Head instructor Toney Massinople owns the Equestrian Arts Institute, a safety-oriented riding school where he and his team of talented instructors specialize in eventing and dressage. Massinople graduated from Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, one of the top schools in the U.S., and brings his expertise to riding lessons for any level from beginner to advanced, broken up according to a grade-level structure. During private or group lessons, pupils learn to tack, ride, untack, and groom horses to look like the steeds of cartoon superheroes, while more advanced riders can hone their jumping, eventing, and dressage skills. The classes help students meet individual goals with a roster of horses, each possessing gentle, kind dispositions. The aspiring riders hone their abilities in a top-notch facility replete with a 10-stall barn, a large dressage area, an indoor riding hall, and a stadium arena. In addition to regular lessons, Equestrian Arts Institute also trains and boards horses.
Founded by sports enthusiast and former adolescent Rick Hart, Jump Start Sports works to enrich pupils' childhoods by developing useful life skills through athletics. Qualified counselors employ their wealth of experience working with children to help campers learn teamwork and fair play as well as the fundamentals of fielding baseballs, scoring soccer goals, or synchronizing pom-pom work. A course structure built around age-appropriate activities, group play, and free electives ensures that students never get bored, and an 8:1 pupil-teacher ratio enables one-on-one assistance to young champions as they practice the graceful art of pitching or the scheming intrigue of free-agent contract negotiation.
Though the 18 holes at Quarry Hills Country Club are set among a gentle bend in the Haw River, golfers may never even see the tributary's waters during a round. That's because designer Ellis Maples, when he oversaw construction of the course in 1969, left intact the dense pinewood forests that surround each fairway and green. That's not to say the course lacks water hazards. A series of small lakes pepper the course along, and the large Piedmont Crescent Lake sits as a focal point of the par 70 course. Players who lose their balls to the lake's depths can find solace at the 16,000-square-foot clubhouse, sipping glasses of ice water in a fit of waterthirsty revenge.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,617 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Proper golf attire required * Scorecard
The seasoned tour guides at the Conservators’ Center in Burlington, North Carolina have had their fair share of animal adventures. It is these that help them provide guests with once-in-a-lifetime experiences with exotic wildlife, with more than 30 lions, tigers, and leopards.
Tours bring customers unique experiences, such as eye-to-eye experiences with tigers, and an "oofing", the Center's description for the earth-shaking lion's roar when they call to one another. On every tour, guides will "oof" to the lions, who often respond. Visitors will also get to observe wolves romping through the woods, and the discovery of lesser-known species such as servals and binturongs.
Being true to their mission of wildlife education, conservation, and rescue, the nonprofit Conservators' Center houses animal residents who were in need of a new home. They all live comfortable lives in this haven for wild animals.
One of the most common bowling game interrupters is the human need to ingest food, a dilemma Country Club Lanes West solves by serving savory snacks and crisp beverages inside their bowling facility. Chili fries drizzled with cheese, 6-ounce hamburgers, and slices of pepperoni pizza spring forth from the snack bar to fuel players caught up in high-scoring games and documentarians chronicling their search for the 11th pin. Postbowling celebrations kick off in the Showtime Lounge, where revelers start games of billiards and darts while sipping on a selection of draft brews, including Yuengling, Fat Tire, and Budweiser.
At the main attraction of Putt-Putt Fun Center's assortment of family-friendly activities, golfers of all ages hone their swings on an 18-hole miniature golf course, where flowers and trees surround the verdant fairways and Putt-Putt's signature metal rails. In the Game Zone arcade, lights flash as the machines dole out tickets for players to exchange for prizes. Birthday party packages nourish revelry with fizzing sodas and Domino’s pizza, inspiring kids to finally learn science by peering at mini golf balls through the microscope instead of constantly hiding them in the course's holes.