Pinehurst closes clubhouse, shuffles guests after nearby power substation attack

The Pinehurst clubhouse is closed after attacks on a power substation left the area without power.

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The Southern Pines, N.C., power substation attack has impacted one of the game’s leading resorts.

On Monday evening, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club announced that it is among the thousands of Moore County customers left without power as a result of a shooting at a pair of power substations.

“Like the rest of our community, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club has been affected by the widespread power outage in Moore County,” a statement shared with reads. “Given these challenging circumstances, we’re working to provide our guests with the best possible experience.”

Pinehurst said the golf courses remain open during the power outages, though guest experiences have been affected. While the resort awaits power to be restored, guests have been redirected to rooms in the Carolina Hotel, which has “limited power generation capacity” but is capable of food services.

“We have limited power generation capability at The Carolina Hotel and have consolidated all guests into rooms with available power,” Pinehurst said. “The Carolina Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for overnight guests. Golf courses remain open; however, the main clubhouse is closed.”

According to the Moore County Sheriff’s office, a pair of substations in nearby Southern Pines were damaged by gunfire on Saturday in a “targeted criminal occurrence.” The attack is expected to leave some 40,000 Moore County residents without power until at least the end of this week while crews work to repair the damage.

As of Tuesday morning, authorities said they remained without a suspect or suspects, and were unaware of the motive behind the attacks.

“The person, or persons, who did this knew exactly what they were doing,” Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a press conference. “We don’t have a clue why Moore County.”

A spokesman for Pinehurst Resort cautioned that the situation remains fluid, but there’s optimism that resort staff will be able to maintain the guest experience for those in attendance.

“Our community is strong and resilient,” the statement closed. “We are grateful for the around-the-clock work crews are doing to make repairs in our area.”

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