Celebrating their 20th anniversary of swatting baseballs, the Mudcats kick off their regular season's first home series on April 14 against the Montgomery Biscuits, followed by another home series against the Tennessee Smokies. With MLB veterans David Bell and Ryan Jackson returning as manager and hitting coach, respectively, the Mudcats are poised to make another run at the AA Southern League title. Featuring the hilarious on-field shenanigans of Muddy the Mudcat, the team provides excellent entertainment value for families and Elvis-impersonator groups.
Licensed Childcare center for school age children. Care based on Tae Kwon-Do teachings and character development. Area's only Taekwondo school licensed as a C care.We keep children occupied before/After school, Trk out and during the Summer. 21,000 sqft state of the art indoor facility and 4 acre outdoor recreational areas.
In autumn, the verdant acres of the Jolley Family Fun Farm shroud themselves in golden corn tassels and pumpkin baubles to entertain guests with wholesome outdoor adventures. The pirate-influenced park puts a twist on traditional farm festivities with a pirate ship made of hay bales and hayrides routinely marauded by cornstalks wearing eye-patches. Kids can scamper through a shark-shaped mini maze or build castles in a sandbox full of corn kernels. An eight-acre pirate-themed cornfield maze dares visitors to enter its meandering lanes, populated with 27 activity stations that dazzle maze-explorers with mind puzzles, pirate factoids, and mirages of swashbuckling turkeys. Though not included in this Groupon, guests can recover from overdoses of fresh air at the Snack Shack or pick their own pumpkin to decorate at one of the Funky Pumpkin Face stations.
When each of Learn To Shoot North Carolina's NRA-certified instructors held his first gun, he was also embracing an inherent part of who he is. Instructors spent their childhoods shooting sporting clays and hunting before transferring their marksmanship skills to careers in law enforcement or the armed forces. Through Learn To Shoot North Carolina's assemblage of courses, instructors help pupils familiarize themselves with various firearms and earn NRA certification. Their shooting range hones marksmen's skills as they practice with their own handguns or rented pieces. Learn to Shoot also offers recreational activities, such as Zombie Smash, where hunters step into the surrounding forest, firing at cutouts of zombies while trying to forget about the pet zombie they helped raise on their uncle's farm.
From the very first tee shot over a lake to the pond protecting the left side of the 18th green, the course at River Ridge Golf Club pits players against the physical and psychological challenges brought by omnipresent water hazards, including the Neuse River that intersects the course on several holes.
Architect Chuck Smith’s 1997 design weaves course play through a 6,740-yard gauntlet furnished with a plush carpet of bermuda-grass fairways and rough that gives way to fast-moving G-6 bent-grass greens. The course's signature 5th hole rewards golfers who keep their tee shots on the fairway with a short-iron approach that must clear a large pond and any caddies sunbathing in the large greenside bunker.
As a semiprivate club, membership at River Ridge unlocks a slew of benefits not available to the general public. Though the practice area—composed of a driving range and putting and chipping greens—is open to everyone, only members may make use of the locker rooms, club storage, and handicap program provided at the clubhouse. Additionally, members are granted access to special events, tournaments, and PGA pro Tim Cockrell’s lessons, which help players calibrate putting strokes and find their swing after a long time away from the game to search for their favorite golf ball that got lost in the Neuse River.
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Named among Golfweek magazine's Best New Courses and Best Campus Courses in 2010, Lonnie Poole Golf Course tests players of all skill levels with 18 challenging holes spread over 250 acres of Raleigh woodlands. Designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Group—including two North Carolina State grads as architects—the landscape features several shifts in elevation as the greens meander around large buffer areas. In its abundant turf grass and stormwater runoffs, the course also facilitates research from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences while taking extra care to preserve the streams and wild golf balls native to the Neuse River watershed.
As both the NC State men's and women's golf teams can attest, Lonnie Poole challengers golfers from the very first tee, which taunts drivers with bunkers on both sides and a sharp fall-off past the green. From there, the fifth hole ups the ante with a dogleg to the right and tall trees, whereas the 12th hole sends shots hurtling down a downhill fairway that narrows as the green nears and primes its anti-air missiles.
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