Golf Golf

Myrtle Beach is the self proclaimed “GolfCapital of the World.” Hilton Head may boast more upscalegolf courses than any place not named Scottsdale. But neithergolfing mecca is dedicated to the game with such singular purposeas the Sandhills region.

Anchored by the Village of Pinehurst, the Sandhills is blessed with a sampling of public access golf courses that manygolf aficionados consider to be among the best in the world. Andwith 43 course to choose from in the Sandhills area, many agreethat this is a golfer’s paradise.

Additionally, area residents can take advantageof local discount cards that allow you to play over 20 top ratedcourses at deeply discounted rates. The card, knows as the CapitalCard, will pay for itself in two or three rounds. Additionally,seniors have the added benefit of discounted weekday rounds atcertain courses. For example, a popular Tuesday hangout in thisarea is Carolina Lakes. A very nice course with demanding greens,and at $14 a person you have no excuse to not pay off your golfingdebts at the end of the round.

Here are a few of our personal local favorites.

  • Pinehurst #2 – Host site of the 2005 U.S. Open Championship, this course stands alone among the rest. With it’s narrow fairways, treacherous rough and turtle back greens, this is golf’s greatest test.
  • Tobacco Road – Carved out of an old sand pit located just minutes from downtown Sanford and Carolina Trace and Woodlake, this is an unforgettable golf experience. Be prepared to be wowed.
  • The Pit Golf Links – Rated as one of the 50 Top Public Courses in America, this Dan Maples design will test your skills. Located just outside the village of Pinehurst, about a 25 minute drive from Sanford.

State Parks State Parks

Boating, fishing, mountain biking or just relaxingwith a book. Anything is possible at the magnificent state parksin our area. Located within a short drive of our area, they arethe perfect spot for a day outing with family or friends.

  • Jordan Lake State Park With over 14,000 acres of water at your fingertips, it’s easy to see why Jordan Lake is the ideal spot for a day of boating and fishing.
  • Raven Rock State Park A diamond in the rough as far as local parks are concerned. Miles of hiking trails with beautiful views.
  • William B. Umstead State Park Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility,a peaceful haven far removed from big city worries.
  • North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation The official web site for all state parks in North Carolina. Find hours of operation, directions, and park fee information here.

Theater Theater

Here are just a few of the many wonderful venues to enjoy high quality theatre or music in our area.

  • North Carolina Theatre (Raleigh) - The North Carolina Theatre blends seasoned Broadway performers with the very best in regional talent at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium.
  • North Carolina Symphony (Raleigh) - The North Carolina Symphony is a full-time, professional orchestra with 65 members. With its home in spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall, the symphony performs about 60 concerts a year.
  • Durham Performing Arts Center - This new facility in downtown Durham is attracting top acts from across the country.