Tips, events, and information related to golfing in Rocky Mount NC


The Main Course at Belmont restaurant has been described as a “hidden gem” in the Belmont Lake Preserve community. Located in the Belmont Lake Preserve Golf Clubhouse, the Main Course at Belmont first opened in 2014. Since its inception, the restaurant has continued to get rave reviews and deliver a fine dining experience in Rocky Mount.

A “Taste of Lifestyle Redefined

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The bar at the Main Course at Belmont is waiting for memories to be made, while your friends and family gather before or after an afternoon game for a great time

Though located on-site at Belmont Lake Preserve, the Main Course is open to the public. They are open Tuesday-Sunday, for lunch and Thu-Sun for dinner at the Main Course. Proprietor Mark Piatkowski and his staff headlined by Chef Robert “Buck” Gibbs have created a menu and atmosphere that is both inviting and fulfilling for all tastes.

Whether looking for a bite to eat with the family or a cold beverage with a friend, The Main Course at Belmont is the perfect spot for anyone and any occasion. The Main Course has a full bar if you want to enjoy a drink before or after 18 holes. Likewise, whether your taste is the ‘gourmet burger’ menu or the popular specials, the service and food are second to none.

Lunch: Tue-Sun: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Tee Off with the Lunchtime Classics

Offering great salads, entrees, sandwiches or burgers, it is no wonder The Main Course at Belmont has become the hot spot among Rocky Mount restaurants. Looking to go lighter? Try the popular Chef’s Salad or Belmont Beet Salad with the Soup of the day that is made from scratch daily. The salads available for lunch at the Main Course are:

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Lunch specials at the Main Course at Belmont are served daily liked this Grilled chicken cordon bleu on a sourdough panini. (Grilled chicken, ham, swiss cheese, lettuce with a bourbon honey glaze dressing.)

You can never go wrong with any of the sandwiches offered at The Main Course at Belmont. ‘The Rich Boy” (beer battered flounder), “Ruth Anne’s Rueben,” “Buck’s Shrimp Salad,” the “Palmer” (1/4 Angus beef hot dog), or a “Belmont Club” (ham, turkey, bacon, cheese, double-decker) are just a few among the favorites. Sandwiches offered for lunch Tuesday-Sunday are:

  • The Southerner (Fried Green Tomatoes/Candied Bacon/Pimento Cheese)
  • Buck’s Shrimp Salad
  • Belmont Club (see above paragraph)
  • The Rich Boy (see above paragraph)
  • Tomato Basil Wrap (Tomato basil tortilla filled w/smoked ham/dry, cured genoa salami/mild cheddar)
  • Fairway Turkey Sandwich
  • Ruth Anne’s Reuben
  • Prime Rib Sandwich
  • The Palmer (see above paragraph)

Also, try the amazing  “Wobbie’s Ribs,” a half-rack smothered in the house made bourbon BBQ sauce, or the southern classic, “Shrimp-n-Gritz.” This is available in either Cajun or Charleston style. For the full lunch menu at the Main Course at Belmont, click here.

Dinner: Thurs – Sat: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm

The ‘Front 9’ (or 10): Appetizers at The Main Course at Belmont

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The appetizers even have a ‘special’ here and there in addition to the everyday favorites at the Main Course. (Pictured are breaded chicken wings)

The Main Course at Belmont has become known for its great dinners, and always draws a nice crowd on Thursday-Sunday nights. One of the most popular ways to start the night is the incredible appetizers. Much like the entire menu, the appetizers are very unique as compared to the more common fare seen at other Rocky Mount restaurants. Appetizers offered at the Main Course at Belmont are:

  • Hot Crab Spread
  • Buck’s Shrimp Salad
  • Fried Pickles & Fries
  • Chip Basket
  • Firecracker Shrimp
  • Duck Bacon Wonton
  • Glazed Pork Belly
  • Chicken Wings
  • Onion Rings
  • Mac & Cheese Bites

 Going for the ‘Green’: A ‘Lighter Side’ for Dinner

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Sometimes a salad is special…in this case, it was a special at the Main Course, a Blackened Belmont Salad, blackened chicken on a bed of fresh mixed greens, roasted peppers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles and avocado with your choice of dressing.

The Main Course offers many delicious dinner options, too.  Much like the array of appetizers that many can’t be found at any other Rocky Mount restaurants, their ‘lighter side’ or salad choices are also as unique as they are delicious. Yes, you can get the classics like “Grilled Chicken” or “Chef’s Salad,” but the variety again set the Main Course apart.

Salads being offered. for dinner hours at the Main Course include:

  • Petit Chateau Salad (fresh greens and veggies, shaved parmesan, tossed in white balsamic vinaigrette, topped w/ beef tenderloin)
  • Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Citrus Salmon Salad (grilled Canadian salmon on top of fresh greens/veggies/orange slices)
  • Garden Salad
  • Chef’s Salad

Steaks, Seafood, and Chops that are Anything but ‘Par for the Course’


The always popular Main Couse at Belmont, Friday night Prime Rib special keeps them coming back for more…and more!

While the nightly specials are many times to difficult to pass on, the steaks, seafood, and chops at the Main Course are pretty close to a “hole-in-one.” Straight off the  Main Course at Belmont dinner menu, the following mouth-watering items are available “From the Grill.”

  • Pork Rib-Eye Chop
  • St. Louis Ribs
  • Belmont Chicken (8 oz breast, smothered in cheddar, grilled onion, bacon, honey mustard)
  • Clubhouse Burger (1/2 pound brisket blend)
  • Filet Medallions
  • Filet Mignon (Center Cut, Certified Angus, 8 oz.)
  • Angus Ribeye (10 oz. Prime Cut)
  • Prime Rib *(Served every Friday)
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Depending on the season and the availability, the fresh seafood ‘Weekly Catch’ special (such as oysters pictured here) are always some of the more popular menu items

Likewise, just as many ‘look to the grill,’ repeat customers at the Main Course also rave about the seafood keeping them coming back. The following are the options from ‘under the sea’ available Thu-Sat nights.

  • Baltimore Crab Cakes
  • Tuna Takayama
  • Seared Canadian Salmon
  • Shrimp-n-Grits
  • Fresh Catch (weekly option based on availability)

To see the entire dinner menu from the Main Course, you can also click right here.

Main Course at Belmont Gourmet Burger Menu: 66 % Brisket/34% Chuck= 100 % Delicious

One of the other things setting the Main Course apart from competitors right from the ‘”first tee,” is the awesome Gourmet Burger menu available.

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The Main Course at Belmont Gourmet Burger Menu…enough said!!

These are too many to simply list all ingredients, as we urge you to check out the incredible full Main Course burger menu here. However, just knowing on top of these incredible options below, there are also awesome weekly burger specials too.

  • The Hawg (BBQ Glazed Pork Belly, Gouda Cheese)
  • The Dougie (All-beef sliced hot dog, chili, slaw, American cheese)
  • The Belmont
  • The Wedge (Bacon, Tomato Chutney, Bleu Cheese, Ranch)
  • The Funky Bunch (Fried Onion, Pickles, Broccoli Bits, Feta Cheese, Thai Chili Mayo)
  • The 007 (Black Bean Veggie Burger, Sundried Tomato, Herb Butter Pickle Okra, Boursin Cheese)
  • Best of Both Worlds (Philly steak, onions, peppers, mushrooms, provolone)
  • The Yard Bird (ground chicken, breadcrumbs, provolone cheese, pepperoni sauce, garlic herb butter)
  • The Torch ( swiss, provolone, pepper jack, gouda cheeses, w/ a jalapeno siracha hot sauce)

The Main Course at Belmont is located in the Golf Clubhouse at Belmont Lake Preserve new home community. The address is 201 Belmont Way, Rocky Mount, NC and for reservations or question call (252) 977-1029. For more information on homes for sale in Rocky Mount NC at BLP, visit our “available homes” section.


Belmont Lake Golf Club

Over the weekend of September 19, on site PGA professional at Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community, Tim Wilke, teamed up with PGA Area 10 representative, Buddy Lawrence, to give a group of area children ages 2-18 an afternoon they won’t soon forget, calling on some of their fellow pros and the North Carolina Wesleyan golf team for instructional help, as a wonderful time was had by all at the first annual Carolina PGA & Area 10 Youth Golf Instructional Day hosted by the Belmont Lake Golf Club .

A youngster takes a shot out of the "Bunker Station" at the Belmont Lake Golf Club during the Instructional Day

A youngster takes a shot out of the “Bunker Station” at the Belmont Lake Golf Club during the Instructional Day

Wilke, who first envisioned, and then organized the one day camp at Belmont Lake Golf Club, set his sights in planning the event on allowing some local children who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to learn from himself and the other PGA professionals on hand to assist him in making the day a success. Attendees were taught the fundamentals in all aspects of golf, starting with etiquette and basic rules and moving through stations set up throughout the course to instruct them on using different irons, putting, and even bunker play.

Working hard and completely volunteering his own time, Wilke sought out businesses and members of the Rocky Mount community to help in generating the revenue needed to give the kids this special day at Belmont Lake Golf Club. For his thoughtful efforts, Wilke was pleased to see local sponsors step up and generate $5,000 to turn his idea of the Junior Golf Camp into a reality. In a further show of unity within the Rocky Mount community, food was also donated for the event as well, allowing for all 90 children who participated to enjoy a nice lunch on top of the free hat that each were given thanks to the sponsorship funds raised.

Tim Wilke addresses the kids at the Belmont Lake Golf Club’s Youth Golf Instructional Day

Speaking to Rocky Mount Telegram newspaper on the success and overall great time had by all at the event, Wilke noted, “We’ve recognized that there’s a need to get more kids in the area involved with the game.” He added, “Golf is a great game from a character standpoint… I love the youth, and it’s important that we get them interested at a young age.”

With the resounding response from the participants, the sponsors, the NC Wesleyan team, and the PGA pros, all of whose generosity all made the Belmont Lake Golf Club Junior Golf Camp possible, and the wonderful time that was had throughout the day by all, Wilke has already began preparations to make the event an annual function at Belmont Lake Golf Club as he has started the planning process for next years event.

For more information on upcoming events, memberships, arranging one on one instruction time with PGA pro, Tim Wilke, and so much more that is going on at Belmont Lake Golf Club, visit their website at Also, to see the beautiful new homes as well as both golf course and non-course lots at Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community, visit

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Belmont Lake Golf Course after update

Since being purchased by the Halle Building Group just under two years ago, the stunning renovations and quality additions that are synonymous with the Maryland based developers have grabbed the attention of golfers across the state, as the Belmont Lake Golf Club in Rocky Mount has seen a 500 percent increase in membership at the beautiful NC Golf Course in the past 18 months.

A recent article in Triangle Golf Today (TGT) focused on the beautification of the NC Golf Course and the meteoric rise it has seen in both membership sales and rounds of golf played at the Belmont Lake Club. The Triangle Golf piece detailed that In addition to the aforementioned 500 percent increase in memberships, the rounds of golf played at Belmont Lake have increased in the past year from 5,000 to a projected 22,000 for 2014. Speaking with TGT on the growth he has seen since leaving his previous gigs at Charlotte Country Club and The Palisades Country Club, Belmont Lake head pro, Tim Wilke explained, “When I came here I knew there was ample opportunity for progress to be made. It just took some energy and commitment and enthusiasm.”

 Tim Wilke explained, “When I came here I knew there was ample opportunity for progress to be made. It just took some energy and commitment and enthusiasm.”

Along with that energy and enthusiasm that Wilke spoke of, the Halle Companies have also added their signature quality touch and class to not only the NC Golf Course, but to the entire Belmont Lake Preserve community which features both on course and off course home lots and ready to move in custom homes. The addition of a newly designed Community Clubhouse complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness facility, and dining areas, along with an all new golf clubhouse with a full pro shop and one of the Rocky mount areas most popular dining spots, “The Main Course at Belmont” restaurant are just a few of the great new amenities that have aided in the surge of visitors to the Belmont Lake NC Golf Course.

“We’re the one golf course that is probably on the upswing right now rather than struggling,” noted Wilke.
It is up to us to keep it in great shape and keep it moving forward.” He concluded, “This place has come a long, long way, Belmont is kind of the talk of the town here in Rocky Mount”


Also see: Golf Club House, Golf Course, Community Club House or visit the Belmont Lake Golf Club.

Golf Tips for the Offseason

Many golfers dread the hot temperatures of summer dropping into the fall and eventually giving way to the colder winter months, leading to what is considered the sport’s “offseason.” While that period is not too long now that you have opted to move to the Belmont Lake Preserve new home golf course community in Rocky Mount, an article on the Golf Channel’s website discussed Golf Tips for the Offseason, suggesting that by looking instead at this time as a “preseason” could have you sharper than ever this Spring when you head out your backdoor and on to the Best Golf Course in Eastern North Carolina.

In the feature, PGA professional instructor, George Connor laid out several Golf Tips for the Offseason months. “The winter is not the offseason, it’s the preseason,” Connor said. “Winter represents a time to make significant and lasting changes to your golf swing, chipping motion and putting stroke. Once spring hits, golfers want to get out on the course and play, so why not get your work done in the winter?”

The PGA pro continued with his Golf Tips for the Offseason, detailing two simple drills that any golfer can do right in their own home during the colder months. These were explained in the piece in detail as follows:

The Line Drill: This can be done with or without hitting golf balls. You will need a line on the carpet that is perpendicular to the target line. Straddle the line as you take your golf stance and start making some short swings. The line on the carpet will be in the middle of your stance. Notice where the club lands on the carpet as it sweeps through. A good ball-striker will always sweep the carpet just on the target side of the line. This is the key to good ball-striking.

Hit Ping-Pong Balls: Using a wedge and ping-pong balls, you can expand your imagination all winter long. The lighter ball will exaggerate any spin you put on the ball. During halftime of a football or basketball game, hit some little chips around the house and learn how to use the club to hit different shots. This is a great way to pay some attention to your short game even if there is snow on the ground.

In addition to these simple exercises, other Golf Tips for the Offseason suggested by Connor focused on physical conditioning. “Winter is a great time to get into golf shape,” he said. “Get a physical assessment from a golf fitness expert and find out where you need to add some mobility and or stability.” Connor concluded, “As you are working out this winter, you will have the added motivation of knowing that you are going to be a better golfer while your golf buddies are getting worse as they sit on the couch.”



Eastern North Carolina Golf Community

The North Carolina Golf Community at Belmont Lake was named “One of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” by the North Carolina Golf Panel in 2012.  The group also ranked the course the tenth best Eastern North Carolina Golf Community.  Sitting on the beautiful Belmont Lake Preserve new home neighborhood, the community has seen a recent facelift, making the 18 hole professional course even more spectacular than ever.

Eastern North Carolina Golf Community
Designed by award winning, Atlanta based architect, David Johnson, the North Carolina Golf Community at Belmont Lake opened in 2007. Its luxurious layout takes full advantage of the rolling terrain it sets on, with a classic front nine in and back nine out routing system. Boasting five sets of tees on each hole, the gorgeous links at Belmont Lake make for an enjoyable round of golf for players of all handicaps and skill levels.

Eastern North Carolina Golf CommunityThe latest addition to add to the ambience of our majestic North Carolina Golf Community  is the brand new course clubhouse, which finished construction in the Spring of 2014.  This state of the art 7,000 square foot facility not only hosts a full pro shop but also offers members and visitors a breathtaking look out over the course from the beautiful patio where you can enjoy a nice meal straight from the club’s grille room, a refreshing beverage, or simply just soak in the incredible atmosphere.

The acclaimed 18 hole North Carolina Golf course and its spectacular new clubhouse are just a few of the anemeties include in purchasing a home at the Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina Golf Community. With affordable pricing on homes and lots both on and off the golf course, Belmont Lake also has an incredible community clubhouse featuring both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a portion of the neighborhood specifically designed to cater to senior living, making it a perfect destination to stay active, while enjoying your retirement years.