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SouthPark’s parent company is based in Southern Pines, a few miles from Pinehurst in the part of the state known as the Sandhills. Before I worked here, I’d never been. It’s not on the way to anywhere – Pinehurst is the destination.


1 - Photos, art and books about golf — like this framed picture of Arnold Palmer — are spread across developer Johnny Harris’ SouthPark office (page 118)

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am not a golfer, though I plan to start someday. The closest I’ve ever gotten to the sport was the summer after college when I worked at a country club in Burlington, Vt. (If you haven’t been to Vermont, summer there is magnificent. Unfortunately, the season only lasts a month or two – by September, you’ll be thinking about getting your snow gear ready.)

Over the last seven years, I’ve had the chance to visit the area regularly. Both Pinehurst and Southern Pines epitomize the best of small-town living: picturesque neighborhoods, darling downtowns with quaint, locally owned shops and restaurants, and plenty of cultural amenities often lacking in similar-sized towns. I also quickly learned the significance of golf to the Sandhills region. I’ll admit I was slightly baffled when, about five years ago at a holiday gathering in Pinehurst, a Donald Ross impersonator showed up as the “entertainment.” (If that name means nothing to you, Ross was a legendary Scottish golf course designer who came to Pinehurst in 1900 to develop its golf program — don’t worry, I didn’t know either.) But in researching our travel and style feature on page 126, I learned even more about the sport’s deep roots in Moore County. Pinehurst was literally built around golf. That’s why Pinehurst — the resort and community — seemed like an ideal backdrop for our style and travel feature for this golf-themed issue. And with tens of thousands of people expected to descend on Charlotte this month for the Presidents Cup, we decided it was also a perfect time to share more about the sport’s ties to the Queen City. Charlotte may not have the golf pedigree that Pinehurst has, but, as demonstrated by the enthusiasm for the Presidents Cup and the PGA Championship held here in 2017 (and set to return in 2025), we’re well on our way to becoming a significant hub for the sport. That’s thanks in large part to the Harris family, who, as contributor Ron Green Jr. writes on page 118, has had a meaningful impact on the sport since Johnny Harris’ father opened Quail Hollow in Already,1961.the Presidents Cup is breaking records for ticket sales and sponsorships, tour officials say. Perhaps its due to a pandemic-fueled boost for the sport in general — there were more rounds of golf played at U.S. courses in 2021 than at any time ever, according to Forbes. We’re a city on the rise — alongside a growing food scene, a diversifying arts community, a burgeoning soccer base and more, golf is yet another vibrant sector that is poised for growth.


3 - John Dabbs Ltd. celebrates a milestone (page 30)

4 - Behind the scenes at our Pinehurst photo shoot (page 126)

2 - Brandy, shown here with Franklin, a miniature palomino at Pinehurst Harness Track, is a sixth-generation horse handler (page 126)

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16 | SOUTHPARK 83 September ABOUT THE COVER Professional golfer Webb Simpson photographed in Charlotte by Bob Karp BLVD. 26 | style Byrdie Golf Social Wear designs golf attire for women that’s both pretty and practical. 30 | milestones Myers Park’s John Dabbs Ltd. celebrates 50 years in business. 34 | design Looking back on 10 years of the Mad About Modern home tour 40 | arts For artist Katrina Sánchez Standfield, fiber is family. 44 | arts Catching up with artist Katherine Boxall 50 | entrepreneurs Mac Brydon started Bear Food snacks to support young adults with disabilities. 54 | givers The First Tee teaches essential life skills through the game of golf. 58 | around town What’s new and coming soon in Charlotte 62 | happenings September calendar of events DEPARTMENTS 67 | creators of N.C. For Wilmington’s Honey Head Films, the feature is female. 73 | simple life Like dessert, the sweetest endings are meant to be shared. 77 | bookshelf Notable new releases 79 | well + wise Debunking the myths perpetuated by diet culture 143 | swirl Parties, galas and events around Charlotte 152 | gallery Charlie Sifford’s lasting legacy 30 34

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No handicap? No problem. You can still have a little fun hitting the ball around at one of Charlotte’s adult miniature-golf courses. Stroke Urban Golf Club ( in Plaza Midwood has a nine-hole putt-putt course with a midcentury vibe and a menu of shareable snacks and craft beverages, including zero-proof cocktails like One More Time (Ritual Tequila Alternative, spicy agave syrup, citrus and Topo Chico), pictured. Stroke is 21 and up after 7:30 p.m. The Puttery ( in South End is an adults-only venue with two bars and two ninehole courses: The Library or The Conservatory, a desert-themed course. SP


“I think that goes hand in hand with speaking to our price point — our pieces are more of an investment,” says Williams, who studied communications at UNC Greensboro. Prices range from a $95 polo to $200 or more for dresses. Shoppers also are more mindful than ever about where their clothing is made, Williams says.

As a small-batch producer, the women say it was essential that the garments be made in the United States.



“I had just moved back from New York, and we finally decided to do it together,” says Shoffner, a Charlotte native who studied fashion production at Auburn University.

Founded by Rachelle Williams and Hayden Shoffner, Byrdie focuses on creating stylish and practical women’s sportswear that can be worn to play golf or tennis, to run errands, and beyond. As the founders describe it, the dresses, polos, jumpers, skirts and more can be worn from “courses to cocktails.”

“Our whole concept is never compromising fashion for performance,” Williams says. “Guys get dressed for the day, go to work, play golf and go to dinner in the same outfit, so why can’t we do that?”

The partners work together on the design process. Williams’ background is in styling, having previously worked at Capitol,

f you’ve ever shopped for women’s sportswear, chances are you have had to settle for practical pieces over fashionable looks. What if you could have both? With Byrdie Golf Social Wear, you can.

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The two women got the idea for the brand during the pandemic, when playing golf was one of the few ways they stayed active. They started planning, and after about a year and a half, Byrdie was born.

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Byrdie has several upcoming collaborations, including two shoes with Cole Haan and a hat launching for the Presidents Cup. They also plan to launch a wholesale business. The clothing is sold on their website,, or through other online retailers like Over the Moon and The Avenue. SP Visit or follow on Instagram: @byrdiegolfsocial. Want to try something on? You can schedule an appointment at their local office — email to set up a time.

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“This brand was truly based on our grandmothers because they were so chic,” Williams says. “I was always on the golf course with [my grandmother]. And she was always there with friends, too. We want it to be this heritage brand that is dedicated to them. A lot of our branding is making golf not just a one-off activity, but building this whole lifestyle around it.”

blvd. the luxury boutique founded by Laura Vinroot Poole. Shoffner fo cuses on production. “I previously helped launch another startup in New York that was a resortwear brand, so I saw firsthand how to launch an apparel brand from the ground up,” Shoffner says. They each have their own style icons, with Williams’ being Amanda Cutter Brooks and Shoffner’s being Jackie Kennedy, but they credit their grandmothers as the main inspiration behind the designs and identity of Byrdie.

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here’s an easy banter among the four Dabbs sisters when they all get together. It’s the kind of casual talk and warm laughter that often takes place at home around the kitchen island: How was your trip? Did you talk to Mom? But for the Dabbs women, home base is equally the storefront on Providence Road that bears their father’s name. This year, the bridal and gift shop celebrates its golden anniversary on September 27. “It’s a milestone we’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” says Ginny Touma. Her sister, Boo Viser, says there was never a doubt. Their mother, Carol Dabbs, confirms it with a knowing, hearty laugh. “Oh, hell no. We work our tails off. It’s our pride and joy. We wouldn’t give it up.” They are all quick to say how proud John Dabbs would be about the success they’ve achieved since his passing in 1995. “He had great taste and was known as a gentleman,” Boo says. His silk flower arrangements were legendary around town, his daughters say, and passers-by were always drawn to his window displays. It was John who chose the chocolate brown exterior paint color (which matches the gift boxes) and logo, which are still used today.

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While much has changed in Charlotte and in the gift-shop business since 1972, the Dabbs family says customer service is still their strength, along with their shared knowledge of a finely curated inventory from top lines like Vietri, Herend, Nambe and Simon Pearce. Some families have been coming to John Dabbs Ltd. for threeThey’vegenerations.alsocome to enjoy a new customer base beyond Charlotte. One morning during the pandemic, Boo woke up to find 30 new followers on their Instagram account and new orders from California. They all wondered what happened, until they realized a New York City influencer shared their placemats on Instagram. “We went viral!” Ginny jokes, but they also learned the importance of tapping into a stronger digital presence. The conventional route is still a key to their success. Throughout the pandemic, brides were especially drawn to fine china as they wanted to have something special to set out during those days of being stuck at home, Ginny says. As people were out walking more, those window displays attracted new customers who would call and ask about a particular pattern or gift.

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Ginny Touma, Nan Loftin, Carol Dabbs, Terry Lewis and Boo Viser

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Carol, who now splits her time between Charlotte and Blowing Rock, is still very much involved in the store that she and John founded. A third generation of cousins also helps out with everything from Instagram to gift wrapping. “Everyone in the family knows the art of gift wrapping,” Ginny says. They also know the art of getting along — as a family and as business partners. Even moreso, they enjoy each other. “We have always gotten along,” Carol says. “I can’t document a time we’ve fallen out over anything.” “It sounds like it’s not true, but it is,” Ginny says with a chuckle. They work together but also take vacations and have Sunday din ners together. “We’re best friends,” Boo says. They want their customers to have that same sense of ease and comfort, whether it’s someone they’ve known for 30 years, or some one they’ve just met for the first time. For the women of John Dabbs Ltd., owning a gift shop is about delivering the whole package. SP

“Someone will ask, ‘Will you deliver this on my daughter’s birthday?’ and we’ll say, ‘Yes.’” Ginny says. Boo adds, “And it will probably be one of us delivering it!” It’s an all-hands-on-deck operation for the family and a handful of employees. They all pitch in with deliveries and minding the store, but everyone also has her own department. Ginny does monogram orders and bookkeeping. Boo handles the website. Nan Loftin manages pricing, shipping and receiving. Their sister, Terry Lewis, who lives in Raleigh, sells her handmade dogwood pottery there. Growing up, they worked at the shop (and played upstairs as youngsters) with their parents incorporating the store naturally into family life.

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Left: The Rothschild pattern by Herend will be depicted on an upcoming mural outside the store. It’s also Carol Dabbs’ favorite china pattern. Right: In the front of the store hangs a framed invitation from the grand opening in 1972, along with a photo of John and Carol Dabbs joined by family members. Below: Boo Viser shows a place setting from the table with current bridal registries.

The store will have an anniversary celebration with customers on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with champagne, sweet treats and a raffle. For store information, visit

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lean lines, open floor plans, floating staircases, oversized windows with expansive views of nature — these are a few of the hallmarks of midcentury modern homes. Unfortunately, in Charlotte, midcentury homes — ones that haven’t undergone significant modification or fallen into hopeless disrepair — have become somewhat of an endangered species. For the last 10 years, the Mad About Modern home tour has highlighted these architectural gems. Here, we share a few favorite images from the tour through the years. decade of design

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The Mad About Modern tour was started in 2011 by Historic Charlotte. These days, it’s a major fundraiser for The Charlotte Museum of History, which organizes the tour to promote historic preservation in the Queen City — where all too often shiny-and-new wins over culturally and historically relevant. Most homes on the tour were built between the 1950s and the 1970s and showcase elements representative of midcentury modern design.

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WANT TO GO? After two years as a virtual event, the tour this year returns to an in-person format, with a virtual option. On Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can tour four to six meticulously restored and maintained midcentury homes. Advance tickets are $30; day-of tickets are $35. Admission includes access to all the homes on the tour (locations were still being finalized at press time) and a Mod Experience celebration, including an architect talk, at The Charlotte Museum of History on Thursday, Sept. 22. To purchase tickets and for more information visit SP


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by Grant Alexander Katrina Sánchez Standfield has not changed much from the young child who cruised around her neighborhood on a bike, tossing out paintings like a paperboy. Today, she has traded the paintbrush for yarn but still tries to connect with anyone and everyone she can through her vibrant, exuberant art. Standfield is a Panamanian American fiber artist based in Charlotte. Born in Panama, her life then scattered itself across the South during childhood. While an art student at UNC Charlotte, Standfield stumbled across the Fibers department and swiftly decided to switch her focus from painting to textiles. After graduating, she was a seamstress for a couple of years until fully committing to an art career in 2019, when she began a residency at Goodyear Arts.



For Standfield, fiber art is family. In all of her years in different places, she struggled to find a home, but never stopped crocheting and knitting as her mom taught her when she was 10. “It reminds me of my safe place, back in Panama. That is where I am always happy,” Standfield says. “The colors of the rainforest always look just like the textiles my grandmother would make to decorate her house. After moving around for so long, I had found home in my matriarchs’ traditions.”

In addition to family, Standfield derives inspiration for her art from her Panamanian heritage. She hopes to honor the indigenous peoples of Panama, whose textured molas decorate the local markets blvd.


“I was going into the [Goodyear Arts] residency processing that, as well as being tired and exhausted. I let myself do mending work for it, which is something I had been wanting to do but never did. I have always talked about that work being caring for others, because you are restoring and making something new out of people’s items. It was more about not pointing out what’s wrong but instead making a space for healing, which is what I personally needed at that time.”


Standfield believes this perspective is often stifled by an antiquated and often alienating European art narrative. Her art aims to show people that creating textiles is more than just a hobby or cultural practice: Textiles can be fine art and styled after indigenous practices at the same time.

By allowing herself to respond to her trauma in a healing way and create a space where people could receive joy from her efforts, Standfield felt as if she was doing the most liberating and restorative work“Aspossible.acollege community, I thought we all needed it, and today as a nation, I believe people are longing for much of the same,” she says. SP

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Standfield makes an active effort to display her art in galleries as well as accessible, street platforms. With the help from the nonprofit ArtPop, her works have been displayed on murals, big screens and billboards. Locally, her works have been shown at SOCO Gallery and The Mint Museum. Currently, her piece titled “An Earnest Place to Find Felicidad” is on view at Mint Museum Randolph in conjunction with the Diedrick Brackens: Art of Bulrushes exhibition. Standfield has recently taken an interest in making her art interactive and large scale. In doing so, she has witnessed the positive effects of awakening the viewers’ “inner child.” Viewing art fosters empathy by granting outsiders a glance into someone else’s reality. But, when viewers can become collaborators by intimately engaging with the art, Standfield believes a deeper connection is formed.

Standfield was on campus in 2019, when a shooting occurred that killed two UNC Charlotte students and injured four others. She remembers hiding for hours in a building just steps away from where the tragedy took place. As she hid, she listened to the gut-wrenching cries of a girl who had been in a shooting before.


“I hate when people box in art, because art has no walls,” the artist says. “Anyone can make art that belongs in a museum or on a mural. Both are beautiful and take finesse. I tell people that all the time. It is in our bones; we only need to tap into it and let it flow out.”

“Art is a reflection of what’s around us, whether it’s imagery of nature or the human form,” Standfield says. “I feel like in a way, when you physically create something, that is a reflection — whether it’s abstracted or not, you are creating something based in reality. It’s a validation of your existence. In the end, you can’t really separate life and the world and politics and things from your existence and the things that you make. So you may as well express yourself freely. It will lead to the most authenticity.”

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At the genesis of her career, most of Standfield’s art incorpo rated deliberate political sentiments. As she progressed, she began to embrace the power of making art without an organized plan or predisposed meaning. She indulged herself, making art purely based on feelings and emotions, and found freedom.

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Artist Katherine Boxall returns to Charlotte this month for her second solo exhibition with Jerald Melberg Gallery. The show, which gallery owner Melberg titled Intelligent Abstraction II, features 20 new paintings by the Canada-born artist. We checked in with Boxall to find out what she’s been doing since moving to Austin, Texas, last year and what to expect in the new exhibition. Comments have been edited for length.

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HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED SINCE WE LAST SPOKE NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO? After the closing of my first solo exhibition at Jerald Melberg Gallery in spring 2021, my fiancé (now husband) Austin and I moved to Austin, Texas, in order for him to pursue new work opportunities. In 2018, his work brought us to Charlotte from Austin, so even though it was a return “home” for him, it was difficult for me to say goodbye to the Queen City I’d fallen in love with over the years. It was especially emotional for me to say goodbye to my Wilkinson Boulevard studio, because it was my first studio since graduating with my MFA (at San Francisco Art Institute) and where I got my start as a workingManyartist.moving boxes later, we drove our trucks over two days (towed Jet Ski included) to Texas — with a stop at Waffle House along the way. We finally found the warehouse studio space of my dreams in a rural area up north [of Austin] and, as I sit here now, I can hear the neighbor’s rooster crow.

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When we got back from Canada, an invitation from two friends in Denver to celebrate New Year’s Eve together spiraled into our next road trip, and what would be my next voyage of inspiration. Together we drove across Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico.

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At the same time, over the past two years I have been infatuated with images and articles concerning space travel and photography. I had already been dreaming about how color beyond Earth might look and feel, but the recent infrared photos (from the James Webb Space Telescope) have really knocked my socks off. So you might find that some of my painting titles reference my cosmic and intergalactic interest.

There are so many aspects of Charlotte I miss but, if I had to make a shortlist, it would be our friends, the trees and my daily drive home from the studio, where I would witness spectacular sunsets over the city skyline. A trip back to Charlotte is simply not complete without a tiramisu from Villani’s Bakery, an order of Bossy Bites and fries from Bossy Beulah’s, the lemongrass chicken from Lang Van, and a cocktail (or two…lol) from The Crunkleton. SP Intelligent Abstraction II will be on view at Jerald Melberg Gallery Sept. 17 - Oct. 22. An opening reception will be held Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m. Boxall will discuss her work and process in a “Coffee at Conversation” event at the gallery on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.


We spent our days riding mountains and playing with our dog, Sophie, in the snow. This exhibition takes tremendous inspiration from this trip through color, texture and mood. Many of these states I had never traveled to, so the experiences and emotions we shared exploring came home to the studio and the paintings.

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Bear Food sources peanuts from eastern Virginia and pecans from Georgia. Varieties include jalapeño, Cajun spice and honey-roasted.

Beyond just working with the brother he adores, Bear Food also partners with Rainbow Express Ministries to support people with

Bear Mix — a sweet and spicy mix of cheddar sticks, sesame sticks and assorted nuts — and Dill Pickle peanuts are bestsellers.


Now 24 and a college graduate, Brydon runs the business full time with the help of his dad and his older brother Miller, who has Down“Whensyndrome.Istarted the business, Miller had just graduated high school and I always thought, ‘What is he gonna do?’ I wanted to build a company that helped adults with special needs [develop] some skills and experience what it’s like to be working for a company.”


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ac Brydon went to Mercer University on a basketball scholarship, but after two years he realized he didn’t want to play anymore. The only problem? He’d have to find a way to pay for tuition at the private school in Macon, Ga., without the scholarship. “I grew up helping my mom when she used to sell Virginia peanuts, and I thought this was something I could do,” BrydonBrydonsays.came up with the name Bear Food, a nod to his beloved school’s mascot. He designed a label, drafted a business plan and set out to sell gourmet peanuts to corporate customers looking for client gifts. “All of a sudden I had a brand, and after the first year, I was like, this could help pay for school,” he says. Bear Food sales reached $40,000 in the first year. “That’s how I stayed in school, and then my senior year I won a scholarship for being an entrepreneur, and that was $20,000 towards school,” says Brydon, who attended Carmel Christian School in Matthews.

Four years in, he’s hoping to hit a million dollars in sales this year. “We have 15 different products now. It’s kind of crazy to see where we were after that first winter, when I would get excited with a shipment that had 20 boxes. Now, we have pallets coming in all the time.”

American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection is generously presented in Charlotte by PNC Bank. Additional generous support is provided by The Dowd Foundation, Windgate Foundation, and U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. The national tour of American Made is made possible by Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Schoelkopf Gallery, and Sotheby’s. The Mint Museum is supported, in part, by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors. IMAGE: Charles Ethan Porter (1847-1923). Sunflowers (detail), circa 1880s, oil on linen canvas. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation.

September 10–December 24, 2022 Mint Museum Uptown More than 100 paintings and sculptures presenting two centuries of American creativity, from elegant portraits and striking landscapes to fascinating scenes of everyday life.

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SOUTHPARK blvd. | entrepreneurs special needs. “Miller has been with them for seven years. We’ll bring 20 cases of peanuts every Tuesday for “Bear Food day,” and we try to create the experience of working in the community for them.” Bear Food also donates a portion of proceeds to the ministry. “It’s amazing. It’s a great feeling to be able to make sure my brother has a job. I don’t want to take too much credit. I’ve grown up in the special-needs community. I worked at camps — it’s always been a part of my life. Somehow, I knew I was going to be with him, and I wanted to create that experience with him. That’s the neatest thing about the business.” The nuts and snack mixes are now sold in 200 stores in 35 states. Bear Food recently expanded its Matthews office, but Brydon says he wants to grow the business even more. “I’d love to be in 300 or 350 stores, and I want to grow online sales to be our biggest revenue stream,” Brydon says. “I’m not satisfied — I never am! I’m always looking to the future and different ways to grow. We’ve doubled or tripled sales every year since we started the company, and I want it to keep going.” SP Bear Food is sold online at, with pickup available at its Matthews office. Bear Food products are also sold at Charlotte’s, Pour Olive, Reid’s Fine Foods, The GoodNews Shop, The Social Shop, Eliza B’s, Abode, Moxie Mercantile, CLT Find, Swoozie’s, Bird House on the Greenway, and Woo Skincare and Cosmetics.

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ayden Law first got involved in First Tee in the sixth grade, when his grandmother sent him to a summer camp that worked with the nonprofit. “She always told me golf was a rich man’s sport, and she wanted me to try it,” says Law, now 17. “I had no interest in golf, but now I really like it.”

Harold Varner III is on the board of direc tors at First Tee Greater Charlotte. “The First Tee means a lot, because it just allows kids to get around the game,” says Varner, who grew up in Gastonia and played golf at East Carolina University. “I am a believer in access, so I focus on those parts ... the parts where they interact with their peers or elders on the course in order to better prep them for life. It takes a village to

There are 150 First Tee chapters around the world, and Charlotte’s is among the largest. More than 135,000 kids participate each year through three different programs. The First Tee golf program takes place on a handful of golf courses across Mecklenburg County. The nonprofit is also part of the PE curriculum in most local elementary and middle schools, and the group partners with other community organizations like the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs to offer kids in those settings the First Tee experience. In addition to getting a set of clubs, many of the kids are given scholarships to attend the camps and otherProfessionalprograms.golfer


First Tee gave Law his first set of clubs, and he’s been playing ever since. But even this high school senior will tell you, the nonprofit is about far more than just the sport of golf.



“They teach you how to play golf, but they really stress life skills and nine core values that help you with all aspects of life.” The core values are sportsmanship, courtesy, respect, perseverance, confidence, judgment, honesty, integrity and


“We use the game of golf to teach life skills and character development,” says Daniel Fogarty, executive director of First Tee Greater Charlotte. “We work to make sure we’re creating good people. We don’t need more golfers in the world, but we do need better people — and that’s what we focus on, using the game of golf to make it happen.”

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56 | SOUTHPARK blvd. | givers raise a kid, and I’d say the First Tee gives the kids that kind of love and support.” This year, because Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club is hosting the Presidents Cup, First Tee kids will get to take part in some unique experiences. Myers Park Country Club will host the Junior Presidents Cup the week before the tournament, and First Tee participants will be spectators and standard bearers for the collegiate golfers competing in the inaugural Charlie Sifford Centennial Cup. The Aug. 29 event showcases men’s golf programs from six Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“It’s helped me grow as a person and in other aspects of my life,” Law says of First Tee. “At school with friends and when I meet adults or other people, it’s helped me network, and I always use those core values. I keep trying no matter what — so I can do what I need to to be successful.” Varner III takes a village to raise a kid, and I'd say the First Tee gives the kids that kind of love and support.”

“The thing I love about First Tee is the way we’re positioned to deal with so many of the issues our city is facing,” Fogarty says. “We have every socioeconomic class, racial diversity and gender diversity, and the kids are building relationships based on respect and honesty and sportsmanship. I watch friendships form that become life-changing friendships.” Law says it’s also helped put him on a specific path for the future. He wants to study business administration in college and plans to work in sports marketing and philanthropy.

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New in Cotswold is  Piada Italian Street Food, an Ohio-based fast-casual chain with 45 locations. The brand was inspired by family-run street vendors in Rimini, Italy. Piada serves made-to-order wraps, salads and pastas. A second Charlotte location will open later this year in the University area. Piada is open daily from 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m.  Americana Beer Company, a small-batch brewery, opened in Monroe. Co-founded by Zach Hinschberger, Alec Barnes and Darren Tucker, Americana is Monroe’s second craft brewery. The menu features signature beers created by head brewer Tucker, hard ciders, guest beers, wine and nonalcoholic drinks. Americana is located at 222 North Main St. in Monroe.  Cheat’s Cheesesteak Parlor opened in Chantilly. Cheat’s, which serves Cheez Whiz cheesesteaks and hoagies on Liscio’s rolls, started in late 2020 as a popup founded by partners Ryan Hart, Greg Balch and Hannah Smith. Cheat’s is open daily from noon-8:00 p.m. at 913 Pecan Ave.  Little Mama’s Italian Kitchen will open a second location in Rea Farms. The new restaurant will be 4,600 square feet with indoor and outdoor seating for 200. It’s expected to open sometime in 2023.

Piada Italian Street Food season-ale Believe it or not, PSL season is here — and we don’t mean just coffee. Sycamore Brewing has brought back its Pumpkin Latte Blonde, available in cans at local retailers. “Pumpkin Latte Blonde is like a pumpkin spice latte in beer form,” says Sarah Taylor Brigham, co-owner of Sycamore, which recently overtook Olde Mecklenburg Brewery as Charlotte’s top beer producer. The ale is made with house-roasted cold brew coffee, pumpkin-pie spices and vanilla, with dark chocolate and berry notes. Sycamore plans to open its new South End taproom this fall.

closing  Soul Gastrolounge and Sister, the PlazaMidwood restaurants owned by Andy and Lesa Kastanas, have closed due to rising rent costs, the owners said. The couple plans to reopen Soul at a yet-to-be-announced location.  Twenty Degrees Chocolates, which launched inside Petit Philippe wine store on Selwyn Avenue, has closed after 12 years. Owner Casey Hickey plans to spend more time with family. The chocolate shop’s South End location will become an outpost for Petit Philippe. Hickey and her husband and business partner Mark Meissner still plan to expand Petit Philippe at building4,960-square-footaonParkRoad.

58 | SOUTHPARK now open  Leo’s Italian Social opened at Piedmont Town Center in the space that previously housed Brio. The restaurant, which has two other locations in Ohio, serves Italian comfort food and woodfired pizzas in an upscale casual setting.


Mama Ricotta’s turns 30

In August, Charlotte institution Mama Ricotta’s celebrated three decades in business. Owner Frank Scibelli opened the restaurant in 1992, serving traditional Italian food that reminded him of his childhood. (The Penne alla Vodka has become a Queen City classic.) “It has been a team effort from hundreds of people over the years, but one dish at a time, it’s our pleasure to continue a rich tradition of quality, creativity and warm hospitali ty,” Scibelli says. Mama’s menu of piz zas and classic pasta dishes has made it one of the city’s longest-running — and most beloved — restaurants for family dinners, date nights and special occasions. Mama Ricotta’s is located at 601 S. Kings Dr. SP

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golfers from around the world in a match-play competition. Spectators can expect Charlottecentric food and beverage vendors and unique viewing experiences. Ticket options and prices vary. Par-Tee and Fall Shopping Stroll at Phillips Place Sept. 22 | 3-7 p.m. Celebrate the Presidents Cup with a shopping event featuring special promotions, live music and golf-themed activities. phillips No Filter Coffee Festival at Camp North End Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sip on unlimited samples from more than three dozen coffee roasters and tea compa nies from across the Southeast. Live music, limited-release items by exhibitors and lots of coffee talk are sure to give you a buzz. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $25 for afternoon entry and $45 for VIP early entry.

Around the Crown 10K Sept. 4

Charlotte International Arts Festival Presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts Sept. 16-Oct. 2 This family-friendly festival takes place across the Charlotte area, from uptown to Ballantyne, with immersive installations and performances by artists from around the globe. There will be plenty of work by local artists, too. Most of the happenings are free, some are ticketed. Flow Fest at the U.S. National Whitewater Center Sept. 17 Find your center at this mindfulness expe rience featuring yoga classes and workshops. You can also enjoy nature hikes, live music, a kombucha market and a vendor village. Free to attend but registration is required; parking is $6. 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club Sept. 20-25 This prestigious event will bring together

CLT International Arts Festival

Experience stunning skyline views with a run around the streets of uptown and the 3-mile inner loop of Interstate 277. Stay for the post-race finish festival at Truist Field, with fun for the whole family. Proceeds benefit Partners for Parks. Registration costs vary by sign-up option. Yiasou Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Sept. 9-11 Charlotte’s annual Greek festival returns with Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine, live entertainment, wine tastings, art, shopping and more. Admission is $5, free for kids under 12. Outlaw Music Festival at PNC Music Pavilion Sept. 10 On the road again, Willie Nelson is joined by a rotating lineup of family and friends for an eclectic performance including appearanc es by Billy Strings, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and others. Ticket prices vary. Charlotte Fashion Week at SouthPark Mall Sept. 13-17 Kicking off with a cocktail party and runway show, this five-day event showcases emerging designers and local talent. Ticket prices vary. Festival in the Park Sept. 16-18 The 58th annual festival returns to Freedom Park with an art walk, performanc es, food vendors and more. Free to attend.

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Dukes Mayo Classic: North Carolina A&T vs N.C. Central University at Bank of America Stadium Sept. 3 | 7:30 p.m. One of North Carolina’s oldest football rival ries comes to the Queen City. The Aggie-Eagle Classic will celebrate its 100th anniversary with step shows, concerts and the big game. Ticket prices vary. event/

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Tribute

Concert at Anne Springs Close Greenway Sept. 25 | 2-4 p.m. This free community concert commem orates the legacy of Greenway founder Anne Springs Close, who passed away in August 2021 at 95. Bring a blanket or chair; beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free.

Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Sept. 25 | 4-7 p.m.

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Potters Market at the Mint at Mint Museum Randolph Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Peruse one-of-a-kind ceramic creations at this one-day sale featuring works by North Carolina potters. Visit with the artists, listen to live blue grass music, relax in the beer garden and tour the museum’s galleries. General admission tickets are $20. 2730 Randolph Rd.; pottersmar—compiledby Amanda Lea Scan the QR code on your mobile device to view our online events calendar — updated weekly — at



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HIGHLANDS FOOD & WINE Highlands Nov. 10-13

Old Crow Medicine Show, Durand Jones & The Indications and The California Honeydrops are among the performers at this year’s four-day festival, which includes tastings, a food truck rally, wine dinners and more.

American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection at Mint Museum Uptown Sept. 10-Dec. 24 This exclusive exhibit features more than 100 paintings and sculp tures. The exhibition spans from Colonial-era portraits to mid-19th century landscapes, along with still life and genre scenes. 500 S. Tryon St.; Susan Brenner: Everything Will Be Fine at Elder Gallery Sept.15- Nov. 19 A study on how beauty can be found amid society’s never-ending quest for accumulation. 229 S Brevard St.;

Now in its sixth year, the celebration of food, wine and music is always a sellout, and the 2022 festival is no exception. This year, the festival has partnered with Lyte, a ticket exchange platform like StubHub, offering procrastinators another option to score tickets.

Euphoria festival

Oct. 13-16

64 | SOUTHPARK blvd. | calendar Presented by Piedmont Culinary Guild and the Center for Environmental Systems, this sustainable food awareness event features live music and dishes crafted by more than 30 Charlotte-area chefs. Tickets are $110 for general admission. FORK Cancer at Project 658 Sept. 29 | 6-11 p.m. The inaugural FORK Cancer event is presented by Food & Beverage Social Club and Forever Oceans. Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by eight Charlotte chefs, plus signature cocktails, dancing and more. Event proceeds will go to four local cancer nonprofits. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,200 for a table for 8.

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Katherine Boxall: Intelligent Abstraction II at Jerald Melberg Gallery Sept. 17-Oct. 22 Boxall’s second solo exhibition at the gallery features 20 new works by the abstract artist. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd.;

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Turks & Caicos

This four-day celebration of cuisine, wine and whiskey returns for the first time since 2019. Events include a champagne brunch on the private island of Parrot Cay, a cigar and whiskey mixology session at the new Rock House cliffside resort, and a Caribbean-Indian dining experience at Grace Bay Club’s Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar. Asheville chef Meherwan Irani (of Chai Pani and Optimist Hall’s Botiwalla) will lead a seminar on food trends.

This four-day festival of tastings, demos, wine seminars and live music kicks off with a multicourse wine dinner with Greenville native Tyler Florence. Participating chefs mostly hail from South Carolina’s upstate and low country regions, but some local talent will be on hand, including 300 East Culinary Director Ashley Boyd, Goodyear House Executive Chef Chris Coleman and Garren Kirkman, co-founder of Jon G’s Barbecue in Peachland. Ticket prices vary. euphoria

Plan your getaway at NOV. 19 - 20 Craftsmen’sPiedmontFair SEPT. 9 - 11 Gears & Guitars Music Festival SEPT. 22 - 25 B kmarks Festival of B ks and Au s Relaxation and adventure, your getaway is ready. Whether savoring eclectic dishes at our 100+ downtown eateries, exploring historic homes-turned-art museums, creating your own Cra Dra Crawl, strolling through lush heirloom gardens, exploring our great “art”doors, or sampling award-winning wines from our 45+ nearby wineries, you’ll look forward to traveling back to Winston-Salem. Art Aficionados, M t Your Muse

THE FUTURE MIGHT BE, TOO. by Wiley Cash | photographs by Mallory Cash Erika Arlee and Kristi Ray

Regardless of whether they were handling stuffed animals while shouldering boxy VHS cameras or perusing thrift stores to outfit a cousin for a homemade play, both Erika and Kristi can trace their creative drive to those early days as girls who were desperate to see their dramatic visions come to life on the stage and screen. That energy, which is apparent to anyone who spends any amount of time with these two women, combined and gathered force to create A Song for Imogene, the first feature-length film by Honey Head. While Erika and Kristi’s paths to filmmaking seem preordained, their path to one another was a little less certain. feature is female


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For Kristi, who grew up in rural eastern North Carolina near New Bern, her first on-set experiences also took place at home, and included casting, producing and directing her older sister and cousin in back porch performances of Beauty and the Beast, Grease! and other movies that had left their mark. “I was always the director and the producer and the costumer,” she says. “And I would cast my cousin and my sister in the lead roles to get them to participate, and then I would play every other character that no one wanted to play.”

rika Arlee and Kristi Ray, co-founders of Wilmington’s Honey Head Films, grew up on sets. For Erika, one of her first on-set experiences was as a child growing up in Chapel Hill during the making of Attack of the Killer Dog, which she wrote, directed and co-starred in with her sister and one of their friends. Recalling the intensity of her childhood fascination with film, Erika says, “I wanted to make movies, and I wanted to hold the camera so badly.” Her early special effects included a plush stuffed animal dog that was tossed at the actors from offscreen so they could be, in fact, attacked by a killer dog.

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After growing up in Chapel Hill, Erika attended the University of North Carolina, double majoring in English and dramatic arts with a minor in creative writing. Although she’d always been drawn to film, it didn’t seem like something that was accessible on campus or in town, but Erika had seen Broadway productions, so she threw herself into acting and dance, thinking those outlets might be the only way for a Southern kid from a small town to find the stage. She never lost her interest in film or her desire to hold the camera, however, and by 2014 she was living in Wilmington, auditioning across the Southeast and working behind the camera with local writers and producers. Unlike Erika, who headed east to Wilmington after college, as a 17-year-old Kristi went west to Los Angeles to pursue acting after high school. “I probably ran out of money like a year into my journey there,” she says. “I came back to North Carolina and auditioned for a feature film that was being produced in the Triangle, and I got cast in the lead role.” Kristi’s skill and performance as a waitress named Charlotte in Pieces of Talent were noticed, and she was soon offered a scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. As much as she benefited from her education, Kristi found that the atmosphere in New York wasn’t as supportive as the film community in North Carolina, so she came home and settled in Wilmington. On the set of A Song for Imogene I don’t know how many successful relationships, business or otherwise, begin on Craigslist, but this one did. Erika had joined with a local actor to write and shoot a horror film that featured a number of their friends. They needed a female lead, so she posted a call on Craigslist, which Kristi happened to find and answer. Their bond was almost immediate. Soon, the two women were filming one another for audition reels, reading scripts together, and sorting through what seemed to be a shrinking market of opportunity for young women in the film world.

The two women who had come up through the ranks while shooting one another’s audition tapes are now at the helm of a feature film that’s in post-production and positioned to go out on the international film festival circuit. The relationship they’d built during their formative years, and through the experience of writing and shooting commercial work, had created a foundation that now guided them.

“This was the time when Winter’s Bone almost won an Oscar, and there were a lot of really cool roles out there, they just weren’t around the Southeast, and they weren’t being offered to blonde girls who looked anything like us,” Kristi says. “We wanted to prove that we could play someone who wasn’t just a cute little girl at the mall.”

“Erika’s an incredible director. She was the first female director I’d ever worked with, so there’s this huge trust that I’ve always had,” Kristi says. “And her writing is really good, so it’s hard to do it poorly.”Thecrew for A Song for Imogene was 70% female, including eight female interns from university film programs around the East

Erika wrote a short film about two sisters called Lorelei that was written specifically for her and Kristi so they could reach toward what they knew was the full range of their abilities. The story of two women settling their mother’s estate in rural North Carolina eventually served as the backstory for A Song for Imogene, which stars Kristi and was directed by Erika.

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Two hours of exploring the quiet abbey ruins followed by a plow-

Unfortunately, in the hours before we set off, the world still seemed very much with us. News reports of transportation strikes and acute shortages of workers described travelers stranded at airports and train stations amid thousands of pieces of lost or unclaimed luggage. Queues were said to be hours long at London Heathrow, the epicenter of traveler chaos. To add to the fun, Boris Johnson’s abrupt fall from grace had unleashed the usual jamboree of warring cabinet ministers eager to take possession of 10 Downing St. Meanwhile, weather forecasters were warning of the deadliest heat wave to hit Britain since medieval times.


henever our friend Joe comes to supper, he helps himself to a slice of my wife’s carrot cake before we all sit down to the meal. His philosophy, simple and sweet, is “Life’s short. Better eat dessert first.” Sometimes, though, the best things come later in life.

by Jim Dodson

Remarkably — I’m not sure how — we managed to escape the madness, with luggage, golf clubs and most of our dignity still intact, speeding on to the gorgeous Welsh countryside in a zippy eco-rental car.

More than a year ago, mired in a world shut down by Covid, I proposed to my wife that we take our far-flung American clan to Scotland to celebrate her birthday and the playing of the 150th British Open Championship. It would be our first family summer vacation in more than half a dozen years. As is always the case in revolutions and family vacations, success lies in careful planning. With grown children and two sets of parents converging from compass points as disparate as Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey and North Carolina, it took no small amount of coordination to finalize a game plan. Fortunately, I am married to a woman who could organize a convention of drunken anarchists. With her usual efficiency, Dame Wendy promptly arranged flights, secured tournament tickets, parking passes and rental cars, and booked a dwelling in the East Lothian village of North Berwick, a place I’ve returned to many times since the early 1980s. Though I’d been to St Andrews often in my long golf-writing career, the chance to attend the oldest golf championship in the birthplace of the game was something I’d dreamed of doing since I was knee-high to a ball washer. So was another bucket list item for the eternal English lit major in me. Long a student of English Romantic poetry, especially that of William Wordsworth, I’d always hoped to someday find my way to Tintern Abbey in Wales, the ancient ruin on the River Wye that inspired England’s greatest Romantic poet to write one of his most beloved poems of the same name.

It was my clever wife who suggested a way to check two boxes with one trip. By flying to London a few days before the clan assembled in Scotland, we could take our own sweet time motoring through the countryside to Scotland, taking in the abbey and maybe even the Lake District, where the poet once resided.

Few of the world’s iconic landmarks have made my proverbial jaw drop as did the first sight of ancient Tintern Abbey (circa 1131) as we rounded a high meadow curve above the winding River Wye. There it rose in the vale below, bigger than life. Scarce wonder old Bill was inspired by his first sight of this setting: O sylvan Wye! thou wanderer thro’ the woods / How often has my spirit turned to thee!


My poetic summer vacation

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England’s Romantic age of poetry was, in large part, a reaction to the 19th century’s bleak industrialization that robbed mankind of its intimate connection to nature. The world is too much with us; late and soon, warned old Bill Wordsworth. Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

Visit Our Showroom at 1141 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28205 704.344.1875 | Established 1996 For 25 years Window & Door Pros has been serving Charlotte builders and homeowners with the finest selection of windows, doors, and architectural products. robertbobbyart.comWildermuth,Bobby | 75 | simple life man’s lunch of crusty bread, local cheese and good Welsh ale sent us up the river valley hungering for more. Over the next three days, in fact, we wound our way to the Lake District along rural backroads and narrow hedgerow lanes, pausing only to hike through spectacular forests and explore ancient market towns, including Ludlow, where my other favorite English poet, Alfred Edward Housman, set his famous paeon to overindulgence: Terence, this is stupid stuff: You eat your victuals fast enough; There can’t be much amiss, ’tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer. To our good fortune, Ludlow’s famous summer food festival was just getting underway, so we briefly joined the fête, discovering what Housman meant when he added: And malt does more than Milton can / To justify God’s way to man. By the time we reached our cottage in Scotland, I almost felt like a man who’d managed to shed the stresses and cares of modern life, just in time to celebrate an ancient game’s birthplace and The Open’s historic sesquicentennial. By design, we’d arranged tickets for the first and final day of the competition, allowing time for me to introduce my future son-in-law and his golf-mad papa to a trio of the most celebrated links courses in Scotland. As usual, the stout North Sea winds took a heavy toll on our scores, but we loved every minute of the challenge. Like Joe with his carrot cake, it was the perfect appetizer for the main course to come across the Firth of Forth at St Andrews. The hottest and driest summer in memory left the Grand Old Lady (as St Andrews’ Old Course is fondly called) at her most exposed in many a year. But to the record crowd of 290,000 on hand to shout and serenade their favorite players, that mattered little. The theme of this year’s historic Open — displayed on everything from grandstands to golf caps — was “Everything Has Led To This,” a fitting conclusion for one who finally made a journey he’d dreamed about since boyhood.

“Dad,” she said, clearly moved by the history and pageantry around us, “thank you for bringing us here. I never imagined anything so beautiful.”

Her words even called to mind my favorite lines from Old Bill’s Tintern Abbey, the perfect coda to a poetic summer journey: To them I may have owed another gift, Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood, In which the burthen of the mystery, In which the heavy and the weary weight Of all this unintelligible world, Is lightened: — that serene and blessed mood, In which the affections gently lead us on.

SP Jim Dodson is a New York Times bestselling author in Greensboro.

It was one of those moments that felt, in retrospect, a bit like a homecoming and a farewell. Whichever it was, I shall never forget it.

My favorite moment, however, came when I walked my daughter and her intended through the iconic Royal & Ancient clubhouse, home to the keepers of the game, where I’ve had the good fortune to be a member for many years. Old friends and fellow members made them feel most welcome.

The finish was predictably rowdy and wonderful. In the end, the veteran favorite faded with dignity, allowing for a young and promising upstart to have his name carved on the coveted Claret Jug, joining 149 previous Champion Golfer(s) of the Year.


Shrines of Gaiety, by Kate Atkinson 1926, and in a country still recovering from the Great War, London has become the focus for a delirious new nightlife. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries with gangsters, and girls sell dances for a shilling a time. The notorious queen of this glittering world is Nellie Coker, ruthless but also ambitious to advance her six children, including the enigmatic eldest, Niven, whose character has been forged in the crucible of the Somme. But success breeds enemies, and Nellie’s empire faces threats from outside and within. Beneath the dazzle of Soho’s gaiety, there is a dark underbelly, a world in which it is all too easy to become lost.

The Marriage Portrait, by Maggie O’Farrell Florence, the 1550s: Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo, free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings and devote herself to her own artistic pursuits. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: The duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father just as quick to accept on her behalf. Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now enter an unfamiliar court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed. Perhaps most mystifying of all is her new husband himself, Alfonso. Is he the playful sophisticate he appeared to be before their wedding, the aesthete happiest in the company of artists and musicians, or the ruthless politician before whom even his formidable sisters seem to tremble?

As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William.

The Unfolding, by A.M. Homes

The Big Guy loves his family, money and country. Undone by the results of the 2008 presidential election, he taps a group of like-minded men to reclaim their version of the American Dream. As they build a scheme to disturb and disrupt, the Big Guy also faces turbulence within his family. His wife, Charlotte, grieves a life not lived, while his 18-year-old daughter, Meghan, begins to realize that her favorite subject, history, is not exactly what her father taught her. In a story that is as much about the dynamics within a family as it is about the desire for those in power to remain in power, Homes presciently unpacks a dangerous rift in American identity, prompting a reconsideration of the definition of truth, freedom and democracy — and explores the explosive consequences of what happens when the same words mean such different things to people living together under one roof. SP Sally Brewster is the proprietor of Park Road Books. 4139 Park Rd.,

Lucy by the Sea, by Elizabeth Strout

Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis’ Fortress Prison, by Ben Macintyre

For the next several months, it’s just Lucy, William and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea.

Rich with empathy and emotion, Lucy by the Sea vividly captures the fear and struggles that come with isolation, as well as the hope, peace and possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this story are the deep human connections that unite us even when we’re apart — the pain of a beloved daughter’s suffering, the emptiness that comes from the death of a loved one, the promise of a new friendship and the comfort of an old, enduring love.

In this gripping narrative, Ben Macintyre tackles one of the most famous prison stories in history and makes it utterly his own. During World War II, the German army used the towering Colditz Castle to hold the most defiant Allied prisoners. For four years, these prisoners of the castle tested its walls and its guards with ingenious escape attempts that would become legend. Prisoners of the Castle traces the war’s arc from within Colditz’s stone walls, where the stakes rose as Hitler’s war machine faltered and the men feared liberation would not come soon enough to spare them a grisly fate at the hands of the Nazis. Bringing together the wartime intrigue of his acclaimed Operation Mincemeat and keen psychological portraits of his bestsell ing true-life spy stories, Macintyre has breathed new life into one of the greatest war stories ever told.


SP Juliet Kuehnle is the owner and a therapist at Sun Counseling and Wellness.

I recently had Ashley Moser, clinical education specialist at The Renfrew Center and owner of Next Steps Counseling, on my podcast, “Who You Callin’ Crazy?!” Ashley and I met eight years ago while working at The Renfrew Center, an eating disorder treatment center. I named our podcast episode “Negotiating Your Relationship With Your Body,” because that’s just it — we are in constant renego tiation with our bodies, just as we are in any relationship.

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What is body image? THE MYTHS PERPETUATED BY DIET CULTURE by Juliet Lam Kuehnle



We don’t all have to jump to “self-love,” but we can surely start with acceptance and move away from the judgment of — and assigning morality to — food, exercise and our bodies. It’s simple, but it’s not always easy. Here are some tips to help:

e’re coming off the season of “summer bodies.” As a therapist, I wholeheartedly reject the notion that there are seasonally appropriate bodies. All bodies are summer, fall, winter and spring bodies. We live in a society that, no matter your gender, perpetuates messaging around what we “should” look like and what foods we “should” be eating. This is diet culture — the pervasive belief that is centered around us feeling as though our body size and appearance is of utmost importance. It is a multibillion-dollar industry that is counting on our insecurities and comparisons to fall into its trap. We have so much work to do to unlearn this prevalent and damaging messaging and to truly grasp that our worth has nothing to do with our weight, size or shape. So what is body image? At its simplest, body image is the thoughts and feelings we ascribe to our body, which not only includes how we perceive it but also how we assume others perceive it. The way we think or feel about our bodies can impact our behaviors and our moods. Bad hair day? Not taking a selfie. Thinking I look fluffier in a particular outfit? Going back to change. But it can also be much more impactful, completely changing the course of a day because it has tanked our mood, triggering compensatory behaviors (e.g., overexercising, restricting food) or avoiding the activity altogether.

1) Understand that body image is just one component of your entire self-image. What other qualities make up who you are? At the end of the day, do you want to be recognized for your appearance or for some other quality? | 79 W

2) Practice gratitude for what your body can do. Rather than focusing on a body part’s appearance or how it’s changed, what are you grateful that it can do?

3) Practice self-compassion and catch your inner critic or comparison to others and meet it with an affirmation or friendly reminder.

When we consider it a relationship, we can understand the power dynamic and influence in ways that can help us move to a more neutral point of view, because change in relationships is possible. “Body image isn’t fixed and it’s very much influenced by so many factors,” Moser says. “It is something that ebbs and flows through the day, let alone a week and a lifetime. We want the relationship with the body to not be the thing that holds you back, to not keep you from the things that you want or think that you deserve. We can choose action that’s most in line with who you want to be, what you value and the life that you want for yourself. Choice, power and authority help us make changes toward body acceptance.” Making these shifts goes beyond your own mindset. The language we use around each other is important, as well. Making comments about other people’s bodies and food choices is shaming and does not take into account people’s individual needs or histories with their food and body relationships. Because of constant societal messaging, this can be hard. “I’m empathetic because it is a big change and mind shift, and that takes a lot of time and practice for people,” Moser says.

4) From Moser: ”Try to think about how you take care of and nourish your body, even if you don’t necessarily have the positive or neutral language to attach to it. Can you wear clothes that feel com fortable? Can you find lotions that have scents that make you feel calm and connected? Can you choose hair brushes that feel good on your scalp? Start off with these small concrete things that don’t cost a lot of money or time. Nurturing your body will change the relationship. Shaming, blaming and hating your body will not.”


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The casual sandwich shop in the basement of Belk department store has been serving Charlotteans for 50 years.

For the sake of brevity, we excluded national chains (not based in Charlotte) with more than 10 locations.

Baoding, SouthPark

Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe, Montford/Park Road Along with scratch-made pastries and macarons, this local bakery serves coffee, espresso and wine along with a menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and tartines. 4321 Park Rd. | (704) 405-0570

Baku, SouthPark A neighborhood mainstay for sushi, robata-grilled dishes, specialty cocktails, sake and more. 4515 Sharon Rd. | (704) 817-7173 SouthPark is evolving fast, with homegrown restaurants and boutiques moving into the area (and more on the way), adding some welcome local flavor and complementing the coveted national and international brands already here. In this section, we offer a guide to some of the neighborhood’s best places to eat, drink and shop.

The list is not comprehensive. Of course, chain restaurants are popular for a reason. Places like The Original Pancake House, Ruth’s Chris, The Palm and Del Frisco’s are neighborhood mainstays, with newcomers like 800° Woodfired Kitchen, Burton’s Bar & Grill, First Watch, Snooze and Tous les Jours already drawing crowds. | 83

This small restaurant led by Italyborn chef Gabriele Grigolon serves carefully executed traditional Italian fare in an intimate and elegant setting. 4219 Providence Rd., Suite 3993 (704) 364-4445 |

Longtime neighborhood spot for traditional Chinese fare. 4722-F Sharon Rd. | (704) 552-8899


Aqua e Vino, Cotswold/Strawberry Hill

4400 Sharon Rd. | (704) 366-6456

American fare in an upscale casual setting, including hickory wood-grilled steaks and seafood. 5970 Fairview Rd., Suite 100 | (704)

Arthur’s Restaurant and Wine Shop, SouthPark

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A casual gathering spot serving up salads, wraps, steaks and burgers and a wide range of beers, including local brews, wine and more.

Chez Marie, SouthPark

721 Governor Morrison St., Suite 150 (980) 201-9555 | Bricktop’s, SouthPark Gourmet steaks, chops and seafood in an upscale traditional setting. 6401 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 1B (704) 364-6255 | Brixx, Foxcroft Charlotte-born concept serving woodfired pizza, salads and sandwiches in a family-friendly setting. 7814 Fairview Rd. | (704) 295-0707 Bulla Gastrobar, SouthPark Spanish-inspired tapas, paella and more, with craft cocktails and one of the best patios in SouthPark.

Café Monte, SouthPark

Fresh Italian, Spanish and French- inspired cuisine, with an extensive wine list and patio seating. 3920 Sharon Rd., Suite 160 | (980) 237-191 Barrington’s, Foxcroft

This charming cafe and espresso bar serves French pastries and viennoiserie, with a small menu of savory fare. 4732 Sharon Rd. | (704) chezmarieclt.com910-3013 Clean Juice, Selwyn Avenue Fresh juices, acai bowls, sandwiches, wraps, salads and more. 2927 Selwyn Ave. | (980) 218-9296

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar, SouthPark

This bakery and bistro is a perennially popular brunch and lunch spot with a French-inspired menu. 6700 Fairview Rd. | (704) 552-1116 Cantina 1511, Montford/Park Road Tex-Mex cuisine in a lively setting. 4217-B Park Rd. | (704) cantina15eleven.com331-9222

Acclaimed chef Bruce Moffett’s original 45-seat spot serves farm-to-table fare in an intimate bistro setting. 7822 Fairview Rd. | (704) 364-5755 Bentley’s, Piedmont Town Center French-American cuisine with French tableside service and delectable desserts. 4620 Piedmont Row Dr., Suite 110 | (704) 343-9201

All-American breakfast favorites with gourmet coffee and brunch cocktails. 1600 E Woodlawn Rd., Suite 100 (980) 335-2428 |

Expertly crafted cocktails with snacks, shareables and mains in a speakeasy setting behind Park Road Shopping Center. 4237 Park Rd., Suite B | (704) 817-3710

Cordial, SouthPark

The Cowfish, SouthPark

Eddie’s Place, Cotswold A favorite local spot for breakfast, this casual neighborhood restaurant also serves lunch and dinner with a full bar. 617 S. Sharon Amity Rd. | (704) 442-0147 Bar Marcel Chez Marie Brewing

4310 Sharon Rd., Suite W01 | (704) 837-4422

A SouthPark staple serving a clever menu of burgers and sushi (plus burgushi, a mashup of the two) in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. 4310 Sharon Rd. | (704) 365-1922 Dilworth Tasting Room SouthPark, SouthPark

Bit by Seoul Food, SouthPark

Dot Dot Dot, Montford/Park Road

This cocktail bar atop the AC Hotel SouthPark serves craft cocktails and small bites, with plenty of outdoor seating. 1824 Roxborough Rd. | (980) 281-2080

From the owners of Seoul Food Meat Co., this fast-casual eatery features bao buns, tacos and wings with a few creative twists.

CharBar No. 7, Quail Hollow

4130 Carmel Rd. | (980) 430-3262

The SouthPark outpost of the Dilworth wine bar has a 400-bottle wine list, craft cocktails and a menu ranging from snacks and shareables to heartier entrees. 4905 Ashley Park Ln. | (980)


Bar Marcel, SouthPark

The emphasis here is upscale Southern cuisine and cocktails made with Carolinassourced ingredients. 4905 Ashley Park Ln. | (704) 910-4919

Easy Like Sunday, Montford/Park Road | 85

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This small-plates eatery always packs a crowd. Don’t miss the mussels with a green curry-coconut milk broth or Larry’s pork-belly bao buns. 1701 Montford Dr. | (704) 525-0881

Flour Shop, Montford/Park Road

This homegrown upscale chain serves American fare such as wood-grilled steaks, salmon, chicken and ribs. 3920 Sharon Rd. | (704) firebirdsinternational.com366-3655

Harry’s Grille and Tavern, Quail Hollow An upscale-casual gastropub serving hand-cut steaks, salads and sandwiches, along with weekend brunch. 2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Suite 103 (704) 499-9494 |

A relaxed pizzeria and pastaria with a large patio. Also known for specialty salads and cocktails. 2839 Selwyn Ave. | (704) 979-4242

Ice cream and breakfast, too — this local scoop shop also offers sweet Belgian liege waffles and Enderly Coffee for breakfast. 720 Governor Morrison St. | (980) 256-2602


Hawthorne’s NY Pizza and Bar, Quail Hollow Casual, family-friendly pizza joint that also serves classic pastas, salads, strombolis and calzones with a craft beer menu. 4100 Carmel Rd. | (704) pizzacharlottenc.com544-0299


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Leo’s Italian Social, Piedmont Town Center Italian comfort food and woodfired pizzas in an upscale casual setting. 4720 Piedmont Row Dr., Suite 150 (980) 237-6880 | Legion Brewing, SouthPark SouthPark’s first brewery and taproom has wood-grilled pizzas, sandwiches and salads with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, along with a rotating beer menu. 5610 Carnegie Blvd. | (704) 440-3611

Greco Fresh Grille, SouthPark

Golden Cow Creamery, SouthPark

Fast and fresh Greek and Mediterranean food, including made-to-order salads, hummus plates, gyros and pitas. 4724 Sharon Rd., Suite H | (980) 819-6123

El Puro Cuban Restaurant, Madison Park

Firebirds, SouthPark

The Jimmy, Selwyn Avenue

530-A Brandywine Rd. | (980) 299-3754 Foxcroft Wine Co., Foxcroft A local gathering spot for shareables like truffle fries, flatbreads and roasted Brussels sprouts and, of course, wine. 7824 Fairview Rd. | (704)

This family-owned restaurant also features inventive cocktails and live music with a nostalgic vibe of pre-revolutionary Cuba. 5033 South Blvd. | (980) 219-8339

IRO, SouthPark Breakfast, lunch, small bites and craft cocktails on the second floor of the Hyatt Centric at Apex SouthPark. 3100 Apex Dr. | (980) 299-7123 IG: @irosouthpark

Fine & Fettle, SouthPark Inside the Canopy SouthPark hotel, Fine & Fettle is a coffeehouse by day and farmto-table restaurant by night. 4905 Barclay Downs Dr. | (704) 552-1715

Good Food on Montford, Montford/Park Road

Leroy Fox, Cotswold Southern-inspired casual fare and fried chicken in a family-friendly setting. 705 S. Sharon Amity Rd. (704) 366-3232 | Little Mama’s, SouthPark This offshoot of Mama Ricotta’s serves Italian-American staples with a few new twists. 4521 Sharon Rd. | (980) 209-0323

Handcrafted Italian-inspired fare (pastas are the star here) featuring locally sourced ingredients.

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Harper’s, SouthPark A Charlotte mainstay, this casual family-friendly spot serves American fare including wood-grilled pizzas, burgers, barbecue chicken and ribs. 6518 Fairview Rd. | (704) 366-6688

Green Brothers Juice & Smoothie Co., Foxcroft Juice and smoothie bar with healthy items including acai bowls, gluten-free and vegan baked goods and wellness shots. 7802 Fairview Rd. | (704) greenbrothersjuice.com576-9319

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Paco’s Tacos & Tequila, SouthPark Lively Tex-Mex joint with one of the largest tequila selections in town. 6401 Morrison Blvd., Suite 8A (704) 716-8226 |

This family-owned specialty grocery and pasta store also serves lunch — gourmet sandwiches, salads, pizzas and more — at its Park Road shop. 4700 Park Rd. | (980) pastaprovisions.com938-6433

Peppervine, Piedmont Town Center


Mizu, SouthPark

Portofino’s Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria, Montford/Park Road Two childhood friends from Italy started this comfortable, Italian go-to in 1996. Expect freshly-made pasta, seafood and meat dishes – also known for the complimentary side salad and bread. 5126 Park Rd. | (704) portofinos-us.com527-0702

Paco’s Tacos & Tequila Mizu

Pasta & Provisions, Montford/Park Road

Rooftop dining atop the Hyatt Centric hotel — this Indigo Road spot features a seafood-focused menu, with sushi, robata-grilled small plates, seared sea bass and more. 3100 Apex Dr., 9th Floor (704) 981-9299 | Moosehead Grill, Montford/Park Road Local watering hole with award-winning wings and bar fare. 1807 Montford Dr. | (704) 525-4088 Oak Steakhouse, SouthPark USDA prime and dry-aged steaks, with classics like Oysters Rockefeller and Steak Frites in a modern setting. An outpost of the Charleston original. 4777 Sharon Rd., Suite 125 | (704) 954-8900

littleSpoon Eatery, Selwyn Avenue Neighborhood brunch spot emphasizing local ingredients. 2820 Selwyn Ave., Suite 180 (704) 496-9908 |

This homegrown concept from FS Food Group serves brisket, pork barbecue and smoked chicken dishes, plus tacos, sand wiches and salads. 540-C Brandywine Rd. | (980) 237-7929

Louisa’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, Montford/ Park Road

Midwood Smokehouse, Montford/Park Road

Mezzanotte, Cotswold Neighborhood restaurant featuring Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh-cut pasta and more. 2907 Providence Rd., Suite 100 | (704) | 89

Omakase Experience by Prime Fish, Cotswold

Chef Bill Greene’s menu emphasizes sea sonal produce from local farms and regional seafood. The menu is heavy on shareable small plates, serving in an elegant, airy and modern space. 4620 Piedmont Row Dr., Suite 170B (980) 283-2333 | Phil’s Deli, Cotswold/Strawberry Hill This family-owned classic deli has been serving Charlotteans for more than 40 years. Don’t forget to try the banana pudding and cobbler. 4223 Providence Rd., Suite 6 | (704) 366-8811

Red Rocks Cafe, Cotswold/Strawberry Hill Local spot serving classic American fare — steaks, pastas, seafood — with an extensive menu, patio seating and attentive service since 1992. 4223 Providence Rd., Suite 8 (704) 364-0402 | Reid’s Fine Foods, SouthPark This restaurant, wine bar and gourmet food shop features a counter-service menu by day, with full service at night. 4331 Barclay Downs Dr. (704) 377-7686 |

Renaissance Patisserie, SouthPark French bakery with an espresso bar serving breakfast and lunch in a quaint courtyard setting.

Poppy’s Bagels, Cotswold New York style bagels, breakfast sandwiches and more. 2921 Providence Rd | (704) 366-8146

This tiny 6-seat spot serves an elaborate 16-course tasting menu featuring Tokyostyle sushi, with two seatings nightly. 2907 Providence Rd., Suite 101 (704) 258-2276 | Osteria LuCa, Montford/Park Road Pizza-focused neighborhood spot from the husband-and-wife team of Ken and Tricia Martino.4127Park Rd. | (704) 910-0142

Unpretentious, family-friendly place with pizza and casual Italian fare. 1730 Abbey Pl. | (704) luisasbrickovenpizzeriamenu.com522-8782

ABBINGTON | $900,000 8810 Landsdowne Avenue Tiffany Moton | 919.520.0541 SHERWOOD FOREST | $850,000 5218 Addison Drive Kemp Dunaway Jr. | 704.458.6997 MIDWOOD | $625,000 2225 Chambwood Drive Kemp Dunaway Jr. | 704.458.6997 FOURTH WARD | $525,000 715 N Graham Street #501 Team Severs | 704.564.7346 ALLEN TATE SOUTHPARK A Howard Hanna Partner UNDER CONTRACT IN 3 DAYS OVER LIST PRICE JUST LISTED

Yafo Kitchen, SouthPark Fast casual fare on the healthier side that blends a taste of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. 720 Gov Morrison St., Suite 120 (704) 365-7130 | Yama, SouthPark Sushi and sashimi spot known for its extensive menu and bento boxes. 720 Governor Morrison St., Suite E130 (704) 295-0905 | | 91 6401 Morrison Blvd., Suite 4A (980) 819-8771 |

The Restaurant at RH Charlotte, Phillips Place

Seafood-focused restaurant with a woodfired grill and oyster bar in the backlot of Park Road Shopping Center. 512 Brandywine Rd. | (704) 503-9945

A longtime favorite in SouthPark with a seasonal menu of Old-World and northern Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list. 6401 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 6-B | (704)

Unpretentious American fare — burg ers, salads, steaks, seafood and more — since 1989. 4201 Congress St. | (704) villagetavern.com552-9983

Taqueria Mal Pan, Piedmont Town Center Mexican comfort food and craft cocktails in a casual setting. 4625 Piedmont Row Dr., Suite. 115-D (980) 298-6138 |

Southern Pressed Juicery, Montford/Park Road Cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and acai bowls. 4325 Park Rd. | (980) southernpressedjuicery.com888-1775

Upscale steakhouse with an upbeat, contemporary vibe, featuring top-notch service and seafood flown in daily. 4425 Sharon Rd, Charlotte (980) 580-4848 |

Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse, Montford/Park Road

Steak 48, SouthPark

This old-school, counter-service sandwich joint has been a Charlotte favorite for decades. 8512 Park Rd. | (704) 554-9012 Sabor Latin Street Grill, SouthPark Latin street food favorites — tacos, arepas, empanadas — in a fast-casual setting. 3920 Sharon Rd. | (980) 299-0008 Selwyn Avenue Pub, Selwyn Avenue

Glass-enclosed, greenery-filled rooftop restaurant dripping with sparkly chandeliers serving classic fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 6903 Phillips Place Ct. | (704) 790-4970 Roasting Company, Montford/Park Road Casual counter-service spot serving rotisserie chicken, wraps, salads since 1991. 1521 Montford Dr. | (704) 521-8188 RockSalt, Montford/Park Road

The seasonally changing menu features upscale comfort-food fare from the rotis serie and wood-burning oven. 6601 Carnegie Blvd. | (704)

Tucked behind Park Road Shopping Center, Sir Ed’s has served late-night pub fare since 1996. 4151-A Park Rd. | |(704) 525-7775

Southern Pecan, Phillips Place Gulf Coast cuisine — BBQ shrimp, po boys, jambalaya, pecan-fried catfish — in a casual, family-friendly setting. 6706-C, Phillips Place Ct. | (704) 749-2949

Rusty’s Deli, Quail Corners

Summit Coffee, Piedmont Town Center This SouthPark outpost of the Davidson original coffee shop has a bright, airy vibe with patio seating. 4625 Piedmont Row Dr., Suite 115 (980) 335-2718 | Superica, Cotswold/Strawberry Hill Chef Ford Fry’s Tex-Mex concept is great for families, groups of friends and couples. Plan ahead — they don’t take reservations.4223Providence Rd. | (980)

Village Tavern, SouthPark

Toscana Ristorante Italiano, SouthPark

This no-frills neighborhood pub has be come a Charlotte institution. Transfusions are the drink of choice, and the menu offers standard pub fare: wings, pretzels, pizza and2801sliders.Selwyn Ave. | (704) 333-3443


Rooster’s, SouthPark

Boem, women’s apparel 3920 Sharon Rd. (704) 817-7009 |

Taylor Richards & Conger, menswear 6907 Phillips Place Ct. | (704) 366-9092

Perry’s Diamonds & Estate Jewelry, jewelry 6525 Carnegie Blvd. | (704) 364-1391

The Sporting Gent, menswear 2848 Selwyn Ave. | (704) 896-5600


Elizabeth Bruns, jewelry and gifts 6401 Carnegie Blvd. (704) 365-3700 |

Piedmont Town Center 4725 Piedmont Row Dr. | (704) 556-7371 Park Road Shopping Center 4101 Park Rd. | SouthPark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd | (704)

Monkee’s of Charlotte, women’s boutique 2839 Selwyn Ave. | (704) 379-7995

Traditions Interiors, home boutique 4317-A Park Rd. | (704) 525-8727

Windsor Jewelers, jewelry 6809-D Phillips Place Ct. | SP | guide to southpark Maison

Fink’s Jewelers, jewelry 4400 Sharon Rd. | (704) 366-3120 |

Great Outdoor Provision Co., outdoor gear and apparel 4275 Park Rd. | (704) greatoutdoorprovision.com523-1089

Capitol and Poole Shop, women’s apparel 4010 Sharon Rd. | (704) 366-0388

The Social Shop


The Social Shop, apparel and gifts 4219 Providence Rd | (704) 317-3952 IG: @thesocialshopclt

Specialty Shops SouthPark 6401 Carnegie Blvd | (704) 551-2202

Granville, luxury home goods 6815-A3 Phillips Place Ct. (704) 999-6976 |

KK Bloom, women’s boutique 2823 Selwyn Ave., Suite E | (704) 919-1142 Paper Twist, stationery and gifts 2902 Selwyn Ave. | (704) 366-3100 Park Road Books, bookstore 4139 Park Rd. | (704) 525-9239 Maison, home boutique 3920 Sharon Rd. | (704) 502-3666

Bedside Manor, home boutique 6401 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 19 (704) 442-4006 |

Bellezza, women’s apparel 6822-F Phillips Place Ct., Suite 6822-E (980) 819-6100 |

Chosen, women’s boutique 2910 Selwyn Ave. | (704) chosenapparelboutique.com919-1077

Peter Millar, men and women’s apparel 6815-F Phillips Place Ct. | (704) 817-8718

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Blackhawk Hardware, home goods 4225 Park Rd. |(704) 525-7682

Brock Moran, home boutique 4625 Piedmont Row Dr. (704) 341-6264 |

Phillips Place 6800 Phillips Place Ct. | (704) 714-7656

Paul Simon Co., men and women’s apparel 4310 Sharon Rd. (704) 333-6139 |

I.C. London, women’s intimate apparel 4310 Sharon Rd. | (704) 377-7955 Jesse Brown’s, outdoor gear and apparel 4732 Sharon Rd. | (704) jessebrowns.com556-0020

Swoozie’s, home boutique and gifts 4722 Sharon Rd. | (980) 218-9388

BOUTIQUES B.D. Jeffries, home boutique 720 Governor Morrison St. (704) 364-4004 |

Circa, home boutique 721 Governor Morrison St. (704) 332-1668 | Cotswold Marketplace, home boutique 200 N. Sharon Amity Rd. | (704) 365-3331 Diamonds Direct (flagship), jewelry 4521 Sharon Rd. | (704) 532-9041 Donald Haack Diamonds, jewelry 3900 Colony Rd. | (704) 859-2155

Bruce Julian, menswear 2913 Selwyn Ave. | (704) 364-8686 |

Scout & Molly’s, women’s apparel 6401 Morrison Blvd. (980) 237-8424 | Sloan, women’s apparel 4310 Sharon Rd. (704) 338-1400 |

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924 Jefferson Drive strikes a perfect balance of livable and stylish with ideal space for both entertaining and everyday luxury. The new kitchen is the heart of the 7,662 sq ft custom home that includes 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, outdoor living off both the 1st and 2nd floors and sits on over one acre in South Charlotte - love where you live. Compass is a licensed real estate broker under the name “Compass South Carolina, LLC" in South Carolina and under the name “Compass” in North Carolina and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage. Carrie Brighton Your Trusted Top Producer since 2005 FEATURED LISTING 924 Jefferson Drive, Charlotte, NC 28270 MLS 3891841 SCAN FOR DETAILS

96 | SOUTHPARK Congratulations to our hardworking agents on a successful Summer! Compass is a licensed real estate broker under the name “Compass South Carolina, LLC" in South Carolina and under the name “Compass” in North Carolina and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage. O. SELLERSELLERbovenderteam.cominfo@bovenderteam.com704.625.6127REPRESENTEDREPRESENTED SELLER REPRESENTED SELLER REPRESENTED PRIVATE EXCLUSIVE SELLER REPRESENTED BUYER REPRESENTED 12102 Carolina Oak Circle 300 W 5th Street #411 8625 Walsham Drive 10613 Bunclody Drive 2059 Edgewater Drive 5739 Copperleaf Commons Court SELLER REPRESENTED 5226 King Arthur Drive BUYER REPRESENTED 10551 Royal Winchester Drive SELLER REPRESENTED SELLER REPRESENTED SELLER REPRESENTED 4620 Piedmont Row Drive #610 1441 Rumstone Lane 620 Ardent Trail Check out our team’s recent sales & let us know if you’re considering a move this Fall. Serving the greater Charlotte and Charleston THEcommunities.BOVENDERTEAM Andy Bovender, Team Lead | 97

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AT Our Team has 30+ years experience representing buyers and sellers of luxury properties with an added focus on the design and sale of new construction. Our clients appreciate our collective expertise. With the fast paced changes in the real estate market and the challenges that come with them, we rise to meet the moment. We embody an entrepreneurial spirit and love for the Queen City. Let our reputation for outstanding representation work for you.

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As the saying goes...”the only true constant is change” and our team saw firsthand that summers in real estate can all look different from one year to the next. Thanks to amazing referrals and past clients with changing needs we have kept a steady stream of new listings coming on the market. In addition, while juggling the busy days of summer, we have had the opportunity to assist move-up buyers, first-time home buyers, those who were downsizing, as well as clients looking for investment properties. Our team is thrilled beyond measure to have the continued support of so many. We look forward to serving your real estate needs for many summers to come!

“ Meghan | 99 Why choose Hampton+Long? We are a client-focused team experienced in luxury real estate. Looking to buy or sell? We would be honored to represent you! We offer staging and design services, cosmetic renovations with ZERO upfront cost, and have a Private Exclusive network of 25,000+ agents throughout the country. Compass is a licensed real estate broker under the name “Compass South Carolina, LLC" in South Carolina and under the name “Compass” in North Carolina and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage. Cat Long M. cat.long@compass.com704.608.2605

We recently had the pleasure of working with Meghan & Cat on the purchase of our new home. They are a powerhouse team that worked around the clock to help us navigate this challenging market. They were incredibly encouraging and extremely professional. Whether it was a last minute showing or an urgent call, they always made time for us. The entire process was seamless. We would not be in our forever home without their guidance. Thank you Cat & Meghan! Hampton M. meghan.hampton@compass.com704.607.7778


From historic townhomes to idyllic country estates, I represent some of the most remarkable properties across North Carolina. Contact me today for insight into my unparalleled service. Compass is a licensed real estate broker under the name “Compass South Carolina, LLC" in South Carolina and under the name “Compass” in North Carolina and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage. Broker/Realtor NC/SC M. lisa.emory@compass.com704.724.3504 UNDER CONTRACT | 1209 S Kings Drive #2 REPRESENTED BUYER 4 BD | 4 FB | 1.5 HB | 3,665 SQ FT | $1,750,000 Beautiful 2.5 story luxury townhome in Myers Park. End unit built in 2020 by Hopper.


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Henderson Ventures is a luxury real estate brokerage nestled in Southpark Charlotte, NC. They have partnered with sister company Stage of Designs and Amodernary Furniture Designs, to assist in the design and staging process. Stage of Designs owner, Nilou Henderson and Amodernary‘s Carlos Fuller, have joined forces on this modern, new construction estate, built by Chiott Custom Homes to deliver a modern and sophisticated approach to the staging process. This detail will allow the property to be showcased at its full potential and limit the time spent on the market.


“As a creative, interior design is my therapy. As a businesswoman, real estate is my passion. These industries go hand-in-hand. Building two brands with the same integrity and goals, allows us to truly provide a full service experience to all of our clients.” - Nilou Henderson Home built by Chiott Custom Homes, Staged by Stage of Designs in partnership with Amodernary Furniture Designs. A leader in modern furniture coming soon to Southpark! Property captured by Envision Photography.


102 | SOUTHPARK Compass is a licensed real estate broker under the name “Compass South Carolina, LLC" in South Carolina and under the name “Compass” in North Carolina and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage. 4 BD | 2.5 BA | $510,000 4 BD | 3 FB | 1.5 HB | $2,495,000 5 BD | 5.5 BA | $2,250,000 9600 Radner Lane | ACTIVE 1210 Dilworth Road | PENDING 3013 Manor Road | CLOSED Tracey Cook & Ashley Pizzo T. 704.236.11135 | A. ashley.pizzo@compass.comtracey.cook@compass.com704.756.8654 Abby Fitch & Stacie Fulton A. 704.975.7465 | S. 704.907.7845 YOUR HOME IS YOUR INVESTMENT...GREATEST ...And your most important. In a competitive real estate market, it has never been more important to work with a team of experienced agents. Call us today!

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Mike was amazing to work with and got us through this entire process. We were looking from 400 miles away and when we couldn’t be there, Mike went & did the home tours for us. When we were able to come down, Mike cleared his calendar to be able to take us on home tours. We changed our situation like people changing clothes and he never faltered. He scheduled and attended inspections, walk-throughs, tours. He gave recommendations on vendors. Mike was my sounding board - he would let me rant, rave, and cry - then tell me “come on, let’s go look at the next one.” We would not be in this awesome house without him! If you need a real estate agent (and new buddy), call Mike.

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The spacious covered patio is the heart of the home and is used by the homeowners year-round.

“We love our backyard,” says Heidi, the homeowner who built the Longview home in 2004 with her husband Joe. “We love our neighbors, and we both like to golf.” But the excitement they once felt when returning home at the end of the day or having friends over for drinks after a round had begun to fade.

“We’ve had so many football parties, and people come over after golfing and just hang out,” says Heidi, the homeowner. The porch is accessed from the family room through sliding glass doors, creating an outdoor/indoor living space ideal for entertaining, says Alair’s Dan Degner. A custom concrete bar seats seven, and retractable motorized screens keep the elements out.

DESIGNER ANNE BURESH AND ALAIR HOMES CREATE A RELAXED-YET-ELEGANT LONGVIEW HOME BUILT FOR ENTERTAINING AND INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING. by Cathy Martin photographs by Dustin Peck styling by Kendra Surface florals by The Flower Diva arranged by Kendra Surface

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“We love to entertain, but we were kind of bored,” HeidiThesays.home was dark, designed with an Old-World aesthetic prevalent in the upscale Waxhaw golf community. Though the five-bedroom home was large enough, “There were spaces in this house that we never used,” Joe says. “We don’t really like moving a lot,” he adds. “So we just said, OK, let’s just make the house something that we’re excited about again.” Choosing a contractor was surprisingly easy.

fter 17 years, with the kids grown and flown, the large family home had begun to feel a bit dated. Features like dark cherry cabinets — so on-trend in the early 2000s — now seemed passé.

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“As big entertainers, the homeowners wanted spaces that would be ideal for hosting many people,” says Buresh, who worked harmoniously with the contractors even though this was their first collaboration. “Anne has an incredible way of making everyone around her feel like family,” says Kareena Gray, director of operations at Alair Homes Charlotte.

106 | SOUTHPARK In the wine room, a large island was replaced with a custom live-edge table from Kaufmann & Co. “The table is a conversation piece and helps create the duality we seek between soft and bold, between yin and yang,” Buresh says. Shaker-style cabinets were painted the same color as the walls “to create a soft, calming effect — like cashmere on the walls.” The charcuterie board displayed on the soffit isn’t just for show — the homeowners use it when they entertain. The custom Roman shade and Visual Comfort chandelier add texture. The original kitchen was dark and dated. The light, custom Shaker-style cabinets were brought up to the ceiling, creating an illusion of space, Buresh says. Polished-nickel hardware coordinates with the stainless-steel appliances, and the elongated white subway tile matches that of the adjacent wine room. “The linear lines from the large kitchen island, the square kitchen sink and the subway tile all work together to create a sense of intentionality and unity,” Buresh adds. The zinc range hood was custom-made by a local artisan, with a hand-applied patina and stainless-steel details. walked up the sidewalk, and I heard his accent,” Heidi says. “I said, ‘Where are you from?’” It turns out, the two were from the same small town in upstate New York. “He grew up a mile from me. He graduated with my older sister.” Familiarity aside, as they began working togeth er, Ketchum quickly earned Joe and Heidi’s respect on a professional level, from his responsiveness and problem-solving abilities to his diligence in keeping the project on budget. Around the same time, the couple connected with Anne Buresh of Anne Buresh Interior Design.

In the kitchen seating area, French doors were replaced with large windows overlooking the covered patio. The designer added light gray swivel chairs, accent tables to keep drinks close by, and a decorative iron coffee table with a glass top. Custom window treatments and a gray-and-black throw from B.D. Jeffries add warmth. The Joanie Louise painting is from Art House Charlotte. The powder room is a showstopper, featuring an elegant wallpaper with a transcendsforbyhand-paintedfantastical,designColetteCosentinoSchumacher.“Ityouinto another space,” Buresh says. The custom vanity from Kauffman & Co. is adorned with custom Tritter Feefer hardware. The gold mirror is from Mirror Home, and the sconces are by Visual Comfort.

“The furniture layout plan was key in the living room,” Buresh says. “I create spaces that are timeless and rely on functionality for longevity, since these spaces are also very personal to the environment and to the client’s taste and style.” In this case, the homeowner wanted to bring nature into the space: The custom maple live-edge coffee table from Kauffman & Co. and the large sliding doors bring the outdoors in. “To create a welcoming, casual space, we used a light gray sectional sofa and brought in touches of soft blues, caramels and ivory in the pillows and accessories,” Buresh says. “The Stark rug underneath displays elongated stripes incow hide that are woven together for a minimal yet impactful look.” The swivel chair, covered in a dusty blue mohair fabric, is from Hickory Chair. The painting over the fireplace is by Lauren Reddick from Art House Charlotte.

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But perhaps the biggest transformation — and the space the homeowners use the most — is the large covered patio across the back of the home.

“Having this mindset enables her to attack and solve issues quickly while keeping everyone calm while finding solutions.” The overall footprint of the home didn’t change much in the first-floor remodel. A wall separating a music room from the main living area was removed, allowing more light to flow into the family room. The living room itself presented another design challenge: Awkwardly configured with a curved staircase and a massive stone fireplace, the homeowners rarely used it. “It was a pass-through space for us,” Joe says. “It was like a big hallway.” Removing the stonework and bulky hearth opened up the room, and new custom bookshelves were added on either side of the fireplace. The result is a brighter, roomier space that the homeowners now use. In the owner’s suite, a seldom-used side patio was eliminated to make the suite larger. A covered patio with retractable screens facing the backyard was added, creating a cozy, private spot for morning coffee.

“Since the couple enjoy hosting events, parties and holidays, they wanted an amazing outdoor patio that would meet their needs,” Buresh says. “This space was expanded, given a complete makeover, and an outdoor kitchen and bar was added. This was a large undertaking, but the teamwork from our team, Alair and all of the “The goal for the owner’s patio was for it to be a serene sanctuary, a calming, relaxing spot in the morning to walk out with your espresso, enjoy the crackling of the fireplace and the views of the lawn,” Buresh says. Motorized screens create privacy and provide protection from insects.

“The side patio off the old owner’s suite was small and exposed to the elements with no roof on it,” says Dan Degner, project manager with Alair Homes Charlotte. “The new owner’s patio is covered, with a fireplace and heater making it usable all year long.”


Since the redesign, the homeowners feel they are finally maximizing the potential of their space. “We just started using more of our home,” Joe says. “This is truly a sanctuary home we have enjoyed creating for this family to entertain and enjoy their family and friends for a lifetime,” Buresh says. SP

In the owner’s suite, Buresh used a serene color palette to create a relaxing, luxurious sanctuary. The custom headboard is from Hickory Chair, and the bedding is Peacock Alley. In the bathroom, opposite, a handblown Visual Comfort chandelier creates a focal point over the freestanding tub. Travertine stone walls and natural light contribute to the soothing atmosphere. | 113

The patio is accessed from the living room through new sliding doors, creating an indoor-outdoor space ideal for large gatherings. “To have the ability to completely open the indoors into the expanded patio doubles the entertaining space,” Gray says. “This space feels relaxed and effortless while still bringing a high sense of design.”

trades and market partners really is what made this space possible,” including new stonework for the fireplace and a custom reclaimed wood mantel.

Ten years ago, 26-year-old Webb Simpson had just returned home to Charlotte from his third PGA Tour victory, with the U.S. Open trophy under his arm. He and his wife Dowd had a little boy, James, and a baby on the way. Simpson was packing a lot into his years then, and his pace has only quickened. Now 37, he’s a father of five with seven PGA Tour wins to his name — 11 second-place finishes and 82 top-10 finishes. Along the way, he has become a respected leader in the world of golf, a player’s player and an exemplar of the sport. “Webb is a fiery competitor and a player who has served as an incredible role model to so many of the young guys on tour,” says Davis Love III, announcing Simpson as one of four assistant cap tains of the U.S. team for the global Presidents Cup tournament at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club this month. Simpson will walk over from his home by the course’s seventh tee to represent his country, joining Fred Couples, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker and Love in helming the 12-man U.S. team in this biennial international competition. It’s a major honor in a sport that takes these roles seriously, one Simpson has earned over the course of his 14-year PGA career. “To add someone with his experience to the team room, who is also a peer and one of the top players in the game, will be a great addition to the week at Quail Hollow,” Love says. “I know he’s excited to help lead the U.S. team on his home course.” Simpson, a Raleigh native and Wake Forest University graduate, says he appreciates these high points more now than he probably did at an earlier point in his career. Like any elite athlete, he’s had his challenges: dry spells, a recent injury and changes to the game itself. In 2016, when the PGA banned the practice of anchoring a putter against the body, Simpson’s short game went into a tailspin. He’d used a belly putter for 11 years, and putting was one of his strengths. Learning a new technique with a new club was not what he’d bargained for. “I started putting very inconsistently,” Simpson recalls. “My world ranking started dropping. I would think, I want to quit this. I was once such a competitive golfer, at the top of the PGA Tour, and now I can’t even make a team. I can’t even make it to the Tour championship.” But his father’s voice rang in his ears: “My Dad raised me in such a way that quitting was never an option. He was always in the back of my head.” Webb learned his sport at his father’s side as a child at Raleigh’s Carolina Country Club, and Sam Simpson was his son’s staunch supporter until his death in 2017. So Webb Simpson didn’t quit, but he did stubbornly keep making the same mistakes. Finally, after struggling with three-putts at the Barclays tournament that year, his caddy, Paul Tesori, put it to him straight: Stop being so closed-minded, he told Simpson. Hire a putting coach, find a sports psychologist and quit trying to figure this thing out on your own. “And really good stuff came from it,” Simpson says. “I learned a new method, the arm lock method, and I believe that ultimately led me to winning the Players in 2018.”2018was a seminal year for Simpson. It had been four and a half years since he’d won a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, and when he won the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., it felt like it was as much about the people around him as it was about himself: “It’s where my caddy grew up, so it’s kind of his home tournament. It was Mother’s Day. I was so happy to share that with my wife, and my mom, so soon after my dad died. We got to celebrate together, happy tears and sad tears,” he says. “When I look back on the last 10 years of golf, that’s definitely been the highlight.” Another milestone that received fewer headlines but represented a personal watershed: In 2018, Simpson finished fifth on the PGA Tour in putting. By Simpson’s side through those professional reversals and triumphs, and through the loss of his father, was his wife and their five children: James, 11; Willow, 10; Winnie, 8; Mercy, 6; and Eden, 3. “It’s just an absolute joy to raise five kids with my wife,” Simpson says. “Marriage has been a gift. I love being married to Dowd, for every reason, and I am so thankful to her over the past 10 years for being there for me every step of the way.” Before James started kindergarten, and before there were five, PRO GOLFER WEBB SIMPSON HAS EARNED THE RESPECT OF HIS PEERS WHILE PUTTING FAMILY FIRST. by Liza Roberts | photographs by Bob Karp

116 | SOUTHPARK Dowd and the kids were there with Webb every step of the way, even when he was on the road. These days, that only happens a half-dozen times a year, because the four oldest are enrolled in school — and not just any school. Dowd co-founded Oaks Christian School in 2018 when she and Webb couldn’t find the school they dreamed of: one with small classes that cultivated a love of learning through experiential, hands-on projects, a Christcentered approach and an emphasis on community service. Oaks opened with eight students in kindergarten through third grade and quickly grew. The school now teaches 90 students in kindergarten through seventh grade and recently partnered with Calvary Church to become Calvary Christian Academy. Co-founding a school and

Having his priorities straight is one reason he’s admired by his Webb and Dowd Simpson with their five children at home in Charlotte

shepherding its meteoric growth has been an unexpected but gratifying experience, Dowd says, for herself and for her children.

While the kids can’t always be with their dad on the Tour, Simpson has changed his schedule so he can be home with them more often. He’s pared back to 20 tournaments per year (the Tour average is about 28) and has spaced those tournaments out so that he’s generally gone for no more than six days at a stretch. “I got to a point a few years ago where I had to say: I can’t look at this as what is best for me professionally,” he says. “I have to look at what is best for my family, and then I will make my schedule around that. They are the priority, not my work.”

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Another dream: “To win another major, especially the Masters.” What about another 10 years from now? “The Champions Tour,” he says. “I’ve always thought that would be really fun.” But ask him about the thing that thrills him most about the future, and golf doesn’t come up: “My oldest is 11, and I’m so excited about the next few years from a family standpoint. It’s just so fun, watching them grow up.”

Webb Simpson’s Top 10 North Carolina golf courses: Country Club of North Carolina, Dogwood Course; Pinehurst Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst Mid Pines Country Club, Southern Pines Carolina Country Club, Raleigh Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington Country Club of Landfall, Nicklaus Course, Wilmington Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington Diamond Creek Golf Club, Banner Elk Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro fellow pros. In February, PGA players elected Simpson co-chair of the 16-member PGA Player Advisory Council, which advises the Tour Policy Board on issues and policies affecting players and the Tour. “He’s a statesman among his peers,” says Ted Kiegiel, director of golf at Carolina Country Club, who coached Simpson for years and remains a close friend and adviser. “He’s seen as someone who is measured and stoic, making good decisions … he’s extremely wellliked; he’s a magnet for people who want advice.” Simpson describes himself as an optimist, and that’s clear when he talks about nearly anything, but especially about what’s next. “I want to see what the game of golf has for me,” he says. “I’ve got six to eight more years of high-level golf that I believe I can play.” He’s always dreamed of captaining a Presidents Cup team or a Ryder Cup team.

SP “It’s just an absolute joy to raise five kids with my wife,” Webb Simpson says.


Guardians of the game HOW CHARLOTTE’S HARRIS FAMILY BUILT QUAIL HOLLOW CLUB INTO A CHAMPIONSHIP VENUE. by Ron Green Jr. | portraits by Peter Taylor

There is a photograph that gets to the heart of all of this, and Harris goes looking for it. His office is a few steps from the conference room, and its walls are cluttered with art and photographs, many showing Harris smiling with friends at golf destinations around the world. The photograph he is looking for isn’t here. It’s at home, because that’s where most of us keep the things that matter the most. It shows Harris standing face-to-face with Arnold Palmer, and the great man has his blacksmith-strong hands wrapped around his friend’s neck. The image is as intimate as it is enlightening.

“Every time Arnold decided to get serious, he would get in front of me and put his arm around my neck so you couldn’t move. He was a bear. He was so strong. He’d hold me and talk to me like that. When he had something to say, you better listen,” says Harris, CEO and chairman of Lincoln Harris, one of the region’s dominant commercial real estate companies.

There are people who will tell you they knew Arnold Palmer, and they did. But precious few of them knew Palmer like Harris did, traveling the world together, bound by golf and the bonds it can create.

Harris, the club’s president, has nurtured and cultivated what his father created, managing to build Quail Hollow into a global golf brand while maintaining the relaxed exclusivity of a club that has fewer than 350 members. Get him going, and Harris has an Johnny Harris | 119 J

ohnny Harris and his son Johno are sitting in a glasswalled conference room in the SouthPark offices of Lincoln Harris, a commanding view of the Charlotte skyline behind them. They are talking about golf and life and Charlotte and the intersection of those things that define both of them. Those things — the game, the men and the setting — are inseparable, and it’s not a stretch to say golf has helped frame their world views. Enter their offices on the eighth floor of the Piedmont Row building, and the evidence is clear. The Golf Channel plays on the wall-mounted television in the reception area. Books about the game and its places lie on a coffee table.

It was Palmer who supported James J. Harris (Johnny’s father) when he decided to build Quail Hollow Club in the early 1960s, telling him that if Harris would build it, Palmer would make sure professional golf was played there. They delivered on their assurances to each other, and six decades later, the Presidents Cup is coming to Quail Hollow, building on a legacy that has shaped not just the club but, to some degree, Charlotte itself.

It would have been easy for Johnny Harris to keep Quail Hollow locked away behind its guard gate, a sanctuary for its members, many of whom operate at the highest levels of business nationally and

120 | SOUTHPARK evangelist’s gift for bringing people to him. While his son is more introverted, the principles and passions have been passed along like the family’s DNA.

“It’s an unbelievably special place,” says Johno, who credits the club’s members with supporting events like the Wells Fargo Championship; the PGA Championship, which the club hosted in 2017; and now, the Presidents Cup.

“It’s one of those times in my life that I still go back to. As he was working on his clubs and hitting balls, he talked to me about the integrity of the game and what that truly means, honor and trust,” Johno says. “He talked about if you decide to be part of this game, what you take on and your responsibilities toward growing the game and making sure you play it right and treat the people around you right.

Whileinternationally.theclubstill values and protects its privacy, by hosting large-scale events such as the Presidents Cup it has also become a shared part of the city, a place where golf brings people together.

“Every time I feel like we’re pushing the envelope a little bit and gotten a little aggressive, I think about Arnold,” Johnny says.

It’s why creating the Wachovia Championship (now the Wells Fargo Championship) in 2003 was critical, allowing the club to grow into more than Harris’ father envisioned.

“I play badly twice a week,” Johnny says. “I play in spurts,” Johno says. “I can’t remember the last time I went to Quail on a Saturday and played golf.”

“We say it all the time: Golf has become an important part of the fabric of this community. Sports always has been,” says Johno Harris, president of Lincoln Harris. “When we talk about the fabric, we talk about bringing people together. We think about the First Tee and what Champions for Education does — how important that is to grow the game of golf for “Havingeveryone.the HBCU event (honoring Charlotte native and golf Hall of Famer Charlie Sifford on Aug. 29), as excited as people are about the Presidents Cup, I have talked and heard more about that event than I have about the week of the Cup.”

Don’t be confused. They still find time to play, often at some of the game’s most prestigious places. When they tell stories about playing golf together, they are often set at Augusta National, Pine Valley or Seminole. They’re not dropping names, just offering windows into their world.

When the conversation turns back to playing golf, as it inevita bly does, both men downplay where they are today.

Eventually, it comes back around to Palmer, a guiding force in their lives. In their many hours together, Harris and Palmer discussed many things. When there are decisions to be made, Harris still relies on Palmer’s counsel, even though he’s been gone since 2016.

It can’t be accomplished alone, not on the scale Harris and Quail Hollow have achieved.

Years ago, the Harris family was in Florida to be with Palmer, who was playing a senior event. Palmer beckoned young Johno to take a seat on the range near him.

Johno Harris

“It’s a group of members coming together realizing that hosting the best players in the world is not just about Quail Hollow or south Charlotte, it’s about the community.”

CHARLOTTE METRO REGIONAL RANKINGS FOR 2022 1. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte 2. Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte 3. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte 4. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville 5. The Club at Longview, Waxhaw 6. Gaston Country Club, Gastonia 7. Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte 8. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis 9. River Run Country Club, Davidson 10. Carmel Country Club (South), Charlotte 11. Cedarwood Country Club, Charlotte 12. Providence Country Club, Charlotte

One of these days, Johnny Harris will step back from his role as president of Quail Hollow, but he’s not ready to do that yet. Ask him if it’s becoming Johno’s time to lead, and he’s quick to reframe the“Arequestion.youtrying to say I’m old?” he asks. Does he at least take a moment to look back on all that has been achieved, driven by his father’s initial vision and Palmer’s inspiration?


That’s not the Harris style. There is more to be done. The road ahead is open.

It’s the game that matters to Johnny and Johno Harris, not just for the rounds of golf they play but for what it is and what it can be. They have forged some of their closest relationships through golf, and they have seen the game reach into communities, providing resources and opportunities that are vital to a region’s growth. They are guardians of the game. On a rolling piece of property where the Harris family and friends used to hunt quail, the world has found a gathering place, bigger and wider than James J. Harris ever imagined but driven by the eternal flame he lit.

“I must admit it’s very unusual for me to even think about looking back. It’s just like the Presidents Cup — it’s going to be great, and I’m going to be real excited and I look forward to being a part of it and watching it. But I promise when it’s over, it’s like the [2017] PGA Championship. I never thought about it,” Harris says. There is more professional golf to come at Quail Hollow. The Wells Fargo Championship is booked through 2024, and there have been early discussions about extending the relationship. The PGA Championship will return to Quail Hollow in 2025, and few places have the infrastructure to support golf at its highest level like Quail Hollow has.

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Quail Hollow Club tops the North Carolina Golf Panel’s 2022 rankings for the Charlotte Metro region. The club ranks fifth overall on the panel’s top 100 course rankings, behind Pinehurst No. 2, Grandfather Golf and Country Club (Linville), Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club (Southern Pines) and the Country Club of North Carolina – Dogwood (Pinehurst). Founded in 1995 by Charlotte public-relations executive Bill Hensley, the panel comprises golf professionals, journalists, active amateur players, businesspeople and others.


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Love match

avis Love III, the captain of the 2022 U.S. Presidents Cup team, was a Charlottean just long enough to polish off a bottle of baby formula and work up a good burp. But given his far deeper North Carolina roots, surely he deserves the honorific of hometown boy anyway.

Love Jr., who would become one of America’s most respected teaching professionals before his death in a plane crash in 1988, was at the time of his eldest son’s birth serving as the head professional at Charlotte Country Club, a position he held for roughly four years.

Love Jr. went a long way on a scrappy, if not particularly powerful, golf game, playing in two Masters and tying for sixth in The Open Championship in ’69. Penta,

Love was born in Charlotte in 1964, the same year his father, Davis Love Jr., became the first golf professional at the newly founded Atlanta Country Club in Georgia.

At a recent outing, Scott Davenport, who worked with Davis Jr. in the Golf Digest Schools and has served as the head golf professional at Quail Hollow Club for 22 years, was asked to introduce Davis III. “Like he needed an introduction,” says Davenport of Love, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. “Davis’ dad was the most economical person I ever met, with his golf, with his time, with his money. The guy was unbelievably focused. He didn’t waste anything,” Davenport explained to the gathering.

During his time there, several club members who were also members of First Baptist Church conspired to introduce the young professional to the church’s secretary, Penta Burgin, who grew up in the small Gaston County community of Alexis, one of 13 chil dren. It really was a match made in heaven.


Local food vendors featured at the course, including Ace No. 3, Inizio Pizza, Viva Chicken, What the Fries and Sabor Latin Street Grill. Square footage of the on-site Fan Shop, the largest merchandise tent ever built by the PGA Tour. Height, in feet, of the uptown mural depicting the two captains, painted in late 2021 by local artists Sydney Duarte and Treazy Treaz. Dollars earned by golfers competing in the Presidents Cup. Instead of winning prize money or a purse, each competitor designates charities or golf-related projects of his choice to receive a portion of the funds raised through the Presidents Cup. Local nonprofit partners include: First Tee of Greater Charlotte, Augustine Literacy Project, Atrium Health Foundation, Charlotte Family Housing, NXT/CLT, Renaissance West Community Initiative and Lorien Academy of the Arts.

“Michael and Buzz Peterson were in the same class,” Love explains. “I met Buzz in class or something, and we started playing golf. Michael came with Buzz, drove the cart and kept score. You had to tell him, ‘No, I went in the water. That’s two, I’m out in three. I didn’t make four, I made a five.’ And we’re gambling. So, we’re teaching Michael to keep score and to keep the bets. So, he literally knew how to gamble at golf before he knew how to play golf.”

The first Presidents Cup was held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Va. The PGA Tour event is held biennially, and the location alternates between the U.S. and the countries represented on the International Team. Number of the country’s top men’s golf programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities scheduled to compete Aug. 29 in the Charlie Sifford Centennial Cup, an exhibition match under Presidents Cup format and routing at host Quail Hollow Club.

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on the other hand, never played golf until she met her golf professional husband. When she took up the game, however, she made an impression. She would begin shooting her age when she was 73. “She was just an absolute bomber on the golf course relative to her size,” Davenport says. “You can’t believe how far she could hit it, and she was a great competitor. So, I told them, if you want to have a superstar golfer son, find the right person to marry.”

“He had an old roll-top desk. He sat back in his office, and every day he wrote down notes for that day. Some of it was for books and articles. Some of it was just for doodling and golf course drawings. Whenever I got a lesson, he wrote it all down for me, and he wrote it all down for himself.”

Fortunately, not everything was lost. Some of his most prized possessions were at the Hall of Fame at the time of the fire. “I was very fortunate that I’m lazy,” Love says. “At the World Golf Hall of Fame they have a year when they take as much stuff as they can haul of your memorabilia and make a big display, then they shrink it down after a year or two. They put the rest in storage.” Love procrastinated in retrieving his belongings. “So, luckily, all that stuff was in storage. Oh, my gosh — Arnold Palmer letters. President [George H.W.] Bush letters. Some of those yellow legal pads.” Oddly enough, since the Hall of Fame is now set to return to Pinehurst in 2024, the rest of the stuff Davis has on display there will be back in North Carolina, too.

That Love was picked to be the U.S. captain was a surprise only to him. He got the news from Tiger Woods who, as the general public is just beginning to realize, has embraced his role as an elder statesman of the game — especially its team competitions, the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup — with the same kind of vigor he applied to his own game.

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Love’s Carolina blue blood runs deep. “I was just a kid playing golf. All of a sudden I know Coach Dean Smith, therefore I know Roy Williams, therefore I know [sports psychologist] Dick Coop,” he says. “Dean Smith wrote me a note every time my name was in the paper, back when that was a thing. I had a book just full of notes that he wrote me.”

The Queen City will take an international stage when The Presidents Cup comes to Quail Hollow Club Sept. 20-25. The matchplay competition pits a team of U.S. players against a team of players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe. Charlotte native Davis Love III is the 2022 U.S. Team Captain. South African pro golfer Trevor Immelman is the International Team Captain.

Sadly, those notes from Smith were among the things Love lost in a catastrophic fire that engulfed his home on St. Simons Island, Ga., a little over two years ago. Also lost in the fire were boxes and boxes of yellow legal pads that comprised a lifetime of notes and musings of his father’s.

Davis III’s North Carolina credentials cut a swath right through Chapel Hill, where he was a three-time All-American who has, in the past, been somewhat mischaracterized as the person who taught Michael Jordan — now a known golf fanatic — how to play.

And he goes, ‘Well, you can call Jay [Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner] if you want, but you’re Presidents Cup captain.’”

So, of course, Love called Monahan anyway, who had to whisper into his phone because he was at Augusta National Golf Club, where such conversations are frowned upon. “I don’t care what you do with the PGA of America,” Love says Monahan quietly told him, referring to Love’s two Ryder Cup captaincies and the PGA Championship he won under a rainbow in 1997. “You were instrumental in the beginning of the Presidents Cup. You’ve played six of them. You’re going to be Presidents Cup captain, and Charlotte is where you should do it. Plus, your guys all agreed that you should do it.” By “guys” he meant Woods, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and so on — the full range of former and future captains and assistants. In addition to his six Presidents Cup appearances, including the inaugural in 1994, Love has played on six Ryder Cup teams and was the captain twice. As a player, he posted the first point in the Sunday singles in what was, at the time, the largest comefrom-behind victory in Ryder Cup history in 1999 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. In 2012, he was the U.S. captain when the Europeans turned the tables on the Americans at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago, also coming from four points behind on Sunday to take the cup that was already in their possession back to Europe. Every American felt the sting of the defeat on their own soil. Four years later, Love captained the victorious U.S. side at Hazeltine Country Club outside Minneapolis. “I’m extremely proud of this team,” Love said afterward. “They put their heart and soul into this win. They keep thanking me and congratulating me, but I congratulate them.” Golf can be cruel. There were members of the team at Hazeltine who felt they let Love down at Medinah. “You didn’t let me down,” he told them. “I let you down. I understand the role. The team wins, the captain loses.” Zach Johnson, a two-time major winner, was a player on both of Love’s Ryder Cup teams, is an assistant captain on this year’s Presidents Cup side and is next year’s U.S. Ryder Cup captain.

Perhaps only Love’s wife, Robin, has had a better look inside the role Love has played in those events. “DL3 is a natural leader,” Johnson says. “He approaches his captaincies, from my vantage point, just like he approaches life, very selfless. He has the respect of all his peers, those that serve with him, and those that play for him.” The U.S. side won’t lack for backing in Charlotte. In ticketing and hospitality dollars, it’s the biggest Presidents Cup ever. More hospitality space has been built for the event than even for the PGA Tour’s flagship tournament, The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. “It’s going to be as big as Whistling Straits,” says Love, referring to last year’s Ryder Cup in Wisconsin. “It’s going to be out of control. The first tee horseshoe is just as big, and we’ve never had that at the Presidents Cup. It’s going to be awesome.”


“I’m driving to my house and Tiger texts me,” Love recalls. “I reply that I’m free tomorrow, I’ll give him a call. He goes, no, now. So, I call him. You know how he is, no fluff. He said, ‘Congratulations, you’re Presidents Cup captain.’ I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Yeah. You’re Presidents Cup captain in Charlotte.’ I said, ‘On who’s authority?’

For first-timers, the sight of the Carolina Hotel coming into view as you turn onto Carolina Vista Drive is a sight to behold. The two-hour drive from Charlotte to Pinehurst — past farms, fields and forests, if you choose to pass through the Uwharries — offers not the slightest hint of the stately grandeur just down the road.

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The majesty of Pinehurst Resort, which is anchored by the centu ry-old Carolina Hotel, is rivaled by the enduring charm of the village itself. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted — the prolific Boston landscape architect behind the early design of Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood — the quaint village with its tree-lined, curved streets and turn-of-the-century architecture hearkens to another time. The history of the resort and village are intertwined and date to 1895, when Boston businessman and philanthropist James Walker Tufts purchased 5,800 acres of land for $1 an acre. He envisioned Pinehurst as a health retreat — the area’s pine woodlands were

On location in Pinehurst, North Carolina Special thanks to Pinehurst Resort


Photographed at the Carolina Hotel thought to have healing properties. Golf was introduced in 1898, and within a few short years, the resort’s focus shifted to leisure travelers. Today, golf is still at the heart of everything in Pinehurst, which is located in the south central part of the state known as the Sandhills. The sandy soil is conducive for the construction of golf courses, and there are more than 40 in the area. But amenities like a rejuvenating spa, equestrian activities, and charming boutiques and restaurants in both the village and neighboring Southern Pines make Pinehurst an ideal weekend destina tion for couples or a girls’ getaway — whether or not you set foot on the fairway.

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Alexis floral pleated skirt, $159, JT Posh; Victoria Beckham velvet turtleneck top, $390, Showroom; Etro leather belt with gold buckle, $415, and Bajra dip-dyed shawl with leather fringe, $635, both Capitol; Twine & Twig mid pendant necklace year 8, $150, Sloan; Marion Parke leopard print ankle-tie sandals, model’s own.

Franklin, a miniature palomino, is a fixture at this 111-acre equestrian facility, a winter training center for Standardbred horses since 1915. Dressage and other events are held from May to September, but the Spring Matinee Races in April, a town tradition complete with lavish tailgates and fanciful hats, is the highlight of the year, according to track superintendent Scotty Freeman. The Village preserved the track in 1991 when developers threatened to build 80 homes on the property and restored the on-site Fair Barn exhibition hall, now a popular event venue. The track is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photographed at the Pinehurst Harness Track

Photographed at a private home with Frank Riggs of Carriage Tours of Pinehurst Village Frank Riggs operates Carriage Tours of Pinehurst Village — guests can hop aboard a four-seat horse-drawn carriage and learn about the town’s history from the longtime resident. Riggs moved to Pinehurst 50 years ago and managed the Pinehurst Stables for 25 years. His equestrian background, combined with a natural interest in history, led him to begin offering half-hour tours to visitors more than 40 years ago. A popular stop on tour is the home where sharpshooter Annie Oakley lived from 1916-1922. “People are surprised to learn that Annie Oakley wintered here for six years,” Riggs says. As the story goes, “She had a dog named Dave, and she could shoot an apple off Dave’s head.” When he’s not giving tours, Riggs can often be seen driving around town in his 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster, shown here.

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Photographed at the Carolina Hotel


inehurst Resort’s signature white rocking chairs — its covered porches and terraces are lined with them — offer a place for guests to unwind and cool down after a round. After a recent lobby refresh at the Carolina Hotel, a new outdoor seating area with fire pits is nearing completion, and guest-room renovations are underway as the resort looks toward 2024, when the U.S. Open comes to Pinehurst for the fourth time. It’s one of three hotels operated by the resort: The Manor Inn is a 43-room hotel that opened in 1923 and was updated in 2019. The Holly Inn, Pinehurst’s first hotel built in 1895, has 82 guest rooms and is located in the historic village.


Left: Byrdie Golf Social Club short-sleeve Hayden dress and shorts, $245; Sarah Bray Wildflower sun hat, $200 Center: Byrdie Golf Social Club caddie suit, $215.


Photographed at Pinehurst No. 2 olf was introduced to Pinehurst in 1898, and in 1900 James Walker Tufts hired Scottish golf course architect Donald Ross to direct golf operations. After redesigning Pinehurst’s original course (now known as No. 1), Ross designed No. 2, which today is perennially ranked among the top U.S. courses. A statue of American pro golfer Payne Stewart sits behind the 18th green, commemorating his 1999 U.S. Open victory in which he defeated Phil Mickelson by a single stroke. Caddy Russell Bauer, shown here, has worked at the resort for 14 years.

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Photographed in Pinehurst Village

Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape architecture firm was commissioned to design the village in 1895, the same year he created the land scape design for Biltmore Estate in Asheville. With its Queen Anne and Colonial Revival architec ture, Pinehurst was designed to feel like a New England village. Stroll through the Village Green and Memorial Garden, along the sandy paths that give the region its name. The Village Deli is bustling at lunchtime, as are nearby Drum & Quill tavern and Agora Bakery & Cafe. A couple of blocks north of the village is Pinehurst Brewing Co., located in a renovated steam plant originally built to provide electricity for the resort. Head brewer Eric Mitchell was previously head brewer at NoDa’s Heist Brewery in Charlotte. The menu features an array of barbecue (pulled pork, brisket and chicken, smoked on-site), pizzas, sandwiches and salads.

As Pinehurst became a popular winter destination among Northerners coming down to play golf, the Pine Crest Inn opened in 1913 to accommodate more visitors. The inn was owned and operated by Donald Ross and James McNabb from 1921 to 1948.

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Photographed at the Pine Crest Inn

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n 2017, Pinehurst Resort introduced The Cradle, a nine-hole short course designed by architect Gil Hanse. The course complements the resort’s nine 18-hole courses and its Thistle Dhu putting course. The name is a nod to Pinehurst’s nickname as the Cradle of American Golf. Photographed with Jeff Elkins and friends visiting from Asheville and New Jersey. SP

The Champion Course

136 | SOUTHPARK Matt Denzer steadies his iPad, positions himself at a 45-degree angle and begins filming me, hunched over a golf ball, an 8-iron clenched tightly between my fists. “Try it again, but loosen your grip a bit and take the club back a little further,” says Denzer, a master instructor at Leadbetter Golf Academy, a premier golf school with a global reputation for sharpening the games of top pros and weekend warriors alike. “Great contact. Did you feel the difference? You got this!” It’s 9 a.m. and already 80 degrees in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. I’m only 30 minutes into a half-day playing lesson, with Denzer as my guide. A few yards down the range, a 13-year-old girl, one of Denzer’s top students, is crushing drives 220 yards out, each with a nice baby draw. I’m perspiring profusely, and I’m starting to wear through my golf glove. I arrived at PGA National Resort less than 15 hours ago, and I’m already loving every minute of it. One of the country’s top golf destinations for decades, PGA National recently upped its game with a $100 million reimagination, polishing every facet of this Florida gem. The resort’s new owners — Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management — used the pandemic-induced downtime of the last two years to create a completely new backdrop for the next generation of family vacations, buddies’ golf trips and couples getaways.

Palm Beach nostalgia provides a chic ’60s tropical elegance throughout the property. Upon entering the glistening lobby illuminated by two massive palm-leaf chandeliers, my eyes are drawn to the dark burgundy and black marble lobby bar. A giant sculpted banyan tree trimmed with more than 1,500 lights glimmers, and the bar seamlessly flows outside to a high terrace overlooking a pool deck rimmed with lanky date palms. Hues of gold, pink, green and burnt orange integrate into a warm, beachy haze, where Sinatra and the Rat Pack would feel right at home sipping Negronis and Sazeracs while taking in the scene. I make a mental note to come back later for a pre-dinner cocktail. I’ve got some serious golf to take on after my lesson, as the resort’s renovations have extended to the courses as well.


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PGA National’s main draw is, of course, the Champion Course, home to the annual spring test, the Honda Classic. This course, perennially named one of the best in the U.S., was originally designed by Tom and George Fazio for major tournament play then redesigned in 2014 by Jack Nicklaus, who added the infamous “Bear Trap,” a brutal stretch of three notoriously tough holes. On a calm day, the course plays long and, while a test for high handicappers like me, is more forgiving than when the winds are up. Three other classics, the Palmer, Fazio and Estate, deliver scenic and challenging rounds with a bit less difficulty. I focus my attention on the resort’s two newest additions, designed by esteemed course architect Andy Staples. The Staple is a short course with nine holes ranging from 60 to 130 yards. The par-3 course offers a fun, shortgame challenge for groups or even solo shooters like me.

Adjacent is The Match, a challenging yet accessible course with a design that encourages each player to be the architect of his own, individualized round. There are no set tee markers, and players can use the set-up for traditional stroke play with a cumulative score or for match play, engaging in a hole-by-hole competition. After a round, guests can get pampered at the resort’s shiny new spa envisioned by Venus Williams’ V Starr interior design firm. Here, 40,000 square feet of pure indulgence awaits: Guests can soak in the Waters of the World mineral pools and choose from more than 100 specialized treatments, from sports massages to facials to a rejuvenating session in the Himalayan salt chamber. At PGA National, the resort experience includes a culinary program led by two Top Chef alumni. Jeremy Ford, season 13 winner of Bravo’s reality cooking show, brings his chops to the Butcher’s Club, where he serves as the executive chef and culinary director. The Florida native, who was Eater Miami’s 2018 Chef of the Year while at the helm of Stubborn Seed in Miami Beach, delivers a nontraditional steakhouse experience in a retro-cool setting. Blue crab and pea shoot agnolotti is an unexpected starter, yet here I am very much enjoying the pillows of fresh spinach pasta enveloping a ricotta-tinged filling. Light and springy, the pasta is bathed in brown butter and herbs with a hint of lemon oil, piquing my appetite for the main event to come. A 10-ounce wagyu filet accompanied by Ford’s smashed and crispy Potatoes Brava — crunchy, bacony, boiled-then-fried new travel Match Course

F ive 18-hole courses and one nine-hole course are accessible from the same pro shop. The personalized service — from greeting me at check-in and whisking away my clubs, to having my sticks loaded up on a cart and ready to go each morning — are all part of the resort’s high-touch approach. | 139 potatoes tossed in Parmesan and truffle oil, was a knockout. Paired with sautéed wild mushrooms with a peppercorn glaze and accompanied by a glass of bold cabernet, dinner was elegant yet unfussy. The resort’s Honeybelle offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in an indoor/outdoor beach-like setting. Top Chef veteran and North Carolina native Lindsay Autry is executive chef. A Johnson & Wales University graduate, Autry brings a Southern flair to the menu of elevated comfort-food classics like the lemon- and rose mary-brined fried chicken, along with wood-fired pizzas, burgers, salads, tuna poke bowls and more. Another casual dining option can be found at Birdie’s, a retro Happy Days-style diner with great burgers, fish tacos and old-fashioned milkshakes. With more than a half-dozen daily direct flights from Charlotte to Palm Beach International Airport, the Queen City is only 90 minutes away from this golfer’s paradise. With the resort’s rich slate of amenities and sleek new look, all that’s needed is a golf game that’s ready for action. Next time, I hope to bring mine. SP

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s a native Charlottean and the first Black golfer on the PGA Tour, Charlie Sifford’s pioneering contributions are everlasting. It’s only fitting that as one of golf’s greatest competitions comes to Quail Hollow Club this month, Sifford’s legacy is recognized in a meaningful way. That’s the mission behind The Charlie Sifford Centennial Cup, which was played in August and featured six of the top men’s golf programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Teams competed under the Presidents Cup format at Quail Hollow Club a few weeks ahead of the headlining competition. “My father’s vision was that the golf establishment provide equal access to make the game of golf more inclusive to all people,” Charles Sifford Jr. said earlier this year in a media statement. His father passed away in 2015 at the age of 92 and would have turned 100 years old this year. “He dreamed of young people playing a championship course with the opportunity to acquire experience and knowledge of what it takes to compete at the highest level.” During his career, Sifford faced discrimination but persevered through racial taunts and threats to claim multiple victories. Sifford finally earned a PGA Tour player card in 1960 at the age of 39. A year later, the PGA Tour dropped its Caucasian-only membership clause. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2014. Sifford also received an honorary doctorate degree from The University of St Andrews in Scotland for his trailblazing career. Today, the Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park attracts golfers of all abilities and backgrounds. Each hole on the public course tells a story from Sifford’s life. It’s also the home course for First Tee Greater Charlotte, a mentoring program which makes golf affordable and accessible for kids.



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