The Tin Whistles is the oldest continuous menâs golfing society in the United States, founded in 1904 for the purpose of promoting the game of golf and itâs customs, traditions, and courtesies and the rules of golf at Pinehurst. We conduct weekly tournaments for our membership of 200+ golfers, conduct/sponsor six tournaments each year for the Sandhillsâ First Tee program, and provide four 4-year scholarships of $5,000/year to Moore County high school students. Â Our members are also very active as volunteers for the North-South Amateurs and for the US Opens and Amateurs that have been held at Pinehurst.
Vision: The Tin Whistles club is formed for social purposes and to promote the customs, traditions, courtesies and rules of golf at the Pinehurst Country Club. We also seek to benefit our community by supporting our youth through scholarships and character development.
Founded in 1904, the oldest continuous Men's Golf Society/Philanthropic Organization in the country Original objective - promote a golfing and social experience for the early travelers to Pinehurst, thereby making it pleasant to return year after year.
THE TIN WHISTLES, national golf organization, had its beginning in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1904. The many and varied accounts of its birth run all the way from one that a tin whistle was blown in the village street to call the players to the links to another that the whistle was blown at the spring, near the present twelfth hole on No. 1 course, advising golfers that a corn concoction was being served. However, the consensus is that a group of New Yorkers were vacationing at the Holly Inn, dividing their time equally between the links and the little brown jug. They organized a tournament, the prizes being âtwo Scotch golf clubs,â to be opened at the finish and dispensed, forthwith. The winners carried the âclubsâ back to the Inn, beneath checkered vests, and with great pomp and ceremony, promptly consumed them. At this time, outsiders called them the Wow Wows. During this Pinehurst visit, a copy of Alfred Henry Lewisâ book, âThe Boss,â appeared. It is a story of the Old Tammany and gave considerable space to a hoodlum gang known as the TIN WHISTLES. The name was given them because they were summoned to their duty of breaking up polling places, which were unfriendly to Tammany, by the blowing of a whistle. For some reason, unknown, this appealed sufficiently to have the golfers adopt the name âTHE TIN WHISTLES The stated objectives of the organization were: âTo promote a golfing fellowship at Pinehurst and to maintain there a neutral zone for a choice and chosen few from outside organizations to which it will be pleasant to return year by year.â âIt shall be the duty of each member to suppress the incipient conceit of any fellow member who thinks he is in line for the United North and South Amateur Championship.â In recent years, the Constitution has been rewritten and the more prosaic wording of the club objectives stated, âIt is formed for social purposes and to promote the customs, traditions, and the âRules of Golfâ at Pinehurst, North Carolina.â
The first group by year of origin is the Tin Whistles, founded in 1904 for the express purpose of enjoying the camaraderie associated with the game of golf. â¦The group plays by the Rules of Golf, no exceptions. They never permit Mulligans, nor âgimmeesâ, nor âfavored liesâ. Violators are given one warning by the Captainâ¦Then on any repetition, the offender is summarily ousted, his vacancy easily replaced from a long number of eager applicants. You can turn your back on any player and know he will play the game fairly. Thus, the listed handicaps are the most accurate of any club in the country.
4 to 6 tournaments a year for 5 to 12 year old golfers.
Tin Whistle members volunteer to assist as coaches, rules guidance, etc.
The Tin Whistles of Pinehurst have received a 25-year recognition award from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for its service in participating in the Adopt-A-Highway Program. The award plaque is inscribed that the NCDOT ârecognizes The Tin Whistles of Pinehurst for outstanding public stewardship and commitment by protecting North Carolinaâs environment by participating in the âAdopt-A-Highway program for 25 consecutive years, 1993-2018.â Over those twenty-five years a group of Tin Whistles â The Band of Brothers - have met in the early morning once a month to pick up trash on Morganton Road from US 15-501 to NC Route 5.
The recognition plaque is signed by Transportation Secretary James Trogdon and Governor Roy Cooper