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THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook or Linkedin. Onthe 18th green at Pinehurst No.2. (R) The historic Manor Inn of Pinehurst, has now reopened. (Picture by Rory Spears, of the Manor Inn during the renovation phase in January of 2019).

  THE MANOR INN (L) inside the front door of the Inn this past January. (R) The Inn had it’s windows boarded up during the renovation earlier this year.

The Manor Inn has reopened in Pinehurst and is welcoming guests back after an extensive renovation. The Manor Inn is the youngster of the three Pinehurst Resort Hotels, because it’s only 96 years old.

The historic and “haunted” Holly Inn opened first on New Years Eve, in 1895. It was then followed by the Carolina Hotel in 1901.

THE NEW MANOR BAR (L) AND THE REMODELED MANOR LIBRARY (R). Photo’s courtesy of Alex Podlogar-Pinehurst Resort PR.

The Manor Inn is the latest of a series of project renovations at the Cradle, or Home of American Golf, the Pinehurst Resort.

There have been course improvements on Courses 1,2,3,4, and 5. Most recently on Course #4 with renovation work by Gil Hanse. Hanse and his partner Jim Wagner, along with their Caveman Construction Crew, not only renovated Course 4, but built the fun and very popular 9-hole par 3 course, “The Cradle.”

And off the course, have been the resort additions of a new swimming pool, the Deuce Bar in the main clubhouse behind the famed 18th green of Pinehurst Course No.2. There have been renovations to the Holly Inn and the Carolina Hotel, more recently has been the opening the Pinehurst Microbrewery in the Village of Pinehursts former steam plant.

“Our intention was to improve upon and modenize the guest experience while still preserving the Manor’s unique charm,” says Bob Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort’s Chief Executive Officer. “I think we’ve accomplished that in fine fashion.”

The renovation has transformed the Inn’s 43 guest rooms. And the interior has only 15% of the inn’s original framing still intact.

The Manor Inn came to be in 1923, when the Lexington Hotel on the inn’s current location was raised in 1922. And owner Mrs. Erma C. Bliss designed the new hotel, not common for a woman to do during that era. Her vision included new steam heat, an electric elevator, with space for table tennis and card playing, and the early 1950’s saw a TV room added. Arnold Palmer stopped at the inn during his Pinehurst visits.

A Manor Inn bedroom with a King-Sized bed. Photo from Pinehurst Resort.

Bliss’ style of gathering space, has returned as part of the inn’s renovation.

Guests can reserve a hospitality suite for the duration of their stay.

The new North & South bar opens in early December, and will feature craft beer from Pinehurst Brewing Co. in addition to an extensive whiskey selection.

New Memorabilia and photos around the bar, will display the history of the historic North & South Amateur Championship, that has been played in Pinehurst since 1901.  Because a new element of the bar’s design, will be the ceiling, that shows an illustration of the original routing of Donald Ross’ first four Pinehurst golf courses. The map is from 1922, so it coincides with the time period the inn first opened for business.

“Our mantra is simple,” says Dedman. “Always Pinehurst, but always better.”

Pinehurst is only 65 minutes from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and 90 minutes from the Charlotte-Douglass International Airport. To book tee times and resort stays or packages, visit, or call (855)-235-8507. It’s always a beautiful day in Pinehurst.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.