The Patriot Golf Course, which was designed by 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III, unfurls with thousands of yards of lush, rolling terrain flanked by the docile waters of Lake Greenwood. Rounds begin and end at the faux brick ruins surrounding the first tee and 18th green that replicate a Revolutionary War–style fort—a tribute to the fact that the war's first land battle was waged nearby in a field peppered with golf balls and caddies. Rough-edged bunkers, an arboreal cocktail of pines and mature hardwood trees, and Lake Greenwood place a high premium on precise drives and well-struck long-irons, and boldly contoured greens demand pinpoint approaches. Servile carts help divoteers retrieve wayward golf balls and nimbly navigate this usually private golfer sanctuary, which features numerous lakeside panoramas that, unlike your scorecard, will produce a good picture regardless of how you play.
The array of apparel and accessories at TJ’z Findz defies any classification other than "on trend." Within its walls, shoppers will find neatly folded rows of LA Idol jeans. They’re right alongside studded purses, dresses with crocheted tops and flowing skirts, and owl pendants encrusted with jewels. Gifts such as cuddly, colorful stuffed animals and perfume are also collected by TJ’z discerning eye.
On any given weekend at BattleCat Sports, there can be a robbery, hostage rescue, bomb defusing, or VIP escort in progress. The BattleCat staff specialize in these adrenaline-pumping scenarios as well as team eliminations and last-man-standing games inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, which was designed by military and law-enforcement members as well as airsoft enthusiasts to create a challenging experience. Players grab specially outfitted rifles that shoot BBs in a game that is similar to paintball but without the mess. And to ensure that everyone aged 10 and up can enjoy their time in the arena, the staff enforces rules and provides safety briefings to all participants.
IT specialists aren’t renowned for their friendliness, but the quartet of technicians at Computer Troubleshooters breaks the mold with their welcoming service. The Anderson branch of the franchise sports the resources and savvy of its award-winning parent and lives up to the company tagline of “Local Service – Global Strength.” Understanding the hair-pulling frustration that occurs when a beloved computer goes on the fritz, the veteran tech surgeons fully revivify Macs and PCs during complete overhauls. Owners can simply drop off their ailing computers with the skillful technicians, who offer a 90-day guarantee on all repairs. Computer tune-ups get slowpoke processors up to speed, virus and spyware removal stops hackers, and data recovery exhumes pictures, business projects, and unfinished novels from their digital graves.
The avid bowhunters on staff at Hunter Joe’s spread their knowledge through archery classes and provide assistance with the pro shop’s inventory of equipment. Budding bowmen can test their marksmanship and perfect their form by launching arrows down the shop’s 20-yard indoor range—a controlled environment that reduces the chance of an unfortunate standoff with Cupid.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers to capture the furniture species of their choice. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed backed by a strong, modern headboard covered with tufted upholstery that boasts the color of morning cappuccino but the flavor of tufted upholstery ($347 for a queen; $516 for a king). Taking home a Davenport nightstand means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills ($125). Home-office workers can perch glowing Internet portals atop a classic table desk, creating an imposing pedestal that distracts interning offspring from their demands for a salary ($400).