19608 Liverpool Parkway
Cornelius, NC 28031
Phone: (704) 896-0660
Fax: (704) 896-8633
Birkdale Golf Club has all the trappings of a classy golf establishment, a few miles north of Charlotte. 200 acres of lush green, designed by Arnold Palmer, await professionals and amateurs. However, tee times have to be booked 8 days in advance. Birkdale's Conference Room, Birkdale's Club Room, and Palmer Pavilion are all rentable spaces on the premises, available for business meetings, private gatherings and charity events. Arnie's Tavern, an on-site bar/restaurant caters to hungry golfers.
The Washington Redskins coach and his team organize regular racing events since 1991 to collect money for various charities. Fans can come and watch some wild action on the course as they cheer on the very professional drivers. The posh venue also features the odd workshop that educates aspiring racers on the nitty-gritties of the sport, while guiding them toward a glamorous future in motor-racing. Those interested can also run a hand over the various models of race-cars, or even hire them for a personal show! Check the website for upcoming events and other details.
For an entertaining session of golf, head to this semi-private golf course nestled in the Iredell County. The 18-hole course has been serving golfers since 1979. The beautifully landscaped greens are spotted with several trees and water hazards making the game more challenging. The club follows a dress code, so make sure you are appropriately dressed and are wearing the right shoes.
Located to the south of Iredell County, this golf course is one of the area's best-kept secrets. The course, although shorter than the average ones, offers a challenging game for all with its many water hazards and well-designed holes. The members of the Mooresville Women's Golf Association, which is a part of this club, play each Thursday from February till November. The course is open throughout the year; call or email to book your tee times.
This facility aims to help protect and conserve birds of prey, and is located inside the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, a short drive from Charlotte. It seeks to educate people about raptors, erasing misconceptions that society has towards these creatures, and tends to injured, sick and orphaned birds. Due to imprinting and contact with humans, birds at the center cannot survive in the wild. They are, therefore attached to their handlers, and pose no threat to visitors. For volunteering opportunities and other information, check the website.
18 holes and 7,000 yards of rolling greens await you at this challenging venue, called “Charlotte's Crown Jewel." Tall trees and curving water hazards pose some of the toughest obstacles; hence the venue is a favorite with those who like to test their skills across the beautiful lake. Open to both men and women, the course has a 15,000 square foot clubhouse with separate lockers and a practice range, a putting green and a grassy driving range for amateurs. The course is open through the week, though tee slots need to be booked for a fee.
Ribbon Walk is a great place for anyone seeking quiet outdoor activities in the midst of the big city. There is plenty of room in the 140 acre park for you to enjoy picnics or hikes in the unspoiled forest. The newly-built educational center has lots of family-friendly activities to teach children about wildlife and conservation. Also, it is a short walk to the city center, so you can enjoy an evening out on the town after your excursion in the park.
Wanna be the next Ayrton Senna or Michael Schumacher? Here's where you get a taste of the thrills behind the wheel of a snazzy race car. The school offers lessons for a fee; amateurs and pro drivers get to blaze the courses in their own styles. Friends and family get to view the action from the side-tracks, as professional instructors show you the ropes. Check the website for age, weight and height specifications, rates and class schedules. Then, slip into some casual gear, down a light meal and let the speed demon emerge! Call +1 877 453 3324 (Toll Free).
These botanical gardens are run by the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus and are comprised of three separate sites- the Van Landingham Glen, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the McMillan Greenhouse. There is a wide variety of plants among the gardens, including rhododendrons, native Carolina flora, orchids, desert succulents, and carnivorous pitcher plant hybrids. There are also many walking paths and interesting landscape architecture displays to please the eye. The park is open daily and features an ever-changing collection that varies depending on the time of year, so be sure to check the website for updates.
This country club is located around 18 miles from Concord. Practicing on its 18-hole course is a nice way to improve your golfing skills. Six hard-surface courts and four Har Tru courts provide the training grounds for a USTA team—they ought to be good enough for you too! A swimming pool with a wading area is especially nice for children. A country house with several dining options and a pleasant garden help you relax when you visit with your family. Tennis training clinics and the "Summer Swim Team Program" are an added bonus. Please check the website for additional information.
Contact Southern Breezes for a charming tour of Charlotte city. Enjoy the famed Southern hospitality as you travel around the area in enchanting horse drawn carriages. Visitors can have a look at churches, galleries, cafes, hotels and other attractions at their own pace. With a pick up from anywhere you choose, these tours cannot be more convenient or more fun! Check the website for details.
Even after having done whitewater rafting, kayaking, flat-water paddling, hiking, climbing, or biking at Charlotte's National Whitewater Center, you'll want to do more and more. Keep in mind that all of these activities require you to be physically fit, and also that your activities here help contribute to the preservation of the Catawba River and its natural surroundings.