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The Majestic distinction of Pinehurst Resort
By Talty O'Connor

[EDITOR'S NOTE: In August 2014, ConventionSouth Publisher Talty O'Connor toured the legendary Pinehurst Resort in the Sandhills of North Carolina and files this report.]

Most golfers in the U.S. recognize Pinehurst Resort as one of the preeminent

golf destinations in the country, and actually in the world. Its famous #2 course was home to Payne Stewart's dramatic U.S. Open win in 1999 and this year's Open victory by Martin Kaymer. In all, the famous golf resort offers eight different courses that provide unique experiences for golfers of all levels.

Yep, it's also a big-time meetings destination with 61,000 sq. ft. of function space in the historic Carolina Inn and more options available throughout the resort as well as nearby.

Yet in my opinion, here's what you really need to know: Pinehurst is the pure essence of gracious Southern hospitality. It's an experience for guests that's targeted by the resort's management (perhaps more so today than when the resort first opened in 1901). You'll feel it flowing naturally from the welcoming doorman to the highest level of management.

It is the honest warmth of the people at Pinehurst who make you feel like the most important guest that ultimately makes it a pinnacle of great resorts. We're so proud it represents us Southerners with such majestic distinction.

Pictured: ConventionSouth Publisher Talty O'Connor (right) on Pinehurst #7 Golf Course with Jack Bickart, Pinehurst Resort Vice President of Sales.

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