Carved into the Caraway Mountains in North Carolina's Piedmont region, Asheboro Country Club regales visitors with picturesque panoramas of towering oaks and pines and a 22-acre spring-fed lake. The recently re-designed golf course features gentle slopes, encouraging players to carefully calculate tee shots before taking swings. After making their way across the course, players can celebrate low scores and how they saw a cloud shaped like the Vardon Trophy with a visit to the clubhouse: a two-story, white-brick facility spread across 9,000 square feet. Inside, four separate dining areas host lunches and meetings, and a veranda welcomes guests with a view of the lake.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6.473 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 138 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
Richard Petty was a race car driver for more than 30 years, an epic career that earned him the nickname "The King" and a slot in NASCAR's Hall of Fame. His last race was in 1991, and he's now happily retired. But at Richard Petty Driving Experience, civilians can re-create his glory during race car rides of their own.
At NASCAR tracks around the country, Petty's eponymous company provides a broad spectrum of high-speed experiences. Amateurs can hop into the driver's seat of a streamlined, 600-horsepower race car and hit the track for as many as 50 laps. However, they can also opt for a ride-along, and enjoy speeds of up to 145 mph without the hassle of steering or hand-cranking the engine.