For more than a decade, The Hitting Zone has helped baseball and softball players hone their slugging skills with top-notch batting cages. Its newly renovated facility includes seven new batting cages, new token machines, professional-quality turf, and enhanced lighting. While three cages devour tokens and spit out speedy pitches, schedule-savvy batters claim one of four regular cages for a designated hour of ball-pummeling against a Cy Young android lookalike.
Irish Oaks designs its lesson programs to produce well-rounded, educated riders. The facility starts with students as young as 7, teaching newcomers tacking, grooming, bathing, and other fundamental horsemanship skills. Old hands learn championship-caliber techniques for the show ring. No matter their experience level, though, every rider enjoys access to Irish Oaks' roster of amenities. Stretched across 55 acres, the facility boasts a covered arena, an all-weather arena with a full jump course, and trails that snake across the property and spill over onto the adjacent 260-acre farm.
American saddlebred horses trot across more than 55 acres of verdant countryside at Jansal Saddlebreds LLC’s training facility, where experienced equestrians devote themselves to riding, breeding, and caring for their trusty mares and stallions. Budding riders bond with carefully selected mounts as instructors teach them to trot, canter, and conduct clopping symphonies in private or group lessons held in an outdoor arena or a lighted, climate-controlled indoor arena. Pastures, turnout paddocks, and scenic trails await beyond the arenas’ fences, where professional trainers Janelle D’Amato and Bobby Jones occasionally lead rides. The facility’s professional roster includes a litany of show-ring champions and a barn manager who curates shows in which horses can display their finest salt-lick sculptures.
Designed by PGA member Ellis Maples in 1954, Pine Brook Country Club's 18-hole course features 6,500 yards of challenging hole layouts tucked in clusters of Carolina pines and hardwoods. Golfers of all skill levels enjoy a challenge as they drive, chip, putt, and butterfly-kiss dimpled balls over bermuda-grass fairways and bentgrass greens. The course's open-terrain layout offers participants scenic views of nearby streams and natural landscaping. In 2000, Pine Brook Country Club replaced its original clubhouse with a new 18,000-square-foot facility equipped to host a variety of events, ranging from casual meals on the outdoor patio to sophisticated parties in the ballroom.
Long Creek Golf Club's stunning verdant course challenges club-swingers of all skill sets with more than 6,400 yards of demanding course play. The tree-cuddled greens entertain golfers with natural hazards of winding creeks and a slope rating of 113. The course constantly demands precise shots and accurate club choice, from conquering the hilly slopes of the eighth hole to finding the twisting fairway and password-protected 13th hole.