Looking Ahead

U.S. Women’s Open Returns to Southern Pines in 2022

For a record fourth time, Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines will host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2022. Considered the ultimate test in women’s golf, the tournament's 77th installation will be held June 2-5 on a course designed by Donald Ross and restored in 2017 by Ross aficionado Kyle Franz. Pine Needles, which hosted its first U.S. Women's Open in 1996, became one of the most celebrated courses in women's golf under the ownership of the late Peggy Kirk Bell, an LPGA Tour charter member, renowned instructor and women’s golf advocate. Following Annika Sorenstam's win at the 1996 Open, Pine Needles went on to host the event in 2001 (Karrie Webb won) and 2007 (with Cristie Kerr as victor).  In 2014, the U.S. Women's Open was played at neighboring Pinehurst Resort, which became the first course to host the men's and women's Opens in back-to-back play.

NC Zoo to Add Asia to Its Lineup of Continental Displays

The North Carolina Zoo, the world's largest natural habitat zoo, adds a third continent to its realm with an 8-acre Asia exhibit, targeted for a 2023 opening. Construction on the $46 million expansion is set to begin this fall. Tigers, red pandas, Komodo dragons and Chinese alligators are among the species expected to occupy the space, which will also include a glass-walled restaurant with views of the animals. The Asheboro zoo, which opened in 1974, currently features Africa and North America displays plus desert habitat and an aviary with exotic birds and tropical plants. 

Margo Metzger
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Chelsey Kirby
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