Fairways and Greens Golf Center's 25-acre practice and instructional facilities help Titanium Membership holders to hone their skills with unlimited practice balls and year-round amenities available only to members. The outdoor grounds boast a bevy of arenas to work on your swing, putt, or ceremonious hole-in-one dance routine, including a practice range with three spacious bermuda-grass tees, two crenshaw bentgrass putting greens, and a covered tee area that banishes weather-spawned interferences with a shade-blocking canopy and gas heaters at each of its 18 hitting stations. The Loop course encircles a pond with three greens, each of which sports three separate tees, creating a nine-hole layout that ranges from 80 to 60 yards per hole. Meanwhile, the 10,000-square-foot indoor space provides sphere-slingers with a 1,400-square-foot True Tour putting green and individual video-swing analyses to refine your technique when chopping golf balls or betamax videocassettes. Fairways and Greens is also home to a 2,500-square-foot indoor fitness center that brims with the cardiovascular and muscle-toning equipment necessary to keep pars attainable.
Waynesville is nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, 30 miles west of Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the country’s most popular scenic drives, meanders through mountain valleys and loops around Waynesville. The picturesque thoroughfare branches out to more than 100 hiking trails, ranging from short footpaths to the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. About a half-hour north of the Waynesville Inn, the modest Cataloochee Ski Area hosts skiers and boarders on its 14 slopes, serviced by five lifts and one catapult.
Stepping onto Reems Creek Golf Course, you may get the feeling you've been transported to the Scottish Highlands. Course architects Hawtree & Sons designed the layout to suggest that region's rolling topography, its sense of quiet solitude, and its roving bands of Brigadoon extras. Undulating hills seem to shift under the shadows of trees swaying in the wind, and dense forest in the foreground gives way to majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The 18-hole, 6,492-yard course tests players' mettle with a number of challenges. The long, slightly curved drive of hole 3 seems an open shot, but a guarding sand bunker punishes ill-aimed drives for the green. Hole 16 ups the ante with a pond and two sand bunkers directly in front of the cup.
Course at a Glance:
Inside Nevada Bob's, everything is dedicated to golf. For instance, one wall is lined with golf bags and another showcases rows of shimmering golf clubs from top industry brands such as Mizuno, Nike, and Callaway. Customers can roam in between this corridor of quality golf equipment to browse golf shoes, inspect the latest golf ball technology, and find the right pair of golf gloves capable of bench-pressing a golf cart. The store also features a repair facility, an indoor golf simulator, and private lessons with an accredited golf pro.
Ashville's Fun Depot brings together a multitude of giddy, rambunctious pastimes for competitors of all ages. Laser tag pits noble light-warriors in battle across two stories covering 1,200 square feet, as they weave and dodge around rubberized pillars in a ritualized war dance guaranteed to trip opponents ($7). Colorful, low-slung, single- and double-seater go-karts zip along a quarter-mile outdoor track ($8), while weather-immune karts race for the finish indoors ($7). Three indoor batting cages lob pitches at four speeds and adjustable heights ($1 for 15 throws), and an 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, festooned with verdant murals and a burbling waterfall, separates the birdies from the eagles ($4 for adults, $2.50 for children 10 and under). Knee-high ruffians can ricochet into a padded play area ($3 all day), with neon tunnels, slides, and a bounce area that allows them to perform calibrated experiments on relative gravitational rates.