Ten minutes from the bustle of Atlanta, hummingbirds and dragonflies buzz around gardens, and horses crunch leaves under their hooves as they amble down dirt-covered trails leading to a private pond. Fruition Farm beckons visitors to relax at this idyllic refuge, whether by swaying on the porch swing with a book in hand or trapping sleepy friends in a hammock draped between two trees.
Communing with nature is reflected in the farm's approach to horseback riding—natural horsemanship, which fosters a special rapport between equestrians and steeds based on respect and trust, motivating horses to obey commands without riders threatening to expose their secret pasts as cows. This philosophy encompasses all activities at Fruition, from lessons and camps to weekend retreats and creative excursions such as moonlight rides and Tea on Tuesdays, which pairs laid-back rides with a catered lunch at the farmhouse.
As the centerpiece to an upstart residential community, Durham Lakes Golf & Country Club presents golfers with an 18-hole, par 72 course that eclipses 7,000 yards from the back tees. Course architect Scott Pool incorporated the area's natural features into the course, as evidenced by its lakes, streams, and wetlands, as well as the tall fescue grass and southern pines that surround many holes. Away from the course, the country club boasts a long list of luxurious amenities. Members can cool off at the walk-in pool or hit the tennis or basketball courts to appreciate a truly finely-woven net.
Special Ops Series LLC's adventurous events let civilian participants challenge themselves with activities from special-forces training. Owned and operated by a special-forces veteran, the organization strives to build a sense of loyalty and community over the course of multiple events, as participants aspire to accomplishments above and beyond their perceived capabilities. Both of Special Ops Series LLC's events, the TREK and the Green Beret Challenge, culminate in awards of excellence to commend personal accomplishments and particularly inspired Rambo impressions.
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
Equipment: Plyometrics, resistance training, cardio, core, and weight training equipment
Students should bring: Feel free to bring towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready to burn calories, get results, build lean muscle, increase strength, and lose weight.
Cleaved through a gallery of towering pines and hardwoods, the fairways of Lake Spivey Golf Course tumble over 6,807 yards of rolling terrain to form a challenging, par 72 layout. Two lengthy par fives—measuring in at 540 and 560 yards from the tips—bookend the front nine and demand a Herculean drive or a zero-gravity golf ball to reach the green in two. A more difficult design awaits on the back nine, with water hazards and herds of golf carts coming into play on six holes and two long par fours rated the courses first- and third-most difficult holes.
Tree-lined fairways, well-guarded pins, and slick, bent-grass greens characterize the layout from start to finish, reflecting the designers' vision for a course that requires both shot-making ability and solid course management to maintain low scores. The course also features a unique 19th hole, letting players enjoy a pressure-free conclusion to their round.
To prepare for their battle with the course's sandtraps, water hazards, and meddlesome tree elves, golfers can practice at Lake Spivey's driving range or take a lesson from PGA-certified golf pro Jeffrey Biggers. Appetites piqued after a day at the links can find relief at The Spivey Grill, which serves a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and other traditional grill fare.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,807 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.7 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 136 from the farthest tees * Five tee options