Non-Golfer’s Guide to “The Home of American Golf”

Sep 01, 2010 No Comments by

Throughout the year, timeless Donald Ross design masterpieces and perfect weather tempt golfers everywhere to visit the quaint, historical villages of Southern Pines and Pinehurst to “tee it up”.  But, there’s so much more!

Don’t be fooled – there’s much more than golf in “The Home of American Golf”.  Yes, the Sandhills region of North Carolina, boasts over forty golf courses, but non-golfers can fill their days and evenings with choices from an extensive menu of other sporting and non-sporting activities.

Accommodations

From the Pinehurst Resort’s grand Carolina Hotel, cozy lodges like Pine Needles, historical Inns like Mid-Pines, to idyllic B & B’s like The Knollwood House, the villages of Pinehurst and Southern Pines offer you the type of home-away-from-home experience that you desire.  Whatever ‘getting away from it all’ means to you and yours, it’s available here.

(Link to Accommodations Guide)

Dining

Be advised, the ‘downtown’ areas of these villages are void of national chains franchise options.  While they are just a few miles away, most find the choice and quality of local restaurants a more interesting and satisfying option.

(Link to Dining Guide)

Fishing & Shooting

The King Fisher Society is a sportsman’s paradise, and just a short drive from Pinehurst or Southern Pines. The private Lodge, lake and 2,000 pristine acres offer Avid Sportsman parties world-class sporting experiences that are customized to the interests of the participants.

The King Fisher Society provides the perfect venue for unique small party functions and outdoor adventures!  With each cast, even experienced largemouth bass and bluegill anglers are treated to the opportunity for a personal best catch.

You decide whether to visit just for a day’s fishing, or to immerse yourself totally for a weekend or longer stay in the lodge.  You will be selecting from a truly unique offering that combines fine lodge accommodations, spectacular freshwater fishing (largemouth bass and bluegill), Holland & Holland designed 5-stand sporting clays, quail hunting, 5-star dining, excellent jazz music and rustic lakeside pavilions complete with fire-pits.  No matter how you prefer to spend your time here, know that all the facilities and service levels are truly exceptional!  We guarantee you’re your only disappointment will be departure.

(Link to King Fisher Society)

Equestrian

Southern Pines is the heart of “Horse Country”.  Here you can experience the wonders of the Walthour – Moss Foundation’s 4,000 plus acres.  The Foundation’s mission is “To preserve open land, to protect and improve wildlife habitat, and to offer a place for equestrian purposes.” Or, tour renowned Youngs Road to view the historic, idyllic horse farms.   Or, travel south to the impressive Carolina Horse Park at Five Points in northern Hoke County.

Throughout the year, this area’s many excellent facilities are home to most all branches of equestrian sports and clubs for training, shows, and events.  It’s your choice to spectate, or participate.  Either way, you’ll enjoy the diversity and tradition of the equine pursuits available here.

Walthour - Moss Foundation

Walthour – Moss Foundation – In 1974 Virginia Walthour and her husband William Moss wanted to provide a sanctuary for wildlife and unique plant species, as well as equestrian pursuits.   Now consisting of several thousand acres in the heart of Horse Country, “The Foundation” is open to the public, and devoted to nature conservancy and equestrian activities.

Here you will find everything from fox hunters to pony clubbers, race and steeplechase, driving, dressage, and hunter – jumpers, as well as all levels of horsemen from world-class professionals to amateurs just riding the miles of trails for pleasure.

Pinehurst Harness Track – Pinehurst has been home to the Harness Track since 1915, and in 1992 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Parks and Recreation Department now operate and maintain the 111 acres.  Facilities include a public restaurant, 18 barns, 300 stalls, 3 training tracks, tack and blacksmith shops, and the Fair Barn which was originally built for the 1917 Sandhills Fair.

From October to May, standardbred trotters and pacers train and race on the ½, 5/8, and mile tracks.  Summer sees a busy and varied schedule of events that are open to the public.  The Village of Pinehurst’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration is held here, as are dressage, hunter – jumper, antique car and dog shows.  Polo and rugby matches also dot the schedule.

Carolina Horse Park at Five Points – The Carolina Horse Park at Five Points is located in Northern Hoke County, about 10 miles south of Southern Pines.  The facilities accommodate training and competition for most major branches of equestrian sports including; hunter – jumper, dressage, eventing, steeplechase and turf racing.

2010 Stoneybrook

Stoneybrook Steeplechase – The Carolina Horse Park hosts the Annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase which draws several thousand spectators, and local, national and international competitors.

The social events begin on Friday night with a “gala” and continue through Race Day on Saturday.  The Pegasus Club serves an excellent luncheon, but tailgating is welcome and popular.  There are activities for the whole family with various contests, a children’s area, and horse exhibits.

Weymouth Nature Preserve – Weymouth is a 500 acre state park established to preserve virgin longleaf pines that includes a few miles of bridle trails used primarily by neighborhood riders.

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About the author

Randy Cavanaugh, co-founder of The Avid Sportsman, became a Quarter Century Club Member of the PGA of America in 2007. Randy has USA, European, Asian and South American PGA Tours experience and has taught thousands of lessons. When not on the course, he often can be found fly-fishing in shallow saltwater.
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