Breaking away from a pack of speeding racehorses or breaking a bucking bronco may be the first guesses a casual onlooker would consider when pondering the origins of the name Break-Away Farm. But the name actually refers to the farm’s owners—Mark and Mary Lou Greenwall, formerly of Cleveland Park Stables—who, in 2005, decided to break off the beaten path and start their own equestrian business. Members of USEF, UPHA, and ASAC, the husband-and-wife team oversees the day-to-day operation of their 16-acre homestead, which is complete with a climate-controlled indoor facility and an outdoor arena. The well-appointed grounds set the stage for safe horseback-riding lessons for students of all ability levels, comprised of training regimens tailored to each rider.
Whether Big Air Aviation's students are first-time fliers or seasoned jumbo-jet pilots, they all start in the same spot: the passenger seat of Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk. Starting off behind the yoke of the small, light aircraft presents a completely different flying experience from a 747 at an airport. “A commercial jet is like a cattle prod,” says Rob Craig, the founder of Big Air Aviation. “But this thing—you can go wherever you want to go.” Once student and teacher have ascended into the clouds, the student gets the chance to chart an individual course over the green foothills of Rutherford County, speeding over treetops or slowing down to high-five hot air balloon captains.
Rob says introductory lessons are brief: an overview of measurement instruments, controls, and rotor petals is enough to equip students for a brief flight. It’s this accessibility that proves the Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk’s biggest draw, and over the years, Rob has watched many of his former students transform what began as a hobby into a full-time career.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.
Disney's Emmy Award–winning Imagination Movers will perform their In a Big Warehouse concert in the grand interior of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, playing their most popular songs and bringing the magic of their eponymous TV series to life. The popular New Orleans–based rock band bridges all generation gaps with fun and educational songs chock-full of memorable melodies and bounding rhythms, fueling long van drives and pre-nap trips the club. With an extravagant set and ecstatic energy, the Imagination Movers give a performance that gets audiences dancing, clapping, and singing along, with guest appearances from Playhouse Disney favorites Choo Choo Soul, Nina, and Warehouse Mouse.
Designed by course architect George Cobb—who has lent his fairway-carving skills to more than 100 courses, including Augusta National—Cleghorn Plantation's 18-hole course surfs the emerald waves of the Smoky Mountain foothills across 6,819 yards of kempt terrain. Fragrant Carolina pines hug fairways throughout the round, providing a sense of constancy to diverse terrain that melds together steep inclines, flat valley floors, and holes that double as intergalactic wormholes. Clubbers must also contend with water hazards on eight holes, including on the demanding par 4 on hole 11, where tee shots must bisect a narrow tract of fairway beset on both sides by ominous waters. The club helps players prepare with expansive practice facilities, including a driving range with new practice balls and a station where players can leave disobedient clubs in timeout. Cleghorn Plantation's Manor House beckons to weary golfers with the elegant trappings of a restored plantation house originally built in 1837. The House's Southern-style cooking stems hunger's tide during classy date nights or get-togethers, and a bar and grill with 12 flat-screen TVs evokes a more laid-back ambiance for postround golfers or children famished from a day of synchronized parent summoning at the outdoor pool. Course at a Glance: * Designed by George Cobb * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,819 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 73.0 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
Golfers traversing Creek Golf Club's 6,625-yard course enjoy plateaued tee boxes and fairways lined with mature trees. The 18-hole course showcases smooth, diamond Zoysia grass greens that tightly swathe the terrain's parkland-style contours like skinny jeans on the Jolly Green Giant's hips.
Golf balls fall like hail from the skies above the Club's driving range, where synthetic mats facilitate practice during inclement weather and grass tees provide a natural lie for swing rehearsals. The range serves as the classroom for lessons with PGA professional Mike Byce, who assists those looking to add distance to their drives or transition from a conventional putter to a belly putter or a sawed-off curtain rod.
After a day at the links, guests can refuel at the Club's bar and grill, which serves burgers, salads, cold-cut sandwiches, and other classic eats.