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SOUTHERN PINES: THE VILLAGE
The pleasant village of Southern Pines has its own attractions lying among longleaf and loblolly pines in what is known as "sand country." A resort since the 1880s, it became a golfing mecca in 1920. It's rare for a building here to be more than two stories tall. Locals readily admit that the main reason to come here is to follow that little white ball, but they are quick to point out that the town has some interesting sights as well.
Quaint and historic sites abound alongside some of the finest antique and collectible shopping in the state.
The historic and beautiful Village of Pinehurst is located an easy five miles west of The Professional Golf School's home base, Southern Pines. The Village and Area surrounding Pinehurst is rich in history and culture. Ideally located in one of the most beautiful timberland regions of North Carolina, it is surrounded by the state's most popular attractions including exquisite shopping in Raleigh to Furniture Country to the Northwest. Your family will find countless hours of interesting activities to occupy them while you're improving your game with The Professionals Golf School.
The region's small towns and villages offer an itinerary of activities to rival many big cities. Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the parks, nature preserves and playgrounds that offer hiking and biking trails, tennis courts and boating/fishing areas. Well-known for its equestrian events, polo matches, harness racing, horse shows and equestrian hunts are scheduled throughout the year at several locations including the Walthour-Moss Foundation, a thousand-acre park set aside specifically for equestrian use.
History buffs will enjoy the House in the Horseshoe, a state historic site where bullet holes from a 1781 skirmish between Whigs and Tories are still visible. North Carolina's rich literary history is recognized at the Literary Hall of Fame in Southern Pines where North Carolina writers who have achieved permanent prominence are honored. The North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro showcases animals from all over the world in their natural habitats and the potters of Seagrove will amaze you with their expertise in this age-old craft.
For those who prefer a faster pace, the engines roar at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham when NASCAR Winston Cup auto racing comes to town.
Area shopping is within easy walking distance of the resort in the Village, and modern movie theatres, playhouses, restaurants, pottery houses and places to see dot the landscape. Browse quaint gift shops and boutiques along tree-lined downtown streets ... search for antiques and other treasures ... pick up a fine arts piece made by a skilled American craftsman. You'll always find something interesting and different in the Pinehurst area's unique stores. Upscale gift shops that line the streets in historic Pinehurst, Southern Pines or Aberdeen offer merchandise that ranges from elegant to quirky.
Antique lovers can find a bargain in Cameron and Carthage where goods from times past are artfully displayed in historic downtown shops. Seagrove, North Carolina pottery is just a few minutes north. The Seagrove area is where the traditional art of hand-thrown pottery comes alive in nearly 100 small, family-owned potteries. In addition to a wide selection of unique stores, the Pinehurst area also has an abundance of department and discount stores conveniently located to meet your day-to-day needs.
Pinehurst holds a vital spot in the historic development of golf within the United States. In 1895 Boston soda fountain magnate James Walker Tufts bought 5,500 acres of North Carolina timberland for $1.00 per acre to build the Holly Inn Resort. He charged guests $3.00 per day to stay at the resort.
In 1987, Mr. Tufts became aware of his guests' interest in golf when local farmers began complaining about little white balls being hit into their pastures and frightening their cows. He hired Dr. Leroy Culver, an amateur designer, to lay out the area's first 9-hole golf course.
In 1900, Scottish born course designer Donald Ross visits Pinehurst...and stays for the next 48 years. He redesigns Pinehurst Course #1 and lays out plans for future courses. Pinehurst soon becomes one of the most popular destinations for the world's golfers.
Pinehurst's 1st Annual United North and South Amateur Championship opened in 1901 alongside the grand new Carolina Hotel.
The photo on the left shows Bobby Jones perched on "Maniac Hill" at Pinehurst #2 and is shown blasting his drive into an ominous sky as Horton Smith, winner of the first Masters, and a group of caddies admire the shot. This and other historic golf memorabilia is available from Golf Links to the Past.
In 1912, Lucy Richards presents her bronze sculpture, Sundial Boy, to Pinehurst. The statue is later moved to the putting green and renamed The Putter Boy. This statue serves as the Pinehurst icon to this day.
Annie Oakley, star of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, and her husband, Frank Butler, move to Pinehurst in 1916. Ms. Oakley gave shooting exhibitions and lessons in the area while her husband managed the Pinehurst Gun Club. The photo to the left, owned by the Trapshooting Hall of Fame, shows Ms. Oakley giving a demonstration outside of the Pinehurst Gun Club in 1918.
The Lilliputian Golf Course, the first miniature putting course built in the United States, is also opened about this time at the cottage of Pinehurst resident James Barber.
Donald Ross' Course #4 opens in 1919. The Manor Inn, originally called The Lexington, and The Pinehurst Theatre open about this same time. The Metropolitan Opera is hosted by the Pinehurst Theatre.
Denny Shute takes the first PGA Championship hosted at Pinehurst #2 in 1936. The sand greens of the course are converted to grass just in time for the event. Ben Hogan wins his first professional title at the 1940 Pinehurst North and South Open Championship.
From 1941 to 1945, Pinehurst served as the headquarters for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. John Phillip Sousa also made frequent visits to Pinehurst to entertain residents and guests.
Pinehurst patron and master designer, Donald Ross passes in 1948. The Donald Ross Memorial Junior Tournament is inaugurated in his honor that same year.
Ellis Maples opens his award-winning Course #5 and The Ryder Cup Matches come to Pinehurst in 1951. Course # 6, designed by George & Tom Fazio, opens in 1979. Course #7, designed by Rees Jones, opens in 1986.
The addition of full service pro tennis facilities jets Pinehurst into one of the finest tennis experiences in the country in 1994. This gives the Pinehurst Tennis Clubs the opportunity to host U.S. Clay Court Championships that same year. The event hosted such tennis notables as Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington.
Pinehurst celebrates its 1995 Centennial in grand fashion with the opening of Course #8, also called The Centennial Course. This course sits on the land previously used by the Pinehurst Gun Club.
The U.S. Department of the Interior names Pinehurst as a National Historic Landmark in 1996. The basis of the designation is Pinehurst's prominence in the development of golf on the United States and as an excellent representation of a turn-of-the-century golf resort.
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