Riding a zipline from treetop to treetop indulges fantasies of flight and super spydom, while the scenic views inspire those with hearts made of sap and twig. The course covers more than half a mile of Sumter National Forest terrain in Longcreek, South Carolina, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from downtown Atlanta. It takes about three hours to navigate through seven bridges and 10 zipline sections, making the short drive more than worth it. During your quest across nine scenic and historic acres of South Carolina, you'll experience four Academy Lake crossings and a helicopter hoist up to the starting platform.
Carolina Inboard stocks the shelves of its locally-owned shop with top-name brands such as Fox, Proline, Hyperlite, and Accurate, equipping adrenaline-infused aquanauts with the gear they need to conquer the ocean's sundry undulations. Board shorts ($42.50–$65) stylishly conceal the numerous USB ports on one's thighs; a pair of flip-flops ($12) and a t-shirt ($14–$28) ensure that you meet the dress code for Hawaiian jury duty. Otherwise, peruse the board-lined walls of Carolina Inboard's pro shop for a crest-cruising surfboard ($290–$900), an airtime-facilitating wakeboard package ($270–$500), or a wakeskate ($150–$250), which lets riders show off their skateboarding tricks to admiring mer-teenagers.
TGM Golf's instructional team of PGA professionals aims to tame wild swings and shrink scores with comprehensive education on the mechanical, physical, and tactical aspects of golf. Employing a “golfers helping golfers” approach, these trained instructors helm a one-hour training session designed to improve each golfer’s process, blending vital positions and movements into one fluid motion. Using video-analysis equipment, coaches narrow down shortcomings, pick out weaknesses, and eliminate any traces of YMCA dance moves hidden in each golfer’s stroke. TGM instructors have worked with golfers of all skill levels, including junior golfers who go on to play for college teams around the state.
Nestled in the wooded foothills of the Smoky Mountains, The Trails at Chickasaw Point challenges all club swingers with its par 72 course. Each of the 18 holes challenges budding Arnold Palmers with its own quirks, from sand traps and water hazards to doglegs and putter-eating trees. The seclusion of each hole allows individual groups a rare moment of intimacy with nature, and four USGA-rated tee locations accommodate everyone from the serial shanker to the effortless birdie-achiever. Traveling across the lush lime-green lawns up and down the rolling hills proves much easier with the new Yamaha golf carts or soon-to-be-invented teletransporters.
Though its name suggests an industrial space rumbling and hissing with the engines of machines, The Factory fills its multifaceted play space instead with laughing children, chirping video games, and crashing bumper cars. An arcade brims with more than 100 shooting, driving, dancing, and adventure games that inspire players to bravely extend their winning streaks to a range of other attractions. Single and tandem go-karts careen around the turns and up the ramps of a two-story track. Groups bombard each other with infrared light inside an indoor laser-tag area. Ten slicked-up lanes glow with blacklit projections during cosmic bowling every Friday night. Parents can also indulge their child's natural curiosity about caddying on a nine-hole indoor mini-golf course that winds past the factory's high-ballocity foam factory, inflatable slide, and enclosed ball-tossing chamber.
To stay fueled for continued play, guests can drape their laps with napkins and dig into cuisine from an onsite steak house or an unlimited pizza buffet.