Monday, January 1, 2007
10 Major Reasons To Visit The Home Of American Golf
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Springtime In Pinehurst. The dogwood and azaleas are in bloom, the skies are blue, and the greens and fairways are a vibrant green, bearing some of the most beautiful golf conditions anywhere in the world. The temperatures are darn near perfect, hovering in the low 60s to low 70s. But that doesn’t mean the Pinehurst vicinity is a mere springtime destination. Year-round golf is plentiful, as summer and fall round out the other popular season. Winter is playable too, if you don’t mind the occasional frost delay!
Good Eats. When it comes to grabbing a bite, look no further than the offerings you’ll find at the Pinehurst Resort. There you’ll find everything that suits a golfer. Beginning with the 1895 Grille, golfers can don their golf apparel and still maintain a gourmet atmosphere. The Tavern is just that—a replica Scottish tavern (with an authentic bar) that serves tasty fare or sandwiches, beverages and other goodies. Other great spots to catch a beer and some food include the 91st Hole, The Ryder Cup Lounge, Donald Ross Grill and the Fairwoods on Seven Dining Room. For an even more in-depth look at the great places to eat at the Pinehurst Resort, visit www.pinehurst.com.
National Pastime. It’s not only Donald Ross who has left his imprint on Pinehurst. The highly touted National Golf Club features the only Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in the area, making it a must-play for the consummate player. The rolling Sandhills combine with wide fairways and tricky putting greens—both are a departure from the more old-fashioned variety of Donald Ross designs. Nevertheless, National GC is a welcome challenge for golfers accustomed to current, modern-day designs. It’s also a great place to eat, as the Cornerstone Restaurant remains one of the most popular fancy eateries in town. For more, visit www.nationalgolfclub.com.
5 Places To Stay
1. Pinehurst Resort
With three accommodation options available, this grand, stately resort offers something for everyone. Especially those who value Southern hospitality and charm.
2. The Pine Crest Inn
Close to all the area golf courses, the Pine Crest Inn is part of local history. Donald Ross used to own it. Like to sing? Check out Mr. B’s Lounge—the piano gets a workout.
3. Foxfire Golf And Country Club
Two traditional layouts set under the Carolina Sky. One- two- and three-bedroom lake and fairway villas and condos mean you’re never far from the action.
4. Homewood Suites
Less than a mile from Pinehurst Village, this all-suite accommodation is affordably priced. Ask the staff to help with tours.
5. Springhill Suites
With 25 percent more room than a traditional hotel room, SpringHill Suites is the perfect choice for a large group of golfers.
Packages That'll Save You $$$
1. Donald Ross Package
Accommodations at Pine Needles or Mid Pines, two rounds of golf per day, breakfast and dinner daily. $290-$380
2. Putter Boy Package
Unlimited golf daily on any of Pinehurst Resort’s eight courses, one sleeve of balls and cart, Accommodations, etc. $591-$924
3. Pinehurst Championship Package
Unlimited championship golf on all eight courses for three days, caddie on #2 with your name on his jersey, etc. $2,006
4. Pinehurst Golf Advantage School
A 5:1 student-teacher ratio ensures you get plenty of individual attention.
5. Foxfire Golf Package
One night lodging, one round with cart on either the East or West Course. $99-$139
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