Pinehurst, North Carolina

Coordinates: 35°11′32″N 79°28′06″W / 35.19222°N 79.46833°W / 35.19222; -79.46833
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
Mystic Cottage (1900), historic building in the district
Mystic Cottage (1900), historic building in the district
Official seal of Pinehurst, North Carolina
Home of American Golf
Location in Moore County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Moore County and the state of North Carolina.
Coordinates: 35°11′32″N 79°28′06″W / 35.19222°N 79.46833°W / 35.19222; -79.46833
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Named forIts location in a pine forest[1]
 • MayorJohn Strickland
 • ManagerJeff Sanborn
 • Village17.36 sq mi (44.95 km2)
 • Land16.71 sq mi (43.28 km2)
 • Water0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
Elevation509 ft (155 m)
 • Village17,581
 • Density1,052.19/sq mi (406.24/km2)
 • Urban
50,319 (US: 506th)[3]
 • Urban density1,058.1/sq mi (408.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
28370, 28374[5]
Area codes910, 472
FIPS code37-51940[6]
GNIS feature ID2407523[4]
Pinehurst Historic District
Area250 acres (100 ha)
Built1895 (1895)
ArchitectFrederick Law Olmsted
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No.73001361[7]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPAugust 14, 1973
Designated NHLDJune 19, 1996

Pinehurst is a village in Moore County, North Carolina, United States.[8] As of the 2020 census, the village population was 17,581.[9] It is home of the historic Pinehurst Resort, a Golf resort, which has hosted multiple United States Open Championships in the sport. 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.[10] 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 three decades: Pinehurst No. 2 will host the Men's U.S. Open in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047.[11]

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.

The World Golf Hall of Fame, currently located in St. Augustine, Florida, will be relocating its physical presence to Pinehurst in 2024.[12]


In 1895, James Walker Tufts purchased 500 acres (200 ha), and eventually purchased an additional 5,500 acres (2,200 ha), 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".[13] Tufts retained Frederick Law Olmsted to design the village, which features curving lanes and a picturesque central green.[10][14]

Originally dubbed Tuftstown during development, Tuftstown became the village of Pinehurst, and home of the Pinehurst Resort. In 1980, the village became a municipality.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

The Lloyd-Howe House, Pinehurst Historic District and Pinehurst Race Track are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


The village has a total area of 17.2 square miles (44.5 km2), of which 16.6 square miles (43 km2) is land and 0.6 square mile (1.5 km2) (3.37%) is water.

Three streams, Aberdeen Creek, Horse Creek, and Joes Fork, have their headwaters in the Pinehurst area.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[18]

2020 census[edit]

Pinehurst racial composition[19]
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. The median income for a household in the village was $92,342, and the median income for a family was $108,433. About 2.2% of families were below the poverty line.

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  1. ^ "North Carolina Gazetteer". Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau (December 29, 2022). "2020 Census Qualifying Urban Areas and Final Criteria Clarifications". Federal Register.
  4. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pinehurst, North Carolina
  5. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS – Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  10. ^ a b "NHL nomination for Pinehurst Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "USGA Announces Plans for Golf House Pinehurst and Five U.S. Open Championships at Pinehurst".
  12. ^ "USGA, World Golf Hall of Fame Join Forces in Pinehurst". July 20, 2022.
  13. ^ Tufts Archives; Archived August 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Tufts, Leonard (1906). Pinehurst, N.C., a brief description of the leading health and recreation resort of the South. p. 5. county, North Carolina was founded by.
  15. ^ "Village of Pinehurst History". Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  16. ^ Hosken, Chris (June 17, 1999). "Pinehurst". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  17. ^ Village sues Pinehurst Inc over name; Associated Press.
  18. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  19. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  20. ^ "Variety Kids Telethon On Channel 7 &". Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  21. ^ For what it's worth; Some advice to young harness racing drivers[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "Meet Seth Maness, the Cardinals' best all-around athlete". March 14, 2015.
  23. ^ "Marshall Declares at Pinehurst Home That He Has No Plans for the Future". The New York Times. January 8, 1949. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 22, 2021.

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