As one of the state’s largest public-practice outfits, The Eagle Zone Golf Center’s 22-acre campus houses all the amenities of a comprehensive golf-training facility. The all-access day pass gives both novices and seasoned pros ample opportunity to improve every facet of their game alongside a friendly staff of experts. Unlimited range balls allow slaphappy drivers a chance to blow off some steam on the driving range, while the short-game area and putting green hone precision, dexterity, and golf-clap etiquette. Eagle Zone’s heated and covered tees afford winter-weather practice, meaning that come spring, you’ll be able to unleash a barrage of bogeys, birdies, and eagles so potent, your caddy’s hair will turn tartan.
Reaching the top of one of the rolling hillocks on the 18-hole course at Hejaz Shrine Golf Club, champion bermuda grass forms an emerald pool on the green below. Tree leaves rustle in the breeze along the course, which was originally designed and built in 1960 by architect Russell F. Breeden. Play commences with a par 5 on the first hole, where golfers should avoid hitting into the bradford pear trees along the right side of the fairway or the National Museum of Expensive Stained-Glass Windows on the left. Water comes into play on half of the holes, including hole 15, a par 3 that hugs the banks of the Reedy River. Before calling it a day, players must conquer hole 18 with a tee shot that clears the large lake and an approach shot that flies over the bunkers guarding the front of the green.
All revenue brought in by Hejaz Shrine Golf Club supports the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, a part of the Shriners Organization, which helps children across the country receive free medical treatment. The private Hejaz Shrine Golf Club offers an opportunity to play for Groupon customers or memberships for those with a long-term interest in the game of golf.
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For more than 15 years, Steve Goforth's career in the golf industry has seen him take on a wide range of roles. He started playing the game at the age of 8, and soon went on to earn a letter on his high school's varsity squad. His foray into the business side of the game came in 1990, when he was hired by Hejaz Golf Course as a cart attendant and a maintenance worker. While there, Steve learned the ins and outs of the industry, witnessing the operation of a successful golf course from giving lessons and consoling trees after golfers' vicious attacks. He eventually got recruited as a custom club builder and certified fitter at Slazenger, and later managed and taught at a golf center. Today, Steve has returned to his original stomping grounds at Hejaz Golf Course as a Class A PGA Professional, and invites novices and experts alike to take part in his private lessons and group clinics.
Bike the Rabbit nestles snuggly on the Swamp Rabbit Trail—a 17.5-mile paved way that snakes along next to the Reedy River. From their outpost, they supply visitors with high quality bike rentals so that they can enjoy the lush flora and fauna of the serene greenway. Their arsenal of bikes includes touring bikes, kids bikes, and bikes with baby seats from brands such as Motobecane, Gravity, and Ozone. Their service department also offers comprehensive tune-ups, detailing, and replacement and repair of parts.
Grandmaster Marshall Gagne knows combat inside and out?as an American soldier in the '60s and '70s, he served on the Green Beret skydiving team, as well as the Army's parachute team. When military duty took him to Korea, though, he picked up some hapkido on his travels, and it piqued his interest in a new type of combat: martial arts. Now an eighth-degree black belt, Grandmaster Gagne currently helms several all-ages martial-arts centers, with classes on hapkido, karate, and other self-defense techniques.
Yellow, blue, green, purple, and black belts hug the waists of students inside Carolina Karate & Fitness, identifying the wearer's martial-arts skill level. Students of all ages learn how to high kick and punch their way across the studio?s mats and karate chop wooden boards under the instruction of owners Sensei Tommy Hood and Troy Hirsckorn. In addition to improving pupils' karate skills and physical fitness, the owners take pride in building discipline and character in their students.