Located in the heart of Carolina Forest, this golf-themed restaurant is a welcome addition to the area.
Golf paraphernalia covers the walls and the dark rich wood, comfortable seating and overall atmosphere make this a cozy yet sophisticated place to dine or spend time relaxing.
Besides the dining room, there are spacious booths in the rich wood bar, an outdoor covered area with tables and warm fireplace, and a private room fully equipped with AV equipment for events or meetings.
Sam Snead’s uses locally cured oak to grill many menu selections. This is what makes their signature, unique flavor in their certified Angus beef, ribs, chicken and local seafood specialties.
“The menu offers the perfect amount of great choices and it is well rounded. I think it is better to specialize in a few things than have a wide array of random things,” said Carolina Forest resident Natalie Bankowski.
The lunch menu offers salads, soups, sandwiches, Angus burgers and other specialties, including quesadillas, barbecue chicken or margherita flatbreads, a soup and half-sandwich combo meal, Reuben sandwich, crab cakes, and fish and chips. Most lunches are served with crispy homemade french fries. The lunch prices range from about $9-$13. You can have an Angus burger and fries for around $10.
From 4-6 p.m. they have the Par 3 menu that features a three-course meal for $19. The meal includes a soup or salad for the first course, then a choice of chicken Madeira, half rack of ribs, sirloin steak, pork tenderloin or Atlantic salmon for the second course, and a dessert, too.
The dinner menu has something for everyone. Wings, shrimp cocktail, soft pretzels, quesadillas, tuna sashimi and other starters are featured on the Tee Off appetizers selections ranging from $8-$13.
Seven different salad selections include grilled salmon, steak, and chicken cheese and nut salad. The salads are fresh, crispy and the croutons are crunchy and full of flavor. Prices range from $8-$13. French onion soup and clam chowder are also made daily for $5-$6.
Seafood, steaks, burgers and a collection of entrées make up the dinner menu. Shrimp and lobster pasta, daily fresh fish, Jumbo lump crab cakes, filet mignon, surf and turf, and baby back pork ribs are just a few dinner choices available. Most come with a salad, bread and choice of quite a selection of side items. The entree menu averages about $20. The oak fire grill gives each meal a flavor that is unique to the restaurant.
The typical, limited, kids menu includes a scoop of ice cream.
There is also an impressive dessert menu that includes the popular Carrot Cake, which is moist and flavorful. The shredded carrot, cinnamon, coconut and pineapple topped with fresh cream cheese frosting make this dessert burst with flavor. Served with a chilled fork and baked fresh every day, one slice is generous enough for two.
The wine list is plentiful and the signature cocktails are unique. The service was personal and impressive. All in all, Sam Snead’s is a great place to dine in or hang out in the outdoor patio area with friends and enjoy the outdoor fireplace.
The comfortable tavern area is great for watching games or comparing stories about your day on the course. Golfers will love the ambiance and non-golfers will enjoy the food, atmosphere and fair prices. Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. there is live musical entertainment outside on the covered patio.
Pearl Jam back with ‘Lightning Bolt’
It’s been 22 years since “Ten” helped take the grunge movement to the masses and turned Pearl Jam into rock superstars.
Today, Eddie Vedder and company show no signs of slowing down with the release of their 10th studio album, “Lightning Bolt,” out Oct. 15.
It’s an album that offers something for every fan of the band, both old and new. The DNA of their 90s heyday records “Vs.” and “Vitalogy” is all over the new record’s opening one-two punch of “Getaway” and “Mind Your Manners.”
Those who have raged away with the group ever since they took on Ticketmaster are now in their 30s and 40s. Vedder himself is 48, and the band’s earlier angst has been replaced by a sense of reflection and hopefulness that seems to come with middle age.
Nowhere is this more apparent than on the album closer “Future Days,” a piano-driven love song that is as tender and heartfelt as anything in Pearl Jam’s catalog.
Guitarist Mike McCready’s acoustic opening powers “Lightning Bolt’s” standout, “Sirens,” a mid-tempo ballad that seems destined to sit alongside the Seattle survivors’ other classics.
All told, the band has stuck with their tried-and-true formula, and it’s one that continues to work. Powerful guitar riffs courtesy of McCready and Stone Gossard, a strong rhythm section powered by bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Matt Cameron, the occasional shot of ukulele and Vedder’s still impressive vocals ensure Pearl Jam won’t let down their strong fan base.
Twenty years ago, Vedder howled that he’s still alive. With “Lightning Bolt,” he and the rest of Pearl Jam prove that’s exactly the case.
Brad Dickerson, For The Sun News