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.
"[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.
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: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,629 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
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.
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.