Okay, before I start, I should explain that I've never stayed here and probably won't since we live locally. Having said that, read the other reviews for info on the rooms. However, I will write this review based on the bar and restaurant.
We were volunteering for the US Open last week and ran into a lot of golfing greats: Peter Jacobson, Ben Crenshaw, John Feinstein and others all ate and hung out at the Pine Crest. The inn is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It was purchased three years after it was built by Donald Ross and he owned it until his death in 1948. If you're lucky, you may get to meet him, well, rather his doppelgänger, dressed in tweed suit and plus fours.
Most of the greats have visited here. Sit at the bar and let the bartender regale you with stories. Or sit on the expansive quintessentially Southern porch and enjoy a drink. Weekends there is usually music. You will find locals blending seamlessly with hotel guests.
As for the restaurant, food is great and more should take advantage of the breakfast (called brunch, but cooked to order and served at the table). It is ample and inexpensive. Also, at dinner, I loved the shrimp and grits.
Don't come to Pinehurst without scheduling a visit to the Pine Crest. You would miss an essential part of the ambience without it.
- Also Known As:
- The Pine Crest Hotel Pinehurst