PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA | In the still of the night in the Pinehurst house that Donald Ross called home for so many years, I sense the presence of Mr. Ross.
Not in a spooky, ghostly way but in a golfer’s soul kind of way.
Ross lived in what is now called Dornoch Cottage from 1925 until his passing in 1948 and the house sits just a pitch shot away from the third green at Pinehurst No. 2, the course the great Scottish architect cultivated for decades.
One housekeeper claims to have sensed a spirit moving around the charming two-story house and maybe she’s right.
I believe in the spirit of Pinehurst the way I believe in the spirit of Santa Claus – they both exist – and if the ghost of Donald Ross is still hanging around 120 Midland Road in Pinehurst, he’s more than welcome to make himself at home again.
Dornoch Cottage is like a warm fire on a cold night, pulling you closer. It’s as comfortable as a favorite chair with an understated richness that runs through the property.
To call it a four-bedroom house is like calling No. 2 another 18-hole golf course.
Having belonged for years to Ross and his wife, Florence, the home was eventually sold to new owners before Pinehurst Resort recently purchased it. With four spacious bedrooms, a modern kitchen and Ross’s office still intact, Dornoch Cottage is made available to select guests and used as the site of parties and receptions.
It’s Pinehurst’s version of the Lincoln Bedroom.
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