Did You Know?

1887

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.

1901

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.

1915-1923

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

1951

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

1953-1955

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

1955

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.

1976

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.

1980

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.

1982

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.

1989

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

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

1991

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

1991-1992

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

1994

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.

1995

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

1995-1996

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.

1996

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.

1999

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.

2001

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

2005

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

2007

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

2014

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.