The National Property Owners Association, Inc. (the “NPOA”) is a North Carolina not-for-profit corporation. It plays a central role in the life of the Pinehurst National #9 Golf Club community. The NPOA owns and maintains all common property, all the roads, including the borders and plantings, except the roads immediately adjacent to the Clubhouse which, along with the Golf Course, and the accompanying facilities, lakes and amenities, are owned by Pinehurst Country Club, The PCC, Inc. (the “Club”), a separate for-profit corporation.
The NPOA manages access to the community and provides security for the neighborhood. It owns and maintains the front gate (and operates the back gate), the landscaped and carefully maintained entrance to the Club, and the Security Cottage which houses the security staff and the NPOA’s office.
The NPOA Board of Directors oversees and appoints the Architectural Review Board (the “ARB”), a committee of the NPOA charged with the right and obligation to approve in advance all new construction and alterations, improvements, modifications, or changes to existing properties, including landscaping, to create a residential community of high-quality and harmonious improvements. It enforces compliance with community standards for continued proper maintenance and appearance of properties. In order to maintain a community of congenial residents who are financially responsible, and thus protect the value of the property, any owner intending to make a bona fide sale or lease of his unit, or any interest in it, must first offer to sell or lease the unit to the NPOA, on the same terms and conditions. The NPOA must exercise or waive its rights in this regard within 30 days of the closing date for sale or lease of the property.
To fulfill its obligations, the NPOA employs a security staff who are on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week, a maintenance and landscaping crew, a General Manager, a Chief of Security, and a Maintenance Supervisor. The NPOA staff operate vehicles and equipment to assist in performing their functions.
There are nine members of the Board of Directors, who serve a term of three years, with three members elected each year by the property owners. In order to vote, property owners must be current with their dues and assessments, the NPOA’s chief source of revenue. The annual dues and assessments for the NPOA are levied at the beginning of the calendar year. A more detailed picture of the NPOA’s purpose and responsibilities can be found in the “Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions for the National Golf Club Development” (the “DCRs”), the ARB’s “Building Guidelines for the National Golf Club”, the “Rules & Regulations of the NPOA, Inc.”, and the “By-Laws of the National Property Owners Association, Inc.”. Those documents are available on the NPOA website.