A few weeks back, after watching an incredible compilation video of history’s greatest golf shots, I

A few weeks back, after watching an incredible compilation video of history’s greatest golf shots, I had the epiphany that I needed to brush up on my skills. It had been too many years since I last hit the green, and I felt a sudden (but undeniably strong) urge to return to the emerald dance floor. But if I was going to make my return to golf, I needed some stiff competition to ensure I still had ‘it’. That’s when I decided to call Crocodylus. With an epic new EP under their belts that includes songs like Adrenaline, Heartbeat, and Motivation, I couldn’t think of anyone better to join me in my golfing quest. So, myself, Josh, Steven, Mikel, and our trusted photographer Pat, all hit the Pittwater Golf Centre for what would prove to be a fast-paced, high-pressure afternoon of athletic competition. Together, we pushed the human anatomy to its absolute limits. And while we were at it, we had a good chat about the history of their band, wild nights at the Time & Tide Hotel, their new EP Enjoy, and their plans for world domination. HAPPY: Well gentlemen, we’ve just played a pretty intense and competitive game of mini-golf. Any post-match comments? HAPPY: Well, going back to before...

Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Great Smokies offer cool hikes

Here are six summer hikes in Western North Carolina to help beat the heat by getting high up in the mountains or down into a cool stream. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. ASHEVILLE – How lucky are we in Western North Carolina? When temps are in the upper 80s, and it’s a long July 4 weekend and we’ve got kids and teens and grownups sitting around complaining about the heat, we can cure that real quick. In about 30 minutes or less from the city center, the mountains rise sharply out of the valley, some to the highest heights in the Eastern United States, providing a summer hiking wonderland of cooler temperatures, refreshing streams and waterfalls and soul-cleansing views. The Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah National Forest all have high-altitude options, from easy to strenuous, for just about every hiking ability. For instance, Mount Mitchell, the granddaddy at 6,684 feet in elevation – three times higher than sea level as Asheville – has great trails. The climate in the park, which sits off the parkway, about an hour’s drive north of Ashev...