No stone left unturned at Stoney Creek

          By STEVE HANF There was no debating the fact Stoney Creek Golf Club needed a facelift. The only arguments began after the $2.3-million course renovation – once membership returned following an eight-month hiatus. Kim Worrel, Stoney Creek’s general manager, recalled with a smile the heated debate one particular foursome had in the clubhouse after…

Summer Escape: Olde Mill’s generational restoration a winning combination

          By David Droschak There’s something special about a son following in his father’s footsteps, or in the case of the Maples family its love affair with a special Virginia mountain retreat that now runs three generations deep. Dan Maples remembers vividly his first job after graduating from the University of Georgia in landscape architecture,…

Unique spa adds to aura of Primland

         It’s hard to imagine that there was anything missing at Primland. The 12,000-acre property atop Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains first found acclaim as a hunting preserve, then became a must-visit for golfers when the Donald Steel-designed Highlands Course opened to rave reviews. Golf Digest rated it the “Best New Public Course in America” ($75…

Pilot Knob has mountain charm in Piedmont

                It’s close by, but far away. It’s next to a mountain, yet still in the Piedmont. It’s named a park, although really a golf course. And the sign out front says it’s private, except for Monday through Friday, when the public is welcome.        Pilot Knob Park, a mere 25 miles northwest of…

Siler City CC: Hidden gem in rural setting

         SILER CITY – When Mark and Lori Davis got ready to leave behind big-city living, their choice to settle in Siler City seemed like a no-brainer. When golfers yearn for a respite from crowded clubhouses and clogged fairways during the weekend, Siler City Country Club might just be the perfect escape as well. “I’ve…