Pinehurst’s auction for employees whose jobs were displaced by the coronavirus ended Monday, raising more than $200,000. The auction, which featured a series of “once-in-a-lifetime” Pinehurst-themed experiences and other giveaways, raised a final tally of $222,680, according to the fundraiser’s website.
The idea for the auction came as course officials raced to set up a fund for employees who’d been out of work because of the virus.
“With the closing of the hotels and restaurants by the coronavirus crisis, hundreds of amazing Pinehurst Resort and Country Club employees have been impacted,” the resort said in a letter to media sent this weekend.
To raise money for employees, course officials decided to auction off a series of “exclusive ‘Pinehurst Experiences’ that have never been offered before and may never be offered again.”
Among those “experiences”:
– A foursome on Pinehurst No. 2 with Mike Hicks, who was on Payne Stewart’s bag for Stewart’s iconic 1999 U.S. Open victory.
– An exclusive walking tour preview of Coore & Crenshaw’s routing and ideation for a 10th Pinehurst course, given by Bill Coore.
– A six-night, stay-and-play package on all 10 Pinehurst courses for two.
– A foursome on Pinehurst No. 4 with Gil Hanse, the architect responsible for building the course.
– Two uninterrupted hours on the par-3 9th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 for a closest to the pin competition with you and your buddies.
– Four uninterrupted hours on the Cradle, Pinehurst’s famed short course.