Upon their arrival to Fairways of Canton Golf Club, golfers feast their eyes on the club’s bucolic 18-hole course as it unfurls across 6,515 yards of rolling terrain and scenic Georgia pines. The pristine par-72 course fosters aggressive drives into generous fairways, which lead to small bermuda-grass greens teeming with subtle slopes and trick holes that lead to another dimension in Space Jam. Dimpled orbs graze the stratosphere at the club’s practice facilities, which include a driving range, a putting green, a chipping area, and a sand bunker. Back muscles weary from a day of smashing drives or wrestling a gang of rogue golf carts can recess at the club’s onsite Canyon Grill, which slings sumptuous fare such as philly cheesesteaks, pizza margherita, and pasta with a choice of sauce.
The experienced pilots and FAA-certified flight instructors at Sharp Mountain Aviation take fledgling flyers soaring in well-maintained, up-to-date aircraft. The North Georgia mountains helicopter tour escorts airborne sightseers over the tree-topped panoramas of Appalachia, providing unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge mountain chain and the nation's last remaining whiskey mine. This particular parcel of picturesque Earth-lumps are some of America's oldest mountains and were once the stomping grounds of Cherokee Indians. The tour also whisks airborne adventurers over several of northern Georgia's scenic cities and counties, allowing sky voyagers to get a taste of the Peach State's varied terrain and pecan-flavored clouds.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2 hours
Brands Used: Crescent and Emotion kayaks; Walker Bay 10 and Compac 16 for sail; Sunchaser 20 pontoon
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Lake Arrowhead - the mountain hideaway
Recommended Age Group: 25+
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
When I was in Vietnam with the US Army. For relaxation, special services provided sailboats for us to use. When I returned from overseas and started managing Sears stores, it was a great therapy to get out on the water.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Watching the faces of my customers change after a lesson or rental. They are so much more relaxed. It is like a mental massage for them. It is a great stress-buster to get out on the water.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Being part of a class and enjoying in the team-building fun.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
My dad was a naval commander. I was born in the Oakland Naval Yard. I built my first boat when I was 8 years old. My wife and I both hold a 50 ton US Coast Guard Sailing Captains License. We have spent 150 days in a 25-foot sailboat circumnavigating Florida. I love the peace being on the water brings.
The year was 1966. Brothers and WWI vets Johnny and Charles Talmadge had been running their successful funeral home and casket company for more than two decades and had disagreed about its direction for nearly as long. The arguments would come to a head on a cold autumn night as these things often do, but this time the confrontation met a grisly end. By the dawn of the next day, Johnny Talmadge would have the blood of not one, but three relatives on his hands. Hearing of the murder of his uncle Charles at the hands of his uncle Johnny, the brothers' nephew, Neville Talmadge, rushed to avenge the death?only to accidentally shoot his young fiancee Constance?before turning the gun on himself.
Almost 50 years later, locals still fear to tread near the old funeral home and casket company. But every October, a select number of the brave and brash dare to enter its cursed halls. The ghost of Constance is said to inhabit the mirrors, beckoning visitors to join her in the afterlife while other terrors haunt the halls. The attraction is so frightening that it's not recommended for young children and visitors as old as 16 must be accompanied by an adult or professional hand-holder.
Stuart Enloe has logged some serious time in the sky. He's spent more than 200 hours in gas balloons, performed more than 80 parachute jumps, flew for 600 hours in airplanes, and totaled a whopping 2,700 hours in hot-air balloons. In total, he has spent enough time in the air to justify carving a second home into a cloud?more than 145 days.
At his main aerial outlet, Balloon Atlanta, Stuart carries this experience with him on every flight. He maintains a fleet of colorful hot-air balloons, available for scenic flights over some of the Southeast's most stunning landscapes. His passengers float over Lake Lanier, just barely skimming the surface, or sail up until mountains frame the warm light of sunset and set the scene for a romantic kiss or engagement. Regardless of which route he follows, a dedicated crew follows on the ground to pack away equipment and provide passengers a ride back to the starting point once the balloon lands.
For the guides of Lake and Stream Guide Service, days begin long before sunrise—at 3 a.m., an hour when even alarm clocks are tempted to hit the snooze button. That’s when they roll from their beds and trundle outside for the day’s fishing adventures. This dedication stems from a desire to help the anglers on their fishing day trips reel in trophy fish and lasting memories.
Once guides rise to greet the day, they meet up with patrons and set sail on the picturesque waters of Carters Lake, Blue Ridge Lake, or Lake Nottely, or along the frothy spumes of the Toccoa River. The guides provide all the gear and instruction anglers need to reel in hefty trout or fish such as stripers and hybrids that lurk in the clear, deep waters of Carters Lake.