For one day, gallons of mud and six waves of screaming, laughing runners fill the scenic grounds of Willow Oaks Plantation in Eden, North Carolina?to give it their all at the Mud and Music Mayhem race on August 16th. This obstacle race pits runners against more than 30 natural and manmade challenges ranging from climbing walls and mud pits to just a pile of stuff that needs leaping over. A post-race party lets everyone celebrate their victories with food, beer, live music, and inflatables.
Deep Springs Golf and Country Club may have earned its charter in 1971, but the 750 acres of land upon which it sits was preserved as an ideal country-club setting long before then. The club's green rolling hills, towering trees, and other pristine natural features were once the backdrop to the grand Lindsay Plantation, first established in the 19th century, or right about the time golf arrived in America by floating island green. In 1969 the club's founders saw that this prime real estate was lacking only a golf course, and promptly set about erecting the first 9 holes of what would become an 18-hole, par 72 championship course designed by Ellis Maples.
Today, the golf course, with its Bermuda fairways and 150,000 square feet of putting surface, is not the only thing at the country club worthy of the "championship" classification. An Olympic-size swimming pool can be found at the expansive clubhouse, and tennis enthusiasts can get their swings in on a pair of clay courts, just like what the pros play on at the French Open.
Champions Tour competitor Mike Goodes has tackled courses all around the continent—he putted across greens in Florida, Mississippi, and Canada in the summer of 2012 alone—the Reidsville native always returns to his hometown course at Pennrose Park Country Club, and for good reason. For decades, golfers of all abilities have honed their form on the undulating fairways of the nine-hole course, which has developed its own storied history; the Donald J. Ross design opened in 1929 and survived the nationwide golf-ball shortage that ravaged most courses in the 1930s. From the beginning, the club attracted PGA professionals who wanted to triumph over the course’s sand bunkers and tree-lined fairways. Today, golfers still sink their cleats into the slick bentgrass greens and bermuda-grass fairways, though now they can conveniently move from hole to hole in golf carts instead of caddy piggybacks.
The original Tudor–style clubhouse is nestled in the shade of mature trees and brightened by azalea blossoms. Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,115 yards * Course rating of 35 * Slope rating of 118
The 18-hole course at Plantation Golf Club stretches for 6,194 yards from the back tees, inviting golfers to challenge a full range of skills across the bermuda grass fairways and greens. Golf course architect John V. Townsend designed the layout, recognizing the need to design holes around the site's 18 indigenous flagsticks. Opened in 1986, players have played the par 71 track for nearly three decades.