Owners William and Paula Smith arm players with Spyder or Tippmann markers before they trek across bridges, sneak through the trees, and dodge incoming fire from behind a cluster of barrels on Low Country Paintball’s wooded field. The staff has decorated its massive course with obstacles and barriers such as an upturned rowboat and a rusty old truck. Elsewhere on the 63-acre facility, staff members oversee participants who weave through the speedball field’s bounty of blue inflatables. In addition to open-play sessions, Low Country Paintball hosts frequent games and events through its LCP Scenario branch, including bouts themed after famous battles such as the Thumb War of 1812.
Designed in a collaborative effort between former Masters champion Fred Couples and Love Golf Design, The Golf Club at Sanctuary Grove’s 18-hole, par 71 course snakes across 7,003 yards of immaculate greenery. Golf carts nimbly traverse the course’s labyrinthine corridors, zipping players past the intervening ponds, towering pines, and trash-talking waterfowl that supply the bulk of the course’s challenges.
The waters and marshes around St. Simons Island are home to many creatures: dolphins, manatees, and blue herons, just to name a few. The aquatic habitats also welcome the occasional paddleboarding human thanks to the instructors at SSI SUP. These experts take paddlers of all skill levels on scenic tours. The staff also offers a complimentary Island Concierge service, helping customers plan island activities such as romantic picnics.
St. Simons Island is the largest of Georgia's Golden Isles located off the state's southeast coast. Lauded for its verdant marshes, maritime forest, and Mediterranean Revival mansions, the 18-square-mile hideaway was recently named one of America's 10 Best Islands by AOL Travel. An elaborate network of scenic biking trails—accessible from the southern end of the resort village—allows for up-close exploration of the coastal marshland along East Beach.Past the airport, on the southernmost tip of the island, the Victorian-style St. Simons Lighthouse houses exhibits relating to Coast Guard history and barrier-island ecosystems. Built in 1872 on the site of a lighthouse destroyed during the Civil War, the 100-foot tower overlooks spectacular Atlantic Ocean scenery and trades nightly winks with Ursa Minor.
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia promotes healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility through a variety of fitness and wellness classes. Membership includes access to gymnasiums, pools, strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise classes such as Contoured Bodies at the Effingham branch, in which simple deep-muscle movements tone the body to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and the likelihood of causing nearby coworkers to sit up straighter in their chairs. Various locations host traditional yoga and flexibility-technique classes, and Zumba classes fuse energetic music with calorie-burning dance moves for a lively workout experience. Groupon buyers also receive $25 to use toward classes, programs, and benefits not included in the monthly membership, such as a 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist ($25 for members), or a fall youth soccer session ($50+ for members) that teaches good sportsmanship, the value of exercise, and the importance of being able to manipulate a large object with one's forehead.