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)
The tree, in the picture below, is located in front of the Barrett House, and was the site of a commercial video in which Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, a Major League Baseball player in the 1970's, appeared.
Lobby Chipping- A quirky tradition started by Bob Barrett, 4th owner of the inn, has remained a favorite among guests and local patrons alike.
In front of the hearth in the lobby is a foam and wooden "easel" with a hole in the middle. Guests using a chipping club provided by the inn are invited to chip from off the thin rug to the hole. During the ’99 Open, a number of the players became fiercely competitive at this practice, sending chip shots hearthward from all the way across the bar room. So far as anyone knows, Ben Crenshaw holds the record for consecutive hole-outs, an astounding 10! Barrett explains how the lobby chipping got started. "I became friends with Lionel Callaway, who invented the Callaway scoring system. One night I met him at the hotel and we came up with this idea that it would be fun to chip, so we built this wooden frame and covered it. People apparently like it as much as we did."(extracted from Golf Travel, The Pinehurst Area: Cradle of American Golf by Alan B. Nichols)
Barrett Family Ownership - In its 100 years, the Pine Crest Inn has had four owners: Mrs. Emma C. Bliss (1913-1921), Mr. Donald Ross, Scottish Golfer and Prolific Golf Architect (1921-1948), Mr. Carl Moser (1952-1961), The Barrett Family (1961 to present).
Bob Barrett and his wife, Betty, game from Erie, PA to Pinehurst, NC with their two sons and bought the Inn in 1961. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett have since passed away but the Pine Crest Inn remains in the family with their two sons, Bobby and Peter Barrett. They celebrated 50 years of Barrett Family Ownership in 2011.
The Rotary Club of Pinehurst - Did you know that the Pine Crest Inn has been the home for the Rotary Club of Pinehurst for more than twenty-five years? Every Tuesday a noon the Rotary Club meets at Pine Crest Inn for lunch and a meeting.
"Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.3 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.The Rotary Club of Pinehurst was chartered in 1982 under the chairmanship of Phillip S. Brown."