Though the 18 holes at Quarry Hills Country Club are set among a gentle bend in the Haw River, golfers may never even see the tributary's waters during a round. That's because designer Ellis Maples, when he oversaw construction of the course in 1969, left intact the dense pinewood forests that surround each fairway and green. That's not to say the course lacks water hazards. A series of small lakes pepper the course along, and the large Piedmont Crescent Lake sits as a focal point of the par 70 course. Players who lose their balls to the lake's depths can find solace at the 16,000-square-foot clubhouse, sipping glasses of ice water in a fit of waterthirsty revenge.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,617 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Proper golf attire required * Scorecard
Burlington Dive Center is an official PADI school, which means you can expect a few things. The most important of these, of course, is a team of dedicated instructors who teach proper safety techniques and do everything else in their power to prepare students for exploring underwater worlds. But you can also expect to have a lot of fun. It all starts with the center's Discover Scuba Diving program, designed to help total beginners feel comfortable in the water. As you progress, you'll have the chance to take on an open-water course that teaches how to breathe underwater and quickly locate the treasure room in a sunken pirate ship.
The seasoned tour guides at the Conservators’ Center in Burlington, North Carolina have had their fair share of animal adventures. It is these that help them provide guests with once-in-a-lifetime experiences with exotic wildlife, with more than 30 lions, tigers, and leopards.
Tours bring customers unique experiences, such as eye-to-eye experiences with tigers, and an "oofing", the Center's description for the earth-shaking lion's roar when they call to one another. On every tour, guides will "oof" to the lions, who often respond. Visitors will also get to observe wolves romping through the woods, and the discovery of lesser-known species such as servals and binturongs.
Being true to their mission of wildlife education, conservation, and rescue, the nonprofit Conservators' Center houses animal residents who were in need of a new home. They all live comfortable lives in this haven for wild animals.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
At the main attraction of Putt-Putt Fun Center's assortment of family-friendly activities, golfers of all ages hone their swings on an 18-hole miniature golf course, where flowers and trees surround the verdant fairways and Putt-Putt's signature metal rails. In the Game Zone arcade, lights flash as the machines dole out tickets for players to exchange for prizes. Birthday party packages nourish revelry with fizzing sodas and Domino’s pizza, inspiring kids to finally learn science by peering at mini golf balls through the microscope instead of constantly hiding them in the course's holes.
Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for flight instruction, Burlington Aviation helps aspiring aviators to take to the skies. The outfit rigorously cares for a fleet of six aircraft. Students can rent aircraft for logging aerial hours under the watchful eye of an experienced, professional flight instructor. Burlington Airport does not have a control tower, meaning students spend less time waiting on tower clearance to take off and land and more time trying to fly higher than a pet griffin.