A few of the Purgatory Golf Club staff members are in Pinehurst N.C. this week for the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship. It has been a long time since I have been to Pinehurst, and while I thought I remembered how different it is, I didn’t remember many of the fine nuances that set it apart from the rest of the high-end golf resorts.
First of all, there are 8 golf courses at Pinehurst, that doesn’t mean surrounding Pinehurst, although there are plenty of other courses nearby. But there are 8 courses right here at this resort. Including the famed #2 designed by none other than the legendary Donald Ross. Unfortunately they require that you keep the golf carts on the paths at all times, which make for an exhausting round of golf because you then have to carry 4 clubs and your yardage finder with you to your ball because you don’t have the exact yardage. Then hall it back to the cart after each shot. They make no provisions for the elderly, something they really need to consider.
The resort itself is old fashioned. There are 3 hotels, the main Carolina, that still requires you to dress for dinner in the dinning room, although they do have a pub. Next is the Holly, which is the in-town hotel. It is quaint, but musty. Lastly is the Manor, which is outside of town and probably the most relaxed of the 3. Both the Carolina and the Holly have pools, the Manor does not. The Holly has the advantage of being in town, but town is tiny, consisting of at the most 10 blocks of retail.
The resort has a shuttle system that is very responsive and can take you to the golf proshop, town, or any of the hotels. The longest we have had to wait for a shuttle was about 10 minutes.
The food and service has been good at both hotels and in town. Pub atmosphere everywhere, sometimes with quite authentic pub food like Shepard’s pie, some places have more contemporary fare such as brie, and quesadilla’s. Hot dog’s, good quality ones according to our son, can be found in most places.
I’ve included photos from around town so you can get an idea of what this charming resort offers.Tags: Donald Ross golf course architect, Pinehurst, U.S. Kids Golf