Golf is the sport of choice in North Carolina’s Sandhills. But what to do after 18 holes?
Because April is “North Carolina Beer Month,” this is the perfect time to celebrate some popular 19th holes across the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen areas.
To learn more about these and other beverage and culinary options around the Sandhills, go to www.HomeofGolf.com/dining.
The Bell Tree Tavern
Feel like you walked into an authentic, olden-day tavern. The name carries historical significance, too. As the story goes, thirsty travelers in search of a libation would ring a bell inside a hollowed tree to signal that they wanted a swig of moonshine. Moonshiners used this method as a way of avoiding capture. A wide variety of beer taps always flowing and a large menu adorned with tasty yet reasonably priced fare.
Chapman’s Food & Spirits
Established in 2016, Chapman’s describes itself as the “Chef Driven – American Fare build your own experience restaurant concept” derived from a friendship and business partnership between Kitty Hopkins and Chef Peter Hamm. It has a fine menu to go along with bottled and draft beer in the bar area. In addition, there is a patio behind the building for more outdoors seating.
Located in the clubhouse and across the pro shop, The Deuce is one of the best 19th hole in golf as it overlooks Pinehurst No. 2’s famed finishing hole. A perfect place to cap off your round, the bar features nearly a dozen craft beers on tap, including North Carolina microbrews, as well as a variety of creative cocktails.
Double Eagle Grill & Bar
Veteran owned with an outstanding local and microbrew selection, and daily specials, at a location in Historic Aberdeen overlooking the railroad traffic. Wide-ranging menu with scrumptious comfort food across the board. Inviting ambiance and décor. Exceptional service and amazing burgers.
Drum & Quill Public House
Proprietor Kevin Drum named his village establishment after his father, famed golf writer and Emmy-nominated broadcaster, Bob Drum. The “Quill” represents the golf writers’ secret weapon, the pen, which writes the words that turn stories into legend. It’s a great spot to enjoy good cheer with old friends or new and families. For golf writers, the “Quill’’ is a great place to remember “The Drummer.’’
A Village institution just a short walk from the resort, Dugan’s has the largest selection of import drafts and single malt scotches in Pinehurst. Restored by the current proprietors with a traditional Irish Pub upstairs, and a second pub located downstairs. It’s a small, intimate space with nautical décor and regular live music.
Elliott’s on Linden
Since debuting “EOL” in 2000, Owner/Chef Mark Elliott has also opened The Sly Fox in Southern Pines and will showcase Quality Take Home Cuisine at Provisions in Pinehurst. Wide selection of beer and global wines, along with refined, imaginative dishes made with local ingredients and excellent service.
One of several dining options at Pine Needles Lodge offers a laid-back setting and a hearty meal. Terrific seafood offerings and a nice selection of beer in a very comfortable pub atmosphere — crab cakes are a particular favorite. Perfect venue to enjoy a cold beverage and a bite to eat after your round at Pine Needles or Mid Pines. And make sure to raise a glass to the late Peggy Kirk Bell, owner of Pine Needles and one of golf’s great personalities.
Llama Pen Sports Bar & Grill
Talamore Golf Resort’s fun 19th hole offers a wide section of beer and cocktails, outstanding cuisine and numerous flat-screen TVs in a comfortable setting overlooking The New Course’s beautiful finishing hole. There is a weekend breakfast bar featuring the best southern and traditional favorites, including the famed “Dollie Llama” waffle station with toppings galore.
Mr. B’s Lounge
Once run by Donald Ross, the famed Pine Crest Inn has been owned and managed by the Barrett Family for more than four decades. Mr. B’s Lounge is named after the family patriarch. Located just off the lobby, this watering hole is a local favorite and has been voted America’s best 19th hole. The memorabilia in the bar and lobby are worth a stop-in, as are the front-porch rocking chairs and cozy ambience. Test your short-game skills by chipping into the lobby fireplace – a tradition that even attracted legends Arnold Palmer and Payne Stewart, the latter of whom was a regular before is death in 1999.
Visit and relax with one of the craft beers or fine spirits offered at this welcoming pub known to its regulars as simply, “OD’s.” The “home of the proper pint” and “one of the least expensive pours in town” also features one of the more inviting outside patio areas to enjoy on a sunny day.
Pik N’ Pig
Cars and planes taxi up for cold beer and hickory-smoked BBQ at this home-style joint attached to a small airport. Sit outside watching planes land and takeoff. Pik N’ Pig cooks its “Q” with hickory and natural hardwood charcoal — three generations of love, sweat and tears, all on one delicious plate. It’s a cash only eatery and a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the effort.
Pinehurst Brewing Company
One of the area’s newest and most talked about bars is located just a short walk from Pinehurst Resort & Country Club on the site of the long ago shuttered Village Power House. Now, instead of turbines and generators, the building features a 10-barrel microbrewery. An observation platform overlooking the brew house is a focal point of the taproom, while a bar, a beer garden and an all-seasons patio complement the dining room.
A casual setting at the Mid Pines Inn and an ideal place for lunch after a round, a mid-day snack or drinks with friends after work. During the spring and summer, enjoy a cold beer and Dixie Chicken Club on the newly designed patio, bar or dining area under the umbrellas overlooking the iconic finishing hole of the renowned Donald Ross Mid Pines golf course.
Founded by military veterans, a clean venue with a friendly staff and festive atmosphere for family and friends. The reasonably priced beer is tasty, service is fast, the pretzels with the beer cheese are perfect and the fried cheese curds rule – a double order is recommended.
Ryder Cup Lounge
Located inside the famed Carolina Hotel, this is a great place for a signature cocktail and people watching. drink, snack or simply people watch. Named for the 1951 Ryder Cup held at Pinehurst, this casual restaurant and bar surrounds guests with history.
The Sly Fox Pub
This gastro pub’s on-tap selection of local, national, international, and limited time-only, small batch craft brews is hard to top. Impressive collection of brews complements the innovative, classic pub fare: simple, honest and straightforward, derived from quality ingredients with minimal fuss.
Southern Pines Brewing Company
Quaint, relaxed and family-friendly place featuring a selection of locally crafted beer and convivial service. Started by military veterans with no employees, a beautifully designed taproom and four wholesale accounts. As the brewery has grown, its motto, “Rooted in the Community,” has become its cornerstone.
Southern Pines Growler Company
Moore County’s first single-purpose growler fill station provides a dedicated place where fresh craft beer is sold in a distinctive package, at a competitive price and in an environmentally friendly way. Emphasizes the finest craft beers from North Carolina’s own breweries, along with a mix of highly rated national and international beers. Constantly updating offerings to deliver the finest selection of craft beer available. Very dog friendly, another big plus.
Feature Photo: Pinehurst Brewing Company