When rock-climbing couple Christy and Scott Thrift got engaged, Christy was dangling off the side of Stone Mountain. The same adventurous spirit that elevated their engagement informs their married life, which they spend running their wilderness guiding service, Thrifty Adventures. While some of the duo’s trips require previous outdoor experience, most welcome all participants, and range from ice climbing adventures to rock climbing and backpacking trips. Along the way, Scott and Christy teach safety basics, climbing techniques, and strategies for preserving natural surroundings, such as refraining from nibbling on the mountain.
The first time Jon Walker climbed into a saddle, he was a mere 5 years old. More than 35 years later, he and his wife, Carolyn?also an avid equestrian from a young age?share their passion for riding with students at Jon Walker Stables & Riding Academy Inc. Largely focused on English riding, the trainers lead private and group lessons for eager equestrians aged 3 and up. Across their more than 15-acre parcel, two barns, indoor and outdoor arenas, and trails welcome horses and their riders to trot, canter, and gallop year-round.
The moment his father first put a golf club in his hands, the then 11-year-old Bruce Parker knew it was the beginning of a lifelong dedication to the game. Bruce went on to star as the No. 1 golfer on his high-school team for four years and play on scholarship for the Georgia State University team. Through it all, Bruce never thought of leaving golf to pursue a career in the more glamorous world of croquet. When asked, Bruce still says that spending a day at the links is his favorite activity.
Today, Bruce puts his pin-hunting prowess and enthusiasm for the game to work while conducting lessons at The Effortless Golf Center. A driving range with both grass and artificial-turf hitting areas, lights for after-hours practice, and high-caliber practice balls provides an ideal training ground for Bruce to cure all forms of golf-game maladies, such as a slice-prone swing or a driver that has an irrational fear of fairways.
Golf Depot's grass-hitting tees, covered and heated hitting bays, and lineup of expert instructors create a immersive environment in which to improve your game. Players can hone everything from their full swing, while emptying buckets onto the range, to their touch around the greens, possible in any kind of weather thanks to an indoor putting green. When practice by rote ceases to yield steady improvement, senior instructors Chris Hardman and Aaron Russell can take the reigns and pass on their extensive golf expertise through private and group lessons.
After more than 25 years as a professional golfer, including a glittering career on the PGA Tour, Chris Tucker has developed a keen insight into the game's nuances. Too often, instructors imply that the secret to golf lies in the clinical perfection of swing mechanics, rather than the aspects of the sport that make it enjoyable. To counter this misconception, Tucker takes a balanced approach during lessons, blending a personal coaching style with advice on swings and short-game technique. Beyond private sessions on the range or the practice putting green, players focus on the fun of golf during practical playing lessons on an actual course. As players move through 9 rounds, Tucker focuses on coaching the more abstract skills of course management and competitive strategies, such as when to take a risks or play it safe and how to ignore opponents sounding duck calls from the bushes.