Carolinas Golf Magazine

Winter 2018

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A central location in North Carolina's Pied- mont area makes Chapel Hill a great desti- nation for a road trip. Situated midway between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Appalachian Mountains to the east, there's good golf and a small-town feel that are welcoming to visitors from throughout the Carolinas. You don't have to bleed Carolina Blue to know that the main attraction in Chapel Hill is the Univer- sity of North Carolina campus there. As one of the oldest public universities in the country and a Public Ivy, the UNC Chapel Hill campus has been graduat- ing students since the 18th century – and is the flag- ship site for a school that has grown to 17 campuses across the state. With more than 28,000 students, campus is always a buzzing place to visit. There are plenty of places to take selfies with historic landmarks at what locals sim- ply call Carolina, such as the Old Well and the Grand Wilson Library in the heart of campus. The area can be crowded during the school year and when the Tar Heels are hosting a basketball or football game, so keep an eye out for one of the six visitor parking areas as you drive through town. Of course, Chapel Hill has a fine golf pedigree that can be experienced while you're in town. A good spot for a quick round is Twin Lakes Golf Course; a fun 9-hole course just southwest of downtown that can be enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. For a more chal- lenging round, golfers should check out UNC Finley Golf Course, located just east of campus, where PGA Tour players such as Davis Love III and Mark Wilson honed their games before turning pro – and where a young basketball phenom named Michael Jordan got a taste for the sport. The course was designed by George Cobb in the 1940s, then redesigned by Tom Fazio in 1999. Today, Finley boasts five sets of tees ranging from just under 5,000 yards up to more than 7,200 from the Tar Heel tees. The course is one of Fazio's top design efforts, using the rolling terrain to craft holes that require every club in your bag. Finley's Naismith Grill is a good spot for a pre- round sandwich or post-round beverage, but save room for a trip into Chapel Hill for some real foodie delights. For breakfast, nothing beats a sandwich from Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, a classic drive-through stop on Franklin Street. For lunch, Merritt's Grill and Al's Burger Shack are both local favorites, and are known to have lines out the door at peak times. Don't be scared off – the lines move quick, and the tasty sandwiches and burgers at both restaurants are worth any wait. For a real throw- back experience, stop at Sutton's Drug Store for a clas- sic diner experience complete with a lunch counter and milkshakes. And for dinner, pull up a chair at Crook's Corner for comfort food like shrimp and grits and banana pudding. From campus and the golf course to good eats, Chapel Hill is definitely worth making the old college try for your next road trip. ■ 32 | | W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 ROA D T R I P A visit to Chapel Hill should include stops at some of the historic areas of the University of North Carolina's historic campus, as well as a round at Finley Golf Course. U GC VISIT TH CARO Take a Swing at Chapel Hill UNC Finley Golf Course can be the central focus of a visit with a small-town campus vibe BY DON JOZWIAK

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