The Lion Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 72 layout unfurls across 7,086 yards of short-grass corridors buttressed by skyscraping pine trees and winding streams. Players can begin their day of orb-blasting bravado by unloading their own individual buckets of practice balls into the verdant abyss of the club’s 11-acre range, where distant targets beckon to precise golfers and lonely 9-irons. The swing-loosening sessions pay off immediately at the third hole, considered the course’s most challenging because of a hard-to-gauge, uphill approach shot. The grizzled sands of treacherous bunkers lurk at the periphery of most holes, but the course’s true challenges await on each green, where slick surfaces and bold slopes conspire to form breaks more difficult to read than the fine print on an infomercial. Rounds conclude with three breathtaking finishing holes, including the signature 16th, which features an elevated tee and a green fronted by a winding creek. After the round, golfers can refuel with tasty bread-ensconced eats such as a chicken-salad sandwich or classic BLT, both served with fries.
Georgia Kayak Adventures’ experienced staff guides tours centralized on the Etowah River, which plays host to 75 native species of fish and strategic Civil War battle sites and crossings. Its eco tours embark on the green, natural waters of the river surrounded by lush foliage as guides explain the ecology of the area, with chance sightings of deer, birds, and incredibly lost scuba teams. Weekend evening tours tempt romance beneath the moonlight, whereas history tours explore covered bridges and Civil War hot spots. Kayak fishing trips come in both day and overnight versions, in which anglers search for bass or etowah and cherokee darters, which are native only to this area of the world.
Nestled within the gates of Fairfield Plantation, this verdant 18-hole golf course provides professional putters and nine-iron neophytes with ample playable space. Cruise the course with a single companion of your choice, or combine two Groupons to play as a friendly foursome. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful trees lining the well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadre mulligans. The satisfaction you feel following your own well-played holes will be amplified by the enjoyment you get from witnessing a partner's three-shot spectacle in woodsy rough. Call to schedule your tee time.
Owners Monica Webb, Helena Thornfeldt, and Deborah Schjodt, a trio of former professional athletes, foster their life-long love of competition with 10 Diamond tables and replenish nutrients with inspired American fare. Dominate on the sweeping emerald, fueled by a full bar with more than nine taps and unlimited cue sharpenings. The menu, a profusion of time-tested fodder, includes wings tossed in 11 different sauces ($7.49 for 10), the classic Stix burger ($6.99), and the Sledgehammer sandwich, a soaring duet of salami and roast beef accompanied by warm provolone baritone ($7.99). Pizza rolls encase troves of toppings, such as ham, jalapeños, and bacon, in a hearty, hand-tossed crust ($6.99), much like Chef Boyardee smuggles secret recipes in his hat.
"[I] enjoyed the introspection it provided my mind when facing the open door for the first time," says ATL Skydiving's drop zone manager Josh Eckl. "Despite the fear, you push yourself forward and into the unknown." Since the profound experience he felt during his first skydive, Josh has gone on to complete more than 5000 jumps, becoming certified as a tandem and accelerated freefall (AFF) instructor in the process. Josh and his team—all members of the United States Parachute Association—arrange both of these types of jumps, offering traditional tandem jumps for amateur skydivers and AFF leaps for instructors in training. Regardless of the type of jump, skydivers are flown out of a tower-controlled airport (Earl L. Small, Jr. Field-Stockmar Airport in Villa Rica), ensuring they are in contact with all area aircraft, which contributes to ATL's stellar safety record.
To commemorate their dive, clients can purchase an RVT skydiving video. RVT, which stands for Revolutionary Video Technology, combines footage from a first-person canopy cam as well as panoramic shots in order to recreate the experience. The finished product shows every step of the jump, from the freefall and parachute opening to the ground landing and tasting of the soil to ensure that you landed back on Earth.
Whether cuddling a tiny spotted piglet, nuzzling a baby goat, or cradling a fuzzy bunny, it's nearly impossible to suppress affectionate coos during a visit to Little Vine Petting Zoo. The zoo abounds with creatures of all kinds, from gentle donkeys to soft alpacas to one spiny hedgehog. Ponies and horses trot down the trail with wee riders on their backs, guests can opt for hay rides, and take pictures inside of rustic stagecoach. Ambling down a tree-lined road, the farm’s colorful train transports guests around the area. The cheerful farm staffers also host bashes onsite and can travel for on-location parties, bringing along ponies and animals to delight guests at birthday parties or confuse bridesmaids at weddings.
As a USDA–licensed petting zoo, the farm owners pride themselves in caring for their animals as an extension of their family. When they’re not introducing their barnyard companions to visitors, the owners breed and show Nigerian dwarf goats as a full-time goat farmers.