A private club, The Dogwood Hills Recreation Association whisks patrons away from workday stress and into the upscale comfort of its outdoor swimming-pool and golf facilities, which include a driving range, pro shop, and nine-hole golf course. With two distinct sets of back tees, the nine-hole layout takes the form of an 18-hole, 6,447-yard, par 72 course as golfers play through its bentgrass greens, bermuda fairways, and divot-dwelling gnomes twice over. Water hazards come into play on five holes, adding to Dogwood Hills' stately scenery and moderate challenges. Golfers can groom their game or upgrade their equipment by consulting the resident aces of the full-service pro shop or bulk up for more powerful drives with a meal of savory grill fare from the Dogwood Hills Clubhouse, which offers complimentary WiFi and permits entry for 9-irons that are housebroken and leashed.Course at a Glance:
Navigating 80 acres of wooded valleys is easy when you're flying. At Valley View Camp Zips and Adventures, you can navigate more than 2,000 feet of six zip-lines that traverse lush scenery, sailing over creeks, valleys, and a lake. All lines are overseen by certified staffers, who outfit visitors to safely navigate the course during up to two hours of hiking and racing across the zip-lines. Overnight facilities are also available, with cabins and tent sites to set up camp.
An array of gently used apparel and accessories eagerly await loving wardrobe homes through Second Chances' consignment program. Though inventory changes frequently, recent items have included Dooney & Bourke wallets ($20) and a like-new Coach bag ($75), which team up with skirts from Banana Republic ($14.99) or a flattering pair of Seven Jeans (all jeans less than $30). Among the fabric-filled racks, a selection of gowns ($100 and less) begs to be included in momentous wedding celebrations and trips before obedience-school deans. A dedicated formal room, replete with a multitasking style consultant, personal shopper, and seamstress, helps fashionistas make elegant selections like Judi Dench picking a kickball team.
Jonesy's dishes up a grub-stuffed menu of salads and sandwiches while sating the more revelous hungers of post-work loungers with a walk-in humidor, golf simulator, and warm, communal atmosphere. Diners use putter-like sporks to scoop up the players salad, which bedecks emerald greens with crispy, fried chicken, veggies, buffalo sauce, and ranch dressing ($8.99), or triumphantly raise the Ryder Cup's proud panoply of chilled shrimp and cocktail sauce ($8.99). Paw-pleasing paninis include the Oakmont— roast beef and provolone melted between grilled bread ($8.99)—and the ham and salami-stuffed spyglass ($6.99), which can be readily rolled up to spot the origin of ominous looming smoke rings.
Hearty eats are on the menu at V & C Grill, including slow-cooked barbecue and authentic Caribbean eats such as oxtail and jerk chicken. There’s even a daily, all-you-can eat breakfast buffet with biscuits and gravy, grits, and other southern favorites. The restaurant has been serving up classic American, Caribbean, and soul food for more than 12 years, or approximately the length of time it takes an elephant to forget an old phone number.