Acitive lifestyle and outdoor activities and events in the Rocky Mount NC area.

Best U.S. Cities for Retirement for Pet Owners

In addition to the luxurious amenities and the championship caliber 18 hole golf course at the premier North Carolina retirement community, Belmont Lake Preserve, a recent article published by the Huffington Post has added one more reason to for animal lovers to relocate to Eastern North Carolina for their retirement years, naming Rocky Mount among the top ten Best U.S. Cities for Retirement for Pet Owners.

The article was written by Moria McGarvey, the founder of, which is the Huffington Post’s website dedicated strictly to helping plan one’s retirement. In ranking the top ten Best U.S. Cities for Retirement for Pet Owners, McGarvey noted looking at communities that were “tailor-made” for those with dogs and other pets. She explained the many benefits of having a dog especially as one nears their retirement years, saying, “They can be especially beneficial as we age, for all the reasons you might surmise: companionship, protection, and exercise. Exercise is a big one,” she continued, “and let’s face it, dogs walk us. Getting out for a good walk, socializing at the dog park, chatting with another dog family at the coffee shop — these are all good things, but especially helpful if your inclinations might otherwise be solitary and sedentary.”

In the survey’s ranking of Rocky Mount among the Best U.S. Cities for Retirement for pet owners, it went further to explain the process in naming these communities to the list, saying, “We’ve looked at all the top lists and selected the best dog friendly towns that are also good retirement towns.” Speaking more specifically to Rocky Mount’s inclusion to the list of the Best U.S. Cities for Retirement for Pet Owners, the piece detailed three main points.

First, it spoke of Sisters Two Pet Crew Inc., which is highly acclaimed for its “Pet boarding,” in-home pet sitting, and their training or exercise programs for animals. Also noted were Rocky Mount’s three top-notch veterinary hospitals and the selection of adoptive pets that are available through both the Edgecombe-Nash Humane Society and Rocky Mount Animal Control.

To read the entire Huffington Post article on the Best U.S. Cities for Retirement for Pet Owners, visit their website at

NC Golf Course

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.

North Carolina Golf Community

With temperatures in the Northeast reaching record breaking low levels on the thermometer and snow continuing to fall and accumulate consistently throughout the winter months, Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina Golf Community makes for the perfect “relocation destination,” to leave those winter blues behind for good as you enjoy the milder, four season climate and beauty that awaits you in building your new, dream home in Rocky Mount NC.

North Carolina Golf Community

As those frigid temperatures up North, dip again far below freezing and even below zero, the average daily high temperature of 58 degrees in Rocky Mount NC during the cold season between November 30- February 27 makes for a much more enjoyable winter. Likewise, as you stare out the window at the mountainous piles of snow, you can rest assured that according to, “snow rarely accumulates at this location” and only sees a ten percent chance of light snowfall even during this cold season at our championship North Carolina Golf Community.

North Carolina Golf Community


On top of getting you away from the snow and cold, Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina Golf Community boasts one of the top 18-hole NC Golf Courses state wide. In addition to being named among the Top 100 Courses You Can Play by the North Carolina Golf Panel, the spectacular David Johnson designed Belmont Lake Golf Course has been ranked in the Top Ten for Course Design in Eastern North Carolina as well.

With the recent addition of a 3,800 square foot Golf Clubhouse hosting state of the art facilities that include a pro shop and the recently opened “Main Course at Belmont” restaurant, and its incredible Community Clubhouse featuring indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness room, and dining areas, the Belmont Lake North Carolina Golf Community has all bases covered in helping you to “thaw out” and enjoy a warmer way of life in Rocky Mount NC.

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.”