Silence fills the forest as a masked paintball player creeps over logs and leaves, unable to find the opposing team he knows is there. Suddenly, a shower of colored paint spews from behind a nearby tree, and the battle begins. Such moments unfold daily at PBC Paintball Park's facilities during the regular season. Their staff, all of whom are paintball players themselves, have designed both wooded and concept fields at Greensboro, Charlotte, and Greenville. At Greensboro, wooded landscapes transform into a battlefield with bunkers, creeks, and large forts. Felled trees and dense foliage give players ample cover amid the undeveloped woods of Greenville's fields, while tournaments unfold across PBC Charlotte's level terrain. Additionally, PBC Paintball Parks are affiliated with Paintball Central, which runs two stores in North Carolina and one store in South Carolina where players can stock up on enough paintball gear to ready themselves for the inevitable cartoon-character rebellion.
Host of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship from 1977 to 2007, Proehlific Club at Forest Oaks's private course incorporates natural elements such as looming trees and severely sloping hills with manmade sand traps and water obstacles, challenging beginning and experienced golfers alike. Opened in 1962, the terrain was renovated in 2002 after the renowned Love Golf Design group reached out to professional golfers to find out what makes an ideal course. The main improvement, helmed by Davis Love III, was the resprigging of the fairway with bermuda grass, a strain of turf that can handle extreme temperature changes, and a redesign of the new greens. The course was featured on the PGA for over 30 years, and was enjoyed by Davis Love III as well as Rocco Mediate and many other professionals. While the golf course is the main attraction, the club also houses a pro shop, a 25-yard professional-size swimming pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.
Off' N Running equips Triad terrain-tramplers with a host of shoes and apparel designed to help them thoroughly flatten the finish line. The store stocks both basic running necessities and sport-specific supplements for men, women, and children, including cross-country spikes, moisture-wicking socks, and jogging strollers for conspicuously competitive toddlers. Grab a Brooks EZ long sleeve shirt ($30) to adorn flapping arms with warmth, or keep land flippers feeling loved by slipping them into a pair of high-performance Mizuno Wave Rider shoes ($99), winner of Runner World magazine's Editor's Choice award in 2008. Customers can reap the benefits of Off 'N Running's commitment to top-notch service during a complimentary gait analysis, during which knowledgeable staffers sweet talk furtive feet until they reveal their sole's deepest yearnings.
Going above and beyond skiing and tennis, the affiliated shops of Ski & Sport Station, Ski & Tennis Station, and the Board Room equip athletes for a variety of different sports, including snowboarding, lacrosse, wakeboarding, and skateboarding. Bravely approach the coming winter with brand-name outerwear, featuring such brands as Burton, Patagonia, Ugg, K-2, and The North Face. A fetching fall ensemble might include a venture jacket from The North Face ($99.99), a pair of Rainbow sandals (starting at $39.99), and a Babolat tennis racquet (starting at $119.99) for batting away attacking foliage. As winter approaches, summer items such as the Quicksilver and Billabong wakeboards go on sale, before they wisely pack up their family cockapoo and head down to Naples for the colder months. Ski & Tennis Station also services equipment, including tuning skis and same-day racquet stringing for last-minute downhill tennis matches.
Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding, skis, and ice skates. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man the Greensboro and the new Winston-Salem locations, ready to answer questions and arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Golfsmith's online and in-store showrooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge.