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Pinehurst Resort

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Founded in 1895 in the heart of the North Carolina Sandhills, Pinehurst Resort ® features nine world-class golf courses, an award-winning spa, three historic hotels, 40 condominiums, tennis and other recreational activities. Widely known as the cradle of American golf, Pinehurst has served as host to more single golf championships that any other site in America, with events including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches and many other national championships. In 2014, Pinehurst and No. 2 hosted unprecedented U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in back-to-back weeks.

Pinehurst Resort was originally established in 1895 by James Walker Tufts as a health retreat. The towering pines and mild Southern breezes were thought to have medicinal effects. The firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape designer acclaimed for creating New York City’s Central Park, prepared the physical plan for the Village of Pinehurst.

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Accommodation at Pinehurst:


Pinehurst offers three historic hotels, as well as condominiums and villas, all within walking distance of one another and each located within the charming Village of Pinehurst. Complimentary resort transportation is offered from all accommodations to golf and other resort amenities.

  • The Carolina (or the Carolina Hotel) opened in 1901 and was soon dubbed the “Queen of the South.” This signature hotel has 230 guest rooms including suites. The Carolina is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Holly (or the Holly Inn) was Pinehurst’s first hotel and is located in the heart of The Village. The Four Diamond Holly features 82 guest rooms and suites each as unique as the hotel itself. Every detail has been attended to. Decorating the walls and floors are a series of natural botanical prints and images, reminiscent of times gone by. You’ll see the fine touches in every nook, from the jewel-toned Tiffany lamps, to the reading selection in the library, and to the comfort of a rocking chair in your guest room.
  • The Manor (or the Manor Inn) is located a short walk from the Carolina Hotel and is the most modest of Pinehurst’s 3 hotels. Built in 1923, the Manor features 42 guest rooms including suites and adjoining rooms.
  • The Carolina Villas are located adjacent to the Carolina Hotel and feature 4 separately-keyed bedrooms each with 2 queen beds, connecting to a central living area and kitchen. First floor Villas feature a private patio. Second floor Villas feature a private porch. The Villas are ideal for golf groups.
  • The Condominiums feature either golf course or lake views and are located a short shuttle ride from The Village and other resort amenities. Two and three-bedroom condominiums each feature a full kitchen and spacious living area.

 

Golf Courses:


Pinehurst features nine golf courses by world-class designers like Donald Ross, Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. Pinehurst No. 2 is consistently placed among the nation’s top courses. No. 4 and No. 8 are also nationally ranked. The following links will take you to dedicated pages for each course: Pinehurst No.1, Pinehurst No.2, Pinehurst No.3, Pinehurst No.4, Pinehurst No.5, Pinehurst No.6, Pinehurst No.7, Pinehurst No.8 & Pinehurst No.9

Dining Facilities:


  • Carolina Dining Room (CDR) – Step back in time in our most expansive dining room, offering breakfast and dinner. Executive Chef Thierry Debailleul’s amazing menu features hand-selected aged beef and signature dry seasoning rub for our steaks and chops. Menus change seasonally, invoking the fresh flavors of the area.
  • The Deuce Situated on the veranda overlooking the historic 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2, The Deuce features made-from-scratch cuisine in a relaxed setting. Featuring an open-air bar, our newest restaurant and bar offers the best view of the famed course’s historic finishing hole where the game’s greatest players have prevailed. Adorned with vintage photographs and other memorabilia illustrating the storied history of No. 2, The Deuce serves lunch as well as an array of appetizers through dusk. The bar features a variety of creative cocktails and nearly a dozen craft beers on draft, including North Carolina microbrews.
  • The Ryder Cup Lounge – Named for the 1951 Ryder Cup held at Pinehurst, this casual restaurant and bar surrounds you with history. Located in the Carolina Hotel, The Ryder Cup’s unique menu includes classic American fare with a twist.
  • The 1895 Grille – The 1895 Grille at the historic Holly is a Four-Star dining experience in every way. Serving breakfast and dinner, this intimate fine dining room features an exceptional menu straight from Carolina Farms to our tables. Our award-winning chefs also prepare nightly specials making each visit unique. Don’t forget to order the triple chocolate soufflé to cap off your perfect meal.
  • The Tavern – An antique bar brought over the pond from Scotland is the centerpiece of The Tavern, a cozy spot for lunch and dinner. The menu features a variety of unique sandwiches, salads and soups for lunch and a more hearty menu of pasta, beef and other entrees in the evening. You don’t want to miss the complimentary homemade chips. Outdoor patio seating overlooking The Villagecenter is seasonably available.

 

Resort Activities


Pinehurst offers any array of relaxing amenities beyond the golf course.
The Spa at Pinehurst – The AAA Four Diamond Spa at Pinehurst is a sanctuary of tranquility with classically inspired architecture and a menu of more than 50 relaxing treatments. Experience the highly results-oriented Pinehurst Facial or the ultra-luxe Thermo-Marine Mud Body Treatment. The Spa also features a fitness center and full- service salon.

Tennis – Pinehurst features 18 clay courts and a staff of USPTA certified professional instructors ready to teach and play. Resort guests enjoy access to all tennis amenities including ball machine, equipment and court rentals.

Croquet & Lawn Bowls – The classic games of croquet and lawn bowling are alive and vibrant activities at Pinehurst. Two croquet courts and one lawn bowling green are open to resort guests for this fun, competitive but low- key activity. Lessons and equipment are available for individuals or groups. You can play with Pinehurst Country Club Members or arrange for your own court time.

Lake Pinehurst – Pinehurst features a 200-acre private lake where guests can swim, fish, boat or just relax on the beach. Kayaks, paddleboards and pontoon boats are available to rent for a day on the water. Rods and tackle are also available so you can catch everything from largemouth bass to catfish. Free resort shuttle service is available to the Lake from any resort hotel.

Village of Pinehurst – The charming Village of Pinehurst features boutique shops and pubs meant to be explored. Take a guided walking tour of historic homes, visit the Tufts Archives, which showcases the history of Pinehurst, or take a romantic carriage ride through the winding Village streets.

Mission Hills Shenzhen China

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Visit Mission Hills Shenzhen in China with Golf Tours Abroad and discover the world’s largest golf resort. Our Mission Hills Shenzhen China Golf Package offers is a fabulous China Golf Holiday.

For the full details on our China Golf Tour Packages to Mission Hills Shenzhen, please go to our Mission Hills Shenzhen tour page or you may like to check out our Mission Hills Haikou Golf Package. To view the full range of China golf destinations, please visit our China Golf Holiday Packages page. Please read on to discover why you should visit the largest golf resort in the world.

The extensive Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Shenzhen is spread over an enormously large area, spanning 2 towns and boasting an incredible 12 championship courses. The resort has 2 major 5-Star Resort Hotel Complexes – each adorned with a great selection of restaurants, golf courses and spa & recreational facilities. Mission Hills operate a complimentary resort shuttle service that operates regularly to transfer resort guests between the main Shenzhen resort complex, the Mid-valley Clubhouse and the Dongguan Resort Complex & Clubhouse. Resort guests utilise the shuttle service to reach the various golf courses, restaurants and spa & recreational facilities that are spread across the 3 key sections. In 2005, Mission Hills made history with the acknowledgement by the Guinness Book of Records for reaching a massive 216 holes in the one venue. Mission Hills regularly hosts amateur and professional tournaments throughout the year making the venue a buzzing hive of activity all year round.

Golf Tours Abroad is an official agent for Mission Hills and we’re able to tailor a China Golf Holiday to match your needs and your budget. Having the ability to speak a number of Chinese dialects, our experienced staff will liaise with the resort management and take care of all your arrangements. As we also own our sister China Tour company LetsdoChina.com, we can incorporate a visit to Mission Hills China into any of our comprehensive range of China Tours and Hong Kong stopovers to add amazing value to your China golfing holiday. Whether you are a DIY traveller or someone who prefers an escorted tour, our China Golf Tours are bound to exceed your expectations.

Mission Hills Shenzhen Golf Courses


Each of the 12 Championship Courses at Mission Hills Shenzhen have been designed by some of golf’s most memorable players. Current Mission Hills policy permits non-members to play 10 of the 12 courses, which normally excludes the Zhang Lian Wei & Pete Dye courses – on occasion these courses may be played upon special request. The size of the complex is literally mind-blowing and the courses are spread over 3 main locations. Free resort shuttle mini-vans operate regularly to transfer golfers between the main Shenzhen resort complex, the Mid-valley Clubhouse and the Dongguan Resort Complex & Clubhouse. Interesting to note, the Annika, Els, Ozaki and Rose-Poulter courses are flood-lit to enable the golfing insomniacs to play late rounds into the evening. Each course at Mission Hills has been designed to offer a wide variety of challenges leaving you with a great sense of achievement by the end of your trip. For further detailed information on each course, follow these links:

Mission Hills Resort Facilities


When you’re not on the course, Mission Hills offers a number of first class Clubhouse facilities to make your stay a very memorable occasion. Choose from a total of 7 Restaurants and Cafés serving a delicious variety of Japanese, Cantonese and other Asian and Western cuisine expertly prepared by master chefs. It is also common to use the shuttle service to experience different restaurants and other resort facilities which are all at your convenience as a guest of the resort. Mission Hills is also suitably equipped with an abundance of sporting and fitness facilities. Whether it’s swimming pools, tennis courts, archery or the fitness centre, guests looking for further activities are well provided for. If you’re in need of a golf lesson to sharpen your game, visit the popular Golf Academy for some expert tuition. Practice your swing at one of 6 driving ranges and stock up on clothing, equipment and accessories at the golf shop that’s touted as possibly Asia’s largest.

Spa Facilities


Mission Hills’ Spa facilities offer guests and extensive range of elegant indulgences designed to provide you with total relaxation and comfort. Whether its skin care, massage or health & beauty treatments – there’s an impressive variety of spa treatments to choose from. The highly-skilled staff are warm and friendly and their much-sort-after sessions are an essential for the avid golfer or partner to sooth the soul and reinvigorate the body. Spa facilities are located at the Dongguan Clubhouse complex and at Mid-Valley and the resort’s complimentary shuttle service will pick you up and deliver you home when you are finished.

MH Centreville


Mission Hills has now opened its MH Centreville Shopping & Entertainment Centre. Board the complimentary resort shuttle service and check out this amazing complex for shopping, dining, movies, entertainment. MH Centreville has over 50 food outlets to choose from, so you won’t go home hungry and we doubt you’ll have time to sample half of what is on offer at this mega entertainment complex.

How to Get There


The majority of our clients fly directly into Hong Kong International Airport or Guangzhou International Airport whereby we transfer you to Mission Hills Shenzhen by road which takes approximately 90 minutes. Alternatively, flying directly into Shezhen offers you the shortest road trip of all to reach the resort. Golf Tours Abroad provide all the necessary supporting documentation and advice for visa applications along with an extensive information pack prior to your arrival for staying and playing the largest golf resort in the world. When you arrive by air, you’ll be met after exiting customs by transport staff and transferred via road in a very comfortable trip to the resort.

For further details on our tour packages to Mission Hills and other China golf destinations, please go to our Mission Hills Shenzhen tour page China Golf Tours for package inclusions and a downloadable tour brochure that details package inclusions, exclusions and important information.

Pinehurst No.9 Course

Experience Pinehurst No.9 Course with Golf Tours Abroad. Designed by Jack Nicklaus this magnificent 7,118-yard course is meticulously designed and a must to play.


Course: Pinehurst No.9
Location: North Carolina, USA
Designers: Jack Nicklaus
Built: 1988
# of Holes: 18
Distance: 7,118 yards from Gold Markers
Course Par: 72
Bunkers: 58
Longest Hole: 4th hole – 571 yards from Gold Markers
Shortest Hole: 12th hole – 176 yards from Gold Markers
Caddies: Yes – Single Premium, Double Bag & Forecaddies
Carts: Yes
Accommodation: Yes


Built by Jack Nicklaus in 1988, Pinehurst No. 9 is a magnificent 7,118-yard course and is as meticulously designed as it is compelling. An intriguingly well-balanced course, this Nicklaus classic features wide fairways and undulating putting surfaces that test your mind and your true golfing ability. Each hole has been customized to create a great diversity in the way it can be played. Added to this uniqueness are tall pines, grassy swales, groomed waste areas and a natural variety of lakes and streambeds beautifully fashioned to give No. 9 its own distinctive look.

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Pinehurst No.8 Course

Experience Pinehurst No.8 Course with Golf Tours Abroad. Designed by Tom Fazio in 1996, it’s spread over 420 scenic acres of rolling terrain & natural wetlands.


Course: Pinehurst No.8
Location: North Carolina, USA
Designers: Tom Fazio
Built: 1996
# of Holes: 18
Distance: 7,099 yards from Gold Markers
Course Par: 72
Bunkers: 58
Longest Hole: 6th hole – 605 yards from Blue Markers
Shortest Hole: 5th hole – 149 yards from Blue Markers
Caddies: Yes – Single Premium, Double Bag & Forecaddies
Carts: Yes
Accommodation: Yes


Pinehurst No. 8 also known as the Centennial Course, was designed in 1996 by Tom Fazio in celebration of Pinehurst’s 100th birthday. Fazio took full advantage of the 420 acres of rolling terrain and natural wetlands to fashion a course that’s visually enthralling, challenging and yet fun to play. Some feel that Pinehurst No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst ® golf experience into one layout better than any of the other courses, and many mid and higher-handicappers find it the most enjoyable and scenic track to play.

Visit our Pinehurst North Carolina web page to view and book a golf package at Pinehurst Resort.