The value of teamwork—this is the overriding lesson the staff at Lowell Paintball hopes its players take from the game. As players shuttle through the wooded field to find the opponents' flag, they’re incentivized to work together, ducking behind trees and climbing into bunkers to provide enough cover so that their teammates can advance or take a nice cat nap. As play unfolds, judges keep an eye on all the action to ensure safety and that all the rules are being followed.
Owned and operated by Jodi Spotts and her team of equine enthusiasts, Spotted Hills Farm presents a safe and welcoming atmosphere in which students can learn horseback riding. Riding lessons are conducted in the styles of English and Western, which differ by the styles of saddle and attire used as opposed to the horse’s accents. Lessons are divvied up into 30-minute and 60-minute blocks, and are designed to teach all ages and skill levels how to ride within a group or one-on-one setting.
The 18-hole course at St. Andrews Country Club drapes over 400 acres of countryside, demanding precise ball placement and keen focus as players navigate its two distinct sides. Course superintendent Heath Hammond keeps a meticulous watch over the conditions of the bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens, ensuring they stay not only pleasing to the eye but also lush enough for comfortable celebratory somersaults. Players choose from five separate sets of tees to start their round, rendering the course as long as 6,629 yards from the back tees but enjoyable for golfers of all ability levels. On the front nine, players must exhibit precise control over shots as they wind through the course's residential portion. The game relaxes on the back nine as it winds through open spaces dotted with handsome trees and allows players to unleash power. Before a round or during practice sessions, golfers can hone their strokes on St. Andrews' two-tiered driving range. A chipping green, a sand trap, and a bentgrass putting green round out the practice area's offerings, allowing players to re-create actual course conditions.
Course at a Glance:
Having hosted the Georgia Open, as well as receiving a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest, The Frog Golf Club showcases some of Georgia's most luxurious links. Designed by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio, The Frog Golf Club boasts 18 holes of immaculately maintained bent-grass greens and expansive bunkers, as well as a dedicated commitment to maintaining environmental stewardship over the grounds as evidenced by an Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary certification. Plaid-panted partners can practice their short game as they buzz around the grounds on a golf cart, scoping out sloping fairways and keeping walking legs spry for double-bogey boogies. Driving duos also get access to the club's range, where players can warm up their shoulders by clubbing balls off tottering tees before cooling their gullets with a drink at the nearby Frog Grill.
A slim parcel of grass, only wide enough to walk across, is the only thing preventing Creekside Golf and Country Club’s signature 18th hole from being considered a true island. The par 5 hole’s isolated bentgrass green presents a spectacular finish for golfers after they conquer the Richard Mandell-designed course, which challenges players with eight fairways split by a stream and myriad design obstacles. As difficult as the final hole is, it still doesn’t rank as the course’s hardest—that honor that belongs to the 14th hole, a lengthy monolith whose green is guarded by a creek, three bunkers, two trees, and Hades's erratic caddy, Cerberus. Before traversing the undulating fairways, golfers can warm up at the club’s driving range and putting green. They can also fuel up at the bar and grill or drop into the pro shop to replace any balls with defunct water wings. Whether digging up divots at the range or on the course, all players must leave their denim at home and wear collared shirts, making sure to conceal the screws that attach their heads to their bodies. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,700 yards * Course rating of 71.5 * Slope rating of 134 * Four tee options * See the scorecard and take a course tour
As he gained a reputation in the ring for being a determined and fierce fighter, Tim Stout earned the nickname “MOAB”—an acronym for Massive Ordinance Air Blast, a powerful bomb. For more than 20 years, Tim has been training in martial arts, beginning with karate before delving into muay thai, boxing, and wrestling. Along the way, the ambitious athlete earned championship titles in tournaments across the country, holding the South Carolina Grappling Championship title for three years.
When he isn’t training for upcoming matches, Tim pulls lessons from his personal playbook to teach students at his own training school, MOAB Fighting Concepts. Amidst the private studio’s cushioned floors and heavy punching bags, Tim and his staff of award-winning fighters train aspiring punch-smiths in a wide variety of martial-arts techniques, from boxing to wrestling to MMA. In addition to technique-focused kickboxing classes, the trainers lead a cardio-kickboxing class specially designed to slim physiques and tone muscles. The instructors also train up tots in kids' kickboxing and jujitsu classes, where they lead youngsters through self-defense techniques such as how to wrestle an opponent to the ground or roundhouse kick a baseball for the game-winning home run.
Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres mulligans. Today's Groupon gets you one round of golf on the championship course, plus a GPS golf cart, at Durham Lakes Golf & Country Club for just $30 (normally $51–$61 before tax; note that the course offers a discount for seniors). Buy a few Groupons and make it a foursome.