By Jenna Reiser
Since the Wright Brothers invented the powered flying machine, North Carolina has been first in flight. With the arrival of several master course designers, the Tar Heel State has soared to the top of the nation’s list of most desirable places to stay and play.
This fall, in the pioneering spirit of Orville and Wilbur, golf’s jetset will take off to the sand hills of Pinehurst and the awe-inspiring Peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, attracted by the irresistible charm of the Southeast’s most invigorating resort and community lifestyle.
Pinehurst’s “Take a Break” fall golf packages include world-class golf, luxurious accommodations, and a $300 gift card – all adding up to an unforgettable North Carolina vacation experience.
At Pinehurst, you can choose from eight challenging courses (including Pinehurst’s famed No. 2) designed by Ross, Maples, Jones and Fazio, and tee off on the very same hallowed greens where legendary greats Ben Hogan, Peggy Kirk Bell and Payne Stewart played tournament golf.
Hotel accommodations at Pinehurst’s signature Carolina Hotel, the newly restored Holly Inn, the quaint Manor Inn, four-bedroom villas, and condominiums await you as well as an array of resort amenities, including meeting, sporting, health and fitness, lounging, dining and recreation venues.
The Spa at Pinehurst features a variety of options, including hydrotherapies and massage as well as exercise and golf conditioning. The $12 million, state-of-the-art facility reaches back to the resort’s 19th-century roots as a healing retreat and offers first-class luxury treatments inspired by the region’s extensive natural resources – pine and magnolia-themed aromatherapy options and clay wraps from nearby Seagrove, N.C.
Visit Mountain Air – a stunning, private, mountaintop golf community located just 30 minutes north of Ashville and perched nearly a mile in the sky atop Slickrock Mountain in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Mountain Air lets you enjoy the majestic beauty of the mountains and the appeal of a destination resort while you experience an active, natural lifestyle.
Mountain Air’s golf course, featuring a new learning center, is a singular, mountaintop 18-hole layout that drops an astounding 900 feet of elevation in just 11 holes. The signature 8th green is set cliffside and looks east across a valley to the 6,684-foot peak of Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the Eastern United States. “Every hole commands a 25 – 100 mile view and an uncommon playability for a mountaintop golf course,” says Mountain Air President, Randy Banks.
In addition to spectacular golf, Mountain Air offers a diverse range of homesites, homes and multi-family real estate properties. The Camps at Creekside, an engaging neighborhood of Adirondack-style condominiums – as well as the Falling Leaf Lodge and Chautauqua Activity and Fitness Center, both of which are part of a stunning new mountain village complex unique to the East Coast, are among the community’s newest attractions.