Though Clinch Martial Arts Academy undoubtedly teaches their students the most effective way to fend off attacks, the core of its teaching is made up of something less tangible, but much more important. Kids Karate classes, for example, give youngins the fortitude to not only stand up to bullies, but to not fall victim to peer pressure. Using games, rather than four-hour marathons of The Karate Kid, instructor Chin Lee imparts sound self-defense strategies, including how to use words rather than fists to resolve conflict.
That discipline extends to adult classes as well. In sessions such as Muay Thai kickboxing, students push themselves to the blurred edge of their physical limits while lambasting heavy bags and thai pads. Though each session is physically demanding, the state-of-the-art studio emphasizes safety, outfitting its floors with shock-absorbent padding to drastically reduce taxing joints.
A golf getaway for clubbers of all abilities, The Georgia Trail encompasses a nine-hole executive course, an outdoor miniature-golf course, practice facilities, and a full-service dining area. The executive course traverses 2,254 yards of diverse terrain, where five par 3s beckon to players seeking their first hole-in-one, and four par 4s—including one that measures a relatively lengthy 436 yards—ensure that drivers' self-esteem won't deflate from a day of inactivity. A 2.5-acre lake and multiple streams and ponds loom near critical landing zones on all but three holes, placing a premium on pinpoint drives or 9-irons that double as snorkels. Alongside the course rests a 25-station, all-grass driving range, where players can hone their orb-blasting form before a round.
The Champions Trail putting course challenges players across a par 42 layout that emulates a full 18-hole course with hazards that include bunkers, fairways, rough, and out-of-bounds areas. Putt-putt posses roll orbs across lush synthetic grass, which deftly stands in for natural grass as its kempt hedges beckon to lonely lawn mowers. After a long day of driving, putting, and kicking balls across the multifaceted facility, guests can retreat to Augusta's Restaurant and look out over their conquered terrain as they enjoy entrees and drinks from the full-service bar.
Behind the name of Two Gold Taekwondo is a man's accomplishments. Master Ha Tae Kyung seized gold medals in his sport while representing Korea in the 1988 and 1992 games. He then moved to Georgia and founded a dojo to train the world's next crop of Taekwondo stars. Today, his staff oversees two dojos in the state, training pupils for high-level competition and imparting the many benefits of the sport: improved agility, discipline, fitness, and ability to defend themselves. These skills are especially important for youth, so Two Gold Taekwondo offers after-school training programs that include bus transit from school and time to complete homework or write screenplays for martial-arts movies in the margins of their textbooks.
Golfsmith's online and in-store storerooms 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 and tennis gear to help them overcome the bunkers’ tricky nets.
Glowing boundary rails line the pitch-black corridors of Lunar Mini Golf's putting surfaces, guiding mini golfers and their orbs across a black-lit dreamscape surrounded by neon flourishes. As players attempt to sink hole-in-ones, the vibrant course thwarts their efforts with topsy-turvy surfaces, jutting ridges, and a gallery of luminous animals and bug-eyed aliens whispering commentary from inside the walls. Guests can become mobile accoutrements in the phosphorescent scenery by snagging necklaces and other glow-in-the-dark knickknacks available for sale, helping players identify opponents' movements and accentuate celebratory dances with glow-stick flair. The course's darkened alleys provide fun, casual outings for players of all abilities, as well as an eclectic venue for the birthday parties of future adults.