If you’re thinking about traveling to the Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Area, I’d recommend staying at the Talamore Golf Resort for an unforgettable and enjoyable family-friendly experience. However, if you want to experience the area and have a good time but don’t know what to do or how to make it happen, use my itinerary to your advantage.
I was able to spend some time in this area and I wanted to break down exactly what I did! Not only is there some of the best golf courses in the country but a variety of things to do for the nongolfer as well!
New Course at Talamore
The Talamore Golf Resort is the ideal place to visit when you love golf. My husband was able to leave Iowa the the morning of Sunday July 11th and be on the course that afternoon, enjoying his tee time at the New Course at Talamore, only 110-120 miles from the Charlotte airport. With that in mind, you can travel from the airport to the resort, unpack your stuff, and then head over to the course for a relaxing round of golf.
Early Morning Tee Time
After spending the afternoon on the New Course, he enjoyed an incredible game of golf at the Mid South Club in the early morning hours the following day. He got there about 9:05 AM to get started. The Mid South Club provides incredible views on the course. We spent time near tall trees, large, beautiful bushes, and small bodies of water.
While my husband golfed in the morning, I spend it having a leisurely breakfast in Southern Pines at Betsy’s Crepes and strolling through shops. Betsy’s Crepes is open for breakfast and lunch, this quaint corner spot in Southern Pines is known for their crepes filled with almost anything sweet or savory!
After spending a few hours at the Mid South Club, you’d think he may feel tired and ready to rest, but instead, he had another tee time at the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. The club is the host of the 2022 US Women’s Open.
They’ve hosted it several times before, including in 1996, 2001, and 2007! During this time, we had the opportunity to play golf with Dave Wretka and Guy Sadler of Golf Chicago Magazine. It was such an incredible experience.
On the following day, we enjoyed a morning tee time at the Pinehurst Resort Course No. 1 while playing with Phil Werz of Pinehurst/Southern Pines CVB. He’s the President and CEO, so while the guys golfed I was able to have all my questions answered about the area. It was the perfect experience for both of us!
Anyone who golfs or even if you don’t has probably heard of Pinehurst, it’s the Home of American Golf and has the well known No. 2 Course. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and hosted back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in 2014. As the first U.S. Open Anchor Site, the championship will return to Pinehurst in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047.
Even if you love golf as much as I do, you’ll likely want to enjoy a few other activities during your visit to the Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Area. First, I’d recommend scrolling through the Village of Pinehurst, where you can grab a copy of the Historic Walking Tour book. It provides you with valuable information on traveling and exploring the area to get the most out of your trip.
When you want to relax and enjoy good food and drinks, Happy Hour at Drum & Quill is a must! The owner, Kevin Drum, takes great pride in crafting incredible cocktails and casual, flavorful food. I recommend sitting outside to enjoy the fresh air and scenery while eating and drinking. It’s an amazing experience. The restaurant is named after Kevin’s father, Bob Drum, who was a prolific golf writer. His father had a strong friendship with golfing legend Arnold Palmer, too. Anyway, we had an excellent time eating dinner and having a few drinks at the Drum and Quil, where the customer service surpasses expectations.
When grabbing a bit to eat for dinner, you’ll have several great options. Villaggio at the Magnolia Inn is a high-end Italian Ristorante serving authentic Italian cuisine made with fresh and flavorful ingredients. If you don’t want Italian food, you can stop at other top-rated places in the area, including Elliott’s on Linden, Ironwood Cafe, and Pinehurst Brewing Company. We also grabbed drinks at The Deuce and The Ryder Cup Lounge.
Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, and Shopping in Southern Pines
In addition to a walking tour and visiting restaurants to enjoy some of the best meals you’ve ever had for dinner, you have some shopping opportunities and great places to visit for breakfast or lunch. For example, if you’re into breakfast more than anything, you need to visit Betsy’s Crepes. We stopped there for breakfast one day during our visit and loved the fresh and tasty food! If you want to find an excellent place to go for a delicious lunch, Wolcott’s, Bell Tree Tavern, and Chapman’s are three great options available to you.
After spending a few hours grabbing breakfast or lunch and shopping in the downtown area, you may want to stop and relax at one of the spas in the area, such as the Southern Salt Room and Pinehurst Resort, to name a few.
Now that you know more about what we did during our visit, you can create your itinerary consisting of all the different things you’d like to do during your trip. Be sure to enjoy many rounds of golf on different courses while exploring the area and stopping at the local restaurants for food and drinks.
I left Iowa excited that my husband was going to get the change to experience some amazing golf courses while I rode along but once I got to the area I regretted not taking my clubs. Even though I would consider myself a fairly beginner golfer, I would have loved trying these courses with him. My recommendation is to take your clubs! The course may be tough but you’ll never regret playing in these amazing places!