A signature Gene Bates–designed course, Saddle Creek Golf Club's 18-hole layout alternates between dense woodlands and open fields, all brought together by a winding, stone-lined creek that babbles across multiple holes. Encroaching trees, lakes, and angry linebackers loom throughout the front nine, where accurate tee shots must bisect unforgiving fairways. The course's second act takes golfers out of dense tree lines and into an open, links-style layout, where players must conquer deep bunkers, intervening waterways, and unfavorable lies wrought by mounded, Scottish-style terrain. Rounds end with dramatic flair at the 18th hole, where a two-tiered green tests how well players have adjusted to the slick, bentgrass putting surfaces and triangular holes that dot the entire course.
The club's Nineteenth Hole overlooks the emerald expanse, allowing golfers to relive glorious moments over frothy beverages, savory meals from the grill, or mouthwatering sports broadcasts by Brent Musburger on the diner's dual big-screen TVs and LCD projector.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Gene Bates * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,708 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 129 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
In the deep, dark heart of Chapel Hill Haunted Woods, a specter searches for the head he lost many years ago. This unnamed and hatless figure commands a phalanx of frightful creatures, all of whom await to spook daring visitors every Saturday in October. A chorus of screams emitted from the treetops assures guests they've arrived at the right spot. Once on the path, they'll have to navigate the terrifying trails if they hope to make it out alive, calling upon every ounce of bravery as they snake past a pit of snakes and cross a slender wooden bridge that conceals unspeakable horrors. All proceeds from the frightful enterprise benefit the Young Farmers and Ranchers program, which funds scholarships and targets childhood hunger in the area.
As a junior player in the United States Hockey League, Stephen Thiesing had grown accustomed to taking hard hits. Nothing could have prepared him, however, for the full-speed collision that left him convulsing on the ice with a severe spinal-cord trauma. Much to his surprise and disbelief, a subsequent visit to the doctor revealed nothing damaged or out of order. Still in pain, Stephen was sent on his way.
This unfortunate visit planted the seeds of Stephen’s interest in alternative modes of healthcare. Years later, after he had begun his career as a chiropractor, he discovered the source of his pain in a compression fracture in his neck. Bolstered by this discovery, he continued training to find a solution for his aches and eventually founded Thiesing Family Chiropractic Center to provide others with the kind of care that was missing from his own youth.
Dr. Thiesing is joined by Dr. Jennifer Maxey, who also spent her early years fighting against a lack of wellness knowledge. After a youth filled with less-than-nutritious food and drinks, Dr. Maxey found herself in Germany. There, she undid years of poor health with a carefully calibrated diet of high-nutrition foods. Thankful for her own fortunate recovery, she vowed to use her newfound knowledge—as well as her skills as a burgeoning naturopath—to help others find the same success.
Now, the two doctors draw from their training and personal experience to craft specialized treatment plans based on patients’ needs. Spinal adjustments are a central focus of Dr. Thiesing's practice, as they can reduce nervous-system disruptions and help the body right itself naturally. Through a series of targeted adjustments, he relieves pain and stress resulting from injuries, headaches, allergies, and repeatedly carrying one’s boss from his office to the lunchroom. Dr. Maxey handles the practice's wellness wing, helping patients unlock the body's natural healing abilities through everything from wellness and dietary counseling to quantum reflex analysis and therapeutic mud packs.