The instructors at North Carolina Golf Academy welcome students of all stripes. They might coach pro golfers, casual players, or "Dew Sweepers"—a term for golfers' partners who want a quick introduction to the game so they can join their partners on the course. Their classes cover technical tips and swing analyses, as well as the history of golf, leading to a well-rounded appreciation of the sport. And, if students can't come to them, they can bring their simulators and putting machines to corporate offices and schools.
Featuring two cypress lakes and scenic panoramas, this 18-hole championship course provides golfers with 6,307 yards of challenging tee-to-green terrain. The design demands consistently well-placed drives to avoid strategically placed sand bunkers, which hug friendly fairways and butterfly-kiss undulating bent-grass greens. Depending on which of the course’s five sets of tees you opt to play from, some tee shots may require you to traverse obstructing water and hypnotize territorial mermen. Complimentary carts expedite the wayward orb-fetching process provided you stay on land, and the course’s frequent elevation changes will make you grateful for your four-wheel gopher and your two-eye face, with which you can enjoy the course’s sweeping vistas.
The course at Gates Four Golf and Country Club was opened in 1967, but you wouldn't know it from the youthful conditions of the grounds. Players traverse a course that boasts USGA-approved bent grass greens and completely overhauled bunkers thanks to a 2011 renovation. The surrounding pine trees, meanwhile, cast their elongated shadows across each fairway in the twilight hours, giving them a railroad-tie effect as players finish off their rounds.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,895 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees
Course slope of from the back tees
Five sets of tees per hole