Tucked away in Moore County in the southern portion of the state, Southern Pines, North Carolina, is a city steeped in tradition and classic Southern charm. The town is known for its warm summers, crisp, colorful falls and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, which are a benefit of its temperate climate. The area is also home to world-class golf facilities, art galleries and historic points of interest.
Located in the heart of Southern Pines, the Pine Needles Golf Resort (pineneedles-midpines.com) features two 18-hole Donald Ross designed resort-style golf courses that are situated on over 500 acres. The facility is the site of several regional and national golf tournaments throughout the year and is open to the public. Lodging and dining facilities are also available. Located less than 15 minutes from the heart of downtown in the village of Pinehurst, Talamore Golf Resort (talamoregolfresort.com) offers an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Rees Jones. The facility was named one of the best new golf courses in the South by "Golf Digest" for the year 2010 and one of the top 100 courses in America by the website Golflink based on its challenging layout and expertly designed greens.
The Moore County Historical Association (moorehistory.com) operates five separate historic homes and museums throughout the county, each home authentically furnished and offering a glimpse into the area's historic past. The facilities, Bryant House, Garner House, McLenden Cabin, Sanders Cabin and Shaw House, were all built between the 1700s and 1800s and are open to the public free of charge. A 20-minute drive from the center of Southern Pines in the city of Fayetteville, the Airborne and Special Operations Museum (asomf.org) features military relics and equipment dating back to World War II era operations. The museum also features a replica of the French village from the Normandy invasion of June 1944.
Zoos and Horse Parks
Located 13 miles from the heart of town in the city of Raeford, the Carolina Horse Park (carolinahorsepark.com) draws horse lovers from all over the state. The 250-acre facility offers instruction, recreational activities and educational exhibits regarding horses and horseback riding. The facility also is the site of the Stoneybrook Steeplechase and jumping competitions throughout the year. Cameron, located 13 miles from the heart of downtown Southern Pines, is home to the Aloha Safari Zoo (alohasafarizoo.com). The zoo is situated on more than 60 acres of land and houses more than 300 exotic animals and species.
The Arts Council of Moore County (rtscouncil-moore.org) hosts an array of visual and performance arts exhibits. Arts events sponsored by the council include an annual classical concert series, jazz performances and stand-up comic performances in addition to a variety of fundraisers and festivals that are held throughout the year. Located 25 minutes outside of town in the town of Seagrove, the North Carolina Pottery Center (ncpotterycenter.com) sponsors pottery classes, exhibits and offers a self-guided museum tour that features historic and contemporary works of pottery art. Educational exhibits are also on display that offer insight into the history of pottery throughout the region.
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