The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst
What We Love
- An elegant hotel at a historic golf retreat in the Sandhills, with your choice of spa and golf perksTeeing off at a resort that’s hosted more single golf championships than any other site in America
- Enjoying a complimentary smoothie while relaxing poolside at the award-winning spa
- Exploring the 2015 Travel + Leisure 500 pick’s culinary program, staffed by a team of more than 100
- Splitting up days on the golfing green with trips around the Village, housing croquet and tennis courts, shops and more
What To Know
- Free valet parking and WiFi throughout
- Rocking chairs on the veranda are the best place to unwind
- The on-site Pro Shop has surprisingly decent prices for such a historic golf resort
Have the fairway your way at The Carolina Hotel, a century-old, AAA Four Diamond gem dubbed “the Queen of the South.” This elegant hideaway is part of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning Pinehurst Resort, a mega-historic golfing retreat in the North Carolina Sandhills. The resort boasts a whopping nine courses, with a wide range of styles and by a wide range of designers (Donald Ross, Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus are three). They include one where Tiger Woods won the 1992 Big I Junior Classic (No. 7), one that dates back to 1898 (No. 1) and three that appeared on Golfweek’s 2015 list of the best in America: No. 8, No. 4 and No. 2. The latter has been described as one of the two places in the world that every golfer should visit – by Ben Crenshaw, no less – and hosted both the US Open and US Women’s Open in 2014.
In fact, Pinehurst has hosted a lot of single golf championships – more than any other site in America. It also houses a golf academy that Golf Digest called one of the best of 2016. And you might say that the accommodation, dining and wellness offerings are, ahem, on par with those in the golfing department: The various residences are elegant and comfortable, the seasoned culinary staffers number more than 100, and the spa provides treatments like a sweet-tea sugar scrub and marine mud wrap. The Village of Pinehurst, with its charming shops and historic homes, is just steps from the hotel. All this, plus biking trails, shops and courts for tennis, croquet and lawn bowling, make this property a true luxury-travel destination, worthy of its spot in 2015’s Travel + Leisure 500. So whichever of those world-class fairways it is that brings you here, consider it your fairway to heaven.
Traditional accommodations at The Carolina Hotel are exactly what you’d expect from a century-old, AAA Four Diamond winner: elegant and sophisticated, with classic details like a wood-and-wrought-iron headboard and calming neutral hues. Don’t worry, there are plenty of modern touches, as well, from the LCD flat-screen TV to the complimentary Wi-Fi.
With a staff of more than 100 culinarians, Pinehurst is able to offer a first-class dining program, one whose restaurants run the gamut from the AAA Four Diamond 1895 Grill at the Holly Inn to a tavern and a coffee shop. The formal dining room is under the supervision of Chef Thierry Debailleul, a graduate of Paris’ prestigious Ecole Jean Ferrandi who cut his teeth at various Michelin-ranked and Mobil-rated restaurants around the world, and its breakfast is widely considered one of the best in the golf world.The Carolina Hotel itself is home to Carolina Dining room, serving seasonal fare for breakfast and dinner in a super-sumptuous setting. You can dine on unique American dishes at Ryder Cup Lounge, open Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 11pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 2pm. Carolina Coffee Shop is also on hand for coffee to go or a casual pastry or sandwich.
If swinging around that iron leaves you with some kinks to iron out, put yourself in the skillful hands of the Spa at Pinehurst therapists. Various massages are on offer for sore golfers, including the Champion’s Massage, which incorporates a golf ball. Of course, these are just a few of the many treatments on the spa menu, which run from a contouring seaweed wrap to a customized aromatherapy soak. Salon services are on hand, too, such as haircuts, manicures and waxes.
In the heart of the North Carolina Sandhills, Pinehurst Resort is one of the world’s most iconic golf resorts, featuring multiple Golfweek Best Courses in America 2015 and the legendary No. 2, where the US Open has taken place and which Bob Crenshaw described as one of the two places in the world that every golfer should visit. Golfing is just one of the activities that you can enjoy here, however, with biking paths and tennis, lawn-bowling and croquet courts also dotting the grounds. There’s also some shopping to enjoy in the Village at Pinehurst, and the streets of historic homes make for a lovely setting for a leisurely stroll.
How to Get There
Enjoyed our visit to this hotel very much
Book a package thru the hotel with Team Titleist that had a couple very nice features including a gift card and waiver of the premium fee for #2. Found this really by accident as I saw on an email from Team Titleist. Not sure how often they offer this, but it was a very good deal and also came with a club and ball fitting.
Found the rooms warm and spacious. Service was great from the staff and we really love the breakfast buffet. The bus system is nice too and it makes it easy to get around with no need of a car.
Our only disappointment was some poor weather and not getting to play #4. We were staying in the area at another hotel and had hoped to switch some things around to play it. Since we were moving off the property, they would not let us move the tee time but did refund the money for playing this course. Seemed odd as they had openings and we would have rather played than get the money back
Not cheap, but a fun experience.
This is my fourth trip here and it never disappoints. The hotel is an excellent place to stay. The rooms are nice, staff is friendly, food is excellent and the golf is outstanding. The hotel is conveniently located by all the courses and if you don’t golf there are plenty other things to do. Course #2 is always a must but #8 in my opinion is the best one here.
This historic resort (dining room included) is always on top of the excellent service provided to all guests. The dining room at the Carolina is formal yet not stuffy and the staff is so willing to accommodate you. The meal was delicious, we were not rushed, it was a truly excellent dinner.
We have been going to Pinehurst for over 13 years - it is an annual event for myself and three very close friends. The old southern charm style of the Pinehurst Resort makes it a very relaxed and enjoyable place to visit. The golf courses, at the resort, are known all over the world and they are every golfers dream to play. Highly recommend a trip to Pinehurst to experience it's wonderful charm and excellent golf.
The experience at Pinehurst starts right from the initial drive in to the hotel. The stately hotel is exceedingly welcoming and very grand. While the rooms themselves are cozy, they are fine, but could be slightly better soundproofed. Regardless, the rooms are not the main attraction, which is honestly the service of the staff. Each staff member seems to go out of their way to increase your overall enjoyment during your stay, which is true from the reception staff, to the gift shop staff, to the valet to the waiters. Despite the fact that Pinehurst is a destination that is well established, it is exceedingly nice to see the level of service remaining at such a high and impressive level. There are certainly other resorts of similar caliber (that I will not mention) where the service has certainly dropped off and they simply rest on the status of their 'name'. That is not the case here and Pinehurst and the Carolina Hotel are worthy of repeat visits.