Pinehurst Resort

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Pinehurst Resort is an upmarket spa resort in the U.S. state of North Carolina which is well known as a tournament golf venue.

Pinehurst was founded by Boston soda fountain magnate James Walker Tufts. He purchased five and a half thousand acres at around a dollar an acre in 1895 and opened the Holly Inn that New Year's Eve. The first golf course was laid out in 1897/98, and the first championship held at Pinehurst was United North and South Amateur Championship of 1901. Pinehurst's best known course, Pinehurst No.2 was completed in 1907 to designs by Donald Ross, who was associated with Pinehurst for nearly half a century.

The first major staged at Pinehurst was the 1936 PGA Championship which was won by Denny Shute. In 1951 the resort hosted the Ryder Cup and in 1991 and 1992 it was the venue for The Tour Championship. In 1999 Pinehurst staged its second major, the U.S. Open, which was won by Payne Stewart. It also hosted the 2005 U.S. Open, which was won by New Zealand's Michael Campbell.

The resort now has eight golf courses, three hotels, a spa and extensive sports and leisure facilities. In 1996 Pinehurst was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Championship Croquet

Pinehurst is also the home of 3 championship croquet courts and 1 lawn bowling court. Players from around the country are attracted to this resort to play six wicket championship croquet. Mack Penwell is a US national champion, member of the USCA croquet hall of fame and croquet professional at Pinehurst resort.

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