Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club sprung from a man's vision of a place to live, explore, and play. And it wasn't a small dream. The grounds span more than 1,000 acres of the rolling hills that nestle up to the Chattahoochee River, where visitors paddle in open-top kayaks, cruise in hovercrafts, and swim. Water isn't sparse here: 16 lakes, ponds, and streams provide plenty of opportunities for fishing for bass and the Lochness Monster. Further catering to the sporting type, the grounds host hunting expeditions in search of quail, deer, and turkeys.
Beyond natural beauty, the resort also offers man-made resplendence. The sporting club hosts a range of activities at well-appointed facilities, which include bocce ball courts and an equestrian facility. And centrally located amid the Lunker Lake boathouse and swim and tennis center stand rustic, yet modern, fully furnished vacation homes, which accommodate guests with privacy while keeping them in the center of the action.
In Lithia Springs, there's a tiny clapboard building called the Church of Mighty Pain. Its name is a big hint that it's not a traditional worship center. Passers-by seek refuge not from the world's ills but from an onslaught of paintballs. Their fully stocked pro shop located on site, one of five fields that also feature spaces to play with airball and spool markers. Teams battle each other in fun skirmishes or competitive tournaments, including playing capture the flag just like the United States and Great Britain did before things got out of hand in 1812. Players can rent a Tippmann 98 marker from Classic Paintball or buy one from the pro shop, which makes future games less expensive and future house-painting sessions more fun.
At Play It Again Sports, knowledgeable equipment masters outfit athletes of all sports with new and used gear from major-league brands such as Nike, Callaway Golf, and Adidas. An ever-rotating inventory keeps lockers stocked with spare balls, dressers filled with run-ready shorts, and secret laboratories populated with gleaming treadmills. Proud recipients of the Gold Standard Store award, amiable staffers stand ready to answer questions or assist with fittings, ensuring that each athlete leaves with the appropriate helmet, bat, or free-weight set. The shop also doles out cash or credit for trade-in gear, completing the ethereal circle of sports.
Golfsmith's online and in-store showrooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge.
Filled with whippersnappers soaring down slides and giggling as they hop on giant trampolines, Superior Play Systems' sprawling showrooms seem more like lively amusement parks than retail stores. As youngsters explore the professionally assembled play sets and basketball courts, staffers attend the parents, answering inquiries and guiding them through the store's extensive selection of safety-tested trampolines, and sports and recreation equipment. The store is home to a sweeping variety of imaginative play sets, made from durable materials like certified California redwood and cedar.
The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club—where kids aged 8–12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool—to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.