front porch of the Pine Crest Inn so named by a little girl who likened the stray's color to the sweet goo she had just seen on her breakfast toast."

The original Marmalade was featured in an article in Pinehurst's local paper, The Pilot which can be read by clicking here:  Jim Dodson:  Exclusive Interview:  Marmalade the Cat

Historical Pine Crest Inn Tidbits

The Barrett House - Historically known as The Chatham House - is the white house located directly across the street from Pine Crest Inn. According to The Pinehurst Outlook (November 1, 1920) it was built by Mrs. Emma C. Bliss, the original owner of the Pine Crest Inn.  

"Though comparatively small, it will be absolutely complete in every detail.  The lumber used in this house is of exceptional quality and it will probably be the most substantially constructed of any frame dwelling in the village, if not the entire county."  
(Pinehurst Outlook, November 1, 1920, p. 6)

Read more: Historical Pine Crest Inn Tidbits

Pine Crest Inn Centennial Celebration Opening Ceremony


The Opening Ceremony to kick off Pine Crest Inn's Centennial Celebration Year was held November 1, 2012.  The Pine Crest Inn was built in 1913 and opened its doors on November 1 of that year.  

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