Keith Hills Golf Club's three nine-hole courses convene for divergent 18-hole experiences along the cattail-lined shores of Cape Fear River. Daunting wetlands and well-bunkered fairways pose threats throughout the 27-hole expanse, placing a high premium on course management, deft club selection, and web-toed golf balls. The course's bermuda-grass fairways snake through the shadows of towering oaks and pines on their way to slick, bentgrass greens. The stately complex encompasses a 32-acre practice facility, a fully stocked pro shop, an onsite snack bar, and men's and ladies' locker rooms with showers to freshen up or revive comatose golf carts.
The Orange/Black Course at a Glance:
The Black/White Course at a Glance:
The White/Orange Course at a Glance:
The Yadkin Valley Wine Tours travel among the vineyard rows and through the dark cool of barrel cellars, letting guests get up close and personal with the wineries of the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills. Chauffeured excursions by van or bus roll along back-country roads and scenic highways and make stops at wineries along Swan Creek, Shallowford Trail, Yadkin River Trail, and others.
At each winery, the guide unveils a little piece of North Carolina's winemaking heritage, explaining why the area's grape-growing climate is considered similar to that of Burgundy and the Italian Piedmont, just with much, much more distant views of the Alps. Afterward, a wine tasting lets everyone drink in the local flavor and learn proper tasting technique. Tours often follow the themes of the season, combining wine tasting with mining for gems in the summer, taking in the changing foliage in the fall, and stops at toasty fireplaces in the winter.
FAA-certified flight instructors Doug Boyle and Todd Halver make it their mission each day to share with others the technical and liberating aspects of flying. However, the vessels they use aren't your typical airplanes. Instead, the duo leads pupils on midair treks in aircrafts that are part motorized tricycle, part hang glider, and part flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz. Some of the crafts are even able to take off from the waters of Belews Lake. Doug and Todd impart safe, efficient, and inspirational guidance on trips ranging from intro flights to flights that help participants earn their own FAA sport-pilot's license.
The piercing sounds of clubs hitting golf balls echo across the fairways at Winding Creek Golf Course, an 18-hole, 6,367-yard course that bobs and weaves through the Thomasville countryside. The par 72 course incorporates elevation changes, doglegs that bend both directions, and intermittent water hazards to challenge every element of golfers' games. The course's full-length driving range also serves as the training ground for Thomasville Golf Academy, where veteran instructor Lloyd Scarberry helps golfers lower scores with swing advice and tips on how to read greens silently so their opponents can't overhear their techniques.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,367 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 126 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
While not managing multiple restaurants, The Stocked Pot and Company Executive Chef Don McMillan has cultivated local TV stardom by hosting a cooking show on NBC from 1986 to 2002. He later appeared on channels as diverse as Hallmark and Sundance, and Turner South and Fox Sports South, with celebrities including Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou. His son, President, owner, and on-staff wine expert, Andrew, has acquired culinary knowledge from his travels to five continents and more than 28 countries, which steeped him in local traditions, authentic ingredients, and large cauldrons of curry. The Stocked Pot's chef-taught classes cater to all ages, experience levels, and epicurean desires. Aspiring chefs can learn to roll and construct creative sushi, properly wield a knife, or cook poultry. Printed recipes, which can be taken home, help students follow along and finally learn how to spell hors d'oeuvres. A retail store stocks tools to further aid in personal kitchens.