At Lederach Golf Club, golfers drive, pitch, and putt through 7,023 yards of lush, forested fairways on a challenging course designed by architect Kelly Blake Moran. Link with a partner and navigate the undulating greens against a backdrop of picturesque ridges, majestic valleys, and rows of singing, cartoon trees. The par-71 municipal course boasts a smattering of grass bunkers and swales that naturally dupe clubbing enthusiasts of various skill levels. Junior players can belt dimpled projectiles on tees designed specifically for their swing, and advanced players try and balance their golf balls on toothpicks before test-driving their strokes full-tilt onto fairways.
Combining the best aspects of amusement parks and triathlons, The Golf Zone runs guests through a gauntlet of activities that promotes warm-hearted laughs and icy nerves of steel. Armed with a bucket of 75 balls ($8), golfers slay distant target posts at the driving range or put numbered clubs through the paces at the nearby short-game area. After practicing putts and postputt fist pumps, golfers can take to the roundabout greens of the miniature golf course ($6 per round for adults; $5 for children), where sharp turns and perilous slopes spell doom for all but the craftiest balls. Three paintball fields host large brigades or lone soldiers as they blast enemies with colorful projectiles during two-hour firefights ($25 including gear), providing shelter in the form of wooden forts and a replica of the Maginot Line. Challenge land-speed records at the nearby Speed Zone, where the Python go-kart track tests drivers with harrowing twists and sneaky speed bumps that take indiscriminate bites out of single and tandem karts ($7 per race).
Named a 2011 Top 100 Club Fitter in the country by Golf Digest, Golf By Design carries a full complement of golf equipment from clubs to apparel, and offers club fitting and repair that will improve course play. Putt around on the practice green before hitting approaches with the Bridgestone E5 ball ($26.99/dozen) or gear up for a links expedition with the Bag Boy T-300 travel bag ($39.99). For sputtering putters and scrap irons, the full service repair shop regrips, reshafts, and resuscitates old clubs, leaving them chipper and ready to dig divots like a prototype.
The 18-hole course at Chapel Hill guides golfers along lush fairways framed by dense tree lines and confronted by water on 11 holes. Six holes—beginning with No. 1—demand precise course-management skills when navigating shots around the stream that cuts through their fairways, demanding that players lay up, muscle their shots over, or swap their golf ball out for a beach ball. Laid end-to-end, the course measures 6,089 yards from the blue tees, the farthest of four available for play on each hole.
Course at a Glance:
Top 25 Golf Shops in America. Golf Digest Best 100 Clubfitters in America. Top 100 Ranges in America. PGA & LPGA Instruction. PGA Certifiied Clubfitting. Lighted Driving Range with 50 Grass Tees. Short Game Area. Areas Most Challenging Miniature Golf Course. Rick's Homemade Water Ice and Creamery.
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Designed by renowned course architect Geoffrey Cornish, Center Valley Club's verdant pastures embrace two distinct nine-hole terrains. The Scottish-links-style front nine incorporates hidden mounds, lakes, and undulating greens ideal for concealing surplus goose eggs. Duffers then march toward the championship-style back nine, populated by woodland, lakes, and sand traps masquerading as restful turf-side beaches. Golfers can also practice on Center Valley's Club's driving range before embarking on orb-pummeling odysseys, choosing from five levels of yardage based on skill level and distance covered by “fore” yodels.