Designed by prolific course architect Willard Byrd, Timberlake Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 6,579-yard trail across a Lake Murray peninsula as it dips southward into the glassy waters. Picturesque views of the lake abound throughout the round—because of its proximity to the lake, the club offers free docking and shore-side pickup for those who wish to arrive by boat or seahorse—and the supersized pool's watery fingers come into play on seven holes. Rounds culminate with dramatic flair at the signature 18th hole, a 483-yard par 5 where a mid-fairway water hazard looms on the business end of a blind tee shot, raising the stakes for players who unsheathe their driver in the hopes of reaching the green in two.
Alongside the grassy course, neon yellow orbs slice through the air at Timberlake Country Club's tennis courts, where tennis pro Mark Gardiner teaches students to hit a forehand passing shot or incite an earthquake with a deafening grunt. The club also houses diverse dining facilities to curb appetites or host social events.
Before Dez White donned the whistle and clipboard of a fitness instructor, he was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons. After years on the field, Dez added an ISSA personal-training certification to his accomplishments and founded The Body Firm Atlanta, where he builds challenging, constantly varied workouts for all skill levels. Dez and his staff of fellow trainers conduct classes in local parks and shopping malls, allowing participants to admire trees and bench-press mannequins as they pursue their fitness goals. The staff motivates its students by tracking their measurements and progress throughout the course.
With a passion for the great outdoors, the outfitters at Get Your Gear On provide equipment and instruction for navigating trails and waterways. While leading groups, expert guides glide through scenic locales in search of wildlife views and serene experiences. Their canoe trips drift along the warm urban areas and tree-littered landscapes that run along the Congaree River, and their stand-up-paddleboard rentals allow guests to view the banks of Lake Murray from a perspective previously exclusive to sightseeing mermen. They also offer cycling equipment and maintenance along with hiking gear for dry climates, snowy landscapes, and rooms where the sink has been left on all night.
Fifty - Fifty Water Sports saddles up thrill seekers on four-stroke, fuel-injected jet skis and cuts them loose in open water. Fledgling skimmers can accelerate over the calm surfaces of the lake’s many protected coves, while cultivated wake makers can head out to big water, where ample space and larger waves make it easier to increase speeds, execute hairpin turns, and jump over riverboat casinos. Each operator and passenger is outfitted with an included life vest, and Fifty - Fifty’s on-lake support staff stands by in case a renter requires assistance or a fresh coat of suntan lotion.
The instructors at Gracie Barra Lexington have three aims for their students: to help them get in shape, to teach them how to defend themselves, and to bolster the quality of their lives. To this end, they teach Brazilian jiu jitsu to kids and adults. Created by the Gracie family in Brazil in the 20th century, jiu jitsu is one of the world’s most popular forms of grappling and ground fighting, second only to extreme thumb warring. Practitioners young and old have noted that jiu jitsu has improved their self-confidence as well as their self-discipline.