Bowlers can pursue pin-felling prominence for two hours at Family Sports Center, strapped securely inside a pair of aerodynamic rental footwear. Send weighty orbs careening down the center or swirling in the shape of your signature on any of the alley's 32 lanes, in as many games as you can muster in two hours. Automatic scoring appears on TVs that float overhead, preventing the need for recounts and game-settling thumb wars. Children younger than 12 years old can bank lighter balls off of bumpers summoned from underground slumber. Purchase up to two additional Groupons as gifts and come as a crowd, or extend the focus from your solitaire tournament to side-by-side solo bowls.
Siler City Country Club’s 18-hole grassy monolith takes cart-driving duffers cruising over rolling, tree-lined fairways through the moderately difficult, traditional-style course. Measuring 6,662 yards from the farthest tees, the course requires some tee-box aggression to contend with the par score of 72, while the course’s small greens demand pinpoint approaches and a tax of colorful broken tees to placate despotic flagsticks. Slick bent grass and bold contours conspire to create greens that demand precise putts that can only be read by those with advanced degrees in Russian literature. The course’s relatively challenging nature is tempered by its four-tee layout, which ensures that players of all abilities and club-flailing fortitude can play from an appropriately trying distance.
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.
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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.