Known as the “Home of American Golf”, Pinehurst is a New England-style village with great southern charm. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for designing New York’s Central Park.
Although Pinehurst is created with golfers in mind, it does offers more things to do than just golf. Quaint boutiques, specialty shops and farmer’s markets offer hours of shopping potential and the attractive restaurants and cafés offer plenty of southern home cooking. The area is a pleasure to explore by walking, cycling and horseback riding and scenic drives make the most of the surrounding area. Tennis, hunting, fishing, croquet, carriage rides and watersports can all be found here. For keen golfers there are tournaments, golf tuition and more on a choice of 45 famous golf courses, many of which are in Golf Digest’s Top 50. Pinehurst also has a luxury spa for pampering visitors with massages and specialist beauty treatments.
The famous Seagrove Pottery Highway is just down the road from Pinehurst golf homes. It connects a number of pottery studios in this area which has traditionally been the home of Seagrove Potters since the late 1700s due to the fine local clay. Seagrove now has around 100 pottery shops along with the North Carolina Pottery Centre which is ideal for picking up local pottery souvenirs. Keen gardeners will enjoy visiting Sandhills Horticultural Gardens nearby which covers 27 acres within the grounds of Sandhill Community College. They include a formal English-style garden, collections of holly and conifers, a wetland trail, fruit and vegetable gardens and beds of colourful roses, azaleas and rhododendrons in season. The gardens are open to the public with free admission.
The weather in Pinehurst is generally hot and sunny in the summer with temperatures reaching an average 31°C (88°F) in July. The area has showers throughout the year which are heaviest in spring and less in autumn. From December through February temperatures drop to around 12°C (54°F) during the day and to around freezing at night with occasional snow. Spring and autumn are pleasant seasons for visiting Pinehurst and enjoying a round of golf without the summer heat.
The nearest airport to Pinehurst is Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) Airport which is about 73 miles away. It is a very busy airport handling over 370 domestic and international flights per day with most major US airlines, making it very easy to get to. From the airport it is easy to drive to Pinehurst along the US1 in about 90 minutes. Visitors driving to Pinehurst from other US states will find it very easy to reach via the I-20, the I-40 or the I-95.