Cleaved into a verdant expanse populated with 20-year-old cypress trees and 17 tranquil ponds, Cypress Lakes Country Club’s 18-hole course tumbles across 6,556 yards of challenging tee-to-green terrain. Waterways and wetlands complicate play on virtually every hole throughout the pristine par 72, giving advantage to players who can confidently select the right club to clear a forced carry or bribe gullible waterfowl to extract their sunken balls. Well-manicured bermuda grass supplies eminent playability to both the fairways and the greens, which at times appear as narrow landing strips in a course populated by so much water. By the end of the round, linksmen become callous to water’s intimidating ripples, allowing them to trace a towering drive over the aquatic forced carry that stands in front of the 18th tee, setting up a second shot that could allow players to tap in for a stunning birdie or three-putt for a breathtaking double bogey to conclude the round with dramatic flair.
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.
In the world of golf, few acronyms are held in the same regard as TPC. Comprising 32 PGA-level venues, the Tournament Players Club network stretches from coast to coast, hosting high-profile pro and senior tour events throughout the year with TPC Sawgrass even serving as the headquarters for the PGA itself. As the Big Easy's contribution to the lineup and a member of the faction that happen to be open to the public, TPC Louisiana does not disappoint. Pete Dye's 2004 design choreographs cypress and oak trees, five ponds, and more than 100 bunkers over 250 acres of the Mississippi River delta. As the permanent home of the PGA Tour’s annual Zurich Classic, the course is, of course, exceptionally long from the back tees––7,400 yards––but furnishes four additional sets of tees to make things easier on amateurs who refuse to cork their drivers.
As with all TPC venues, golf is but a part of the experience. Inside the 24,000 square-foot clubhouse, The TPC Grill couples southern hospitality with an ambiance of relaxed elegance, while luxury lockers provide a place for players to stash their Bourbon Street beads before teeing up on the course.
For more than two decades, the professional framers at Cannon Framing & Artworks have converted photographs and works of art into tasteful wall displays with matting, protective glass, and frames in classic or contemporary styles. The staff helps clients choose colors that complement a painting’s blues and greens, simple mouldings that draw the eye toward the photos inside, or thick baroque frames that distract police inspectors from noticing stolen Mona Lisa_s. While waiting for the framer to take measurements, peruse the store’s gallery of paintings, posters, and sports memorabilia, many of which reflect owners Kay and John’s enthusiasm for for collegiate sports and pro football.
The elegant steppers of Arts & Rhythm Ballroom Dance Studio teach students of all ages and skill levels to sway and swing. Owner Irene Torres and dance director Carmen Torres, together with other instructors, boast a wealth of ballroom dancing and teaching experience, as well as the ability to touch their toes to their eyes. The team shares the steps of a variety of styles, such as swing, tango, fox trot, waltz, rumba, cha cha, merengue, itchy lizard, and more in a safe, comfortable studio. The center's welcoming philosophy demands neither a partner nor previous dancing experience.
Muggivan School of Irish Dance owner and certified Irish-dance teacher Joni Muggivan tutored under the instruction of world-renowned dancer Paul Tinen and has since relayed her craft to aspiring prancers of the traditional Irish dance. Put up your foot dukes in Muggivan's Intro to Irish Dance classes, offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. Cut a languid rug with the Slow Jig step, or high-kick your way to Ireland with the Hornpipe step. Joni's pupils are trained in competitive-style Irish dancing so that they may go on to represent Louisiana on the local or international stage. Past Muggivan disciplines have performed at the Irish Channel's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.