SOUTHERN PINES, NC – JANUARY 2011 – The New Year means one thing – it’s never too early to start planning your next get-away trip and why not make it a great golf and leisure destination? Here is a front sides worth of reasons to put the Pinehurst/Southern Pines/Aberdeen Area at the top of your list.
1. First and foremost it’s the perfect place to kickoff the New Year – the Sandhills of North Carolina offer the ideal blend of atmosphere and history (Donald Ross’s base of operation starting in 1901 resulting in 500 + course designs), all set against the alluring Carolina backdrop. Easy to get to and easy on the wallet make it a perfect pick for 2011.
2. Bring it on! It’s the Home of American Golf. With 43 courses within a 15 minute radius you won’t run out of new tracks to tee it up, nor should you miss a tee time – unless you sleep through your wake up call.
3. While we’re at it, let’s do a little name dropping. It seems like anyone who’s anything in the golf architecture business has affixed their name on a course here. The aforementioned Ross goes nicely with an Ellis Maples (his dad Frank was one of Donald’s lieutenants) and a Robert Trent Jones. Throw in a vintage Tom Fazio or two or three. Or we can go old school PGA – I’ll raise your Gary Player a Nicklaus and then a Palmer. You get the idea – only the very best put their initials on their blueprints here, and you’re the direct beneficiary.
4. It’s year-round golf with four distinct seasons minus the negatives that can impede play. Let me explain. Winters are mild, and still green (thanks to the ever present evergreens – mostly longleaf pines), while summers offer up warmer temps and longer days – can you say 36 or even 54 holes? Spring and fall are just about perfect, and without the pesky leaves in the 3rd quarter (remember the evergreen). Yes you’ll need a sweater part of the year, and shorts the other, so don’t be shy – show off some of your ever expanding golf wardrobe.
5. Doesn’t it seem like golf is more fun when you’re playing well? Birdies over bogeys any day! With 40 plus tracks at your disposal, most offering 4-5+ sets of tees, you’ll find the perfect setups to match your game. Best advice to the newbie’s here – play the right tees to match your handicap – no need for macho madness here. Nothing wrong with taking the old index down a stroke or two while scoring a few side bets with your buddies. All the slope ratings are right there for you to set the perfect itinerary. Check out www.homeofgolf.com and the area’s official Destination & Golf Guide.
6. Making the destination fit the occasion isn’t always easy. Here at the Home of American Golf, a guys golf getaway works perfect in the spring, followed up by a couples retreat in the fall that includes some serious time on the links and exploring the neat towns and villages. Throw in an ideal holiday family gathering or summer sojourn and you’ve got a year’s worth of reasons to head to the NC Sandhills.
7. No doubt you’ve heard about the famous Pinehurst No. 2 Course, attracting numerous majors, and in 2014 hosting the first ever back-2-back – men’s and women’s USGA crown jewel events – U.S. Open Championships (mark your calendar now – June 12th to 22nd). While the deuce is not your daddy’s course (actually it kind of is) anymore – a restoration by the Coore/Crenshaw team reveals a feel of yesteryear. Expect faster, wider fairways, but accompanied by more waste areas, love grass, and visual contrasts that will bring back some of Ross’s key strategic concepts into play. A Back to the Future kind of experience you have to experience yourself before the pros do in 2014.
8. Men and women do not live on golf alone (while some have tried) – it’s essential to take time to refuel. And why not do it with a sense of adventure? With two-thirds of the local restaurants being just that, local (not national chains), you can inspire your taste buds right along with your short game, and come out a winner with both. Taverns, cafes, and bistros dot the quaint towns and village landscape, so go for it – find your favorite spot to test the local cuisine. And with names like The Sly Fox, Ironwood Cafe, and Dugan’s Pub you can bet these eateries also serve up the perfect cold one ready and waiting for you.
9. Yes that’s right – we’ve saved the best for last. It’s those great deals coming your way for 2011, unparalleled and very appealing. Golf Econ 101 tells us there is still more supply than demand (that’s you) in the marketplace, which means the pricing pendulum is pointing your way – so why not take full advantage of these terrific savings? To see some first-hand examples go to the Packages & Deals page of www.homeofgolf.com and score your deal of the new decade today.
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.