Though she had been an avid rider since she was a little girl, Amy Smith of Willow Run Farm didn’t find her true calling as an equestrian until she turned 20. It was at this age that she began a job at a rehabilitation center, where she took a hands-on role in caring for horses in need and nursing them back to health. Amy quickly adopted a holistic approach to horsemanship, a passion that continues to enrich her career. Today, Amy teaches her students the whole spectrum of caring for horses, everything from grooming to horse health and safety—as opposed to focusing solely on riding techniques or hair-spraying the horse’s mane into a mohawk. Above all, Amy instills responsibility, self-confidence, and a sense of accomplishment in each of her riders.
Designed by Bill Scarborough in 1962, Pine Hill Country Club's course wends golfers through 18 holes spread out over verdant fairways, which are dotted with ponds and lined with pine trees. The 6,357 yards of playing grounds challenges players throughout the par 72 course, including hole 17, which features a scant 250-yard drive and a green protected by a water hazard on three sides. An onsite pro shop stands ready to bolster players' gear collections with an arsenal of golf necessities, from clubs to bags of ice for nursing bruised egos.
A classic pool hall, Lil Dixie's Cue & Grill's interior is dominated largely by a variety of billiards tables. With 11 total destinations for billiards games—plus four dart boards—visitors can get their fix of old-school gaming, and they can get a drink and some grub in the process. Lil Dixie's also offers a full menu, as well as well drinks, beers on tap, and adult Shirley Temples. The hangout also beckons revelers with live music from guitar players and TVs that air baseball, possibly leading to a dream about a batter swinging a guitar.
Miles of rustic trails and camping for ATVs, sport quads, dirt bikes, dual sports and OHVs in the Talladega Mountains. Less than 90 miles from Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbus, and Montgomery. Family oriented. Open Sat, Sun & most holidays, 8am - 7pm. Individuals or groups welcome.
Designed by prolific course architect Gene Bates, the 18-hole, 6,734-yard Twin Bridges Golf Club course bobs and weaves around the Coosa River and its surrounding waterways, forcing golfers to avoid hazards on 11 holes. But the most challenging hole—the 554-yard 5th hole, a par 5—showcases another course challenge: bunkers. The sand traps at 5 pinch the fairway at three different places, shrinking landing zones for drives and second shots and proving that water isn’t the only cause for concern on the course. Twin Bridges also boasts a driving range with a practice bunker and an 8,000 square-foot putting green, where golfers can get a feel for the speed of the course’s bent-grass putting surfaces.
Certified as a Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Twin Bridges works to preserve its scenic setting through natural resource conservation, providing habitats for area wildlife, and building vacation homes for migratory birds.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course designed by Gene Bates
Length of 6,734 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 72.1 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
The marble-sculpted instructors at Gold’s Gym whittle weak bodies into hardened muscle masses with a schedule of classes for all experience levels. In bright, spacious rooms, fledgling health buffs can shake the dust off of rarely used muscles and strengthen exteriors until they're as awe-inspiring as an Edison on ice-skates.