The Manor Inn, the youngest of Pinehurst Resort’s three historic hotels at 96, is again open to guests following the first stage of an extensive renovation for much of 2019.
“Our intention was to improve upon and modernize 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 Manor Inn, opened in 1923 after The Holly Inn which opened in 1895, and The Carolina Hotel which opend in 1901, The Manor and its 43 guest rooms have been transformed since renovations began in February 2019. All of the inn’s interior has been completely renovated, with only 15 percent of the interior framing remaining. The only original component to The Manor following the renovation is its exterior structure of unique Kellastone, a stucco-style building material that was new to the era and known for its permanence.
A favorite of Arnold Palmer’s when he would visit Pinehurst, the Manor’s new interior includes a stylish new bar for its guests, club rooms, and a large lobby.
The origins of the Manor begin with the razing of the Lexington Hotel in the same location in 1922, and owner Mrs. Emma C. Bliss designing a new hotel. Her vision of the Manor featured an expansive lobby with several rooms meant for gathering along with the hotel’s new steam heat and electric elevator.
The North & South bar opens in early December and will feature craft beer from the nearby Pinehurst Brewing Co. as well as an extensive whiskey selection. Memorabilia and photos throughout the bar will pay homage to the historic North & South Amateur Championship, which has been played at Pinehurst since 1901. The signature element of the N&S Bar is the dramatic ceiling, which features an illustration of the original routing of Donald Ross’ first four courses at Pinehurst. The map, circa 1922, coincides neatly with the period in which The Manor originally opened.
The Manor renovation is part of a masterplan to diversify and enhance the guest experience at the historic resort. In 2017, Pinehurst opened The Cradle, a 789-yard par-3 course that Golf Channel called the “most fun 10 acres in golf.” A year later, famed golf architect Hanse completed his redesign of Pinehurst No. 4, which GOLF Magazine named the “Best New Course You Can Play.” And in 2018, Pinehurst Brewing Co., a 10-barrel microbrewery, opened in the Village’s old steam plant, a historic building that dates back to 1895.