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“Thistle Dhu”, Circa 1919. Over one acre in Pinehurst, North Carolina. $2,175,000

August 14, 2019

Beautiful home! “Thistle Dhu” was built in 1919. It is located on 1.19 acres in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Thistle Dhu was built by James Barber, it was home to the nation’s very first 18 hole miniature golf course. A few of the holes still remain on the property. How did the estate get its unique name? When the construction of the home was complete, James Barber turned to his wife and said, “This’ll do.” Six bedrooms, ten bathrooms, and 10,405 square feet. $2,175,000

From the Zillow listing:


The past, present, & future in Pinehurst golf living come together within the magical halls of Thistle Dhu! Tradition & history live in its bones, while the luxuries & amenities of today’s busy lifestyle adorn every room. Renovated by Pinehurst Homes, 6BR/7BA 10,000+ sqft home boasts formal & casual living spaces, a gym, movie theater, sauna, game room & speakeasy! Exquisite taste, attention to details & masterful decor choices abound. Beyond the lawns, you will find a garden complete with gazebo, fountains, hot tub, & fire pits for outdoor entertaining.


Thistle Dhu is just a short golf cart ride to Pinehurst Village for shopping, dining, live entertainment, & the renowned Pinehurst Hotel & Spa! A transferable membership to Pinehurst Country Club, home of the 2024 US Open, is available.Thistle Dhu, built by James Barber in 1919, was home to the first 18 hole mini golf course in America. A few of these holes remain, one of which can be seen to the right of the driveway in the front lawn. The name Thistle Dhu is a riff off Mr. Barber’s admiring comment to his wife of the property when construction of home and course was completed of …… “This’ll Do”.


In 2015, the current owners purchased Thistle Dhu and began a tremendous renovation of the home and grounds. The renovation was intricately planned to bring Thistle Dhu into the modern age while keeping the historic details intact. The original layout was improved upon and there are now 6 luxurious suites all with private baths. The upstairs master suite is expansive, offering ‘his & her’s’ full baths and closet spaces. The upstairs hosts a private living space with kitchenette and a full laundry room.There is a master suite on the main level with a private living space and bath and a second laundry room. The main level boasts a gourmet kitchen with island & butler’s kitchen, a breakfast nook, large pantry and additional appliance space. There is a casual eating space and a formal dining room. Across the Foyer is a Great room with fireplace & Carolina Room and that offers several seating areas and entertaining spaces with access to front and rear enclosed porches.


Downstairs, you will find a recreation room with fireplace, perfect for ping pong, pool and a variety of other fun activities. There is also your own private ‘Speakeasy’ bar, home theater room, gym, sauna and ample storage. No expense has been spared, which is evident in designer details such as the light fixtures, wall coverings, and finishings throughout the home.  The 1+ acre estate is meticulously manicured and offers exceptional views from every room in the home. There are multiple seating areas, with outdoor fire pits, fountains, brick patios and walkways through the garden, a gazebo and an outdoor hot tub. Fully fenced, with gated entryways, this estate is truly one of kind.


Thistle Dhu is the perfect primary or vacation home for a golf enthusiast, as it’s in Olde Town Pinehurst, just around the corner from the Pinehurst Hotel & Spa, Country Club and historic village. Thistle Dhu offers a unique opportunity as an income producing property for corporate retreats, family retreats, and would make a profitable rental for the 2024 US Open golf tournament. The current owners have had much success renting the estate to corporate groups & tourists at approximately $1400 per night.  The estate is available to be purchased fully furnished, at a price to be determined. A full features list and additional photos available upon request.


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