About the Tin Whistles

The Tin Whistles, founded in 1904, is the oldest golfing fraternity in the country. Based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, this 300 member organization promotes the tradition and standards of sportsmanship while enjoying the spirit of good fellowship through golf.

In 1977 the Tin Whistles formed the Tin Whistles Scholarship Fund through which it grants four year college scholarships to four worthy and qualified Moore County students each year. Since its inception some 135 deserving students have received over $1,300,000 in scholarships. 90% of the funding is raised through Tin Whistle members’ donations.

Many Tin Whistle members have been prominent in business, finance, government and the military. The list includes local legends Leonard and Richard Tufts, father and son owners of the Village of Pinehurst from 1902 to 1971; world renowned golf course architect Donald Ross; the “grand old man of football” Alonzo Stagg; noted publishers Alexander Grosset and George Dunlap who brought us “The Hardy Boys”, “Nancy Drew”, and “The Bobbsey Twins” book series; the “Architect of Victory” in World War 11, General George Marshall; and the 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford.

Tin Whistle members won the United States Amateur Championship a total of 15 times … W.C. Fownes, Jr.; 5 time champ Bobby Jones; George Dunlop; Richard Chapman; Arnold Palmer; 2 time champ Harvie Ward; Jack Nicklaus and Jay Sigel.

Tin Whistle members won the United States Open Championship a total of 10 times including Alex Ross, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

In 2007 the Tin Whistles and The First Tee of the Sandhills entered into a partnership agreement calling for the formation of the Tin Whistles-First Tee Junior Tour which has been continuously operated by Tin Whistle members.