No one alive or dead has walked more steps on Pinehurst’s courses than caddie Willie McRae. He has carried bags for presidents and billionaires and celebrity athletes, and he’s learned a lot about golf and human nature.
A Nash County orphan at 8, a widow in her 30s, Ann Bailey decided early on that hard work was the best remedy for hardship. With unflagging determination and the help of her family, she built a sparkling empire from scratch.
The Troutman family tree has deep roots in Iredell County — as well as 11 generations’ worth of branches. For more than a century, the family has celebrated its lineage with a birthday party that brings Troutmans here from down the road and across the country.