Designed by Randy Watkins in 1999, the course at the semiprivate Patrick Farms Golf Club covers 200 landscaped acres replete with thick clusters of trees. To reach their hole goals, golfers must slap spheroids down the middle of meticulously well-kept Tifway 419 bermuda grass fairways before smuggling them past fringe and onto Tifdwarf grass greens. The course is overseeded in the winter to extend the golf season to 12 months a year, providing gift recipients with the chance to shoot strokes on holiday break or in celebration of Millard Fillmore day. The par 72 course opens and closes with a long par 5, forcing players to call upon their long games from the get-go.
Guided by 27 years of martial-arts experience, seventh-degree black belt Jason Griffin helps budding martial artists cultivate their skills with his team of certified Taekwondo instructors. Since 1996, they’ve helped students of all ages learn self-defense, compete in tournaments, and take pride in the practice of martial arts. The team’s dedication has paid off: In 2012, the Jackson Free Press awarded them the title of Best Martial Arts Studio. In addition to taekwondo classes, the studio hosts birthday parties, boot camps, and more.
On the Ross Barnett Reservoir sits the Main Harbor Marina, and subsequently, the full-service Main Harbor Store. There, the staff dispenses a host of boating aids, ranging from ethanol-free fuel to ice, food, and supplies, such as life jackets or inflatable marinas for boating vacations on the go. But the store doesn't merely indulge its customers in boating merchandise. It also rents out party-boat behemoths, such as pontoons fit for a dozen people looking to relax in the sun and dip their faces into the marina's waters. And in addition to personal watercraft, or small jets fit for three passengers, there's also the massive, 30-foot party barge, which holds up to 16 people and features two levels of above-water decks, as well as a slide.
At 11,000 square feet, Sky Blue Soccerdome ranks among the biggest indoor soccer facilities in Mississippi. Inside, players learn to master the beautiful game on a state-of-the-art synthetic turf pitch through training, camps, and leagues. Skills come easy under the tutelage of Manchester, England–born founder Tom Cosgrave. Tom combines his honorable-mention All-American collegiate experience and his degree in sports medicine to drop knowledge on students of all abilities. The soccerdome also includes a performance gym for improving fitness, reducing injury risk, and learning that "pumping iron" doesn’t involve lifting vitamin bottles.
The USPTA-certified pros at The Club Tennis Center at The Township teach tennis trainees how to wield rackets with the finesse of Wheaties box gracers. Tennis practitioners may bring their own stringed instruments to the lessons, while newbies borrow demo rackets from the pro shop. After opting for a battlefield of clay or another hard surface, students master techniques for defending their territory against incoming neon-yellow projectiles and acing their opponents with baseline attacks.
Raising the Barr guru Clint Barr leads the battle against sedentarianism with experience as a former A-advanced-level baseball player in the New York Yankees organization, and a masters degree in exercise science. Boot campers of all ages and fitness levels engage in a hodgepodge of athletic maneuvering to keep muscles as surprised as someone opening a refrigerator to find only a bowl of marbles. Class sizes of 20 or fewer ensure individualized attention, and boot-camp sergeants eschew militaristic yelling and college fight songs for firm, motivating encouragement.
Oasis Therapeutic Massage and Yoga Center welcomes students of any skill level to yoga classes that challenge or relax with gentle stretches and held poses. Meeting on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings, the four-week beginners' series prepares fledgling yogis for more advanced classes by illuminating step-by-step, fundamental yogic poses, stretches, and breathing exercises. Students who already boast foundational knowledge can expand skill sets in Vinyasa Sculpt sessions, where pupils learn to intensify Vinyasa yoga poses including sun salutations and limbo pose by adding manageable free weights. During Slow Deep Stretch sessions, instructors incorporate supportive props including blankets, blocks, and straps into a series of sustained poses that leave bodies as ache-free as a migrating bird with a jetpack.