7926 Forest Pine Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
Phone: (704) 521-3232
Fax: (704) 521-3226
If you are all thumbs when it comes to holding a club, don't worry too much. Hone your skills at this facility, which includes a top notch practice center, eight target greens and artificial tees that can be played in all kinds of weather. Classes are held on a regular basis and can go on for as long as six months to a year; find a schedule that suits you best. If your kids show some potential in the sport, bring them along too—special classes are also conducted for those between five and 17 years of age. Check the website for more details.
There's no way you can get bored at the 105-acre Carowinds, whatever age group you belong to. This amusement park has it all, from 60 rides like Nickelodeon Central and Vortex, to events and live shows. Also part of the Carowinds is the Boomerang Bay Waterpark Resort and the famous "Scarowinds" event. Accommodation, too, is not a problem, as you and your family can just camp out in the fully equipped 25-acre Camp Wilderness Resort. Spend a day of absolute fun, frolic, thrills and maybe even some chills! Check the website for further information.
Crystal Creek opened in the year 1971 and has since been a favorite destination of Charlotte's golfers. With its 18-hole green and long tee, this course is for the serious golfer. Unlike other golf clubs, which devise several gimmicks to attract clientele, it promotes the game in its actual sense. The reasonable rates are an added bonus.
The 'Quail Hollow Club' was founded by James J. Harris on the 13th of April 1959. This 18 hole golf course covers 7,114 yards of golf for the longest tees at a par of 72. This brilliantly designed course captures the Piedmont region with its amazing beauty. The course was designed by George W. Cobb in 1961 and has gone under a number of changes, being redesigned by Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio.
Symphony Park is a beautiful setting to enjoy free music with friends, family and loved ones. Located in South Park, this space offers a free summer concert series and a number of outdoor movies under the stars. Seating is first come first served, so be sure to arrive early if you'd like a clear view of the entertainment.
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary was designed and created by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson in 1927, encompassing almost three acres in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte. The estate includes the original house built by the couple, as well as extensive gardens which are now home to an array of flowers, local trees and birds. There are many winding paths to explore, with informational plaques lining the brick walkways. The Clarkson house is also worth a visit, as it has been renovated to replicate its original style. Also, make sure to check out the website for more information about the estate, as well as fun tips like recipes for peanut butter birdseed cakes. Guided tours for groups are available on some weekday mornings and reservations can be made by phone.
This exclusive, private country club in South Charlotte is for the whole family. The owners seem to have taken great efforts to ensure that no one feels left out. Sport lovers will love playing on the two 18-hole golf courses, trying out the Olympic-sized swimming pool and several tennis courts. Executives can cut a deal in one of the meeting rooms and families can share a jovial meal while checking out the place.
The people of Charlotte tend to agree that Freedom Park is the place to be. This 98-acre public park is a slice of nature at its best, right in the middle of the city. Complete with four baseball diamonds, two batting cages, a dozen tennis courts, four soccer fields, a basketball court, a pair of volleyball courts, a pair of playgrounds, a seven-acre lake, an amphitheater, a number of sheltered picnic areas, and miles of trails and paths, Freedom Park has something for everyone. There's even a concession stand for joggers in need of water or sun bathers in need of ice cream. Many of the picnic shelters are reservable, as are the Freedom Park Bandshell and the Mahlon Adams Pavilion, a banquet hall that seats 70 people.
Latta Park began as a real estate developer's ploy to lure the people of Charlotte out of the crowded city center and into the suburbs. Today, the South End is far from suburban, and Latta Park remains a thing of beauty. Long, narrow and green, the 31-acre park is home to a basketball court, a multi-purpose field, two softball fields, six tennis courts, a volleyball court, a six-table sheltered picnic area, a recreation center, a playground, a sprayground, and miles of trails. See website for park map and reservable facilities information. Open daily.
The Dana Rader Golf School is a training school par excellence and is a must for all those who wish to have a good hand at the game. Its on course training ground is the five star Ballantyne Resort golf course, while it also has an indoor training facility, for use during inclement weather. The school's teaching faculty and the use of the latest technological equipment has made its training module the best in the city. Call +1 877 997 2337 (Toll Free).
This country club boasts of a well-designed 71 par 18-hole golf course, featuring trees, slopes, water hazards near five holes and plenty of foliage. Golf camps for kids are also on offer here—their mettle is tested through a Junior Club Championship. The grill room, located on the premises, features some nice wines and a tasty dinner menu. If you feel that your equipment is getting a little worse for the wear, grab some clubs and appropriate golf attire from the pro shop. Unfortunately, only members and their guests can enjoy these facilities, so sign up if interested.
Though they are officially known as the "Carolina" Panthers, they play in uptown Charlotte, and it is the citizens of Charlotte in the stands cheering for them. Since their inception in 1995, the Panthers have clinched their division championship three times. They even made it to Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003, where the New England Patriots defeated them by a slim three-point margin thanks to Adam Vinatieri's infamous, last-second, 41-yard field goal. See the Panthers go for the glory at their home, Bank of America Stadium. See website for ticketing information.