From fully-staffed to swim-at-your-own risk, this list of Moore County pools has got you covered. In water.
1. Pinehurst Resort: The place to join if going to one of the Moore County pools with your kid requires a margarita on the rocks. The water slide, outdoor service bar, and adults-only pool may not be the most frugal, but definitely the most fancy. Find out how to get on the list.
2. Elks Club: Ok, so you just have to apply to join the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, sign some papers, and attend an initiation meeting that probably doesn’t include a sacrificial offering. Then shell out at least $430 for the season. If you have a friend who’s an Elk, you can tag along with them for $7 a visit. Lifeguards? Yes. The Elks aren’t called “protective” for nothing.
3. CC of Whispering Pines: Get access to the pool only, or sign up for a social membership and add on the fitness center, driving ranges, discounted golf fees, and a 10 percent discount on food. Prices start at $599, but they offer military discounts and have special events.
4. Foxfire Village Pool: You can get a punch card or membership at this village pool that opens on May 25. There is no walk-in admission so make sure you plan ahead and get to the Village Administration Office before you put on your swimsuit. Lifeguards? You’re on your own.
5. Lawn and Tennis: Many Moore County pools don’t open until the end of May. This boasts one of the longest seasons, from May 15 to Oct. 1. Seasonal memberships are $350 for the fam; $200 for just you. Lifeguards? Nope. Bring the noodle.
6. Southern Pines Pool Park: If you live in the town limits, you can swim in this public pool for less than $4 per person — non-residents will have to shell out $60 for a parks and rec membership. Lifeguards? Yep. And because it’s a municipal pool, it comes with a whole bunch of rules.
7. Local Splash Pads:
For those times you want to practice half-assed parenting.
:: Pinehurst — Open from 10-7 daily, beginning May 10. Bring a towel in case you fall victim to the big bucket’s water dump.
:: Southern Pines — This new spot behind the armory on Morganton Road opens for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 11. Stays open until fall.
:: Carthage — A splash pad is currently under construction at Hillcrest Park, with an opening date set for early this summer.