Jeremy Qualls has taken a somewhat atypical path toward teaching the game of golf. Unlike many teaching pros, his career didn’t start in earnest until he was in his mid-20s, after serving for eight years as a marine in Iraq. Since military life didn’t leave much time for practice, nearly all of Qualls's improvement as a player came post-deployment. With hard work, he was able to whittle his scores down from the 100s to the 70s, earning certification from the Titleist Performance Institute and becoming a Stack & Tilt network instructor along the way—all while studying Golf Management at Campbell University.
Qualls's relatively late start serves him well as the director of instruction at The Golf Warriors. He knows from firsthand experience all about the difficulty of picking up the game and the most effective methods for serious improvement at any age. He takes a calm, understanding approach and identifies with golfers’ frustrations, particularly when balls won’t fly straight or learn how to swim. With each student, Qualls conducts an initial evaluation so as to understand the state of his or her game, and then designs a custom plan for improvement, paying attention to the full swing, the short game, the mental game, and physical fitness.
Kenrick Smith and his team of golf instructors are driven by one central goal in their eight-week lesson package: turn beginners into lifetime golfers. Kenrick’s academy, The Triangle Junior Golf School, provides a curriculum that focuses on building a fundamentally sound swing and a teaching environment that is fun, constructive, and does not force students to forage for their own bounty of wild golf balls. Though primarily geared toward junior golfers, the school offers lessons and clinics to clubbers of all ages and abilities. The Triangle School’s indoor facility fosters year-round practice, allowing players to hone their swings without fearing rain or dust storms created by rebellious sand traps.
As one of the four PGA pros on staff at John Budwine Golf Academy, Jimmy Hamilton treats each golfer as an individual project with specific objectives, teaching the basics to a beginner and intricate swing developments to a seasoned player. Jimmy’s knowledge of golf—the product of lettering three times at the University of Maryland and qualifying for the 1976 NCAA Championship—allows him to accurately determine where students need the most attention. Before addressing game aspects such as course management or shot selection, Jimmy first factors in the student’s goals, existing abilities, and willingness to live on a diet of fairway grasses. Each lesson is held at Wildwood Green Golf Club’s private teaching area, where students will be able to practice shots on a driving range, practice putting green, and a target chipping area.
As one of the oldest courses in the Raleigh area, Raleigh Golf Association’s 18-hole course retains the same expanse of lush greenery as its 1929 prototype while benefiting from a number of refinements made during a 1998 renovation overseen by David Postlethwaite. Fairways arch over emerald waves of grass, connecting to form a 6,088-yard course dotted with mature trees and waterways. The club also encompasses a nine-hole course that is occasionally open to the public and always open to Arnold Palmer doppelgängers. A pro shop stocked with the latest golf gear and accessories beckons to golfers in need of new equipment.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, 6,088-yard course
Course rating of 68.8 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
Jan Wellendorf?s passion for karate began in 1963, when he first studied techniques from Japan, China, and Korea. Now a 10th-degree black belt, Jan has molded these experiences into his own style of karate?sanshinkai. At Karate International, more than 70 black belts teach Jan?s methods at five locations, where they help students use Eastern-inspired skills to control themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Geared toward pupils of all ages, Karate International?s programs also emphasize cross-training, which can incorporate everything from judo?s throwing techniques to the pizza-eating regimen of ninja turtles.
After listening to professional instruction from Local Paddler's guides, total novices can paddle their standup paddleboards through the crystalline waters of North Carolina's lakes and rivers. Instructors teach newbies to stand upright on their boards, showcase J-strokes, sweep strokes, and other fundamentals, and also impart water-safety lessons, such as never drink the entire lake in one sitting. Local Paddler's shop furnishes all equipment for aquatic adventures, which unfold along the scenic shorelines of Falls Lake, Wake Forest Reservoir, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Tailrace Marina, Mountain Island Lake, or the Catawba River.