New Chef Arrives

Welcome Chef Robi Guerrant!

October 2014:  Pine Crest Inn is pleased to welcome its new chef, Robi Guerrant. Robi grew up in the small town of The Dalls, Oregon. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, OR and took on his first culinary assignment at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany. This was an AFRC (Armed Forces Recreational Facility) and became the most profitable United States Army restaurant worldwide. He continued his culinary education in the Developmental Chef Program through MWR at FortBragg and became the Executive Chef of the Fort Bragg Club which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as parties and functions of all sizes.


Robi is recently married to his wife, Andrea.  He enjoys golf and looks forward to playing some of the Pinehurst area's courses in the near future.  We ask you to join us in welcoming Robi to Pine Crest Inn.

Golf.Com US Open Article

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


The Passing of a Friend


It is with extreme heavy heart that we report the passing of long time Pine Crest Inn employee and friend, Linda Knox Tufts.  Linda died at her home on Monday, March 31, 2014. 

All the Pine Crest Inn family, staff, hotel guests and local customers mourn for her passing.

Linda was preceded in her death by her father, John Arthur Knox, her mother, Edna Walls Knox Anderson, her step father, George “Bo” Allen Anderson, and her sister, Mary Elizabeth Knox Denton.

Linda is survived by her daughter Ann Lawrence Jones, son-in-law Charles Jones and her beloved grandson Watson of Pittsboro, North Carolina. She is also survived by two sisters, Ellen Knox Tew of Clinton, North Carolina and Sara Knox Unrein and her husband Steve Unrein of Jacksonville, Florida and her brother Walter Knox and his wife, Connie Knox, of Wilmington, North Carolina, her nieces and nephews Michael Tew, Patrick and his wife Yadi Unrein, Sally Unrein, Katie Knox and her great-nephew, Ian Tew and great nieces, Isabella and Anya Unrein.

A Tarboro native, Linda has been the Reservations Manager at Pine Crest Inn for the last 22 years. Prior to her tenure at Pine Crest Inn, she was the Banquet Manager of the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Georgia. She also worked for Diamondhead Corporation in Pinehurst, the North Carolina State Legislature and was the first tax collector for the Village of Pinehurst following incorporation.

Linda graduated from Tarboro High School and studied at East Carolina University.

The family appreciates the friends and colleagues who celebrated her life each and every day. She enjoyed a good joke and festive times.

Linda took great pride in her grandson, Watson. It would honor her special wishes that donations be made to Watson’s college fund in lieu of flowers or gifts. Should you elect to do so, please make checks payable to Watson Douglass Jones and forward as follows:

Wells Fargo Bank
Attn: Kelly Gregory
201 South Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

A memorial service will be held for Linda Tufts on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst at 3:00pm. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial at Pine Crest Inn.


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 newsletters:   

July 2014     August 2014     September 2014     October 2014    November 2014


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.  

Read more: Pine Crest Inn Centennial Merchandise

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.  

Read more: Pine Crest Inn Centennial Celebration Opening Ceremony