Moore County Communities
The Village of Pinehurst, Southern Pines and their surrounding communities have over 648 holes of golf (with 54 holes on the drawing board) and 150 miles or 2,600 football fields of fairways for golfers to enjoy.
The area’s climate, which is milder and drier year-round than the surrounding areas, is a result of its unique combination of sandy soil, its elevation (600 feet above sea level at some points) and its protection by the Appalachian Mountains. The geographic designation describing this ecosystem is, “Sandhills.”
Cool green longleaf and loblolly pines are especially at home in this region, with round-the-calendar color provided by dogwood, azaleas, magnolias, camellias, hollies and other flora.
Area residents are accustomed to spotting a variety of birds and wildlife near their homes, including quail, deer, rabbits, opossums and foxes. This “land of the pine,” which includes two large nature preserves is also home to such fascinating species as the insectivorous pitcher plant and the endangered red-cockaded.
Moore County, NC is a great place to live, work, start a business or get an education. It is also known around the world as a top golf vacation destination with 43 of the most sought-after golf courses in the country. Please visit their website at www.moorecountync.gov
In 1895, James Walker Tufts transformed 5,000 acres of Pine Barrens into what would become known as Pinehurst. He envisioned a New England village and chose Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park to do the job.
Rich in history and tradition, beautiful Pinehurst was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1996. Pinehurst offers unparalleled accommodations and a unique combination of cultural, recreational, dining and shopping experiences. Its professional services and medical facilities are among the best in the world.
In 1896, the Holly Inn opened, and the area had 20 cottages, a general store and a dairy. Some hotel guests introduced the game of golf – without benefit of a course! And in 1898, a rudimentary nine-hole course was constructed. By 1901, Tufts had opened what is now the Pinehurst Resort complete with riding, hunting, polo, lawn bowling, bicycling, tennis and archery. The same year, Tufts hired Donald Ross, the “father of modern golf architecture,” to oversee golf operations. The acclaimed Pinehurst No. 2 course, one of many he designed or redesigned, is ranked as one of the best in the world. By 1903, Pinehurst was becoming a major national golf center.
In another colorful chapter of Pinehurst history, Annie Oakley, sharpshooter and star of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, arrived in 1916. She stayed for four years to give shooting exhibitions and instruction at the Pinehurst Gun Club.
Pinehurst’s championship golf courses are known worldwide. The 1999 US Open was played at Pinehurst No. 2 and returned in 2005. The US Women’s Open was played at Pine Needles in 2001 and returned in 2007. Both the US Men’s and US Women’s Opens were played at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014 back to back weeks.
Known for golf, tennis and equestrian activities, residents and guests enjoy other sports such as cycling, swimming, croquet and lawn bowling. The Pinehurst Harness Track and surrounding horse farms provide a place for spectators to watch the horses in training or you may want to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village or wooded lanes.
Seemingly suspended in time, many of the historic buildings in Pinehurst offer countless services to our residents and guests. The area’s shops and boutiques offer a day full of entertainment. Golf enthusiasts will find anything they desire and the local charm is enhanced with clothing shops, antique shops, pottery craftsmen and specialty stores.
Pinehurst is a quaint village approximately 5 minutes away with shopping, entertainment, and restaurants. Pinehurst is home to the world-renowned Carolina Hotel and Pinehurst Resort and SPA. Dining experiences are unforgettable, ranging from the open-air cafe to gourmet cuisine. Local pubs often feature live entertainment for residents and visitors.
Seagrove is about 45 minutes from our area and is home to over 100 potters. The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is also about 45 minutes away and has animals native to North America and Africa in a very natural habitat. Cameron is home to several antique shops and restaurants.
For more information about our area attractions, visit our local Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.homeofgolf.com.
Local entertainment includes:
Golf, Golf Schools & Driving Ranges, Tennis, Area Parks & Playgrounds, Horseback Riding, Walking Trails, Gardens, Spa, Antiquing, Pottery
Pinehurst is a leisurely drive from most major North Carolina cities. Air service is accessed via North Carolina airports in Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Greensboro and Fayetteville.
Please visit their website at www.villageofpinehurst.org