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     In the late 1800's Boston philanthropist James W. Tufts had a dream of finding a warm, centrally located area where one could maintain a relaxed and leisurely lifestyle.  After purchasing a large tract of land he teamed with renowned golf course architect, Donald Ross, and together they built what is today rightfully named "The Home of American Golf."  Boasting over 40 world-class golf courses, the Sandhills region has become host to some of the most prestigious events in golf history, including the most recent 1999 U.S. Open.  

      Although the rolling terrain, mild climate and longleaf pine forests make this beautiful land ideal for "the game", the Sandhills has transpired into much more. It is tennis, riding, quaint shops, varied restaurants, and an array of fairs and festivals.  The Sandhills of today represents the fulfillment of much that James Tufts envisioned when he set foot here over a century ago.  Rich in history, tradition and natural beauty, this most unique community offers an approach to living that is unparalleled.

Moore County and the Sandhills region of North Carolina are located mid-way between the states of New York and Florida.  We are also situated in the middle of the state which means within 2 to 4 hours, you can either be breathing the fresh mountain air of the Appalachians or having fun in the sun at the sandy Atlantic Coast.  Our area is easily accessible to three North Carolina cities including, Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro. Below are the approximate driving distances to several popular destination:
  • Asheville, NC - 215 miles
  • Charleston, NC - 235 miles
  • Charlotte, NC - 106 miles
  • Fayetteville, NC - 35 miles
  • Greensboro, NC - 85 miles
  • Myrtle Beach, SC - 150 miles
  • Raleigh, NC - 71 miles

The Sandhills has a year round climate that is "not too hot and not too cold!"  Our moderate temperatures and dry conditions are largely due to the protection we receive from the Appalachian Mountains, keeping most cold and rain-filled fronts just to our west.  With a combination of mild temperatures, sandy soil and a hilly terrain our conditions are almost perfect the whole year for either morning or afternoon tee times.  For today's forecast or an extended area outlook visit the weather center in the box at right.
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The Moore County School System has 21 public schools, including 12 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 4 high schools.  As an alternative to the public school system, 3 private schools are available -  The O'Neal School, an independent college-preparatory day school, The Calvary Christian School in Southern Pines, and The Episcopal Day School, an independent school founded in 1949 for elementary and preschool students.  We are also proud to have one the states top community colleges located just minutes from the heart of Pinehurst - Sandhills Community College which among others, offers a nationally recognized landscape gardening program.  Other higher education institutions within short driving distance include Duke University, University of North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest University.

Health Care
When moving to a new area, health care is sure to be a primary concern.  Here in Moore County top notch health care facilities and professionals are available to ensure you and your family enjoy an active, healthy life.  First Health of the Carolinas provides comprehensive quality care and has been recognized for their excellence as a top-100 hospital in three categories:  100 Top Orthopedic Hospitals, 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, and its latest honor, 100 Top Stroke Hospitals.  For more information about First Health of the Carolinas visit their web site at or if you want to learn more about the 100 Top Hospital awards visit

The First Health Fitness Center is an impressive facility reflecting our hospitals commitment to wellness.  Memberships are available to all Moore County residents with opportunities to join an array of comprehensive health programs.  The center boasts an eight-lane indoor pool, strength and cardiovascular training equipment, racquetball courts, aerobic studios, sauna/steam rooms, basketball/volleyball court, cushioned indoor walking/jogging track and well staffed nursery.

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