2016 ACC Football

Continuing with our series on the football action with in a quick drive of your new home at the premier North Carolina golf community in Rocky Mount, Belmont Lake Preserve, the second installment focuses on “never being too far from,” the home games of three of the top teams heading into the start of th 2016 ACC Football schedule this week,  the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, and NC State Wolfpack.

2016 ACC Football

Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium is a “sea of red” for NC State Wolfpack football.

Starting this Thursday evening, the three local favorites in the area will begin their 2016 ACC Football season, when NC State plays a nationally televised game at home in Raleigh at Carter Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack will no doubt be looking to contend in the Atlantic Division throughout the 2016 ACC Football season starting this week on September 1, when they have a non conference tune-up with William and Mary. Not only do they open the 2016 ACC Football at home, but outside of  a week off on September 24, the Wolfpack will play each of their first four weeks of the new season in the state of North Carolina. The Wolfpack will head to Greenville on September 10 to battle East Carolina, before Old Dominion visits Carter Finley on September 17, and finally the first NC State conference home game of 2016 ACC Football conference schedule will be against Wake Forest on October 1. The remainder of NC State’s home 2016 ACC football schedule will see the squad host Boston College (Oct. 29), Florida State (Nov. 5), and Miami (Nov. 19).

Moving over to the Coastal Division, UNC is the preseason favorite to win it all and return to the championship game when the 2016 ACC Football schedule has wrapped up. Ranked number 22 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll,  Tar Heels figure to have the home crowd in Chapel Hill rocking throughout the season.

2016 ACC Football

The UNC Tarheels, Ranked #22 in the AP Top 25, play there home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium

The Tar Heels will open the season this Saturday, September 3 on the road against the University of Georgia and travel for a second away game to start the season on September 10. The home schedule for UNC begins when they host James Madison on Saturday, September 17 and then September 24, they welcome Pittsburgh to Kenan Memorial Stadium. The only October home game for the Heels is October 8 against Virginia Tech, but the month of November sees three home contests, with Georgia Tech (Nov. 5), The Citadel (Nov. 19), and a big rivalry game to end the regular season on Friday, November 25, when the NC State Wolfpack travel from Raleigh to do battle with UNC. The other November matchup on the 2016 ACC Football schedule for UNC will see them face off on November 10 with their arch rival, Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham.

The Blue Devils will actually open their season opposite the Tar Heels, as Duke will begin play at home for two weeks, starting with NC Central coming in to Wallace Wade Stadium this Saturday, September 3 before their 2016 ACC Football conference opener sees them matchup with Wake Forest on September 10. The month of October for the Duke Blue Devils will start with back-to-back home matchups in Durham versus Virginia and Army. Before the final home game of the 2016 ACC Football schedule against the enemy Tar Heels (Nov.10), Duke will host one other game at Wallace Wade against Virginia Tech on November 5.

There were many great reasons in making the choice to move to Belmont Lake Preserve, with its great centralized location being one that can help you experience “Lifestyle Redefined” along side thousands of other fans when you cheer for your favorite team as they play under an hour away during the 2016 ACC Football schedule. For more information on each of these teams and all others in the conference, visit

Photo Credits:
UNC/Kenan Memorial Stadium:Yeungb
NC State/Carter Finley: SMaloney

Winter Events in Rocky Mount

Although the temperature may be dropping as the calendar breezes through November and into December the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences is heating up with a variety of fantastic and fun Winter Events in Rocky Mount just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community.

Beginning on Friday, December 4, the Imperial Centre begins hosting what is probably the most anticipated of all the Winter Events in Rocky Mount, as the Holiday Skating Rink opens, with public ice skating sessions running each weekend from 1-7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays. The kids and adults alike can get in the spirit of the season as a 45 minute skating session only cost $6 per person during any of the weekends in December other that the 24-26, as the rink closes for the Christmas holiday. Private rentals of the rink can also be arranged by calling 252-972-1266. These private parties allow for your family and friends to enjoy the most anticipated of the Imperial Centre’s Winter Events in Rocky Mount at times during the week and around the aforementioned public skating times and run for two hours where you can have up to 30 guests on the ice at a time.

In addition to the opening of the Holiday Skating Rink, the Imperial Centre also plays host to many other great Winter Events in Rocky Mount, including its popular “First Friday” series. These Winter Events in Rocky Mount take place at the Arts Center on the first Friday of every month, allowing friends and family alike to come out for local music, craft vendors, and activities that all ages can enjoy. The next installment of the “First Friday” Winter Events in Rocky Mount will take on a Christmas theme and take place on Friday, December 4. The highlight s of the event will include the annual “lighting of the Imperial Centre,” in addition to ice skating, sleigh rides, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be on hand, and there will also be Blacksmith Demonstrations among a host of other great things to be a part of from 6-9 p.m. at “First Friday.”

The opening of the Holiday Skating Rink and the December 4 “First Friday” event are just two of the many great Winter Events in Rocky Mount on the upcoming schedule at the Imperial Centre. For more details on both of these and for a full schedule of all their happenings, visit

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