Area History

No other place in the United States shares the rich golf history of the Village of Pinehurst Area of North Carolina.

In 1895, Boston philanthropist James Tufts headed south in search of a potential development area where he could create a destination to provide fresh air and a healthy environment to thousands of predominantly northern visitors. He decided to purchase 5,000 barren acres in the Sandhills of Moore County, North Carolina for a price of $1.00 per acre. Although some considered his purchase of the land foolish, those original 5,000 acres were the genesis of the legendary Village of Pinehurst as we know it today.

Healthy living, not golf, was the original focal point of the Village of Pinehurst. Fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, milk and other products were delivered daily to the town from the surrounding farms. The healthy benefits of the area included the belief that water from artesian wells had healing powers, and the photosynthesis process of the many evergreens in the area purified the air by ingesting carbon monoxide and giving off the by-product of oxygen.

At the turn of the century, the Carolina (Pinehurst Resort) Hotel opened with top-notch recreation facilities and lavish accommodations as the premier features. The idea of golf as part of the resort was born after a meeting Tufts had with a disgruntled nearby dairy farmer. The farmer was upset about the number of hotel guests he had found intruding in his pastures, all to strike little white balls with clubs. Shortly thereafter, Tufts sought advice on incorporating the sport of golf into his resort. He chose an area (far away from the dairyman’s pastures) and built the area’s first nine holes of golf. Though at the time, Tufts thought he was simply adding a pleasurable activity to his resort he was, in fact, in the process of creating one of the future premier golf areas in the United States.

Conveniently located halfway between New York and Florida, and halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, golfers first began traveling to the Village of Pinehurst Area more than a century ago. With sticks in hand, many would ride the train for days on end just to play the courses they had been hearing about. From these trips word spread rapidly and today the area has been ranked “The #1 Golf Destination on the East Coast” by Golf Digest with more than 1.2 million rounds of golf played annually by locals and golf vacationers from all over the world. The moderate temperatures and immaculate conditions make golf playable all year round.

The Village of Pinehurst Area of North Carolina is home to Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen, plus the surrounding towns of Foxfire, Seven Lakes and Whispering Pines, as well as Sanford, Asheboro, Raeford, Spring Lake, Vass and Wagram.

Famed architect Donald Ross first put the area on the map with his distinctive and natural design. Other legends have since followed…Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Davis Love III, Mike Strantz, Jack Nicklaus II, Ellis and Dan Maples, Tom Jackson, Gene Hamm, Willard Byrd and Peter Tufts….all leaving in their wake a multitude of grand golfing experiences. So much so in fact that a Golf Digest survey ranked the Village of Pinehurst Area as having “The World’s Best Quality Courses”.

A whopping 396 holes dot the Village of Pinehurst Area Golf Association landscape, many of which have won national acclaim and carry a 4-Star and higher ranking by Golf Digest. In the Village of Pinehurst Area collection you will find golf for level golfer and every golfer’s budget. First-class accommodations area also part of every golf package, from respected national hotel chains to locally owned inns, full service resorts, and full-equipped condominiums and private homes. The area also features many excellent dining choices, quaint shopping villages and fascinating landmarks.

Choose the historic Village of Pinehurst Area for a better, more affordable and memorable golf vacation. Walk in the footsteps of legends of the sport, play some of the greatest courses in the world, enjoy amazing amenities and services, and experience true Southern hospitality for an unparalleled golf vacation experience.

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST
The Village of Pinehurst is the master plan of James W. Tufts. This New England-style village boasts a variety of dining options, unique shops and a world-class spa. Experience the area’s history and its love of the game of golf with a self-guided walking tour through the historic streets and a visit to the Tufts Archives golf museum.

SOUTHERN PINES
Along the tree-lined streets you will find a variety of shops and boutiques, restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops, plus a wine bar and old time theater. A mecca for equestrians, Southern Pines affords you the unusual pleasure of finding metropolitan activity and selection in a small town atmosphere.

ABERDEEN
In the early days, Aberdeen was a busting center of trade and commerce as the headquarters for the Aberdeen Rockfish Railroad. The resurgence of the historic district with antique and collectibles shops, a homespun bakery and an intimate, cool music venue makes for a must visit during your trip.

SURROUNDING AREA
The surrounding area villages and small towns are also rich in character and sophistication. Whether you are taking in one of the area’s 700+ horse farms or making a trip to pottery country or the many antique shops, you will quickly discover no there destination has this much to share.