CCNC first site to host expanded field of 264 players in 2021

PINEHURST, NC (July 29, 2020) – For the third time since it opened in 1963, The Country Club of North Carolina will host a USGA championship. The 36-hole facility, located in the Village of Pinehurst, will host the 74th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship from July 19-24, 2021. CCNC will also become the 16th site to have hosted both the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior. This will be the first time the U.S. Junior Amateur will be held in the Tar Heel State.

“The Country Club of North Carolina is honored to host the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and to be among the prestigious clubs to host this wonderful event,” said Tom Beddow, CCNC club president. “CCNC has a great history and tradition of supporting amateur golf and we have the experience, infrastructure and a committed staff and group of volunteers who will help make this a memorable championship.”

In April, the USGA had announced that the 2020 championship, with an expanded field from 156 to 264, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., was canceled “as a result of continued uncertainty surrounding the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.” So, this means CCNC will be the first site to host the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship with the expanded field.

Besides its two previous USGA championships, CCNC has also played host to the 1972 U.S. Professional Match-Play Championship (won by Jack Nicklaus), seven Southern Amateurs, four Carolinas Amateurs and seven North Carolina Amateurs. The list of Southern Amateur champions includes Ben Crenshaw (1971), Len Mattiace (1985) and Webb Simpson (2007).

Simpson, a North Carolina native, and 2012 U.S Open champion, is the honorary chairman of the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

“As the honorary chairman, I’m glad to provide as much assistance to the players and CCNC as I can,” said Simpson, who competed in two U.S. Junior Amateurs and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2003. “The Simpson family is excited about the Junior Amateur coming to North Carolina and getting to know the players and their families. So glad we are next to host this great event.”

The 2021 Junior Amateur will be the 34th USGA championship in North Carolina. The event was first played in 1948. The championship is open to amateurs who have not reached their 19th birthday by the conclusion of the championship and who have a Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. Tiger Woods (three times), Jordan Spieth (twice), Johnny Miller, David Duval and Hunter Mahan are among the notable U.S. Junior Amateur champions.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2018, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $520 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

About The Country Club of North Carolina
The Country Club of North Carolina (CCNC), established in 1963, is a member-owned, gated residential community with 2,000 acres that features longleaf pines, three lakes and upscale tennis, fitness, swimming facilities and pickleball courts. The membership is local and national. Since 2003, it has been a certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. The Dogwood Course was designed by Ellis Maples and Willard Byrd and renovated by Kris Spence in 2016. The Cardinal Course, designed by Willard Byrd and Robert Trent Jones, Sr., completed a renovation by Arthur Hills in 2002.

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Pinehurst No. 2 ranked as No. 3 “Best Courses You Can Play in the United States”

PINEHURST, NC (July 23, 2020) – Pinehurst No. 2, host of three U.S. Open Championships and future host of the 2024 event, is ranked third in the United States among Golfweek magazine’s annual Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play list. The famed Donald Ross design is also ranked 15th in the country among the publication’s Top 100 Classic Golf Courses which includes designs prior to 1960.

Other Pinehurst area courses ranked among the 2020 Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play list include Pinehurst No. 4 (41st), Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (42nd), Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (55th) and Tobacco Road Golf Club (99th).

“These rankings simply reinforce that the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area is indeed the ‘Home of American Golf,’” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “What is even better is our community embraces golf and the golf industry, and supports everything from major USGA championships like the U.S. Open to events such as U.S. Kids World and Teen Championships and everything in between. Our destination understands how important golf is not only to those who live here, but also to everyone around the world that chooses to visit this special place 365 days of the year.”

Among all 50 states, North Carolina ranks fifth in the nation with the number of golf courses on the Best You Can Play list with seven, trailing only California (10), Florida (8), Oregon (8) and Wisconsin (8).

When broken down by individual states, Golfweek includes 15 courses as Best Courses You Can Play in North Carolina, nine of them located in the Pinehurst area. Those courses include Pinehurst No. 2 (1st); Pinehurst No. 4 (2nd); Mid Pines (3rd); Pine Needles (4th); Tobacco Road Golf Club (6th); Pinehurst No. 8 (7th); Pinehurst No. 7 (9th); Mid South Club (13th) and Southern Pines Golf Club (15th).

For a complete look at all of Golfweek’s 2020 rankings, click here.

For more about courses inside the Home of American Golf, click here.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2018, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $520 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

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Restoration of Venerable Donald Ross Design Anticipated

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (June 30, 2020) – Southern Pines Golf Club, a vintage Donald Ross-designed course dating to the early 1900’s, announced today that it is now under management of the company that owns and operates Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club and Mid Pines Golf Club and will eventually be acquired by that same company.

Kelly Miller, president of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, announced the lease/purchase of the course from the Southern Pines Elks Club, the owner of the course since 1951. Miller said the Pine Needles/Mid Pines management company has taken over operation of the facility and is working toward a final sale when some infrastructure changes are made to the facility that have to do with environmental issues.

“I’ve always thought it a wonderful golf course,” Miller says. “It’s one of the best routings in the area. It has great topography and a set of par-threes that are unmatched anywhere. The club has a lot of fascinating history and I think it’s a perfect fit for us.”

“This is fantastic news for people who love visiting the Home of American Golf,” says Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “To one day have this (Donald) Ross gem renovated to form a group of great golf experiences alongside Pine Needles and Mid Pines, you arguably would have one of the best trio of clubs to play in this destination.”

The deal consummates 15 years of Miller having his eye on the Southern Pines Golf Club and thinking that its Ross lineage would make it an ideal fit for the umbrella containing Mid Pines, a 1921 Ross design, and Pine Needles, a 1928 Ross course. He had had discussions with the Elks management at various junctures without ever being able to consummate a transaction.

The Elks bought the course in 1951 from Mike Sherman, a Connecticut businessman who had owned it since the post-World war II days. Prior to that, it had been owned and operated by the town of Southern Pines. Golf has been played on this site since at least 1906, and newspaper records indicate an 18-hole Ross course was operational by 1923, with a new nine having opened in 1924. The third nine was later abandoned.

“We’re delighted to see the golf course in the hands of the Miller family and their partners,” says Chris Deanes, Exalted Ruler of the Elks. “Quite honestly, the Elks have no business running a golf course. We’re a volunteer organization that focuses on charity and giving money away. Running golf courses is not what we do, and we’re happy the course is going to a family that does. Kelly and his partners truly appreciate the essence of the course and are committed to preserving it.”

Adds John Andrews, Chairman of the Board for the Elks, “Kelly has a great vision for the course. They have a good plan to bring the course back to where it should be.”

Miller says an 18-month course improvement plan is being developed that might include any of the following: design tweaks from architect Kyle Franz, who has supervised restorations at Mid Pines (2013) and Pine Needles (2018); resurfacing the greens; and rebuilding the bunkers and cart paths.

“We want the course to remain a hub for the Southern Pines community—play golf, swim, come to the grill for breakfast or lunch,” Miller says. “It will also be a great facility for our members and guests. I don’t know of any club or resort in the country with 54 holes of original Donald Ross work. That’s pretty special.”

The swimming pool will remain open and under the auspices of the Elks Club, and the club will retain ownership of the soccer field.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2018, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $520 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

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Legendary Pinehurst No. 2 Once Again Named Best Course in N.C.

PINEHURST, NC (APRIL 1, 2020) – Pinehurst No. 2 has once again secured the top spot as the best golf course in the state as determined by the prestigious North Carolina Golf Panel. Pinehurst No. 4 (pictured above) moved up 10 ranking positions and into the Top 10 in the state to earn the ninth position. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines remains ranked fourth with the Dogwood course at The Country Club of North Carolina holding onto its fifth position. Overall, 15 Pinehurst area golf courses are included among the Top 100 rankings.

The North Carolina Golf Panel was founded in 1995 and is recognized as the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that arguably has some of the nation’s best courses. The 135-member panel is composed of golf media, club professionals and general managers from many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players and college golf coaches and others who play an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.

“It’s no surprise to see that seven of the top 20 courses in the state are located in the Pinehurst area,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “While our destination is one on every golfer’s bucket list, we have a great mix of courses from legendary and historic to affordable and fun to fit every price range. When you combine great golf with a growing craft beer scene, local dining with innovative chefs using products from farmers in Moore County, unique shopping options and fun events year-round, our area is an amazing destination for not only golfers, but for couples, meetings and groups.”

The move Pinehurst No. 4 made into the top 10 of the rankings is no surprise. The Gil Hanse redesign opened in September 2018, so more panelists were able to play it last year and fully consider it for the 2020 rankings. Another area course that saw large improvement in their ranking was Mid South Club which moved up eight spots and into the top 50 at #44. Also, The New Course at Talamore improved nine spots to #83.

The panel also ranked the Top 50 Courses You Can Play and the Pinehurst area once again dominated the list with 15 listed, or 30 percent of the clubs, including the top six – Pinehurst No. 2, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst No.8, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club and Pinehurst No. 9. Other golf clubs among the Top 50 include Mid South Club, Pinehurst No. 7, The New Course at Talamore, Southern Pines Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 6, Legacy Golf Links, Tobacco Road, Longleaf Golf and Family Club and Hyland Golf Club.

“We are so fortunate in the state of North Carolina to have an abundance of great golf courses from the mountains to the coast,” said Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel. “However, many of the courses in the Pinehurst area are legendary, globally-recognized and memorable. Those golf courses put our state on the golf bucket list map, not just for golfers in this country, but also from around the world.”

Pinehurst area golf courses are no strangers to the national and global stage as well when it comes to major championships. In 2019, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club hosted the U.S. Senior Women’s Open while Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 hosted the U.S. Amateur. In 2021, The Country Club of North Carolina will host the U.S. Junior Amateur. In 2022, the U.S. Women’s Open returns to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. And the U.S. Open will be back at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2024, marking the fourth such major championship to be played at the historic club over the course of 25 years (1999, 2005, 2014 and 2024), the most to be played over the course of a quarter century than any other location in the country. All of those events are sanctioned by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

For more information about all golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, visit HomeofGolf.com. For the complete list of the Top 100 Courses for 2020, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit NCGolfPanel.com.

Top 100 NC Courses for 2020:

  1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst
  2. Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville
  3. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, Cashiers
  4. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines
  5. The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst
  6. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte
  7. Elk River Club, Banner Elk
  8. Old North State, New London
  9. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst
  10. Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte
  11. Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), Greensboro
  12. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst
  13. Old Town Club, Winston-Salem
  14. Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington
  15. Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers
  16. Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington
  17. The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst
  18. Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Southern Pines
  19. Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham
  20. Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh
  21. Rock Barn Country Club (Jones), Conover
  22. Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville
  23. River Landing (River), Wallace
  24. McGregor Downs Country Club, Cary
  25. Governors Club, Chapel Hill
  26. Forest Creek Golf Club (South), Pinehurst
  27. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville
  28. Prestonwood Country Club (Highlands), Cary
  29. Country Club of Landfall (Dye), Wilmington
  30. Treyburn Country Club, Durham
  31. Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus), Wilmington
  32. Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst
  33. Forest Creek Golf Club (North), Pinehurst
  34. Linville Golf Club, Linville
  35. Forsyth Country Club, Winston-Salem
  36. High Point Country Club (Willow Creek), High Point
  37. The Hasentree Club, Wake Forest
  38. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte
  39. Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill
  40. River Landing (Landing), Wallace
  41. Dormie Club, West End
  42. Greensboro Country Club (Farm), Greensboro
  43. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island
  44. Mid South Club, Southern Pines
  45. Duke University Golf Club, Durham
  46. Gaston Country Club, Gastonia
  47. Country Club of Asheville, Asheville
  48. Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill
  49. Leopard’s Chase, Sunset Beach
  50. Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro
  51. The Cardinal by Pete Dye, Greensboro
  52. Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva
  53. Hope Valley Country Club, Durham
  54. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst
  55. Grandover (East), Greensboro
  56. The Currituck Club, Duck
  57. Alamance Country Club, Burlington
  58. Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst
  59. Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh
  60. Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows), Cary
  61. Jefferson Landing, Jefferson
  62. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis
  63. Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte
  64. Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center (Champions), Browns Summit
  65. Tiger’s Eye, Sunset Beach
  66. Hounds Ears Club, Blowing Rock
  67. River Run Country Club, Davidson
  68. Carmel Country Club (South), Charlotte
  69. Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro
  70. Croasdaile Country Club, Durham
  71. Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington
  72. Cedarwood Country Club, Charlotte
  73. The Peninsula Club, Cornelius
  74. Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach
  75. Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway
  76. St. James Plantation (Reserve), Southport
  77. Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton
  78. Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powells Point
  79. Providence Country Club, Charlotte
  80. Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh
  81. Linville Ridge, Linville
  82. Tanglewood Park (Championship), Clemmons
  83. The New Course at Talamore, Southern Pines
  84. Grandover (West), Greensboro
  85. Wilson Country Club, Wilson
  86. Bermuda Run Country Club (East), Bermuda Run
  87. Cape Fear Country Club, Leland
  88. Brier Creek Country Club, Raleigh
  89. Benvenue Country Club, Rocky Mount
  90. Rocky River Golf Club, Concord
  91. Compass Point Golf Club, Leland
  92. Mill Creek Golf Club, Mebane
  93. North Ridge Country Club (Lakes), Raleigh
  94. Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash
  95. Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte
  96. Brook Valley Country Club, Greenville
  97. Prestonwood Country Club (Fairways), Cary
  98. Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock
  99. Stoney Creek Golf Club, Whitsett
  100. Nags Head Golf Links, Nags Head

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2018, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $520 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

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Celebration of Freedom and Flight Postponed Due to Worldwide Novel Coronavirus Concerns

Carthage, N.C. – (March 13, 2020) – With an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the event team of Tarheel Festivals announced Thursday that the 2020 Festival D’Avion scheduled for April 17-18 will be postponed until later in the Fall.

The third annual Festival D’Avion, hosted at the Moore County Airport, was on track to be the largest and best to date, and this celebration of freedom and flight join a long list of community events and activities across the Sandhills, North Carolina and the United States to be canceled or postponed due to health precautions.

All Festival D’Avion components, including the Celebration Concert, hospitality functions, Runway 5K race, aircraft exhibits, fly-overs and entertainment will be rescheduled for Oct. 2-3, 2020. All event sponsorships will transfer to the new dates and any Festival D’Avion tickets purchased in advance or donated will be honored for the October dates. Sponsorship packages and discounted event tickets will remain on sale over the coming months.

“The health and safety of our attendees and sponsors are of the utmost importance,” said Peter Stilwell, co-founder for the Festival D’Avion. “We have been monitoring information regarding the spread of the coronavirus provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management (NCDPS) and Moore County Emergency Services, and decided to postpone the festival as a measure to protect the residents and guests of our community.”

“This is certainly a difficult time in the world, and although we are disappointed to have to reschedule this year’s Festival D’Avion, we are glad we’ll have another opportunity later in the year to celebrate together,” said Festival D’Avion co-founder Dave Droschak. “We greatly appreciate the continued support from all branches of the military, the local business community and our patrons across North Carolina.”

For additional information contact:
Dave Droschak, Droschak Communications, 919-630-6656, ddroschak@earthlink.net
Peter Stilwell, Tarheel Communications, 910-215-0861, peterstilwell@tarheelcommunications.com
info@festivaldavion.com
www.festivaldavion.com

CARTHAGE, N.C. (February 25, 2020) – The Festival D’Avion organizers have recently partnered with the USO of North Carolina and will provide complimentary tickets to those families who have been involved with the recent 82nd Airborne deployment at Fort Bragg.

Details for the distribution of these tickets will be published in the coming days.

“Providing free tickets to the families of deployed soldiers is the right thing to do,” said Festival D’Avion co-founder Peter Stilwell. “Every ticket we sell to the general public will be matched with a donated ticket for these families. We are pleased to be working with the USO of North Carolina, which will make sure these tickets get into the hands of the special families to enjoy the 2020 Festival D’Avion.”

The USO will also have a display on-site during the Festival D’Avion on October 2-3, 2020, for those who would like to learn about their mission of supporting military servicemen and servicewomen in the state of North Carolina.

Tickets for the Festival D’Avion are available online at www.festivaldavion.com. with exclusive discounts for active and retired military personnel.

The Festival D’Avion debuted in the spring of 2018, with a main goal of celebrating freedom and flight. For the past two years, the event has paid tribute to the men and women who have served in the military with special aircraft displays from the individual branches of the Armed Forces, Warbirds and vintage planes, along with featured entertainment. The inaugural Festival D’Avion recognized the Centennial anniversary of Fort Bragg, and last year’s festival honored Roy “Swede” Boreen, Jr., who remains a local hero and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Festival D’Avion has quickly become a premier static airshow in North Carolina and one of the few events which has received Pentagon participation approval from all of the individual branches of the military. To date, the 2020 Festival D’Avion boasts commitments from the U.S. Army and Fort Bragg, the Marine Corps and Camp Lejeune, the Coast Guard from Elizabeth City. The Air Force has recently committed a squadron of F-16 fighter jets out of Shaw Air Force Base in Charleston, S.C., to conduct a spectacular fly-over during the event. The Naval base in Virginia will also be providing an F-18 fighter jet, and the Army Special Forces C-27 from Pope Field near Fort Bragg will also be returning in 2020.

The Raleigh-based Bandit Flight Team, highly-trained former military pilots, will be performing aerial fly-overs and maneuvers during the 2020 Festival D’Avion as a tribute to the military Warbird heritage and as an opportunity to salute the returning war veterans.

“It has been an honor for the Moore County Airport to host this prestigious event for the past two years,” said Ron Maness, a former Air Force fighter pilot and the current manager for Moore County Airport. “Our community has been so supportive of the men and women who serve to protect our freedom, and we are thrilled that this event continues to grow each year. The members of the Airport Authority and our staff are eager to show off our airport facilities to the thousands of anticipated patrons during this unique Festival. It is amazing to the see the growth of this great event.”

The 2020 Festival D’Avion has again partnered with the nonprofit foundation, Children of Fallen Heroes, whose mission is to provide support and immediate needs for children and surviving spouses of First Responders and military fallen heroes. The Children of Fallen Heroes was founded by Kenneth Wasley to honor the life of his father and the 13 men who lost their lives while serving the U.S. Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights, in a tragic plane crash in North Carolina in 1973. The “Skydiving Angels,” along with Fort Bragg based jump teams, will perform precision jumps during the Festival on Friday and Saturday.

“As we celebrate freedom and flight during the Festival D’Avion, it was important that we include the men and women that serve as First Responders throughout North Carolina,” Stilwell said. “Last year, we introduced a special exhibit area featuring a collection of classic and modern-day rescue vehicles with their crews in attendance, and we are excited to expand this area in 2020 to include aircraft from the N.C. Highway Patrol, Carolina Life Flight and the N.C. Forestry Department.”

Their helicopters and fire-fighting airplanes will be on display, but will remain on call throughout the day in case of emergencies. All area First Responders in uniform will be provided complimentary admission to the event.

The Southern Pines-based Heritage Flag Co. will once again provide custom flags that will be used for various recognitions during the event. The Heritage Flag Co. has been involved with the event since its inception, and founder Heath Trigg has been a huge supporter of the men and women who serve our country. His beautiful flags are proudly displayed around the world, and The Heritage Flag Co. is one of several community businesses that contribute their support to the many military foundations and organizations.

The 1½ day Festival D’Avion, hosted at the Moore County Airport, includes a celebration concert featuring the Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band, Runway 5K Race/Walk, special aircraft exhibits, scheduled aircraft fly-overs, Warbird displays, precision jump team exhibitions, programmed entertainment and a special scheduled fly-out of all participating aircraft. This fly-out has become a crowd favorite as it ends Saturday’s day-long festivities.

Classic cars and trucks will also be displayed during the event. A variety of food and beverage options will be available from area and regional food trucks, craft beer breweries, North Carolina wineries and vendors. The Festival Kids Zone will offer a huge variety of themed attractions, obstacle courses, games and slides.

For additional information: info@festivaldavion.com

Long-time CVB Leader Honored for Dedication to the Tourism Industry

PINEHURST, NC (February 11, 2020) – Beverly Stewart, executive vice-president of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), was honored on Tuesday night with the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Beacon Award at its annual convention in Little Rock, AR.

The Beacon Award is presented annually by STS and recognizes an individual who best exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of excellence and who has advanced the tourism industry. Steward was cited for her dedication to the tourism industry for more than three decades and considers factors among nominees for overall accomplishments, innovation, performance, empowerment of others, integrity and respect.

“To be recognized among peers who I not only deeply respect but call friends means so much to me and shows true connections among those in our industry and region,” said Stewart. “Travel and tourism, at its heart, is about discovering what is best about your community, and sharing it with others. Engaging visitors in the rich personality of my home area – the people, the culture, the food, and the energy, continues to be a privilege and an incredible honor.”

“This is a much deserved honor for Beverly and we could not be more proud of her achievement and recognition,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB. “As I travel around the state, there is not one person who does not know Bev and all she has done to advance tourism, not only in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, but also throughout the state of North Carolina. She is an asset to our industry and one of the reasons why leisure and business groups choose to return to our area time and time again.”

Stewart has served the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau since it opened in 1987.

For more information about the CVB, visit HomeofGolf.com.

Art Walk and Auction to Be on Display February 8 – April 2 in Southern Pines

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (February 04, 2020) – Before golf in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area became the world-class and globally-recognized destination it is today, equestrian pursuits dominated the Sandhills region of North Carolina. And for the first time, ponies will roam the streets of downtown Southern Pines – Painted Ponies. The inaugural Painted Ponies Art Walk and Auction runs from February 8th through April 2nd as 10 five-foot tall fiberglass works of art will line Broad Street for all to view as visitors walk the downtown area. After the display is over, the ponies will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting the Carolina Horse Park Foundation’s educational and environmental programs.

On February 8th from 1-3pm, there will be a Painted Ponies Reveal Party and Walking Tour at The Mews located at 280 NW Broad Street in downtown Southern Pines. The reveal party is complimentary and open to the public.

“The Carolina Horse Park is proud to bring the Painted Ponies Art Walk to downtown Southern Pines. It demonstrates our commitment to our local businesses and artists while also highlighting our equestrian heritage and community,” said Bryan Rosenberg, chairman of the board for the Carolina Horse Park. “The Art Walk has been a phenomenal community effort. We look forward to visitors and residents enjoying the painted ponies while they line Broad Street and generously support the auction on April 4th.”

Local businesses are coordinating to sponsor the painted ponies that will be placed at 10 locations in downtown Southern Pines. Artists from the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area have donated their time and talent to transform the fiberglass ponies into exquisite works of art. Once the display ends on April 2nd, the painted ponies will be removed and auctioned off. The auction will take place on April 4th at Big Sky Farm in Southern Pines.

Painted ponies theme names include: Horses Connect Us All; Horsefeathers; The Chief’s Pony; Living in the Pines; Water for Horses, and more. Local businesses sponsoring the art walk and auction include: McPeake Hotels; C Cups Cupcakery; The Pilot newspaper; Audrey Wiggins/Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Lifestyle Property Partners; Opulance of Southern Pines; WhitLauter Estate Jewellry; McDevitt Town and Country Properties; Pinnock Real Estate and Relocation Services; Longevity Massage and Bodywork Therapy Center; The Country Bookshop; Ashten’s Restaurant; Moore Equine Feed and Pet Supply; English Riding Supply; Cabin Branch Tack Shop and BB&T Bank.

Visitors viewing the Painted Ponies Art Walk are asked to use the hashtag #PaintedPoniesCHP when taking pictures and posting them to social media.

The Carolina Horse Park (CHP) Foundation is a 315 acre, nationally recognized premier equine competition venue and preservation preserve located in Hoke County, NC. Founded in 1998 as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization by equestrian enthusiasts, CHP is dedicated to the preservation of open space for equestrian events, as well as, educational and recreational purposes. Throughout the year, CHP runs approximately 28 weeks of equestrian events and 10 educational and nature events with visitors and competitors traveling primarily from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

For more information about the Painted Ponies Art Walk and Auction, visit www.CarolinaHorsePark.com.

Golf Leaders Inside the Home of American Golf Tout Business Advantages in Moore County (NC)

PINEHURST, NC (January 16, 2020) – Golf business leaders in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area of North Carolina are teeing up an aggressive pitch for other golf companies domestically and internationally to consider relocating in their part of the country. Partners in Progress, the economic development arm for Moore County (NC), recently produced a video that included golf business leaders from the Pinehurst area and plan to share it at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. The goal is to draw interest from existing or new golf-related businesses wishing to inquire about what it would take to relocate or start a venture in the Pinehurst area. The vision is to create a golf cluster business community on the East Coast, similar to what happened in Carlsbad, CA.

“There’s something unique going on here in Pinehurst. There’s a tremendous opportunity to tap into the world of golf. There are a surprising number of golf companies and golf thought leaders based here in Pinehurst,” says Jamie Ledford, president of Golf Pride, a division of Eaton Corporation. “Golf Pride made a decision to build our design and development center in Pinehurst and we have a huge opportunity to test new golf concepts with golfers from around the world right here in Pinehurst. It’s a great spot for us.”

The 36,000-square-foot Golf Pride Global Innovation Center opened in 2019 and is located next to the Tom Fazio-designed and highly acclaimed Pinehurst No. 8 golf course. The company looked at several sites but chose Pinehurst Resort because of the prime location and brand partnership as well. The new facility will allow Golf Pride to test new products out of its rapid prototyping lab quickly with a steady stream of golfers visiting Pinehurst from around the world on a daily basis.

Aside from Golf Pride, the United States Golf Association (USGA), U.S. Kids Golf and the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) have moved portions or their entire headquarters, to the area in recent years. The U.S. Kids Golf Academy is located at Longleaf Golf & Family Club in Southern Pines and annually hosts, along with more than a dozen area golf courses, the U.S. Kids Teen and U.S. Kids World Golf Championships each August. Those combined events account for more than $9 million dollars in economic impact each year, according to the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. More than 2,000 junior golfers from round the world descend upon the destination to compete in those U.S. Kids Golf events.

“Pinehurst is the perfect community because of its world-wide reputation in golf and because of the world-class excellence here,” says Dan Van Horn, founder and president, U.S. Kids Golf. “If you get the idea that by coming here you’re going to get deep into the weeds of what makes golf tick in the Pinehurst area, you’ve come to the right place. This is a great place to live and work.”

“When you look at the companies who are here with Golf Pride, the USGA, U.S. Kids Golf and the CGA, they all have a big presence here,” remarked Tom Pashley, president of Pinehurst Resort. “They are all companies that when you think about it, it makes perfect sense that they’re here. It makes perfect sense for golf companies to come and be a part of Pinehurst. I can’t wait to see who that is.”

The pitch to golf businesses relies on the globally recognized name of Pinehurst, but the intent is to showcase all of Moore County as potential locations. The video features leaders in the local golf industry including Ledford, Pashley, Van Horn, Kelly Miller, the president of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club and Pat Corso, executive director of Partners in Progress (PIP).

“For the right company, the right group and the right ideas, our area is perfect for relocation or to build a new business,” said Corso. “What we have put together is a strong attempt to create change and draw like-type companies to the Pinehurst area.”

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area is strategically located on the East Coast with major international airports in Raleigh and Charlotte, 60 and 90 miles away, respectively. The state of North Carolina offers state and local incentives for qualified companies, and according to a 2018 article in Forbes magazine, North Carolina is ranked as the “Best State for Business” in America. The golf leaders in the Pinehurst area believe those are all excellent reasons for other companies to investigate how those economic factors can be an attractive blend for new golf businesses or relocation of existing ones.

For more information about the opportunity for golf businesses in the Pinehurst area, contact Pat Corso, executive director, Partners in Progress at 910.246.0311. Or visit www.MooreBusiness.org/pinehurst.

Moore County Partners in Progress
Moore County Partners in Progress (PIP) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization serving all of Moore County, North Carolina. PIP is a public/private partnership whose mission is to increase economic prosperity and improve the quality of life for residents through economic development initiatives that create quality jobs, generate capital investment, and increase the tax base in all of Moore County’s communities. Visit www.moorebusiness.org.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2018, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $520 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county. Visit www.homeofgolf.com.

On Monday, January 13th, the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) launched a new website offering an improved experience for leisure and business travelers planning a future excursion to the Home of American Golf. Of course, you’ll find listings for all 38 of our golf courses in the destination, some that are historic, timeless and world-class, but you can also search seasonal packages with the best deals and options for planning a future stay.

However, the Home of American Golf is more than just a great game, and our website will allow you to find places to enjoy unique local shopping, farm-to-table dining, arts and culture, outdoor adventures and more. Locate lodging options from world-class resorts, hotels and vacation/condo rentals. Learn about our history and plan to stay to check out events happening all year long.

Be sure to visit often as we are always updating our new website. You will also want to download our latest destination guide which is filled with a variety of information that will allow you to plan your trip to the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area. Just visit HomeofGolf.com and we look forward to welcoming you to the Home of American Golf soon!