The clubhouse at Beacon Ridge Golf & Country Club is an ivory monument of colonial-era gentility with four columns and a neoclassical façade inspired by George Washington’s plantation home at Mount Vernon. Though impressive in its own right, the stately manor is hardly out of place when compared to the club’s golf course. Visitors to the grounds are greeted by a 6,494-yard circuit of well-kept bermuda fairways and penncross-bentgrass greens that winds through towering Carolina pines and bunkers of sand so pristinely white that they appear to be crushed marble or genetically evolved snowflakes that adapted to withstand the summer swelter.
The course reflects the vision of architect Gene Hamm, who showcases the natural charms of the North Carolina Sandhill region with rolling fairways, contoured greens, and water that comes into play on five holes. Tricky shot-making opportunities abound throughout the layout, especially at the 542-yard, par-5 fourth—the course’s most difficult hole—where golfers must clear a pond with their drive before navigating a fairway that doglegs sharply to the left as it approaches the green. To prepare for their round, golfers can stock up on divot tools or tees to use as toothpicks at the pro shop or warm up their swing and putting stroke at the synthetic-turf driving range and practice green.
Winding for more than one mile around woodland areas, open fields, and a farm pond, DeWitt's Outdoor Sports, LLC's sporting clay course challenges first-time and refined shooters with a variety of target presentations. At the push of a button, automated traps launch clays from the course's 14 shooting stations over bodies of water, sprawling meadows, and dense forests. The course is one of many on DeWitt's 65 acres, which have hosted numerous state shoots and championships.
Beneath a tin roof, targets fly from eight wireless traps across the nearly 1,000 square feet of the 5-stand pavilion. There, guests can fire from five stations by day or under lights during nighttime sessions. At an adjacent covered, two-station rifle range, patrons test their aim at distances up to 200 yards away, while visitors to the 5-stand's eight bays fire at targets up to 50 feet away. At the 5-stand, NSCA-certified instructor Rick Mitchell holds clay-shooting instructions. He also uses videos and still photos to trace his students' clay-shooting skills.
Additionally, DeWitt's staff use the grounds for guided half-day duck or early-release quail hunts. Partnered with guide dogs, hunters stroll the tranquil grounds while searching for mallards roaming four duck pond habitats or coveys of quail.
At the same esteemed resort that will host the upcoming 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, guests flock to witness a competition of 118 vintage cars that will be judged on their appearance, significance, and restored authenticity. Exclusive show cars worth millions take their place on two emerald green fairways while expert judges and guests alike spend their time perusing the vehicles and enjoying the backdrop of Pinehurst Resort. On Sunday, the winners in 11 different classes will be announced. A classic car auction hosted by RKM Collector Car Auctions will also be held Saturday at the historic Pinehurst Fair Barn, which is known as the oldest surviving early-20th century fair exhibition hall in North Carolina and deemed a National Historic Landmark.
Squire's Pub attracts patrons with British-style fare and a distinctive pub atmosphere, both of which have helped it win several of The Pilot's Best of Moore County awards, including the All-Around Restaurant and Burger categories. The Squire Pub's owners honor their English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish ancestry with authentic artifacts and antiques throughout the establishment, including a 1719 map of Kent, photos of Trafalgar Square, and William Shakespeare's cherished childhood Nintendo. The stained glass, mirrors, and dark woods of the interior take eyes on a historical journey as patrons sip on cold pints of beer, and hanging dartboards, backgammon, and cribbage games are available from the barkeep to keep hands busy.
The instructors at Inspired Palette help students expand their artistic boundaries and dissolve their expressive barriers during BYOB painting classes. Allowing up to 25 people per class, Inspired Palette’s team imparts instruction that ranges from step-by-step guidance to standing back so that creative impulses can flow unimpeded. To help students relax and enhance the social atmosphere, the studio surrounds participants in walls adorned with green stripes and pink glitter, while in the background, classic, upbeat songs pump through the stereo. The staff also coordinates private parties and Just for Kids classes, which show youngsters how to finger-paint hyperrealism.