Culture / Recreation
Moore County is known as “The Home of American Golf“® and with good reason: there are over 40 premier golf courses countywide played by thousands each year. And here in the Sandhills with our temperate climate, the golf courses are open all year long. Many of these golf courses are part of prestigious and luxurious resorts that cater to your every need.
Moore County’s Climate Monthly Averages
With Moore County’s average annual high temperature of 71°F and the average annual low temperature of 50°F, the golf courses and other outdoor activities beckon.
|Avg High Temp °F||50||54||63||72||79||86||89||87||82||72||62||53|
|Avg Low Temp °F||31||33||40||48||57||65||69||68||62||50||42||34|
|Avg Precipitation (in.)||4.51||3.54||4.74||3.04||4.06||4.17||5.27||4.55||4.31||3.62||3.44||3.35|
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Although golf is what many think of first about Moore County, there are so many other cultural and recreational opportunities to enjoy.
The natural, scenic beauty lends itself to bicycling, hiking and canoeing. There are over 20 parks and over 15 miles of greenway trails. The Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve is 900-acres of natural Sandhills terrain with walking trails and an interactive exhibit hall. The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens at Sandhills Community College is a 27-acre educational adventure for all ages.
The area’s equestrian activities appeal to riders and spectators alike. At the heart of Southern Pines’ “Horse Country” is the Walthour-Moss Foundation, an unspoiled 4,000-acre preserve with miles of riding trails. The Pinehurst Harness Track (circa 1915) is an 111-acre equestrian and training center where events such as harness races, dressage, and polo matches are exciting to watch.
History buffs will delight in Moore County’s rich heritage and numerous historic sites including the McLendon cabin (circa 1760), Moore County’s oldest standing structure in its original location. Several other homes, buildings and farms from the 1700s and 1800s reflect the area’s rural history.
A very active Arts Council supports a diversity of visual, performing and literary arts in Moore County. Theater performances, art exhibits, and concerts are plentiful year-round and enjoyed by all ages. The Arts Council also supports the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines, home to the NC Literary Hall of Fame.
Almost every town and village in Moore County hosts some kind of unique fair, festival or event annually, whether it’s to celebrate heritage, showcase championship golf, or just an excuse to bring people together. In addition, numerous civic organizations encourage residents to get involved in the community, and children’s programs, including athletics, appeal to a variety of interests.
|Recreational and cultural options abound. (Left to right): Tennis, polo, and The House in the Horseshoe historic site, north of Carthage. (courtesy of CVB)|
Moore County’s central location also makes other events conveniently close, including great sports events. The NFL team Carolina Panthers based in Charlotte, the NHL team Carolina Hurricanes based in Raleigh, and the Minor-League Triple-A baseball team Durham Bulls based in Durham promise fast action and fun, but not a long drive.
For those interested in college sports, Moore County is in an advantageous location within the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Four (4) North Carolina universities in the ACC are within a two-hour drive of Moore County. The excitement of college basketball, football, baseball and other sports is never far away.
FOR MORE INFORMATION – CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
For a complete listing of golf courses and other of Moore County’s cultural and recreational offerings, contact:
Pinehurst – Southern Pines – Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau