in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area. And most don’t even involve a golf course!

SCC Gardens by Emily Chaplin

  1. Practice chip shots into the Pine Crest Inn fireplace. Ben Crenshaw holds the record—10 for 10!
  2. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Sandhills Horticultural Gardens: 27 acres of patterned English gardens and a native wetland trail. Located on the grounds of Sandhills Community College.
  3. Bring an empty stomach to The Carolina Hotel’s breakfast buffet (oh, those made-to-order omelets).
  4. Take a leisurely drive through our horse country. Or attend an equestrian activity—dressage, steeplechase, hunter/jumper show, to name but a few—at Carolina Horse Park in Raeford.
  5. Strike your best Payne Stewart pose on Pinehurst No. 2’s famed 18th green.
  6. Shop and eat (but mostly shop) amid the cozy boutiques of downtown Southern Pines.
  7. Indulge at Pinehurst Resort’s luxurious spa (relax, guys—they offer a “Golfer’s Massage”).
  8. Enjoy the works of local and national artists at the Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst.
  9. Take a spin through North Carolina’s historic pottery country, where generations of families still practice the craft of their ancestors.
  10. Grab a rocking chair and watch the evening sun slip behind the pines. You’ll need your rest for tomorrow.

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