Mark, welcome!! I always plan to get to the course about an hour before and just relax, putt, hit a few balls, meet my foursome, etc. feeling rushed off the first tee is no fun!
So yeah, on those further away days I want to be on the road around 7, 7:15 at the latest. I wound up with only one central course this year (Pine Lakes – which is the most central of then all!) along with two north and one south. But none in NC. Hey, it is what it is!