Golf and Art Getaway to the Pinehurst Area

Pine Needles / Mid PinesGolf and Art Getaway to the Pinehurst Area

Mid Pines is one of several Donald Ross golf courses in the Pinehurst area

For a golfer, the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area is truly a heavenly place. With more than 40 courses within a 15-mile radius, it's little wonder why the region is known as the Home of American Golf. But while you’ll certainly want to spend time on the links, you won't want to miss out on the art, crafts and culture that also make this a special place.

3-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Play a legendary course, then take a tour of pottery country or just relax in the village of Pinehurst.

Day 2: Hit the links at Pine Needles, then browse Southern Pines’ collection of shops, galleries and gardens.

Day 3: Challenge a golf legend, then explore North Carolina’s horse country.

Day 1: Pinehurst No. 2 and Seagrove Pottery

Start your day on the links at Pinehurst Resort, but be sure and book your tee times well in advance since even with nine courses it isn’t always easy to get the time you want. The ultimate challenge is legendary Pinehurst No. 2, which hosted the men’s and women’s U.S. Open Championships in 2014. After play, have lunch at The Deuce, overlooking the 18th hole. Then, take a break with a massage or other soothing services at The Spa at Pinehurst.

Now that you’re relaxed, consider your options. Undertake a short road trip west on Highway 211 until you come to Highway 705. You’re now officially in Pottery Country, where for the next 20 miles you can pull off and watch artists at work - as well as purchase one-of-a-kind pieces.

Near the end of Highway 705, you’ll come to the town of Seagrove where the North Carolina Pottery Center teaches the history of pottery in the state. Return to Pinehurst and finish your day with a relaxing dinner at one of the tempting cafes in the village.

Day 2: Pine Needles, Mid Pines and the Southern Pines Historic District

On day two, you can take on Pine Needles, a Donald Ross gem on which Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Cristie Kerr won U.S. Open Championships. If you’re energetic enough for a double-header, go across the street and play Mid Pines, another Donald Ross original. Or if your game could use help, improve your skills with a lesson at the resort’s learning center, founded by highly respected golf instructor Peggy Kirk Bell.

After golf, visit the tree-lined Southern Pines Historic District with its pleasing array of restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Definitely check out Campbell House Galleries, the home of the Arts Council of Moore County with three exhibit areas showcasing paintings and pottery by local artists.

More local artists are featured at the Hastings Gallery in the Boyd Library lobby on the campus of Sandhills Community College. From there, head to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, also on the college campus, and designed and maintained by the Landscape Gardening Department and Sandhills Horticultural Society. Several garden styles are featured in the 32 acres, including the Sir Walter Raleigh Garden (a formal English garden) and a native wetland trail.

Finish your day back in Southern Pines at one of the restaurants or cafes you spotted earlier.

Day 3: Southern Pines, the Historic District of Aberdeen and Horse Country

Start day three with a round of golf at any of the excellent courses around the area. If you’re a Donald Ross fan, maybe choose Southern Pines Golf Club, considered a hidden gem. The good thing is you can’t go wrong.

After your game, visit the Historic District of Aberdeen where you’ll find quaint shops featuring antiques, collectibles, crafts and unique gifts. Grab lunch, then head to the Artists League of the Sandhills. Housed in an old storage terminal of the Aberdeen Rockfish Railroad, the facility has 45 artists-in-residence studios and a gallery of their work.

Beyond golf and art, the Sandhills is known as horse country, with a number of exquisite horse farms and riding venues. Carolina Horse Park is located a few miles south of Aberdeen on Hwy 211. Here you’ll find 250 acres of protected land dedicated to world-class equestrian competitions and special activities. The park is the only one of its kind in North Carolina and offers the visitor a variety of events. You also should check out the historic Pinehurst Harness Track, a 111-acre facility that has served as the winter training center for standardbred horses since 1915.

Enjoy all the area has to offer by mixing and matching activities and events to your particular interest. Be sure to check days and hours of operation for each venue.

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