A rare Cadillac once owned by 1940s Silver Screen starlet Rita Hayworth will be one of several iconic automobiles of note displayed for patrons attending the 2015 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, May 2 at Pinehurst Resort.

The 1953 Cadillac coupe Series 62 with bodywork by Ghia is one of only two ever made — and has a star-studded history. The world’s wealthiest man at the time — Prince Aly Khan — gave this Cadillac with Ghia coachwork as a gift to the famed actress, to whom he was married briefly.

During the mid-1950s it was still possible to order a bare chassis from an automobile manufacturer and have it sent to a coachbuilder for a custom body to be built and fitted. The 1953 Cadillac is such a car, according to Leslie Kendall, chief curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, where the car is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

“Back in the 1950s the car was indeed special but was meant to be used,” Kendall said. “You wouldn’t spend the amount of money on a car that Aly Khan did and not want the person to whom you gave it to drive it around.

“It’s appropriate that the Italian coachwork ended up on such a practical American car,” added Kendall. “You have a very reliable American car with an engine and drive train that could be serviced at any gas station clothed in incredibly voluptuous coachwork. It is the best of both worlds. Because of its prominence, its beauty, its rarity, its condition and its public appeal we also like taking the Ghia Cadillac out.”

The Rita Hayworth car making the cross country trip from California to North Carolina continues a tradition started at the 2014 Pinehurst Concours in which a rare 1956 Jaguar XKSS owned by movie legend Steve McQueen was displayed for patrons to enjoy.

“We believe staging such autos of note above and beyond our 12 judged classes accentuates the overall experience and ticket value to our annual collector showcase,” said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard. “Such cars rarely make an appearance on the East Coast, and this 1953 Cadillac is indeed unique, a part of American history and a must see for our patrons.”

The Petersen Automotive Museum is widely regarded as having one of the best collections of rolling sculptures in the world. In addition to the 150 vehicles in the regular public display area, a similar number of vehicles are housed downstairs in the museum’s vault. The iconic museum is currently shuttered as it swiftly moves through nearly $125 million in massive renovations. Plans are to reopen at the end of this year.

The third annual Pinehurst Concours collector car showcase features some of the world’s finest original and restored vintage cars. Twelve classes are judged and battle for Best in Show with up to 300 cars and motorcycles to be on display. At approximately 5 p.m., Three Dog Night will take center stage on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort in an unprecedented concert setting.

Advance tickets to the third annual Pinehurst Concours on May 2 are just $25 online at www.pinehurstconcours.com. Four additional ticket outlets are scattered across Pinehurst and Southern Pines. The day’s ticket includes entry into the Pinehurst Concours AND the Three Dog Night concert.

Proceeds from this year’s Pinehurst Concours will benefit the USO of North Carolina, continuing the event’s strong military connection.

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (March 2015) — After overseeing nearly two decades of growth in America’s birthplace of golf, the powers-that-be at Talamore Resort recently took a long look at their facilities and services. Recognizing the need for younger groups of golfers, they performed what they describe as a “relevancy campaign” to determine where the industry is headed to ensure their offerings meet the needs of the resort’s members and guests.

Insisting on being far more than just a bed and two golf courses designed by a pair of legends of golf course architecture, Talamore wanted to provide its guests a reduced need to “get out and around” once they arrived, by providing reasonably priced food and beverage on site including a hearty, complimentary breakfast.

The result is more than simply a major facelift of the Talamore Resort facilities. It is a transformational and full-fledged modernization — focused specifically on the areas that golfer’s value most.

Most noticeable, greeting resort guests when they enter Talamore’s main clubhouse, is the new “Llama Pen” Sports Bar & Grill that and is already jumping with March Madness festivities.

Talamore Golf Resort first made headlines for its famed stable of llama caddies along with unparalleled customer service. Today, it has grown to become one of the Pinehurst area’s premier golf getaways, which is why more than 90 percent of Talamore’s customers return or refer new business.

Also newsworthy, the resort recently introduced a cutting-edge Alumni Club to reward its longtime visitors, a villa pavilion that regularly hosts Pig Pickins of all shapes and sizes, a top-shelf breakfast bar to start the golfer’s day off properly — even a new cell tower for when and if one needs to check on things back home.

Meanwhile, on Talamore’s two golf courses, masterpieces designed by Rees Jones and Arnold Palmer, head superintendent Keith Osterman, who helped guide the resort during its original “glory days,” has returned and both golf courses are already in pristine condition.

“During our meeting with the sales staff, we drilled down,” said longtime Talamore Resort General Manager John McDougald, whose guest-friendly business skills earned him a 2014 cover story in Golf Business magazine.

“The pie is only so big and if anything it has shrunk,” McDougald said. “People coming to Pinehurst on a shoestring budget were not getting the ‘experience’ and that ruined the idea of ever coming back. Now, the experience is coming back to Pinehurst. We wanted to remain simple and convenient — the ‘center of the universe’ for our guests. We are ‘ground-upping’ our total experience.”

McDougald said the Llama Pen has been a very popular addition. “We have had a huge call to provide this service onsite for our in-house guests,” said McDougald. “TVs abound with sports, sports and more sports in a comfortable setting overlooking our famous finishing hole. It doesn’t get much better than this.

“Our guests love the flexibility that our golf vacations offer. The Llama Pen adds to their flexible list of options, as it will give them a walking distance spot to hang out and watch their favorite sporting events.”

Talamore’s clubhouse, pool and cabana are all conveniently located next to the Talamore Golf Villas, which offer top-shelf amenities and panoramic views, and were constructed soon after the club’s opening.

Talamore started its new Alumni Club as a unique way to reward its numerous return guests with a host of special features including their personalized alumni card, complimentary range balls, automatic entry into a monthly golf vacation, complimentary breakfast and more.

In Talamore’s unheard-of deal, the resort’s multi-year veterans will be issued cards with their photos and receive a roster of benefits. “We have guests that have been coming to visit since we opened in 1997,” said Kristin Blanchard, one of Talamore’s long-time Golf Package experts. “A staggering 9 out of 10 of our guests are repeat visitors with many groups in the ‘10 Years in a Row Club.’”

Another popular new feature at Talamore is the Pavilion at the Villas — equipped with a fireplace, flat-screen TVs, comfortable seating, a plethora of BBQ grills and everyone’s favorite corn hole toss — in the middle of the Talamore Villa campus. Quickly becoming a major-league hit, the pavilion is regularly the site of Thursday night southern BBQ featuring a Pig Pickin’ and other southern favorites. Best of all, it is complimentary for Talamore guests.

Talamore’s new breakfast bar in the Talamore clubhouse from April thru October on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays features the best southern and traditional breakfast favorites. The centerpiece to the breakfast is the soon-to-be famous Dollie Llama waffle station with toppings galore — again, included with all Talamore Golf and Travel packages this spring,

Finally, a new cell tower is being erected that will give the Talamore Villas better cell service. Coupled with the industry’s new WIFI enabled mobile phones, this last key modern feature will be part of the Talamore villa experience.

“In conjunction with a new survey process for our in-house guests, we developed a bold new direction for our facility,” said Matt Hausser, Talamore Resort Director of Golf. “It is the Talamore and Mid South team’s way of saying ‘thank you’ and providing outstanding additions that will enhance their resort guest’s experience and make their vacation even more memorable.”

For information call (800) 552-6292 or visit www.TalamoreGolfResort.com.

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.

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Raleigh, N.C. (March 9, 2015) –  Governor Pat McCrory announced today the positive results of a study measuring the statewide economic impact of the unprecedented back-to-back 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships, conducted by the United States Golf Association at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina June 9-22, 2014.  The report highlights include total estimated spending from visitors and the set-up and operations of the championships to be in excess of $140 million during the two-week celebration, with a total economic impact based on direct, indirect and induced outputs of more than $238 million.

“The state of North Carolina helped deliver a world-class event and the economic impact of the back-to-back championships reflects the outstanding success of this collaborative effort,” said Governor McCrory.  “We are already looking forward to the next major USGA event in our great state.”

The study, researched and completed by Gene Brothers, Ph. D, associate professor of equitable and sustainable tourism with North Carolina State University, concludes that the state and regional areas experienced significant economic boost as a result of pre-event staging activities and visitor spending over the two championship weeks. The study’s breakdown of direct and indirect expenditures for the two-week period encompassed a 26-county region. Lodging, food and beverage, shopping, retail, construction, ground transportation and recreation activities are among the categories reviewed.

“Pinehurst Resort and the USGA, along with community and state supporters left attendees with a new appreciation of how a world-class event should be staged,” said Caleb Miles, president and chief executive officer of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This strong visitor approval registered loud and clear at cash registers across the state and demonstrated the strength of the tourism brand in the state/region.”

Data was collected from a variety of sources, including on-site electronic kiosks that surveyed more than 10,000 spectators on spending habits during the championship weeks.

“The 2014 U.S. Open Championships was a collaborative effort between the United States Golf Association, state, county and local officials, especially in the areas of tourism, transportation and law enforcement,” said USGA Senior Managing Director for Open Championships and Association Relations Mike Butz. “This review validates the success of the championships and the importance of our long-standing relationship with the Pinehurst Resort to the local Sandhills region.”

Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s Course No. 2 has now hosted three U.S. Open Championships (1999, 2005, 2014), one U.S. Women’s Open (2014) and one U.S. Senior Open (1994). Martin Kaymer won this year’s U.S. Open, while Michelle Wie claimed the U.S. Women’s Open title one week later.

The USGA will return to Pinehurst for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship May 27-31, 2017.

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.