Charlotte Happenings

MAY 2017

Charlotte Happenings is your monthly guide to events and things to do in and around Charlotte, NC.

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Golf doesn't always have to be about collared shirts, swanky clubhouses and the perfect back-swing; it can just be about the fun. Around Charlotte, family-friendly golf hubs are working to make that more of an everyday thing. With much success in other cities, Topgolf comes to Charlotte this summer, and its arrival is most anticipated. The high-tech 's setup offers a variety of interactive games based on shot accuracy and distance, which are measured by microchips implanted in the golf balls. The three-level venue offers 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that can hold up to six players at a time. With a full-service restaurant and bar, music, lounges and hundreds of high-definition TVs, Topgolf is both kid-friendly and adult-friendly. Of course, we'd be remiss to overlook putt- putt and mini golf, the tried-and-true family outing that sparks nostalgia in most of us. The best news? The game we all love isn't relegated to beach trips; Charlotte's got plenty of its own mini golfing outlets. Adventure Landing in Pineville falls along the traditional lines of putt-putt, with three 18- hole miniature golf courses that are sprinkled with challenging but fun obstacles, like tunnels, waterfalls and mountains. Adventure Landing also features go-kart racing, bumper boats, kiddie rides and batting cages, giving it a full-on miniature amusement park feel. Purple Planet Mini Golf in Belmont takes miniature golf to the extra-terrestrial level. Here, players don 3-D glasses in a climate- controlled, backlit arena and try to dodge targets that are both seen and unseen. While it may not be real golf, it's fun the whole family can enjoy. Other great mini golf options around the city include: Lost Duffer Miniature Golf, whose University City course replicates a 19th- century mining camp (a nod to Charlotte's gold mining history); Lake Norman Mini Golf, which even throws laser beams into the putt-putt mix; Queen's Landing mini golf in Mooresville, which boasts lakeside waterfalls, caves and a giant sandcastle; and a bevy of others. For more ways to tee off in Charlotte, visit EVENTS Charitable Golf Events Thomas Davis' Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament May 7, 2017 Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation YMCA Golfing for Good Tournament May 15, 2017 Carolina Golf Club Adventure Landing 24 MAY 2017

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