Pinehurst Hotels & Visitor's Guide
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|The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area is now home to 43 of the best North Carolina golf courses,
all within very close proximity to the center of Pinehurst. This
unofficial visitor guide created by local Pinehurst residents is your
starting point to a fantastic experience in Pinehurst.
In addition to being a golf resort town, you will find many other unique activities to pursue in and around Pinehurst Village as well.
Pinehurst did not start out as a golf resort. In fact, it was originally designed as a place to rejuvenate from what ailed you at the turn of the century. Built by Tufts, a self made man who started out as an apothecary, he built the original Pinehurst Resort to offer all kinds of recreation to northerners seeking to escape the cold starting in 1895. Archery, shooting, croquet, golf, horse racing, and many sports and activities were enjoyed in Pinehurst, depending on what the wealthy visitors fancied at the time.
Golf reigns supreme in Pinehurst, but it started out as a strange pastime whereby resort guests chased a white ball around the cow pastures with sticks, consequently scaring the dairy cows. Fearing a lowering of milk production, Tufts had the first golf course constructed- The Pinehurst #1 course.
The Tufts Archives is a great place to stop in after a round of golf and lunch and learn about the history of the resort. One can learn about Tufts, the original Pinehurst land purchase at the high price of $1 per acre. Of course, the archives is mostly dedicated to the history of Pinehurst golf, from golf's inception to the hosting of two U.S. Opens, and a third to be held in 2014.
Equine sports have also played a significant part with the area's sandy soil and mild climate. The most obvious horse feature is the Pinehurst Harness Track which stables nearly 300 horses in training, but there are also local horse farms, and horse show grounds including the Carolina Horse Park at Five Points, all within easy reach. The Pinehurst Theater now houses boutique shops
Browse this site to find the best area accommodations, including full service golf resort stays, lake front condo rentals, or comfortable budget hotels with golf packages. Locate great restaurants, see the local parks and gardens, enjoy the local entertainment, shop in one of the many boutique and specialty shops, or just sit back and relax on the front porch of the historic Pinecrest Inn.