Nestled in 200 acres of lush farmland, Bull Creek Golf and Country Club's 18-hole public course welcomes golfers with a circuit of greens thoughtfully woven into the area's existing topography. The course's open layout and generous tifton-grass fairways provide ample landing room for gargantuan drives and displaced spacecraft, provided they steer clear of the sparse streams that burble throughout the course. Bent-grass greens supply the bulk of the round’s challenge, combining slick surfaces with subtle slopes to create breaks harder to read than a dissertation written in macaroni noodles. Aside from its kempt grassy monolith, the club boasts a driving range, putting green, and pro shop for further golfletic pursuits, and its snack bar and 100-person capacity banquet facilities provide cozy venues for postround repose and replenishment.
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.
Subject to the whims of the Tar River, The River Golf and Country Club's 18-hole course guides players down a winding path with few straightaway holes within its 6,391-yard length. Ten of the holes feature a dogleg turn of some degree, from the slight bend to the left in the fairway of the 1st hole to the violent rightward turn at the 15th hole. These, coupled with the four par 3s, challenge players to swing powerfully without overshooting their targets or accidentally landing their balls in a stork's nest. Additionally, the river itself comes prominently into play on several holes, calling for fairway hops on the 1st and 10th holes and a dramatic tee shot over water on the par 3 11th.
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