My husband loves to golf so I’ve been lucky to tag along to some world class golf resorts. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Pebble Beach, the Broadmoor, Sea Island Resort, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the American Club at Whistling Straits Golf Course, Brandon Dunes, Cabot Cliffs, Torrey Pines among others. Pinehurst has been on our bucket list for a long time and we finally made it. (We are on a quest to play the top 100 golf courses in the world).
The Carolina Hotel was opened in 1901 and has 230 Four Diamond rated guest rooms and suites. The resort also includes other properties: the Holly Inn and Manor Inn as well as condos.
It’s considered a four star hotel but it has five star prices. I thought the rooms were tiny and slightly worn looking. We had no view. Really nothing plush or special. And considering the price tag, I think I’d rather go to the other golf resorts. Service was good and everyone was very nice and friendly. Overall, it just didn’t feel as high end as other resorts.
However the golf is the real star of this show. Nine full courses including the prestigious number 2 which is a top golf course in the world. Currently #4 is being redone. We played numbers 2, 7, & 8. My husband’s favorite was 2.
We got a package with one round of golf and breakfast for two daily. Our stay being at the Carolina. Golf Rounds include #1 and #3-9. Play on #2, the world ranked course was $250 additional. Or a round on #2 was $425 without hotel stay. The other courses vary prices from $100-$300 per round
The Carolina Hotel has two restaurants, the Carolina dining room and Ryder Cup Lounge on property. The golf clubs also have dining outlets, in addition to restaurants at the other two hotels.
We checked out the Ryder Cup Lounge for dinner. We had the bbq pork sandwich and slaw and a tomato caprese salad. The bbq was perfection. Sweet, but not too sweet, tender. In fact we loved it so much, we went back the next day for sandwiches again!
What I like about this resort, is that it’s near a cute village area, Pinehurst village with bars restaurants and shops just a few minutes walk from the hotel. A lot of great local bars all within walking distance of the hotel. Uber is few and far between out here.
Overall, the world class golf is worth returning to. I think we would stay at cheaper properties as we didn’t think the price of hotel was worth the steep price. The price for the room with one round of golf and breakfast came out to $816.61 per night. Plus the round on #2. This is definitely not a $500 a night hotel. Maybe $300 max and that’s pushing it.