Crooked Creek Golf Club blankets the rolling Carolina countryside with a 6,271-yard layout that challenges golfers with dramatic elevation changes and high-risk high-reward opportunities. The longer of the two halves, the front nine showcases numerous shot-making opportunities, including the drive on the par-four third hole, where golfers must choose to play it safe or try to cut the corner on a water hazard that hugs the left side.
Dramatic elevation changes await on the course’s second act, where the rolling terrain is intersected by multiple water hazards and sweeping views of the surrounding topography. After a day at the links, golfers can refuel with a cheeseburger or a platter of torn up scorecards at Club’s restaurant, The Turning Point Grill.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,271 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 70.4 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Old World recipes collide with New World ingredients at Casa Carini, whose chefs craft traditional Italian dishes with produce culled from North Carolina growers. Tomatoes fresh from the vine bring robust flavor to the house marinara and pizza sauces; one bite of pizza or handcrafted lasagna proves that the restaurant’s efforts to seek out local vegetables are well advised.
Aside from these and other Italian staples, the kitchen specializes in seafood dishes that range from clam-topped pasta to fried shrimp. An extensive selection of beers and wines proves a worthy match for the lengthy menu, and the dining room echoes during dinner hours with the pleasant ringing of just-clinked glasses. This soundtrack finds its visual complement in a series of wall murals that depict peaceful scenes of Italian fields and lions purring in the Roman Coliseum’s petting zoo.
When Sam Meineke set up shop in Houston in 1972, he focused on a single part of the car—the muffler. But over time, as his prototype picked up steam and raced across the country, he added more and more parts to the auto show. Today, his name graces more than 900 car-care centers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, not to mention the ones in China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the Caribbean, and the Challenger Deep. Each outpost offers a lengthy list of maintenance and repair services and ASE-certified mechanics to make them happen. Besides keeping cars running smoothly and safely on all four of their hairless legs, the Meineke team supports Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by hosting the annual Tournament for Champions.
Neighborhood Carpet Care, Inc.'s uniformed, IICRC-certified technicians tackle difficult and time-consuming domestic tasks so homeowners don't have to. The company's carpet-cleaning services utilize environmentally friendly products and a hot-water extraction method to steam-clean carpet fibers, and a low-moisture upholstery-cleaning system lifts stains, odors, and whoopee-cushion-shaped indentations from sat-upon sofas and chairs. Technicians also restore discolored tile and grout to their original resplendence and specialize in the upkeep of delicate Oriental rugs, carefully testing fibers for colorfastness prior to treatment.
The expert referees and staff at Black River Paintball have hosted games of speedball, woods play, and simulated urban warfare for more than 22 years. Outdoor fields at two locations—each spanning at least 85 acres of wooded terrain—comprise bunkers, particleboard barriers, and thick patches of undergrowth that serve as ideal spots for players to hunker down after assaults or botched Braveheart monologues. Onsite rental shops arm participants with all necessary equipment including markers, goggles, and paintballs. In addition to walk-on rounds, the facility accommodates players during annual tournaments and scenario games, including themed survival quests based on properties such as G.I. Joe, World of Warcraft, and Harold and the Purple Crayon.