Did You Know?


Southern Pines was founded by John Patrick as a health resort.

The 1890's

Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park, and one of the first and perhaps greatest landscape architects, was hired by Pinehurst founder James Tufts to design the Village of Pinehurst in a New England style.

The Early 1900

Donald Ross was brought in by Pinehurst founder James Tufts to design golf courses. His Pinehurst No. 2 course ranks in the Top 10 in the world today.


The North/South Amateur Golf Championship was first held in Pinehurst. It is the longest consecutively running golf championship in the United States. Pinehurst is noted as the cradle of golf competition in the United States with many of the early tournaments having been played here. In the early golfing roll-call, no great player ever skipped Pinehurst.


Annie Oakley was head of the Pinehurst Gun Club. An Annie Oakley Trap Shoot is held annually.


Ryder Cup Golf Tournament was played at Pinehurst Country Club No. 2.


Mickey Walsh, founder of the Stoneybrook Steeplechase, was honored as the #1 steeplechase trainer in the United States.


The House in the Horseshoe built in 1772 was placed on the State Register. It is the former home of Governor Benjamin Williams, who is buried there.


The Tour de Moore 100 mile international bicycle race originated in Southern Pines. It is classified both as a United States Cycling Federation "National Classic" and as a selection race for the Canadian National Cycling Team.


The rebirth of carriage drives from earlier years began through the formation of the Carriage Driving Club which is now one of the largest in the country. The club enjoys carriage restoration, exhibitions, and competitions.


The Museum of North Carolina Traditional Pottery was organized in Seagrove, NC. The pottery industry in Seagrove began in the 18th century with names like Chriscoe, Cole, Craven, Luck, McNeill, Owen and Teague-many families that are still potters today.


The Pinehurst area is the home of five past equestrian Olympians.

Prestigious U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Tournament held at Pinehurst Country Club.


USGA 30th U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Golf Tournament played for the first time in NC at Pine Needles Resort.


The Pinehurst Resort and Country Club hosted the PGA TOUR Championship. 30 of the PGA TOUR's best golfers competed.


The U.S. Senior Open Championship was held for the first time on the famous No. 2 course at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.


The Village of Pinehurst, founded in 1895 by Bostonian James Walker Tufts, celebrates its 100th Birthday! Centennial celebrations are planned throughout 1995.


The Southern Pines, Pinehurst area hosts the U.S. Equestrian Olympic teams in preparation for the 1996 Olympics. Over 80 horse farms are located in the area and offer a variety of equestrian sports.


Peggy Kirk Bell, one of the founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, plays host to the 1996 U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles Resort.


The U.S. Open Championship comes to the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club to challenge the renowned No. 2 course built by Donald Ross in 1907.


The U.S. Women's Open Championship returns to Pine Needles for the second time.


The U.S. Open Championship returns to Pinehurst No. 2 for the second time.


The U.S. Women's Open Championship returns to Pine Needles for the third time.


The U.S. Open Championship and the U.S. Women's Open Championship will both be played on Pinehurst No. 2 in June. It will mark the first time the two national championships will be contested on the same course in back-to-back weeks, and the first time the U.S. Women's Open Championship has been played on Pinehurst No. 2.