Nine holes fill the par 35 course at Peachtree Hills Country Club, their undulating fairways and bunkers surrounded by natural pine. From the back tees, the holes total 2,718 yards in length, challenging golfers to master the timeless art of racing a cart to the end in under two minutes.
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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Spring Bank Equestrian Center is an equine playland equipped with pristine facilities including a 17-stall barn, a jumping ring, and a lighted, covered arena. Throughout the year, head trainer Cynthia Cooke uses her well-appointed stomping grounds for instructing students on proper riding technique, a life calling that won her the East Coast Trainer of the Year award in 2010.
Course architect David Postlethwait designed the dramatic fairways of the course at Riverwood Golf Club to reward both distance and accuracy. Nestled alongside the Neuse River, the course’s Bermuda grass fairways lead to newly renovated bentgrass greens, and golfers aim away from two ponds, a smattering of water hazards, and the ball-hungry salamanders that lurk in sand bunkers. The 27-hole complex has served as the host course for a handful of tournaments, including the 1999 National Junior Golf Championship and the Annual Riverwood Amateur. Before hitting the fairways, players can warm up at one of the driving range’s 36 hitting stations.
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At Countyline Equestrian Center, owner and lifelong rider Rebecca Rainey is proud to maintain what she calls a "little barn" atmosphere. That intimate atmosphere stems partly from the fact that Countyline Equestrian Center is a working farm—Ms. Rainey breeds horses there, the show horses live there, and it's not unusual to see chickens pecking the dust looking for pieces of fallen sky. But it's also due to their approach to riding lessons, which are personalized to suit each rider's goals and abilities.
Long before new riders take to the saddle, Countyline Equestrian Center's instructors help them feel at ease around the horses. When students feel ready, instructors help them climb aboard gentle steeds to trot around the 60-square-foot arena, then eventually bring them into the larger footed ring. Taking it slow ensures that each rider feels comfortable holding the reins, whether it's for a short ride around the barn or to compete nationally with the center's show team.
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.