Globally recognized as a bucket list golf destination, our area tees up an equally impressive list of to-dos while you are visiting for the U.S. Amateur. Here’s a dozen of our recommendations:
Pose with PayneSnap a photo beside the iconic statue of 1999 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart overlooking the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2, one of the Pinehurst Resort & CC’s two courses — along with No. 4 — that will be playing host to this year’s U.S. Amateur. If you’re limber enough, you can try to recreate Payne’s classic, celebratory pose from that unforgettable moment in golf history.
Shop and sight-see in the VillagePinehurst Resort is located in The Village of Pinehurst, which was developed by James Walker Tufts in 1895. Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York City’s Central Park, created the Village to mirror a New England-style village with winding paths that encourage exploration. Today, this designated National Historic Landmark is ideal for just that: exploring the unique boutiques, gift shops and dining venues, along with the historic village homes and cottages.
Enjoy a Safari TourAt the Aloha Safari Zoo in Cameron, visitors can see and feed animals such as bison, zebra, an ostrich, antelope, donkeys, llamas, water buffalo, camels — or find themselves face to face with tigers, a bear, wolves, monkeys and other exotic animals. You can also visit and feed the zoo’s most well-known inhabitant, “Stretch the Giraffe.” No reservations are required and everyone is welcome to visit anytime during the zoo’s open hours.
Grab a brewThe Sandhills region features a wide array of outstanding watering holes, particularly as the craft beer scene has rapidly grown in the area. At the resort, The Deuce has been called the best 19th hole in golf, with a veranda view overlooking Pinehurst No. 2’s famed finishing hole.
At the Southern Pines Brewing Company, the atmosphere is relaxed and fun, and there is always something new with their specialty brews.