Updates could cost Pinehurst its national status
Posted August 21, 2013
Pinehurst, N.C. — There's a bit of tension and uneasiness in the air down in Pinehurst that has nothing to do with a golfer trying to make a final putt on the 18th hole.
The issue is whether the 700-acre village will lose its designation as a national historic landmark – a status it received in 1996 for being the first American golf destination resort.
Two projects in recent years – the construction of a roundabout in 2008 and the June renovation of the Village Green – are leading to questions as to whether Pinehurst can stay a part of the historic registry.
After the 2008 construction project, the National Park Service put Pinehurst on its "watch" list for altering the key intersection. In March, the Service downgraded the status again to "threatened."
But Village Manager Andy Wilkison says the projects were needed because of a growing population and to meet the needs of a modern, growing community.
The National Park Service, however, is currently assessing the village's condition and has scheduled a public meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Village Hall on Magnolia Road.
A report on the visit is due at the end of the year.
Residents have mixed reactions about Pinehurst possibly losing its historical status. Some don't care, while others believe the improvements don't interfere with the designation.
"It perplexes me that the National Park Service might think that this threatens the historic designation," Pinehurst resident Jane Deaton said. "It enhances the village, in my opinion."