In 1959, Robert Trent Jones Sr. completed work on Timberlane's 7100-yard, par-72 golf course near the west bank of the Mississippi, and it still stands as a friendly, challenging round in a pleasant, private setting. Mature oaks line the sides of each Bermuda-grass fairway, and in 2007, Timberlane re-surfaced its expansive greens with Tif Eagle turf, giving putts a new zip and helicopter pilots a new view. Before hitting the links, sharpen up your chipping, putting, pitching, pitch-shifting, and Super Bowl Shuffling on the all-grass practice range and putting green, or try the driving range nearby. When you're ready, hop in your provided golf cart to match wits with the labyrinthine course, which features four sets of tee areas per hole, 17 water hazards, 80 sand bunkers, and 13 mechanical yetis. If he's around, see if you can snag a tip from resident PGA pro Tim Brown, who was named by Golf Digest as the #1 Best Teacher in Louisiana in 2009.
Grand Master Tommy Cheng comes to New Orleans by way of Hong Kong and brings more than 60 years of martial-arts knowledge. At NOLA Kung Fu with Sifu Tommy, his specialty is kung fu with a strong tai-chi influence. The gym has four convenient locations, and each offers a flexible schedule of classes. Beginners can hone form, more advanced fighters can increase agility, and they all can more readily defend themselves against armed opponents or aggressive kangaroos.
After Frankie Cheek discovered segway tours while visiting Italy, he decided to start his own company in his native New Orleans. When he was boarding a plane back home, Hurricane Katrina struck, redirecting him to Louisiana’s grandfather country: France. While exploring Paris in the wake of the devastating tragedy back home, Cheek drew inspiration for his future segway tours—he was resolved, according to his website, to "help a city rich in history move forward while riding the most high-tech transporter available." Since returning to New Orleans, he’s led daily segway adventures, whirring groups of sightseers around the French Quarter, the riverfront, and Jackson Square with the ease, maneuverability, and safety-minded attitude of a cool biker gang. Plus, through a partnership with other tour companies, Cheek can also guide guests through swamps, plantations, and supposedly haunted locales.
A Musing Bikes' owner, Gastavo, proudly owns and operates one of the newest shop additions to the lower garden district. The store outfits cyclers with new rides and rentals but also helps keep bikes in working order with new parts and repair services. Rentals are available by the hour, day, weekend, or week and all renters will be equipped with a u-lock, helmet, basket, and safety lights.
In the Krewe of Kringle pub crawl, revelers dressed as Santas, elves, reindeer, and a multitude of other holiday figures set out to conquer numerous area bars. Participants get free beer at each location, and can take advantage of drink and shot specials.
An 18-hole golf course and full-service driving range, City Park New Orleans bestows ample municipal space where the slacks-clad can drive and putt to one's birdie’s content. Club-wielding novices can fill out foursomes with trophy-holding champs thanks to four different sets of tees, stretching from 5,740 yards at its longest to just under 4,300 yards for beginners. Eight of the holes fill its water hazards with fish specially bred to digest golf balls, and the other 10 rely heavily on fire hazards and quicksand traps. Warm up pre-tee with a bucket of balls on the driving range, then zip from hole to hole in a cart so as to avoid the course's feral herds of LARPers.