The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort

A charming, tree-lined golfer's paradise
With eight 18-hole courses designed by the sport’s leading names, including Fazio, Jones, Maples and Ross, the 31 miles of golf at The Carolina at the Pinehurst Resort contain 780 bunkers and the largest number of golf holes in the world at a single resort. This Victorian-era hotel provides guests with handsomely furnished accommodations and first-class service.

Tree-lined walkways, weeping willows, and colorful flowers —these are just a few of the things that make this property beautiful. You can sit on the luxury hotel’s wraparound porch and watch golfers on the practice green and take in the surrounding beauty.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel that down-home warmth and Southern charm from the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel’s staff. We felt it throughout the property, where the friendly staff will be sure to take care of you and often stops to chat with you during your visit.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Between the eight golf courses, the pools, equestrian activities, jogging trails, boat rentals, croquet, tennis, walking tours and even a teen adventure program, there’s not much reason to leave this luxurious resort.
  • The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel is a great place for families, as there are tons of activities to keep adults and kids relaxed and busy. Kids will love the pool, as well as biking around the area. There are also family-friendly dining options and plenty of outdoor space for kids to run free.
  • You don’t want to miss the daily afternoon tea that takes place in The Carolina’s lobby. Choose from various teas and coffee — you can also a cold, sweetened tea, which is a staple in North Carolina. Enjoy cookies and other sweet treats and mingle with other guests.
  • The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Spa at Pinehurst is definitely award-winning for a reason. Set in a large, stand-alone building, it’s the perfect place to get in a workout, and then get a massage or other spa service. If you’re not spending most of your day golfing, spend your time here.
Things to Know
  • When you’re making your reservation, be sure to let the reservationist know that you want to stay at The Carolina, as there are other options at Pinehurst to stay including The Holly Inn, The Manor as well as villas and condos on the property.
  • Keep in mind that you’ll want to rent a car to take you from the airport to the hotel — alternatively; the hotel offers shuttle transportation for a fee. This is definitely the way to go if you’re planning on spending most of your time at the resort.
  • It gets hot in Pinehurst, especially during the middle of summer, so you’ll want to cool off at the hotel’s large pool, complete with a kid’s pool, snack bar, pool toys and comfortable lounge chairs.
  • With eight golf courses, golf is a huge draw to visiting Pinehurst. Be sure to make your tee time in advance so you can get on the courses early.
The Rooms
  • The guest rooms at The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort are traditional and spacious, with neutral hues throughout, including brown, beige, cream, blue and red, along with dark wooden furnishings and a work desk.
  • You’ll find the closets are on the smaller side, but remember that the hotel was built in 1901 — a time when closets were always small.
  • The bathrooms are also on the small side, but you’ll find a tub/shower combination, a smaller sink and black and white tiled floors.
  • Sunlight streams through the bedroom and bathroom windows. Rooms at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel are comfortable, with chairs and small tables, so you can sit and relax while you watch your flat-screen TV.
The Restaurants
  • The Carolina Dining Room, first opened in 1901, makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.
  • The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the indulgent breakfast buffet of made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit and Southern favorites is not to be missed before a round of golf on one of the resort’s eight pristine golf courses.
  • For dinner, executive chef Thierry Debailleul carves hand-selected, aged beef with a signature dry rub for steaks and chops. The decadent cuisine also includes options like the foie gras terrine and Maine lobster salad, pork tenderloin with crispy pancetta and lamb Porterhouse with house lamb sausage.
  • And for dessert, you can order a Pinehurst brownie sundae topped with three kinds of ice cream and hot fudge, caramel sauce and candied pecans. The Carolina Dining Room also includes seasonal dishes using fresh produce from local farmers.
  • With eight pristine golf courses in Pinehurst, it’s only natural that The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort have a bar for a post-course cocktail, The Ryder Cup Lounge. Memorabilia of the event’s history surrounds the lounge and the drink menu includes golf-themed beverages, such as the Arnold Palmer.
Getting There
1 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374
RDU (1 h 15 min-1 h 25 min)   GSO   CLT  
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