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Leisure and Recreation

UNC-Chapel Hill’s 729-acre central campus, once called “The Noble Grove,” is among the most beautiful in the nation. Follow the pathways into the University’s early years by taking a walking tour of its oldest and most historic sites. In addition to visiting the “Landmark Points of Interest,” stay fit by becoming a member of either Campus Recreation or the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont.

For a nominal fee, there are many wonderful historic sites to visit right here in North Carolina. Although we don’t have a discount relationship with these individual places, we would like to provide you a list of some of the historical places North Carolina has to offer!  There are many wonderful places to spend a nice North Carolina afternoon.  http://www.nchistoricsites.org/about.htm

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. Find out how you can take advantage of our facilities and programs and stay or get fit and healthy, socialize with colleagues, make new friends, & engage in healthy competition. To participate in Campus Recreation activities, programs, and facilities, UNC employees may purchase a Recreation Membership through the UNC One Card Office.

Faculty and Staff Recreation Association (The Farm)

On the east edge of Chapel Hill, in the middle of 28 acres of woods and pasture, The Farm was founded in 1967 as a recreation center for faculty and staff. Today, the Farm provides recreational and social facilities including tennis, swimming and other sports for its members and their families. Membership is available to permanent full-time and part-time employees. The Farm is located off Raleigh Road/SR 54 on Barbee Chapel Road, not far from Meadowmont. Members pay an initiation fee and monthly dues. Call (919) 962-3933 for more information.

Finley Golf Course

Finley Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course owned by the University and home to the Tar Heel women’s and men’s golf teams. Redesigned by Tom Fazio, the course is open to the public and discounted green fees are available to faculty and staff. The course is located on Old Mason Farm Road and Finley Golf Course Road off State Routes 54 and 15-501 near campus and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. For more information, call (919) 962-2349.

Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club

Thinking about the summer? Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club is offering UNC employees 20% off our Summer Family Membership for $800.00 (normally $1,000) as well as no initiation fee (savings of $150). The Summer Family Membership runs from May 1st through Labor Day. In addition you will receive a complimentary pass for your children to try out a lesson at our swim school, a day at our summer tennis camp as well as a day at Camp Hollow Rock. As a summer member, you will have access to all of our amenities that include two pools, 19 clay, and 3 hard tennis courts, playgrounds and all tennis, swim, and social activities at member pricing. We are conveniently located within 10 minutes of the UNC Campus. Hollow Rock offers fantastic year round programs for children and adults. Our junior tennis camps focus on improving tennis skills while Camp Hollow Rock provides a broad variety of fun activities for kids. We have a very active recreational and competitive tennis program available for all ages and level of ability. Our heated indoor pool is available for year- round swimming. Contact Michael Polasek our General Manager at michael@hollowrock.com or 919-489-1550 for more information or a tour of the club. Visit our website at www.hollowrock.com. Come join the fun! A current valid UNC ID is required.

Kerr Lake Recreation Association

Kerr Lake Recreation Area is a 230-acre peninsula bordering Kerr Lake, one of North Carolina’s most popular locations for water sports, camping and outdoor relaxation. Operated by the UNC Kerr Lake Recreation Association and the University’s department of exercise and sport science, the recreation area is accessible to those carrying a daily or annual use permit from the department. For more information, call (919) 962-1153.

Landmarks and Points of Interest

As the nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a richly historic gem, having been charted in 1789 and opened to students in 1795. Carolina was the only public university to award degrees to students in the 18th century. Since those early years, this special place of learning has blended its own traditions with those of the state. One of the newest landmarks celebrates and honors one of the oldest relationships forged on the campus – the one between students and the black workers and slaves who helped build this great university. The Unsung Heroes monument is a popular site for reflecting and gathering near the center of McCorkle Place, the campus’ front yard.

UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont & Northwest Cary

The Wellness Center at Meadowmont and Northwest Cary serves as a key community resource for health improvement within Chapel Hill/Carrboro and the greater triangle. Operated by UNC Health Care, the Wellness Center delivers comprehensive, state-of-the-art resources and programming for children, teens, adults and elders. Meadowmont is designed to be a total lifestyle concept facility. Located within a modern and spacious 52,000 square foot glass and brick structure overlooking Meadowmont Village, the Wellness Center features an Olympic indoor pool, indoor track, aerobics studios, cardiovascular and strength training equipment, free weights, a multipurpose room for indoor basketball and volleyball and a range of fitness, yoga and Pilates classes. Massage and rehab support from surgery and injury are also offered on site.