Bow hunting since 1970, Clyde Hartsell knew his passion lay in the sport and what the great outdoors had to offer. While working as an executive at McDonald's, Clyde entered tournament after tournament, honing his skills and surrounding himself with other bowmen at the Tomo-Chi-Chi archery club who shared his enthusiasm for the ancient hunting tools. During training and tournaments, however, Clyde quickly realized the sights and scopes available to him were not up to snuff, lacking the precision a professional archer requires.
After Clyde met his wife, Jean, the two teamed up to start their own archery business and immediately began crafting McKenzie 3-D shooting cards. Now the duo helps equip other bowmen through a retail shop that supplies sights, arrows, rests, and bows. The two also welcome archers to their 18-lane indoor range to practice in a professional environment.
The championship course at Red Bridge Golf & Country Club undulates softly over 6,735 yards of manicured Bermuda grass fairways and MiniVerde greens designed by David Postlethwait, a protégé of renowned course architect Pete Dye. Solo golfers or twosomes can navigate carts across the links' rolling fairways and mine for gold in water holes carved by natural streams. Buckets of practice balls warm players up before rounds, or allow them to correct errors after 18 holes. Nestled on 500 acres in the Uwharrie Mountains, the scenic course doles out dizzying views of the surrounding landscapes and Red Bridge's fruitful vineyard.
The eight hard-courts at AMP Tennis's facility are rarely empty. As the centerpiece of the AMP Tennis academy, the sun-baked rectangles host a bustling schedule of private lessons, USTA tournament play, clinics for adults, seasonal academies for juniors, and even special programs for children ages 3 and 4. In the middle of all the ball-thwacking fury is owner and tennis director [Chad C. Oxendine(http://gr.pn/1472k9h), a USPTA pro whose on-court experience includes a collegiate career at UNC-Wilmington, where he rose to play number-one singles and doubles as a senior without ever using a corked racket. Chad's efforts to pass on his love for the game have been as formidable as his own play between the lines—he garnered record participation numbers in his former position as Tennis Director in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and he earned a High Performance Coaching designation from the USTA in 2004.
Range visitors browse a selection of more than 65 rental guns of assorted calibers, or bring their own pistols or rifles from home.
Aside from ensuring safety at the range, the staff conducts training sessions, including a ladies AWARE course that covers basic skills. The facility also houses a gun shop, where specialists help customers sort through thousands of firearms as well as fishing gear and live bait.
At Mid-South Boxing and Fitness Academy, trainers lead authentic boxing classes, jujitsu sessions, and workouts that combine martial arts and CrossFit training. The Fight-Fit program teaches self-defense techniques and striking form in the course of a workout that also draws on CrossFit exercises.