Amid the hardwood-and-pine forest adjacent to Wiggins Mill Reservoir lie the 18 holes of Willow Springs Country Club, where golfers have tested their will and skill for nearly 100 years. A relatively flat and walkable stretch of 6,641 yards, the course challenges players with narrow, tree-bordered fairways rather than extreme swings in elevation or herds of ball-devouring mountain goats. When success on the par 71 layout proves elusive, players can enlist the constructive criticism of Class A PGA member Jimmy Gurkin, the club professional and owner since 1989.
Course at a Glance:
Capital Golf Center beckons visitors to its 20 verdant acres sprawling with hands-on, family-friendly activities. A small river populated by poker-playing otters surges through the 18-hole miniature golf course and curves around daunting sand traps, where swingers can practice their short game, launching sandy balls onto smooth greens. For more serious swinging, head to the 25 sheltered and heated hitting bays at the practice facility, which is open year-round. Those in need of back-swing advice can bone up in lessons from PGA–certified instructor Jeff Robinson, who boasts two decades of experience to assist golf scholars.
A staff of golf experts roams the grounds at 401 Par Golf Inc. ready to help beginners taking their first shot on the nine-hole par 3 course or seasoned veterans shoring up fundamentals on the lighted driving range. Head pro Mike Sullivan conducts lessons for any golfer committed to improvement, evaluating areas such as fitness, short game skills, and equipment before designing a lesson plan geared toward the player’s personal goals. Inside AA Golf Clubs, the onsite fitting and repair shop, Tom Miller fits golf clubs to each player’s body type and natural swing motion. After working up a sweat, players can head in for New Orleans-style snoballs and ice cream at Pelican’s – a better method for beating the heat than punching a thermometer.
Country Fun Park, located at Lil Black Creek Farm in Angier, N.C, offers a golf driving range and a newly opened and designed Paintball arena. The farm serves many activities which include pasture boarding for horses, horse trails for riding, guided horseback riding by the hour, and fishing.