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In addition to being afforded the most luxurious, spa like amenities in the area as you enjoy your new house at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community, a major reason in which many people are opting to relocate to scenic and historic Rocky Mount is the great location. For any sports fan under your roof, this bids especially well, given the excitement in the air at this time of year “around the hoop,” with both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sitting very close to just an hour away , when you’re here at BLP you’re never too far from College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry.

Without question when people think sports in the state of North Carolina the first thing that pops into mind is Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college basketball, and with that, two of the most decorated hoops programs in all of the land, Duke and UNC. More so decorated history and than any other rivalry across NCAA Division 1 basketball, the decorated history and unparalleled talent that comes in and out of these school’s and on to the basketball court makes there two matchups each season College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry.

With both teams sitting once again predicted to be among the elite of all of the NCAA in the 2017-18 season, College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry is sure to be as red hot as ever to kick off another chapter this week, when Duke will travel to Chapel Hill and face theTar Heels on Thursday night, February 8 as the eyes of America will be on the state of North Carolina once again in a nationally televised contest on ESPN at 8:00 pm. The Tar Heels, will later take to the road in the seasons final regular season maych up and try to head into “March Madness” with a road win against the Blue Devils on March 3rd in another nationally televised contest will take place on the Duke campus at Cameron Indoor Stadium with an 8:00 pm tip off.

While all ACC basketball contests carry some weight and interest, no two teams taking the court in this or any other sport seems to draw the interest of Duke and UNC in College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry. To see all of the options in area sports that are taking place just a short way up the road from Belmont Lake Preserve and Rocky Mount, including Duke and UNC, visit the “Lifestyle Redefined” page on our Belmont Lake Preserve website, located here.

Charlotte Hornets Basketball

The countless entertainment options that have become part of your “Lifestyle Redefined” at Belmont Lake Preserve include many professional and collegiate sports teams across the state of North Carolina that are with in a short driving distance. The “Tar Heel State” certainly get a little “Hoops Crazy” as this time of year rolls around, and the sports fanatic under your roof at our North Carolina golf and retirement community can rest assured that the run into the playoffs last season was one that the Charlotte Hornets Basketball team looks to build upon as they hope to take steps towards an NBA Championship in the 2016-17 season, which gets underway later this week.

The Hornets are set to unveil the awesome new scoreboard at the Spectrum Center

The Hornets are set to unveil the awesome new scoreboard at the Spectrum Center

With a recent name change to their downtown home arena, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball franchise will look for bigger and better things than even the greatly successful 2015-16 season as they take the court at the freshly named, Spectrum Arena this year. Finishing with an impressive 48 wins against just 34 losses with an even more lofty 30-11 home record, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball will be favored as one of the NBA’s top teams in the Eastern Conference this year.

Getting ready for the upcoming season, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball squad will take to the road for their two opening contests, when they travel on Wednesday, October 26 to play the Milwaukee Bucks. and then the Miami Heat on October 29. Finally, the hometown crowd will get to root for some 2016-17 Charlotte Hornets Basketball when the home opener takes place against the rival Boston Celtics on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the newly christened Spectrum Center.

Charlotte Hornets Basketball

Hugo the Hornet, the team mascot and the Hornets are often seen involved with school and community events

Other Charlotte Hornets Basketball home games scheduled throughout the first full month of play at the Spectrum Center will see the Philadelphia 76ers in town on November 2, before a three game home stand against the Indiana Pacers (November 7), Utah Jazz (November 9), and Toronto Raptors (November 11). The Atlanta Hawks come in to do battle with the Charlotte Hornets Basketball team on November 18, before they bring in the Memphis Grizzlies (November 21), San Antonio Spurs (November 23), and the New York Knicks (November 26). Closing out a busy first month of Charlotte Hornets Basketball will be the always tough, Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, November 29.

Much like the championship-caliber golf you are used to playing right here in your backyard at Belmont Lake Preserve, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball franchise will be playing championship caliber basketball just a few short hours away from Belmont Lake Preserve. To “Embrace the roar of the crowd” at the Spectrum Center and for more information on the full 2016-17 schedule and tickets, visit nba.com/hornets.

North Carolina golf communities

With high praise and accolades from some of the most respected golf publications in the nation,  and the name of one of the country’s most accredited course designers, David Johnson, attached to its beautiful 18 hole layout in Rocky Mount NC, the Belmont Lake Golf Club right here on site at Belmont Lake Preserve is truly a “masterpiece” among North Carolina golf communities just outside your front door.

The pro shop at the BLP Golf Clubhouse has all your needs to go out and hit 18

The pro shop at the BLP Golf Clubhouse has all your needs to go out and hit 18

With a classic setup featuring a front-nine out and back-nine in routing, the spectacular course design of David Johnson was selected by the North Carolina Golf Panel as one of the state’s “Top 100 You Can Play” among North Carolina golf communities. In addition, with its great blend of variety and contrasts taking you from holes that play through scenic woodlands, as well as several that do not, where the wind and weather conditions will come into play, the Belmont Lake Golf Club was named in 2012 as one of the top ten North Carolina golf communities to play in Eastern NC.

Boasting an array of hole lengths, doglegs to either side, and greens which are both large and small, the course has drawn rave reviews for its overall balance from golfers of all skill sets. Making for an enjoyable round regardless of a players handicap, the strategic design of the course offers up the challenging demands of an advanced player from the back tees, which greatly lessen for the more inexperienced players that are teeing off from the front. Examples of this see many holes where when teeing off from the back tees, cross-bunkers or forced carries will come into play, where as many of these hazards are not a factor for those hitting from the front tee area.

North Carolina golf communities

Special events for golfers both young and old take place at Belmont Lake Golf Club regularly

Course designer, David Johnson’s website praises this gem among North Carolina golf communities saying, “The Belmont Lake Golf Club course is a masterpiece… the course takes full advantage of the gently rolling terrain in offering a unique golfing experience.” Speaking further to the playability of the course for those with any skill set, from beginner to pro, the site concluded, “Belmont Lake Golf Club is a challenging, fair test of golf that provides interest, variety and excitement for players of all abilities.”

To learn more about the spectacular 18-hole Belmont Lake Golf Club, including membership information, upcoming events, and so much more visit belmontlakegolfclub.com.

DPAC Broadway Series

The second in our two part series on the incredible, world class talent that awaits you just over an hour from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at the Durham Performing Arts Center focuses on the live theater performances that are a part of the DPAC Broadway Season at the venue, boasting eight shows in which seven are current or recent smash hits in New York and the other is wildly successful in London’s West End.

DPAC Broadway Series

The DPAC Broadway Series will see RENT on stage this week

Currently featuring Tony Award winning Best Musical, a Tony Award winning Best Play and a pair of Tony Award winning Best Revivals, the DPAC Broadway Season is the leading one-week Broadway series in the entire United States. The seats in the beautiful Durham Performing Arts Center are available in a season package for these great shows at a locked in low price and give you the same fantastic location you choose for every event, or also available for single shows too.

The shows that are a part of the “Dream Big” DPAC Broadway Season are not the only performances scheduled, however, as some of the most popular shows to ever grace a Broadway stage are also currently slated to enthrall the audiences in the upcoming months. The week of October 11-16 the DPAC Broadway Season will feature one of the most popular shows ever, Rent. The following week will see the 2015 Tony winning Best Musical, Fun Home on October 25-October 30. For the holiday season, the DPAC Broadway Season brings the classic tale of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical to center stage from November 29- December 4.

DPAC Broadway Series

The Grinch will take center stage at DPAC on Nov.29- Dec.4

Other shows featured as a part of the DPAC Broadway Series heading into 2017 will be some more of the most classic tales of all time retold with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Dec. 30- Jan.1), An American in Paris (Jan. 3- 8), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Jan. 31-Feb. 5), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Feb.21- 26), and The Bodyguard, The Musical (March 14-19).

For the member of your household whom “Lifestyle Redefined” means the bright lights and the thrills and chills that can only be felt under the stage lamps and from the cheers that follow the final curtain call, they should continue to “Dream Big,” and know that just an hour from Rocky Mount, the stage that is life awaits them with the DPAC Broadway Season.For tickets, seating information, and more details on the DPAC Broadway Season, visit dpacnc.com.

Durham Performing Arts Center

At Belmont Lake Preserve, you are afforded some of the greatest on-site amenities here at the premier North Carolina golf community and locally with all the fantastic outdoor living and active lifestyle options that Rocky Mount has to offer. However, the central location of our community to the incredible entertainment options also puts with in a short drive to some of the finest theatres and concert venues in the country, including the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) which features the biggest names in all genres of music, an incredible “Broadway” lineup, comedians, children’s shows, and much more.

Durham Performing Arts Center

The legendary Bob Dylan comes to DPAC on November 4

In this, a two –part series focusing on all of the awesome national and world famous acts that perform at DPAC, we will look at just a sampling of the incredible live entertainment you can be on hand for in just over an hour on a straight shot up US-64 East. Starting this upcoming week as an example of the variety of world-class talent that graces the Durham Performing Arts Center stage, Grammy Award Winner, Anthony Hamilton will take center stage on Thursday, October 6, 3 Doors Down on Friday night (October 7), and an Evening of YES music with original members of the legendary classic rock band hitting DPAC on Sunday, October 9. Sandwiched between these great musical acts on Saturday, October 8, will be a night for the kids, as Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic comes to Durham Performing Arts Center for a night of family fun.

Other incredible talent just in the months of October and November scheduled to be at Durham Performing Arts Center include: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and pioneer, Bob Dylan on Friday, November 4, Country Music Superstar, Vince Gill on November 9, Motown legends, The Temptations and The Four Tops on November 18, and guitar virtuoso, Joe Bonamassa on November 25.

The great music at Durham Performing Arts Center is only a portion of the talented upcoming schedule though, as if you are looking for a night of laughter, comedy acts to include the Trailer Park Boys (October 21), and Bill Engvall (November 6) will all be tickling your “funny bone” at Durham Performing Arts Center.

Durham Performing Arts Center

Great children’s shows, like Disney Live! are a staple of DPAC’s schedule

Much like the aforementioned “Disney Live” performance, Durham Performing Arts Center also has many great shows bringing the favorite, lovable characters that all children know and appreciate so much to life on the stage. PBS Kids favorites, The Odd Squad: Live (November 5), and Octonauts Live! will be at DPAC on Friday, November 11 in a pair of shows the children won’t want to miss.

Your location at Belmont Lake Preserve puts you in the perfect spot to see all the great things across the state of North Carolina. In making the choice of Lifestyle Redefined at Belmont Lake , you truly are “never too far from world class entertainment at Durham Performing Arts Center.” To see the full lineup of acts and performances Arts Center.” To see the full lineup of acts and performances and for tickets, visit dpac.com.


East Carolina University Football

In the state of North Carolina, the changing of the seasons from summer to fall signifies many things. However, more so than the changing colors of the leaves, or the beautiful, crisp autumn air, one tradition across the “Tar Heel State” that may be the most symbolic of the season is the start of another football season. In choosing to relocate to the premier NC golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, you truly are “never too far from” a wide selection of both Division I NCAA and even National Football League action. In this, the first of a three-part series on the North Carolina Living tradition that takes us on too the gridiron every Saturday and Sunday (and sometimes during the week, too!) we take a look at the closest squad to Rocky Mount, and ask, “Are you ready for some East Carolina University Football?”

East Carolina University Football

ECU has seen many superstar players move on from the program to the NFL, like Chris Johnson (pictured above)

East Carolina University Football (ECU) play their home games throughout the American Athletic Conference (AAC) schedule and against some home state rivals at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina just over 40 miles away from Belmont Lake Preserve. Entering a new era in the East Carolina University Football program, first year head coach, Scottie Montgomery will look to relive the Pirates past glory which has seen them win a total of seven conference titles, picking up championships in each of the conferences they were a part of prior to joining the AAC. (North State, Southern, and Conference USA)

This season, the East Carolina University Football team will not only play their always spirited conference games, but also have several interesting non-conference matchups as well that should have the Pirates’ “purple and yellow” faithful cheering right from the opening snap. ECU will open the season with two consecutive home games, hosting Western Carolina on Saturday, September 3 before welcoming the NC State Wolfpack into Greenville for “Hall of Fame Weekend” festivities on September 10. The remainder of their tough non-conference schedule takes them on the road for games with powerhouses, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

East Carolina University Football

As passionate of a fan base as any in the nation, the ECU “Pirate Nation” is always behind their team

Kicking off their home AAC schedule on Saturday, October 1, the University of Central Florida visits Dowdy-Ficken Stadium for “Paint it Purple Family Weekend.” The remainder of the home 2016 schedule for East Carolina University Football will see Navy come to the Greenville campus on Thursday night for a nationally televised game on ESPN, before the final two home contests take place on Saturdays, October 13 against Connecticut and October 29 versus SMU.

The East Carolina University Football program has some of the most passionate fans across the entire state, as do the remaining college and professional teams to be touched upon in the two stories to follow this one, covering the exciting football action that you are “never too far from” at Belmont Lake Preserve. For more information on the ECU Pirates 2016 season including ticket information, visit ecupirates.com.

Durham Bulls Baseball

With a lineage unmatched by even most Major League Baseball teams, and a place in pop culture history and lore forever, Durham Bulls Baseball is a tradition like no other in the summer months that awaits you and at under an hour away from your front door at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, it won’t be long until you are saying, “Play Ball.”

Durham Bulls Baseball

A beautiful night of Bulls Baseball at DBAP

Dating way back to the 1902, the history of the Durham Bulls baseball franchise is one of the most interesting and storied of any professional sports organization at any level of play. While the most recent run of pro ball in Durham began in 1980, when they became the Bulls and later that decade would gain notoriety through the major motion picture bearing the team’s name, the team originally began play in the North Carolina League as the Durham Tobacconists in April of 1902.

After the initial season of play that league folded, but in the teams’ first appearance under the Durham Bulls name, they would not have too long before they once again were taking the field, as the North Carolina State League (NCSL) formed in late 1912 and at the start of 1913 the Bulls would start playing at Hanes Field, which sits on what would now be part of Duke University’s east campus. The NCSL would cease to exist in May of 1917 due to the start of World War I in leading to a two year hiatus in professional baseball being played in Durham.

Durham Bulls Baseball

The “snorting bull” that was originally developed in the movie “Bull Durham,” now has a variation sitting beyond the outfield wall at DBAP

After the disbanding of the NCSL and the two years before Durham Bulls Baseball would return to action in 1919 with the formation of the Piedmont League, there would only be one summer (1944) without professional baseball in town until 1972. During this 50 year period, one significant pickup by the franchise would be when they purchased and then began the 1926 season playing their home games at El Toro Park, which would be renamed in 1933 as Durham Athletic Park where they would continue to play at until 1993. It would also be during this time period that Durham Bulls Baseball would first become affiliated with an MLB franchise, as they became part of the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1932. To the day, they remain an MLB affiliate, just one league below the “bigs,” as the Triple A team in the Tampa Rays organization.

Following their brief merger with the city of Raleigh from 1968-1972 in the New York Mets family as the Raleigh-Durham Mets, pro baseball again left the Triangle area, but Durham Bulls Baseball would return for good in 1980 and become the franchise that is more recognizable than any in the country among the ranks of the minor leagues. The late fall months of 1987 would have much to do with the spike in notoriety for Durham Bulls Baseball as, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon would star in the huge box office hit, “Bull Durham,” which would be released in 1988 and most of which was filmed at Durham Athletic Park and in the surrounding areas.

Durham Bulls Baseball

Released in 1988, “Bull Durham” starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and others brought national attention to the franchise

In May of 1990, Jim Goodmon would purchase the Durham Bulls Baseball franchise, and announce his plans for a new stadium in what would be known as Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), a beautiful ballpark by the standards of any league that would have an additional 10,000 seats and allow for the team to begin setting attendance records on a near annual basis. Just last season, in 2015 the Durham Bulls Baseball club set their own single season paid attendance record, with 554,788 fans coming through the turnstiles at DBAP last season.

Durham Bulls Baseball is steeped in a rich history that continues to excite their fans and provide great family fun at every one of their home games played. The team also offers many great giveaways and host theme nights at the park throughout the season. For a complete look at Durham Bulls Baseball including their full schedule, ticket information, specials and discounts, and so much more, visit durhambulls.com.









One of the many attractions of your relocation and the jump into “North Carolina Living” is the convenient location not only to the beaches, mountains, and all points in between in state, but also the central locale to most major spots in both the north and southeastern U.S. Case in point, just a few short hours up the road from Rocky Mount’s premier North Carolina golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, you are “never too far from” world class fishing and so much more in Hatteras NC and the Outer Banks.

Hatteras NC

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Maritime Museum

The “southernmost” community on Hatteras Island, Hatteras NC is renowned not only for its beauty and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, but also for the best fishing on the Outer Banks. From its humble beginnings in the 1700s , the very first people to settle in Hatteras NC relied on the abundance of fish in the small town, until eventually many years later the village evolved into what is now referred to as the “blue marlin capital of the world.”

Although being only 15 miles off of the Gulf Stream and offering what many consider to be the best charter fishing off the coast of North Carolina, Hatteras NC has much more to offer than just that which is alluring to the fisherman. Tourists have also praised the beaches at Hatteras NC and locals alike as “like no other anywhere in the world.” The Hatteras NC beaches offer both vehicular and pedestrian access in addition to countless opportunities for an array of beach water sports and activities that include swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, and kiteboarding.

Hatteras NC

The Atlantic Ocean at Cape Hatteras Beach NC

In addition to the fishing and watersports offered at Hatteras NC, there are several other local attractions that have made this one of the most desirable destinations in all of the Outer Banks. First and foremost, the shopping, entertainment, and great food offered at the Hatteras Landing complex sits at the heart of the village. Also, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum gives visitors a look back at the rich msritime history of Hatteras NC and the fascinating stories of days gone by involving Hatteras Island and the sea.

With an assortment of special events throughout the calendar year catering to all tastes and lifestyle including the annual mid-Sepetmber, “Day at the Docks,” October’s “Wings Over Water,” or the “Hatteras Grand Slam” in early July, Hatteras NC offers something for everyone visiting their quaint waterfront village. For more information on Hatteras NC and all the beaches of the Outer Banks, visit outerbanks.org.


Koka Booth Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series
Koka Booth Amphitheatre Summer Lineup

ZZ Top will bring their classic mix of blues and rock to Cary on Sept. 14

While the many spa-like on site amenities and great local community events in Rocky Mount are some of the most alluring points in opting to move to the North Carolina’s premier golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, it’s location and proximity to all of the incredible entertainment of the Triangle area such as the world class talent being showcased as part of the Koka Booth Amphitheatre Summer Concert Lineup in Cary.

The huge Koka Booth Amphitheatre Summer Lineup continues this upcoming week, with the second installment of the critically acclaimed live jazz series, the Hob Nob Jazz Series with Yolanda Rabun on Wednesday, June 1, and La Fiesta Jazz Quintet on the following Wednesday, June 8.

The majority of the remainder of June will see the world renowned North Carolina Symphony (pictured at top) and their always popular, annual NC Summerfest Series take center stage as a art of the Koka Booth Amphitheatre Summer Concert Lineup. This annual series sees a variety of guests joining the Symphony and the ensemble taking on different themes and genres during each performance. This remainder of the NC Summerfest Series from the North Carolina Symphony schedule is as follows:

  • June 3- Gershwin and Jazz with Joey Alexander
  • June 4- Classics Under the Stars
  • June 10- John Williams Festival I
  • June 11- John Williams Festival II
  • June 16- Beethoven Festival I
  • June 17- Beethoven Festival II
  • June 24- Broadway at the Booth
  • June 25- The Music of David Bowie: A Musical Odyssey
  • July 4- Independence Day (Free Show)
  • July 9- Beach Music with North Tower Band
Koka Booth Amphitheatre Summer Lineup

On August 7, the legendary Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons take the Koka Booth stage .

The national acts appearing as a part of the Koka Booth Amphitheatre Summer Lineup return in early July as well, with Modest Mouse taking the Cary stage on Wednesday, July 6. Flight of the Conchords is the next act to come in to Koka Booth on Monday, July 18 and the Wheels of Soul Tour featuring the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, and North Mississippi All Stars share the bill on July 22.

Heading into August and September, a few faces familiar to an older generation highlight the Koka Booth Amphitheatre Summer Lineup, with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (August 7) and ZZ Top with Gov’t Mule (Sept. 14) scheduled to appear. The Lumineers on Thursday, September 15 and Alabama with the Charlie Daniels Band on Friday, October 7 round out the Koka Booth Amphithatre Summer Concert Lineup.

For more details on any of these upcoming shows, including information on ordering tickets, visit boothamphitheatre.com.

North Carolina Living

The incredible amenities and convenient location of the premier NC golf and retirement community, Belmont Lake Preserve is complimented perfectly by the rich history and picturesque parks and outdoor scenery of the city of Rocky Mount. Local blogsite, the “Rocky Mount Review” recently gave a detailed reminder of all the fantastic North Carolina Living to be done in the city, as they chronicled their “Top Ten Things to Love About Rocky Mount, NC.”

North Carolina Living

The “hometown feel” of beautiful downtown Rocky Mount

One thing that continuously draws folks looking to retire or relocate and enjoy North Carolina Living is the growth and expansion in the state. Number 10 on the “Review’s” list spoke to this as they talked the revitalization of that “hometown feel” and of Downtown Rocky Mount’s New Beginnings. Ninth on the list was the low cost of living that residents can enjoy in Rocky Mount, allowing you to experience said North Carolina Living at much lesser of an expense than the more pricey alternatives state wide in places like Raleigh or Charlotte.

Rocky Mount Mills, which is a piece of Rocky Mount history that has undergone a drastic revamping that includes craft breweries and renovated housing on the storied Tar River site checks in at number eight on the blog’s list, while nearby Edgecombe and Nash Community Colleges, as well as Belmont Lake Preserve’s neighboring North Carolina Wesleyan College and the city’s array of educational opportunities is number seven.

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NC Wesleyan College is one of many educational opportunities you have in Rocky Mount

Heading toward the Top Five reasons to love North Carolina Living in Rocky Mount, the sixth entry on the chart is the natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities in Rocky Mount. Along with the breathtaking landscape that is Battle Park or the Tar River Trail, number five on the list also plays into this spectacular scenery, as it is the city’s gorgeous architecture.

The artistic endeavors at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in downtown Rocky Mount is the third reason listed that will make you fall in love with the city’s North Carolina Living and the hard working city officials, alongside community members and law enforcement driving the area’s crime rate to its lowest in almost 40 years is the third entry on the list.

Another piece of American history takes the number two spot on the list, as the positive strides toward racial equality which had some early beginnings right in Rocky Mount, as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech actually was debuted in the city before it ever became the iconic symbol of the movement. Lastly, the number one reason to love the North Carolina Living in Rocky Mount is the people. The outgoing, friendly, and welcoming community spirit in the town is second to none and once you have come to see for yourself what “southern hospitality” in Rocky Mount is all about, you to will be proud to call yourself a member of this community and to call the city and Belmont Lake Preserve your home.