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Pinehurst, North Carolina
Mystic Cottage (1900), historic building in the district
Mystic Cottage (1900), historic building in the district
The Home of American Golf
Location in Moore County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Moore County and the state of North Carolina.
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Moore
Founded 1895
Municipality 1980
 • Total 17.34 sq mi (44.90 km2)
 • Land 16.69 sq mi (43.23 km2)
 • Water 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
561 ft (171 m)
 • Total 13,124
 • Estimate 
 • Density 995.75/sq mi (384.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
28370, 28374
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-51940
GNIS feature ID 1021933
Pinehurst Historic District
Area 250 acres (100 ha)
Built 1895 (1895)
Architect Frederick Law Olmsted
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No. 73001361
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 14, 1973
Designated NHLD June 19, 1996

Pinehurst is a village in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,124. It is home of the historic Pinehurst Resort, a Golf resort, which has hosted multiple United States Open Championships in Golf. The village lies adjacent to the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, which has hosted multiple U.S. Open tournaments in Women's Golf. A large portion of the central village, including the resort complexes, is a National Historic Landmark District, designated in 1996 for its landscape design (by Frederick Law Olmsted) and its significance in the history of golf in the United States. Pinehurst has been designated as the "Home of American Golf" by the United States Golf Association, which announced a second headquarters in the village in 2020. The area is also known for its strong equestrian community, has hosted the former Stoneybrook Steeplechase, and currently maintains the Pinehurst Harness Track. Fox hunting is also a common sport in the area.

Despite the village's relatively small size, the resort will host the men's U.S. Open five times in the next two decades: Pinehurst No. 2 will host the Men's U.S. Open in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047.

In addition to the Pinehurst Resort, the village is home to The Country Club of North Carolina. In the immediate area surrounding Pinehurst, there are more than 40 other golf courses.


In 1895, James Walker Tufts purchased 500 acres (2.0 km2), and eventually purchased an additional 5,500 acres (22 km2), of land for approximately $1.25 per acre in the North Carolina Sandhills, with the vision of building a "health resort for people of modest means". Tufts retained Frederick Law Olmsted to design the village, which features curving lanes and a pictureseque central green.

Originally dubbed Tuftstown during development, Tuftstown became the village of Pinehurst, and home of the Pinehurst Resort. In 1890, the village became a municipality.

The first golf course at Pinehurst Resort was laid out in 1897-1898. The first championship held at Pinehurst was the United North and South Amateur Championship of 1901. The best known course, Pinehurst No. 2, was designed by Donald Ross and completed in 1907. Pinehurst Race Track was established in 1915. The resort now has nine golf courses, three hotels, a spa, and extensive sports and leisure facilities.

In 1999, National Public Radio reported that many local business owners in Pinehurst were upset because the Pinehurst Resort was using lawsuits to prevent local businesses from using the term "Pinehurst" in the names of their businesses. The village council sought a written guarantee from the Pinehurst Resort that it would not force any business in the village to remove the name "Pinehurst" from its name unless the business is a direct competitor. The request came a week later in a local newspaper. The village also sued the resort over control of the name shared between the resort and village.

The Lloyd-Howe House, Pinehurst Historic District and Pinehurst Race Track are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Pinehurst is located at 35°11′46″N 79°27′51″W / 35.19611°N 79.46417°W / 35.19611; -79.46417 (35.196053, -79.464109). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 14.9 square miles (38.6 km²), of which, 14.3 square miles (37.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (3.89%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,016
1960 1,124 10.6%
1970 1,056 −6.0%
1990 5,103
2000 9,706 90.2%
2010 13,124 35.2%
2019 (est.) 16,620 26.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Pinehurst racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 15,190 86.4%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 555 3.16%
Native American 75 0.43%
Asian 381 2.17%
Pacific Islander 7 0.04%
Other/Mixed 682 3.88%
Hispanic or Latino 691 3.93%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 17,581 people, 7,301 households, and 4,991 families residing in the village.

Points of interest


  • Moore County Airport


  • Sandhills Community College
  • Pinecrest High School
  • Pinehurst Elementary School
  • Sandhills Classical Christian School

Notable people

  • Donna Andrews, professional LPGA golfer, six-time tournament winner including the Nabisco Dinah Shore
  • Rick Azar, former television sports anchor (WKBW-TV) and former radio play-by-play announcer of the Buffalo Bills
  • Brian Bass, MLB pitcher
  • Bill Beutel, news reporter and anchor for ABC News and WABC-TV in New York City, resided in Pinehurst following his retirement from broadcast journalism
  • Charles E. Brady Jr., former physician, captain in the U.S. Navy, and NASA astronaut
  • Del Cameron, Hall of Fame harness racing driver and trainer
  • Seth Maness, professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • George C. Marshall, U.S. Army chief of staff, secretary of state, and secretary of defense
  • Vince McMahon, professional wrestling promoter and owner and chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
  • William H. McRaven, U.S. Navy admiral
  • Carson Abel Roberts, U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant general
  • Tony Terry, R&B singer
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