Looking Ahead

Golf Hall of Fame, US Open, New Course Train Spotlight on Pinehurst

Fifty years after its founding in Pinehurst, the World Golf Hall of Fame comes home in 2024 as part of the U.S. Golf Association’s second headquarters, called Golf House Pinehurst. The Hall of Fame’s arrival dovetails with the June 13-16 return of the U.S. Open to the No. 2 course at Pinehurst Resort, which the USGA has designated as the tournament’s first anchor site. As an April prelude to the USGA action, the resort opened its 10th course, a Tom Doak design that incorporates native wiregrass, an extensive sandscape and longleaf pines plus rugged dunes carved by turn-of-the-20th-century mining operations. Golf House Pinehurst, expected to open in May, will include an immersive USGA Experience, a research center, a sustainability-focused outdoor learning landscape and a longleaf pine restoration forest as well as the Hall of Fame, which relocated from Pinehurst to St. Augustine, Fla., in 1998.

World's Largest Racquet Sports Complex Rises in Raleigh

In the midst of the national pickleball craze, Swing Racquet & Paddle plans to break ground on a 45-acre development in Raleigh that's billed as the world's largest multi-racquet sports facility. Swing will feature 24 pickleball courts along with 29 tennis courts (clay and hard), 16 padel courts, and four beach tennis/volleyball courts plus a Ping Pong lounge with a dozen tables. In addition to the indoor and covered play areas, the campus will also feature food and drink. Swing, which plans to host tournaments as well as recreational play, is about 6 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

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 2026 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. 

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