Luxury Golf Resorts: In 1895 James W. Tufts sold his shares of the American
Soda Fountain Company and bought 5,550 acres of land
for just over a dollar an acre. The impetus of the
purchase was to transform the land into a health
resort. Frederick Law Olmsted, who is the same
landscape architect of NYC's Central Park, designed
the area's landscape with the assistance of 450
workers. Building a golf course on the land was
actually an afterthought spurred on by complaints
received from local farmers. With niblicks in hand,
guests were spotted hitting "little white balls" onto
farmlands and scaring cows. In 1898 Tufts commissioned
Dr. LeRoy Culver to design Pinehurst's first golf
course, which was a nine-hole course. Holy cow!
By the 1920s, golf legend Bobby Jones referred to
Pinehurst as "the St. Andrews of United States golf."
Today there is no facility in the U.S. steeper in
tradition or acclaim. Every legend of the game has
played on these hallowed grounds. Pinehurst's No. 2
course held the 1999 and the 2005 U.S. Open
If golf is at the forefront, the Village of Pinehurst,
North Carolina, welcomes all comers. The sprawling
resort handles social or business events, golfing
getaways, and even a personally structured golf event.
Numerous Four Diamond Ranked luxury hotels dot the
landscape, such as The Carolina and the Holly Inn.
Aside from golf, there are sufficient activities to
appease all luxury seekers. But honestly, if you
aren't an avid golf enthusiast . it might be best to
keep that a secret.