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“Golfing Pinehurst #2”

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The Carolina Hotel - Pinehurst Resort
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Pinehurst
Certificate of Excellence
Mill Creek, Washington
1 review
“Golfing Pinehurst #2”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

The local community is great, many unique shops and restaurants. There is so much golf history here you can feel it!
Golfing #2 was an incredible experience. At first we debated on whether to get caddies or not. DON'T DEBATE IT! Get the caddies, they made the trip exponentially more enjoyable, and that is not an exaggeration. Think about it, if you ride a cart on the path next to the course, you do not get the feel of being there, where all the pros have walked over so many years. The stories and humor shared by our caddies had us laughing and enjoying the round more than I had imagined. Without their knowledge we would have scored much worse, and we learned from them as well (both were low handicap golfers in their own right).

We stayed at the Holly Inn, very comfortable and with a great Tavern for food and drink, with outstanding staff. The local shuttle service worked out extremely well, never had to wait long to get anywhere in the village.

I can't remember the name of one shop in particular, but it was a small golf memorabilia shop, full of historic pictures and autographs of famous moments and professionals, and very reasonably priced.

We truly had a wonderful time, and although in all not an inexpensive trip, most definitely worth it and a memory of being with my sons that I will cherish and talk about for a life time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Pinehurst resort is a terrific place for a golf vacation or a spa weekend. The rooms are lovely in the Carolina Inn; villa rooms are nice, but a bit darker. If traveling with a group, the villas and attached common area could be a great solution. We've stayed several times and it's been pretty consistent. The spa is fabulous; massages and facials have been very good; be specific about what you want, and they deliver. You can take advantage of all spa amenities as a client of any service; definitely worth it. While I've personally not played golf, the course is apparently terrific - almost any one of the courses is a treat.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

Wonderful resort.
Charming and beautiful in many ways with an extensive variety.
Golf Academy couldn't have been better.
Top notch pros who truly take the time to customize and individualize instruction.
A nice variety of restaurants.
Service was up to par!

  • Stayed September 2012
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed at The Carolina for one of Pinehursts famous Food & Wine Festivals. The festival was a lot of fun although I was easily one of the youngest people in attendance. There were a couple of occasions when some of the wine vendors were stingy with their pours but for the most part it was a room of very enthusiastic food and wine professionals catering to a large crowd of food and wine lovers. The room was beautiful and the bed was the perfect comfort level for our 'Food & Wine Festival Hangovers'. Would love to come back and check out the golf courses.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for our wedding weekend and wanted and expected a fabulous experience due to price and reputation. We were disappointed to say the least. This supposed 5 star hotel lacked basic amentities found at every hotel, even a comfort inn, such as cribs ! Bath tub and floor had a weird , dangerous difference in level and almost broke my neck. Service was not high caliber. There were loud obnoxious employees at one point gossiping in Lobby of this beautiful establishment. Not classy or professional. Consistency was lacking in whether or not they felt like opening doors for us, even when I was carrying a baby . Most of the time there was no service, not even that of basic hotels. We were very disappointed and frankly wish we would have saved 1200 dollars and stayed at the homewood suites with everyone else. We thought we would splurge for our wedding and get some five star treatment but we only received the price tag. I hoped for better but it seems like the Carolina just doesnt think they need to put in any effort.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

My husband and I stopped here on the way home from dropping our only child off at UVA. My husband played golf and I spent time at the spa. What a beautiful hotel and grounds! It was a perfect place to stay on our way home to be empty nesters.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We enjoyed a long weekend at Pinehurst, staying at the Carolina. The hotel has a great deal of turn-of-the-century charm and graciousness. It is easy to get from one Pinehurst location to another by the shuttle system, and the Spa and Village of Pinehurst are just steps away...the village is a huge bonus. The rooms are large, with older-type amenities (sitting room, yet small bathroom) which added to the charm. We definitely want to go back, but would advise fellow travelers to be aware of a few charges. There is a $29/night resort fee, which added 10% to the cost of our room. But this doesn't cover access to the spa, which is another $35. So - you pay $64 for the privilege of spending $500 at the spa. Didn't make sense to us. Then, all charges at the resort come with an 18% service fee. Meals, coffee, bottled water, etc. So if you aren't careful, you will automatically add 20% tip at a restaurant, ending up paying 38% service charge (on top of the $29 resort fee). The huge breakfast buffet is good, especially if it is included in your golf package, and drinks on the porch are memorable, if quite expensive ($11 for a mixed drink). Next time, we will have our dinners in the village at one of the small pubs - but we want to return to Pinehurst/Carolina soon. The golf is what you would expect...world class.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Carolina Hotel - Pinehurst Resort
Address: 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Location: United States > North Carolina > Pinehurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Pinehurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Carolina Hotel - Pinehurst Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 274
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Some say you can feel the spirit of Pinehurst as you turn onto Carolina Vista, the tree-lined avenue that leads to the Carolina hotel. This majestic century-old hotel with its signature copper cupola and sweeping verandas make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to an era when elegance defined grand hotels and resorts. Dubbed the “Queen of the South,” the Carolina has 274 Four-Diamond guest rooms including suites.Pinehurst Resort features nine golf courses, an award-winning Spa, a charming village, tennis, beach club and other amenities including an active Kids Club. Kids 12 and under stay and play golf free when staying in the same room as the parents. ... more   less 
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