Pinehurst - Ryder Cup Lounge - shrimp and grits
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Pinehurst - Ryder Cup Lounge - shrimp and grits
Shrimp and grits are a tasty treat at The Ryder Cup Lounge inside the Carolina Hotel at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Pinehurst - Carolina Dining Room
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Pinehurst - Carolina Dining Room
Breakfast inside the Carolina Dining Room is a must when staying at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Holly Inn - The Tavern
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Holly Inn - The Tavern
The menu of The Tavern inside the Holly Inn serves upscale casual food such as ribs. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst - Carolina Dining Room - breakfast buffet
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Pinehurst - Carolina Dining Room - breakfast buffet
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club serves breakfast buffets inside the Carolina Dining Room and the 1895 Grille at The Holly Inn. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Holly Inn - The Tavern
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Holly Inn - The Tavern
The woodwork inside The Tavern at The Holly Inn is exquisite. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Holly Inn - 1895 Grille
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Holly Inn - 1895 Grille
The 1895 Grille inside The Holly Inn books up fast, so make reservations early for one of the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's best dining experiences. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Carolina Dining Room - dessert
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Carolina Dining Room - dessert
Dessert -- like this one served at the Carolina Dining Room -- is included with certain golf-and-dining packages at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pinehurst - Donald Ross Grill Room
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Pinehurst - Donald Ross Grill Room
Golfers enjoy lunch at the Donald Ross Grill Room inside the main clubhouse of the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina: Dinner and drinks, anyone?

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. -- Golfers flock to Pinehurst Resort & Country Club for the eight golf courses, not eight-course meals. But like everything else at this historic resort in the Sandhills, the dining is part of an experience of excellence.

The Carolina Dining Room inside the Carolina Hotel is open for a legendary breakfast buffet and dinner (both serenaded by a pianist). The resort wisely dropped the "jacket required" mentality for dinner to cater to today's golf traveler who is packing lighter and just wants to have a good time. The menu is both diverse and divine.

The Ryder Cup Lounge, also in the Carolina, and The Tavern inside The Holly Inn, located in the village, serve a more relaxed vibe and a simpler menu to match. The quality is still up to par -- my shrimp and grits, followed by a mile high key lime pie, in the Ryder Cup Lounge was my favorite meal of my three-day stay this fall.

The 1895 Grille is The Holly Inn's more intimate answer to The Carolina Dining Room. Its breakfast buffet is stellar (even without the omelet station), and is so popular for dinner that reservations should be made several days in advance.

The main resort clubhouse offers the 91st Hole and the Donald Ross Grill Room.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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