Ten years ago when Pittsburgh, PA residents Mark and Mary Edwards were looking for a second home, they had narrowed their list of choices down to two possibilities.
“When our youngest child was in high school we began looking for a second home in a warmer climate with more sunshine than we were accustomed to seeing in Pittsburgh,” Mark says. “The search came down to two places - Amelia Island [Florida] and Pinehurst. Anyone who has been or is married knows the wife was making the call on this. Much to my surprise and delight Mary chose Pinehurst. The biggest factor was the fact that it was a manageable drive from Pittsburgh [usually around 8 hours] so friends and family could visit.”
The Edwards were quick studies in learning about all that Pinehurst has to offer. One of the first things they did was start a new ritual, one that perhaps cannot be equaled anywhere else but in Pinehurst. “A tradition of playing golf on Thanksgiving Day emerged,” Mark says, “which is quite enjoyable.”
It is safe to say that they are not the only ones who choose golf over football and spend Thanksgiving Day on one of the almost 40 courses in Moore County!
And getting to the golf course was particularly easy for the Edwards during the several years they lived on Pinehurst No. 6.
They next remodeled a home on Lake Pinehurst, and in 2014 settled into the historic Old Rectory home in the Village. Originally constructed as a home for the parish priest, the Old Rectory was also a golf vacation destination for priests visiting from the north. (Perhaps they also played golf on Thanksgiving Day?)
Aside from their Thanksgiving Day tradition, the Edwards enjoy many other unique aspects of life in and around Pinehurst. Mary lists her favorites:
- Best walks are in the [Village] Arboretum - like a world of its own
- Great star-gazing nights
- Great local music in the pubs and awesome lineups at the Rooster's Wife [in Aberdeen]
- Nothing better than the Sunrise Theater [in Southern Pines] for fine movies, music, opera, and community events
- Four seasons – just enough winter for a northerner who would miss a nice fire on a chilly day.
Both Mary and Mark agree that a hidden gem is the Given Memorial Library with the Tufts Archives – “A true asset to Pinehurst and treasure trove for the golf historian for researching the history of the game.”
Mark takes a different perspective in listing some of the reasons he enjoys living in Pinehurst (in no particular order):
- Great real estate values compared to other vacation destinations.
- Low property taxes.
- Really easy destination to commute from. It is an easy commute to the Raleigh-Durham airport.
- Time slows WAY DOWN in Pinehurst. A two-day weekend can feel like four as you leave the busy suburb city life for a welcome respite.
- Anyone who complains about traffic in Pinehurst hasn't experienced traffic in other cities.
- Can’t beat the value of a Pinehurst Country Club membership. There is access to nine different courses as well as the Par 3 Course for the same membership dues as a club that just has one golf course.
- Sandhills Community College- Access to cultural events, culinary events on a frequent basis.
- Healthcare is easy and accessible.
“We feel very fortunate to have lucked into life here,” Mary says.