Started in 1980 by former Sprint Cup champion Buck Baker, Buck Baker Racing School allows race fans to strap into an authentic Sprint Cup stock car and take it for a leisurely spin around some of the greatest ellipsoids in the South. The school's masters of acceleration instruct pupils during a roughly one-hour, pre-drive class. Afterward, students take shotgun while wearing the provided helmet and fire suit along with their own tennis shoes inside a bona fide, previously driven Sprint-Cup Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. Students ride along as the instructor powers around the speedway while dishing out informative tips and snappy catch phrases such as, "Zounds!" and, "I own 200 shares of Apple stock!" Once students are ready, they switch seats with instructors and kindle rubber with 10 full laps. Friends and family are encouraged to attend and take snapshots or finger-paint all the action.
Returning to the historic track of Darlington Raceway, the Bojangles' Southern 500 has become a Mother's Day Weekend tradition for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 1950. Dubbed as "the track too tough to tame," Darlington wrestles racers for the entirety of its 1.36-mile orbit, most notably with its unyielding walls, which brandish the scrapes, scuffs, and pleas for a truce from cars that drift too close. Upholding the notion that just about anything can happen on the Darlington pavement, Regan Smith shocked the racing community a year ago by cruising into victory lane ahead of Carl Edwards to hoist the famed Johnny Mantz trophy.
The water hazards at Lakewood Links may seem innocuous at first glance—until golfers realize that they are seemingly everywhere. Waterways come into play on 11 holes throughout the round, often in positions that leave golfers little room for error. On the ninth hole—a 421-yard par-four rated the most difficult on the course—a pond intersects the fairway right down the middle, making golfers think twice about hitting their driver off the tee. The par three 13th hole is the course's signature track, and for good reason: from the tee box, golfers take aim at a scenic island green stationed 173 yards in the distance. Before rounds, golfers can warm up with practice strokes at the driving range or by using their tees as chopsticks over lunch at the Bamboo Bar.
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Positioned in the heart of a triangular expanse with Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia at each point, the Andrews Airport serves as the departure site for Skydive Georgetown's freefalling adventures. Experienced skydivers latch themselves and their parachutes to patrons, and, when the soaring aircraft reaches the peak of its trajectory, both plummet into the open atmosphere. Adrenaline junkies hurtle toward the earth at up to 120 miles per hour while staffers commemorate the journey with videos or photos.