When renowned course architect Ellis Maples first laid eyes on the rolling expanse of land in the Sandhills, he knew he had found the venue for his next course. Whispering Woods Golf Club encompasses both gentle slopes and steeper hills, offering a dynamic canvas atop which Maples designed holes with stark elevation changes. Today, golfers encounter a diverse layout that showcases anything from treacherously undulating bentgrass greens to a small roller coaster for bored caddies to enjoy. Carolina pines line the edges of the fairways and greens throughout the round, stretching out their thin trunks to snag any errant shots. The end product of Ellis’s vision is an 18-hole, 6,324-yard layout described by course architect Dan Maples, Ellis’s son, as “a golf course designed with the average player in mind, but good players won’t find a pushover.”
Bowlers can pursue pin-felling prominence for two hours at Family Sports Center, strapped securely inside a pair of aerodynamic rental footwear. Send weighty orbs careening down the center or swirling in the shape of your signature on any of the alley's 32 lanes, in as many games as you can muster in two hours. Automatic scoring appears on TVs that float overhead, preventing the need for recounts and game-settling thumb wars. Children younger than 12 years old can bank lighter balls off of bumpers summoned from underground slumber. Purchase up to two additional Groupons as gifts and come as a crowd, or extend the focus from your solitaire tournament to side-by-side solo bowls.
Cheraw State Park Golf Course, sequestered in the shadow of pine trees alongside Lake Juniper, unfurls a 6,928-yard map of well-groomed fairways and bermuda-grass greens designed to challenge golfers. Begin an afternoon of drive-blasting bravado and competitive putts with a visit to the driving range to loosen up muscles, straighten out swings, and practice "fore!" yodels. Although the 18-hole course's expansive emerald fairways accommodate aggressive swings, undisciplined strokes will pay as the dense, long-leaf pines that lurk in the periphery gobble up wandering golf balls. Rounds reach their crescendo at the signature par 4 13th hole, where a daunting dogleg left can only be overcome by clearing tall trees, water, and ruinous hazards on both sides with a precise power draw for righties or a high fade for lefties. Rather than leapfrogging from hole to hole, golfers reserve their precious leg strength by riding golf carts.
Host of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship from 1977 to 2007, Proehlific Club at Forest Oaks's private course incorporates natural elements such as looming trees and severely sloping hills with manmade sand traps and water obstacles, challenging beginning and experienced golfers alike. Opened in 1962, the terrain was renovated in 2002 after the renowned Love Golf Design group reached out to professional golfers to find out what makes an ideal course. The main improvement, helmed by Davis Love III, was the resprigging of the fairway with bermuda grass, a strain of turf that can handle extreme temperature changes, and a redesign of the new greens. The course was featured on the PGA for over 30 years, and was enjoyed by Davis Love III as well as Rocco Mediate and many other professionals. While the golf course is the main attraction, the club also houses a pro shop, a 25-yard professional-size swimming pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.
Enveloped in matured Carolina pines, the 7,000-yard course at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation entices and challenges golfers with 18 holes dotting a landscape of hills and bent-grass greens. Course crusaders wend through the par 72 playground of hybrid-bermuda fairways and hundreds of yards of monkey bars. Armed with 10 buckets of range balls, golfers can knock some rust off their putts and drives on the practice range sporting a complete bermuda-grass hitting area, a putting green, and a chipping green with bunker. Additionally, on Fridays and Saturdays, certified PGA and LPGA instructors lead one-hour group clinics for up to 10 participants. During lessons, experienced and novice golfers learn to improve their swings, select their gear, and prevent condors from seizing their airborne golf balls.
The Divide—a name derived from the course's position within two counties—offers lush greenery, rolling hills, carefully crafted ponds, and impeccably manicured greens. Golfers of all skill levels are welcomed to blast off dimpled cosmonauts from one of four tee-box locations featured at each hole. After breaking into the vast Bermuda fairways, foresighted fore-shouters can implement a wide range of clubs—the scorecard pencils in a smorgasbord of game changing par 3's and par 5's, many of which are known for culling birdies, eagles, and sleeping snowmen from their respective numerical nests. Off the beaten cart path, The Divide pampers players with pro shop merchandise, driving range facilities, and on-site dining options at The Grill, including snacks, meals, and liquid performance enhancers posing as cocktails.
At Stonebridge Golf Academy, with Fred Bond, we believe that no two individuals learn in the same manner or at the same pace. Therefore, we strive to offer personalized instruction programs to foster the development of each individual student, from junior to adult amateurs as well as professional players.