The pine forest adjacent to Wiggins Mill Reservoir has swallowed its share of golf balls in the past century. The 18 holes of Willow Springs Country Club can be found amid the forest's trees, as can a relatively flat and walkable stretch of 6,641 yards patrolled by herds of feral golf carts. If the par 71 layout proves elusive, players can enlist the constructive criticism of Class-A PGA member Jimmy Gurkin, the club's resident professional and its owner since 1989.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Total length of 6,641 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 71 from the back tees
Course slope of 127 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
It's a golf program with a twist. Your child will not only perfect their golf skills, but they will learn important life lessons to help them succeed.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
This program is open to children 7-17 years old.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The First Tee of the Triangle was founded to teach golf and life skills to our youth in order to create a happier and healthier community.
With a practice putting green, a driving range with 33 hitting stations, and more than 250 yards of driving distance, Triangle Golf Complex offers golfers a playground upon which to improve their games, both short and long. PGA professional instructors can also assist players by analyzing their swings and giving them ways to lower their scores.