Nestled in the Sandhills of central North Carolina lies a roughly triangular area encompassing the villages of Southern Pines, Aberdeen and the quaint little walking village of Pinehurst (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also created New York's Central Park) and Pinehurst Resort. The center of Pinehurst-area golf is, and always has been, the Resort's world-renowned #2 course. Today the area is home to 43 excellent courses and counting. It's known as the "Home of American Golf." _Ê _Ê_Ê_Ê _Ê _Ê_Ê_Ê _Ê Steeped in tradition, exuding refinement and genuine Southern hospitality, and with year-round golf weather, the Sandhills area is truly a golf mecca. In addition to Pinehurst Resort's #2, several other courses are among the nation's elite. The list of leading course designers includes Palmer, Maples, Nicklaus, Player, Jones and Fazio, but the name "Donald Ross" dominates. The legendary Scottish course designer came to Pinehurst in 1900 to redesign the new Resort's #1, stayed for 48 years and created the Resort's #s 2, 3 and 4 (significantly updated in 2000 by Tom Fazio and reopened as a new course), as well as the courses at Pine Needles and Mid Pines . In all, Ross designed or redesigned more than 400 others in North America, but considered #2 his home course, calling it "the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed." _Ê _Ê_Ê_Ê _Ê _Ê_Ê_Ê _Ê Pinehurst and professional golf have long been synonymous. In 1940 Ben Hogan won his first pro tournament at Pinehurst. Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Cary Middlecoff won tournaments here. A young Arnold Palmer was a regular at Pinehurst during college days at Wake Forest. And who could forget the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst #2, where an exuberant Payne Stewart, clad in signature traditional knickers and tam-o-shanter cap, won his second Open just months before an untimely death. The Open returns to #2 in 2005. Pine Needles, site of the 1996 U.S. Women's Open, again hosts the tournament in 2006. And Legacy Golf Links hosted the USGA's 2000 Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. Area courses also host other professional tournaments.
A trip to the Pinehurst area will reward golfers not only with first-rate golf, but experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Play the area's excellent newer courses, but do include at least one Ross venue on your itinerary and commune with both the spirit of this "holy" game and the spirits of golf's greats who walked these hallowed fairways before you.
What To Bring Depending on the season in which you make your trip, the weather can be hot and humid in the Sandhills area or a bit on the chilly side. Pick up some new shirts that are designed to perform in specific weather conditions. For the hot stuff, try one of the many modern shirt models that are capable of wicking away moisture throughout the round to help keep you dry and comfortable. On the sunny days, opt for shirts with a special UV coating, which will help reduce the effects of the sun's powerful rays. If you visit the Sandhills in cooler weather, definite bring either a vest-style or full-length pullover.For your feet, comfortable shoes are a must, particularly if you plan to walk (as you should). As far as clubs go, grab a few hybrid woods to help battle pine needle-strewn lies. These part-iron, part-wood clubs are the perfect recipe for a bad lie. Also, pack a dozen (or two) high-performance, value golf balls. There's plenty of forest and brush to swallow your precious spheres. No need for premium balls with the ever-encroaching pine forests so eager to empty your wallet.
How To Get There The Pinehurst area enjoys easy access by auto from Interstates 95, 85, 40, and 73/74. Airports include Fayetteville, Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro and Charlotte. The nearby Moore County Airport can handle private aircraft. _Ê_Ê_Ê _Ê _Ê_Ê_Ê
When To Go December to Early February: Interesting visual contrast between over-seeded green fairways and dormant rough Bermuda. Avg. Highs: 45 to 46 degrees F.
February to Mid-March: Great opportunity to get a jump on the season with cool but mostly clear weather. Still a good idea to call well in advance of arrival (minimum of two months) to ensure your favorite tee times. Avg. Highs: 46 to 52 degrees F.
Mid-March to Mid-May: What golf is all about. Dogwoods, azaleas in bloom, Carolina blue skies, crisp clean air. Make your reservations well in advance for weekend play. Avg. Highs: 52 to 70 degrees F.
Mid-May to Mid-June: Ideal weather with a few hot days mixed in and you'll save money compared to the spring season. Avg. Highs: 70 to 75 degrees F.
Mid-June to September: Good value, good conditions. Bermuda fairways are fully grown in. Lots of time to play early and late to avoid midday heat. Avg. Highs: 75 to 79 degrees F.
September to Mid-November: Many locals call it their favorite season. Slightly better value than in the spring. Avg. Highs: 52 to 72 degrees F.
Mid-November to December: Grab a sweater and enjoy less-crowded conditions and usually sparkling clear days. Avg. Highs: 52 to 64 degrees F.
Pinehurst CVB www.homeofgolf.com
Sandhills Golf Association www.sandhillsgolf.comWhere To Play
_ÊGT Selects _Ê Mid Pines Golf Club A Donald Ross classic that never goes out of style. Par 72, 6515 yards (71.4/127) (Donald Ross)
(800) 323-2114 www.pineneedles-midpines.com National Golf Club A modern masterpiece that rivals Pinehurst's old legends. Par 72, 7122 yards (75.2/143) (Jack Nicklaus)
(800) 471-4339 www.nationalgolfclub.com Pine Needles Golf Club Pinehurst's other home of championship golf. Par 72, 6708 yards (72.2/128) (Donald Ross)
(800) 747-7272 www.pineneedles-midpines.com Pinehurst Resort A golfing life without a round here is wasted. No. 2 - Par 72, 7252 yards (75.9/138) (Donald Ross) No. 7 - Par 72, 7125 yards (74.4/140) (Rees Jones) No. 8 - Par 72, 7092 yards (74.0/135) (Tom Fazio)
(800) ITS-GOLF www.pinehurst.com The Carolina This Arnold Palmer-designed course takes advantage of dramatic elevation changes and preserved natural wetlands, producing a challenging layout for all levels. Par 72, 6587 yards (72.0/138) (Arnold Palmer)
(888) PALMER2 www.thecarolina.com Tobacco Road Golf Club A surreal and exciting callenge on another Mike Stranz award winner. Par 71, 6554 yards (73.2/150) (Mike Strantz)
(800) 868-4455 www.tobaccoroadgolf.com
Pinehurst Must-Plays _Ê Anderson Creek Golf Club Best new course in North Carolina for 2001. Par 72, 7180 yards (75.1/139) (Davis Love III)
(910) 814-2115 www.andersoncreekgolf.com Beacon Ridge Country Club This masterpiece with bent grass greens and Bermuda grass fairways demands accuracy and the full use of a variety of clubs. Par 72, 6511 yards (70.7/125) (Gene Hamm)
(800) 416-5204 www.sevenlakesliving.com/golf.htm Country Club of North Carolina A pair of must-plays from local favorites Byrd and Maples. Dogwood - Par 72, 7154 yards (73.5/131) (Ellis Maples/William Byrd) Cardinal - Par 72, 7005 yards (73.5/130) (William Byrd)
(800) 692-6565 www.ccofnc.com Country Club of Whispering Pines Two challenging 18s that are among Maples' best designs. East Course - Par 72, 7110 yards (73.9/130) (Ellis Maples) West Course - Par 71, 6340 yards (70.3/128) (Ellis Maples)
(800) 334-9536 www.whisperingpinesnc.com Club at Longleaf One of the most popular and playable golf courses in the Pinehurst area. Par 71, 6600 yards (69.7/117) (Dan Maples)
(800) 889-5323 www.longleafgolf.com Deercroft Golf Club Experience the best-kept secret in the Sandhills, site of the 1986 PGA Tour Qualifier. Par 72, 6745 yards (72.6/125) (G. Gildey)
(800) 787-7323 www.deercroft.com
Forest Creek Golf Club This 1996 Fazio gem is unlike any other in the Sandhills. Par 72, 6745 yards (72.6/125) (Tom Fazio)
(910) 692-3572 Foxfire Country Club Foxfire is a semiprivate, full-service resort featuring 36 holes of championship golf with condominium and townhouse accommodations. East Course - Par 72, 6851 yards (73.5/130) (Gene Hamm) West Course - Par 72, 6742 yards (72.8/125) (Gene Hamm)
(800) 736-9347 www.foxfiregolfcc.com Hyland Hills Golf Club The most-played 18 holes in the area remain traditional and unique with rolling hills and gimmick-free golf. Par 72, 6726 yards (71.0/120) (Tom Jackson)
(888) 315-2296 www.hylandhillsgolfclub.com Legacy Golf Links The only golf course in the Pinehurst area to successfully combine a public course with private amenities. Par 72, 6495 yards (70.8/124) (Jack Nicklaus II)
(800) 344-8825 www.legacypinehurst.com Little River Farm Golf Club Once an equestrian landmark, the Farm has been transformed into a legendary championship golf course. Par 72, 6931 yards (73.6/133) (Dan Maples)
(888) 766-6538 www.littleriver.com Pinehurst If you can't play the big boys at Pinehurst, these will suffice just as nicely. No 1 - Par 70, 6128 yards (69.4/116) (Donald Ross) No. 3 - Par 70, 5682 yards (67.8/115) (Donald Ross) No. 4 - Par 72, 7117 yards (74.5/136) (Donald Ross/Tom Fazio) No. 5 - Par 72, 6848 yards (73.4/137) (Ellis Maples) No. 6 - Par 72, 7157 yards (75.6/139) (George Fazio/Tom Fazio)
(800) ITS-GOLF www.pinehurst.com
Pinewild Country Club The two championship courses are both stunning and challenging to golfers of all levels. Magnolia - Par 72, 7276 yards (75.6/135) (Gene Hamm) Holly - Par 72, 6425 yards (71.1/131) (Gary Player)
(910) 295-5145 www.pinewildcc.com Talamore Golf Club Not only a great course, but caddies you'll remember for a lifetime–specially trained llamas. Par 71, 7020 yards (73/142) (Rees Jones)
(800) 552-6292 www.talamore.com The Pit Golf Links Stunning and jaw-dropping, very few courses can match The Pit's flair for the dramatic. Par 72, 6600 yards (72.3/139) (Dan Maples)
(800) 574-4653 www.pitgolf.com Tot Hill Farm Golf Club Another solid, creative test from the mind of Mike Stranz. Par 71, 6614 yards (72.2/135) (Mike Strantz)
(800) 868-4455 www.tothillfarm.com Woodlake Golf Club Common local advice: "Play the Lake!" Ellis Maples Course - Par 72, 7012 yards (73.4/134) Arnold Palmer Course - Par 72, 7150 yards (74.1/134)
(888) THE-LAKE www.woodlakecc.com _Ê
Pinehurst Area Accommodations There are literally hundreds of places to rest your golf-weary head in the Pinehurst area. From that list, here are a few of our favorites:
_Ê Where To Stay _Ê _Ê CONDOTELS OF PINEHURST 305 N. Page Road, Pinehurst 800-272-8588 www.condotelsofpinehurst.com COUNTRY CLUB OF WHISPERING PINES 2 Clubhouse Boulevard, Whispering Pines 800-334-9536 www.whisperingpinesnc.com FOXFIRE RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB 9 Foxfire Boulevard, Jackson Springs 800-736-9347 www.foxfiregolfcc.com INN AT HYLAND HILLS RESORT 4110 Highway 1 N., Southern Pines 800-841-0638 www.hylandhillsgolfclub.com MID PINES INN & GOLF CLUB 301 Magnolia Circle, Southern Pines 800-522-9426 www.pineneedles-midpines.com NATIONAL GOLF CLUB 1 Royal Troon Drive, Pinehurst 800-471-4339 www.nationalgolfclub.com PINE CREST INN 50 Dogwood Road, Pinehurst 800-371-2545 www.pinecrestinnpinehurst.com PINE NEEDLES LODGE & GOLF CLUB 1005 Midland Road, Southern Pines 800-747-7272 www.pineneedles-midpines.com PINEHURST RESORT 1 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst 800-ITS-GOLF www.pinehurst.com RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT 105 Brucewood Road, Southern Pines 888-702-4653 www.residenceinn.com TALAMORE GOLF CLUB 48 Talamore Drive, Southern Pines 800-552-6292 www.talamore.com THE MAGNOLIA INN 65 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst 800-526-5562 WOODLAKE RESORT 150 Woodlake Boulevard, Vass 888-843-5253 www.woodlakecc.com
The courses of Pinehurst present plenty of challenge. Make sure your technique is up to the task at one of the area's most popular learning centers.
_Ê Where To Learn _Ê _Ê BEACON RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB West End - 800-416-5204 www.sevenlakesliving.com DEERCROFT GOLF CLUB Wagram - 800-787-7323 www.deercroft.com FOXFIRE COUNTRY CLUB Foxfire Village - 800-736-9347 www.foxfiregolfcc.com HYLAND HILLS GOLF CLUB Southern Pines - 888-315-2296 www.hylandhillsgolfclub.com LEGACY GOLF LINKS Aberdeen - 800-344-8825 www.legacypinehurst.com LITTLE RIVER GOLF CLUB Pinehurst - 888-766-6538 www.littleriver.com TALAMORE GOLF CLUB Southern Pines - 800-552-6292 www.talamore.com THE CAROLINA Whispering Pines - 888-PALMER2 www.thecarolina.com TOBACCO ROAD GOLF CLUB Sanford - 877-2THEROAD www.tobaccoroadgolf.com WOODLAKE GOLF CLUB Vass - 888-THELAKE www.woodlakecc.com Golf Schools_Ê _Ê _Ê GOLFARIS & THE LEARNING CENTER Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club, Southern Pines 800-747-7272 www.pineneedles-midpines.com KNOLLWOOD FAIRWAYS SCHOOL Southern Pines 910-692-3572 www.afgs.com PINEHURST GOLF ADVANTAGE SCHOOL Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst 800-487-4653 www.pinehurst.com
Courtesy Golflinktravel.comAlthough the lure of the links pulls strong in the Sandhills, there's much more to do than play golf. Check out some of the more popular nongolf activities the area has to offer.
_Ê Local Knowledge _Ê _Ê Artist League of the Sandhills 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen 910-944-3979 Bryant House & Mclendon Cabin 1210 State Rd., Carthage 910-947-3995 Campbell House Galleries 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines 910-692-4356 Carriage Rides at Pinehurst Livery Stable N.C. 5, Pinehurst 910-295-8456 Fort Bragg/Pope Air Force Base Between Southern Pines & Fayetteville 910-396-2473 Hastings Gallery at Sandhills Community College Airport Rd., Pinehurst 910-692-6185 Heritage (fishing) Heritage Farm Rd., Whispering Pines 910-949-3433 House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site 324 Alston House Rd., Deep River 910-947-2051 Malcolm Blue Farm & Museum Bethesda Rd., Aberdeen 910-944-7558 National Railroad Museum & Hall of Fame, Inc. 2 Main St., Hamlet 910-582-3317 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines 910-692-6261 North Carolina Zoological Park 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro 800-488-0444 Pinehurst Harness Track N. C. 5, Pinehurst 800-433-TROT Raeford Skydiving Services