SOUTHERN PINES, NC – DECEMBER, 2009 – Amazingly, over the last ten years, the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area of North Carolina has hosted key golfing events for men, women and children from all over the world. The fairways and greens in the land of the longleaf pine can boast US Opens, US Kids Championships, Women’s Opens and numerous other significant golf related developments.
2005 Open winner, New Zealander Michael Campbell had a clutch performance on the back 9 at Pinehurst No. 2 to win the championship. To finish off his surprising win, Michael stayed on an extra day at Pine Needles Lodge to celebrate with fellow Kiwis and graciously signed autographs to the delight of his fans.
New Golf Development for The Sandhills by the name of Dormie Club is well underway from the first announcement in 2007. Located in West End, four miles west of the village of Pinehurst, the 18-hole course will be completed by the end of 2009, an upscale residential development is still more than a year-and-a-half away. The golf course is rustic in manner and quite dramatic with 110 feet of elevation change and a 50/50 mix of pine trees and hardwoods. While the golf course will be in operation, developer MHK Joint Ventures expects the residential development to take up to 15 years for its completion.
Kerr Wins 2007 US Women’s Open. After many personal struggles, but a will to achieve and surpass expectations, Cristie Kerr showed the golf world what a true champion is made of at the 2007 US Women’s Open held at Pine Needles Golf Club. Her 2-shot (-5) victory was her first major championship win. By the age of 12, she had a handicap of 2 and by 18, had played on the U.S. Curtis Cup team and in 1996 turned professional.
Little River Golf resort in Carthage was acquired by OceanicoGroup resorts in late 2007. Oceanico will make North Carolina its home for its USA operations. Buyers from any of their 10 European properties will have golf-playing rights at Little River. The resort property will have the course improved, residential offerings, as well as commercial businesses on property. Construction began in 2008 and the long range plan includes new resort lodging, meeting space, and spa facilities.
US Kids Golf was in full force for the fourth year in 2009. Summer used to be a less-active time of the year for golf, but with the kids’ championships along with their entourages of family members and friends, the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area has become a very active golf center during late July and early August. Kids from the ages of 5 – 18 can qualify for the two events – US Kids Golf Teen Championships and US Kids Golf World Championship. Over 1,700 young competitors play over ten area golf courses during the two events. Pinehurst resort and US Kids Golf have partnered to keep the championships in Moore County through 2013. The CVB estimated that the event generated $3.9 million in visitor spending for the county.
Grip it and Rip it. Eaton Corporation’s Golf Pride Group will be moving its division headquarters to Moore County, The Home of American Golf® in 2010. The company will invest approximately $700,000 and provide 39 new fulltime jobs. The facility will be located in Southern Pines for its research and development operations.
The Power of the Golf Economy, North Carolina Style. With 558 courses, 30 golf resorts, and several championship golf events, golf in the Tar Heel State is more than just an enjoyable pastime, it is a key industry that contributes to the vitality of the NC economy. According to a 2009 SRI International study the state’s golf industry generated a total economic impact of $ 5.3 billion, supporting 69,000 jobs with $ 1.7 billion of wage income. The comprehensive study includes golf operations, golf suppliers, capital investment, tournaments & associations, real estate, and hospitality/tourism in its assessment. Visit www.homeofgolf.com for more information.
Sir, don’t tax my golf! In 2009 a 7% “Recreational Tax” was introduced to the NC Senate in Raleigh. The potential impact of the tax would be negative to the hundreds of golf courses throughout the state. In addition, the tax would go to the state rather than returning back to local governments. Several golf trade associations banded together to fight the tax legislation and were successful in 2009, but will be advocating again in 2010.
Back2Back 2014 – In an unprecedented decision, the United States Golf Association announced that BOTH the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens will be held back to back on Pinehurst Resort’s fabled No. 2 course. The Men’s Open will begin June 9, 2014 and the Women’s Open will begin June 16, 2014. The Opens held in Pinehurst have been so successful in the past, a challenge of this magnitude with be handled just as successfully and become another highlight in the area’s golf history.
Lowe’s “Drive for Charity” golf fundraiser raised over $16 million during its golf tournament held at Pinehurst Resort in 2009.
The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.