Golf, Horses & The Long Leaf Pine
PINEHURST and SOUTHERN PINES
Golf, Horses and the Long-Leaf Pine have lured people to the renowned resort communities of Pinehurst and Southern Pines since the late 1800’s. Located in the heart of the Sandhills, a region of North Carolina famous for its sandy soil and temperate climate, both towns offer golfers and equestrians the ideal setting for an outdoor lifestyle. Unique in the South for a New England style architecture and village atmosphere, the towns reflect the influence of the founding families, the Tufts of Pinehurst and Boyds of Southern Pines.
James Tufts, a Boston native, enlisted the skills of Frederick Law Olmsted when he planned the village of Pinehurst in the 1890s. Donald Ross designed Tuft’s famous Pinehurst #2 golf and a number of other courses of the more than 48 in the area. Ross’s #2 has been the site of two US Opens and will host the event again in 2014. The Pine Needles golf course, designed by Ross, has also been home to two Women’s US Opens.
In Southern Pines the Boyd family from Pennsylvania brought English foxhounds and horses to the lightly settled Scots community. They also brought the famous architect Aymar R. Embry II to the Moore County. The Boyd home, Weymouth, and many of the historic local buildings including the old Theatre Building in Pinehurst, Mid-Pines Resort and numerous private residences reflect Embry’s signature neo-Georgian style.
Like golf in Pinehurst, the Southern Pines horse community has flourished to include equestrians involved in carriage driving, dressage, eventing, hunter/jumpers, and horse racing. The Boyd’s pack, known as the Moore County Hounds , is the oldest foxhunt in North Carolina. The track in Pinehurst still hosts an annual harness race in the spring. The Carolina Horse Park near Southern Pines hosts horse trials that attract competitors from around the world and the popular Stoneybrook Steeplechase.
Southern Pines and Pinehurst are vibrant, friendly and bustling towns that offer a wonderful variety and quality of chef-owned restaurants. The flower lined streets have delightful shops and a small town charm under the canopy of the signature long-leaf pines. Supported by excellent park systems, a highly respected medical center and established community college, the quality of life in Pinehurst and Southern Pines is as refreshing as the pine scented air.