Golf Instructor John Marshall can hit the golf ball a long way. While some "big hitters" are merely the product of boasting, John has the hardware to back it up. He won the American Long Drivers Association Super Senior National Championship in '05 And '06, and is a five-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship finalist.
These unconventional results come from a somewhat unconventional method. John has long used—and now teaches—a swing developed by legendary long driver Mike Austin, who once crushed a 515-yard drive at the 1974 U.S. Senior Open, the longest ever recorded in competition. As an instructor at Steel Canyon Golf Club, John illuminates the principles behind this swing that generate high club head speed without sacrificing accuracy. Lessons combine one-on-one coaching to help students get comfortable with the technique, which is likely a little different from the swing they're used to.
A motley collection of secure and sanitized play structures dominates each Catch Air location's indoor play arena to sate the lively imaginations of children as well as the safety concerns of their parents. Each of the four locations opens its doors seven days a week to unique lineups of attractions, including three-tiered castles covered in colorful nets and padding, with space shuttles attached to appease every child's love of anachronism. Tykes 12 and younger can wade through ball pits or take to an interactive, light-up dance floor to practice moves before they reach the age when practicing becomes embarrassing. The staff maintain a watchful eye at all times and clean every play structure daily before opening. Staffers also host parties to celebrate birthdays or the end of second-grade finals week.
Street Games’ mobile fun vehicles roar up to parties and events with a full complement of activities in tow, be it video gaming, laser tag, or trapping the host in a giant inflatable Zorb ball. Up to 20 guests pile onto the couches of the mobile gaming theater, clashing controllers in front of high-definition screens hooked up to Wiis and Xbox 360s. Pixel fatigue can be cured under the hailstorm of light beams that rains down on forces locked in games of laser tag, officiated by a friendly party concierge, or by entering an 11-foot-diamater inflatable Zorb ball, which gives riders the sensation of running inside a hamster ball or being a the mayor of a giant snow globe. Water Blaster Wars cool off summer shindigs with cannons that spray up to 60 feet, and Strike Force’s Velcro vests and balls provide a low-intensity alternative to paintball and dodgeball.
True to its name, Let's Roll Skate 'n Fun Center sets wheel-bound footwear free upon its 14,000-square-foot hardwood skating rink for both open-skate sessions and private events. Visitors can lace up borrowed skates and take to the smooth surface to practice spins, dust off old techniques, or play games of human Pong. Surrounding the rink, arcade games and a spacious snack area keep families entertained, and other activities such as soccer and airsoft matches add an air of competition to the sprawling 30,000-square-foot family-fun center.
AirSoft Depot lets gun toters loose on an expansive, tree-lined field to challenge their reflexes and ignite their adrenaline glands in free-form shooting games. Plywood forts, rusty barrels, and bright orange traffic cones act as safe cover during shootouts as players duck and roll through each blockade to achieve their missions. AirSoft Depot's home base stocks an assortment of imitation firearms ready to be rented, loaded with ammo, and cocked with a punny catch phrase, or airsoft gun owners can bestow their armaments on the center's seasoned techs, who repair and upgrade most brands.
Built into the rippling foothills of Appalachia, Atlanta Motorsports Park hosts a world-class road course designed by famed Formula 1 architect, Hermann Tilke. Tilke honored the natural landscape with his 2-mile racetrack, weaving high-speed straights amongst steep elevation changes. He even included two signature turns, inspired by Belgium's Spa-Franchochamps and the 'Carousel' turn found on Germany's fearsome Nurburgring. Track members can test their private vehicles' mettle on the track at any time, pushing engines to their limits on professional-quality pavement.
In addition to its professional-grade road course, the venue is also home to a world-class karting track. Open to all visitors, the kart course runs almost a mile, and features a stunningly-steep 43' in elevation changes built to Commission Internationale de Karting's Level A standards. The owners invite visitors to bring their own karts, but guests can always rent vehicles from the fleet. Each rental comes with a complementary helmet and driving suit to protect the driver from whipping winds, harsh sunshine, or point deductions in race's fashion show portion.