Clear blue water is common throughout Summerville Country Club’s par 71 course, which unfurls across 6,037 yards amid towering Carolina pines. In total, water hazards are in play on 12 holes; since the course layout is relatively short, golfers have to resist the temptation to use aggressive, high-risk drives and water-soluble knickers. In addition, golfers must contend with the course’s slick bermuda-grass greens, which have subtle breaks.
Each round concludes with dramatic flair on the 475-yard, par 5 18th hole, which features a dogleg-left fairway and an expansive pond that bisects the hole at the bend—strategically placed in the landing zone of long drives. Golfers can traverse the course’s gently undulating terrain in one of the club's rental carts.
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The Red Pepper is a single Italian eatery with rich roots. The owner first learned the ropes of the restaurant business at his grandmother's Italian restaurant in Rochester, New York. As he developed his skills, he and his family began opening their own eateries across the country, each time granting the locals with their own Italian cuisine. Eventually, the family settled in Summerville and The Red Pepper was born. There, red umbrellas and baskets of flowers dot an outdoor patio, drawing diners into the fresh air for alfresco meals composed of classic Italian cuisine including pizza, panini, and cold and hot hoagies. In the kitchen, chefs craft savories from ingredients such as tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella. The dinner menu abounds with seafood and pasta dishes, and for dessert, the owner’s wife handcrafts treats from Old-World recipes his family has cherished for generations.
The faculty of local artists at Wine and Design in West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant helps students create works of art in a social, supportive setting with lessons designed for people with no artistic experience. After uncorking bottles of wine and kegs of paint, budding artists spend two hours imitating pros stroke for stroke as they transform canvases into paintings of colorful landscapes and vibrant still lifes. Guests of any experience level are welcome and Wine and Design provides all necessary materials, including paint, brushes, and corkscrews.
In addition to regular classes, Wine and Design offers private parties and Art Buzz summer camp for kids at both Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley. In an effort to paint it forward (Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley), they also donate funds to causes, such as Relay For Life and the MUSC Children's Hospital.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
With encouraging personal trainers and a cornucopia of cardio and strength equipment, Anytime Fitness of Ladson arms members with a lethal weapon in the battle against flab. Modern and hygienic workout machines fill the gym’s airy space, and members can easily shift their focus from free weights to cross trainers depending on their muscle-toning mood (a $65 value for one-month membership). After an initial consultation, two sessions with a personal trainer well versed in fitness and Sweatin' to the Oldies exercise tapes will assist members in developing healthful and effective workout habits (a $70 value/session). Treadmills and cardio machines are equipped with televisions, and personal amenities include private restrooms and sweat-purging showers. A convenient location and optional all-time access cards allow members to shed the bondage of authoritative time restraints and adopt an exercise routine that makes the most of lunch breaks and extra-motivated sleepwalking sessions.
Ladies Choice Fitness Center shapes the silhouettes of determined dames via a fully rigged gym and multitude of classes exclusively for women. The gym brims with strength and cardio accoutrement for a workout that forms curves full circle. An experienced and heedful staff is on hand to answer inquiries pertaining to all skill levels, acquaint gym rats with proper equipment, and collect jellybean jar postulations. If group energy propels your iron-pumping speedboat, Ladies Choice runs a horde of diverse pound-jettisoning classes such as kickboxing, belly dance, yoga, and Zumba. Call the fitness center for exact dates and times.