The state-of-the-art equipment, convenient amenities, and variety of exercise classes at Courthouse Racquet & Fitness's six locations earned the club several of Jackson Free Press's Urban Living awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Fitness Center/Gym and Best Yoga Instructor. Visit the flagship Lakeland location to swim in a pool of professional athletic proportions. Explore the 13,000-square-foot Madison 51 facility's yoga, spin, and boot-camp classes or the Northeast center's indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
The newest location in Brandon boasts more than 100 treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, and other pieces of cardio equipment. Women can take advantage of the Downtown site's ladies-only cardio area. Three locations offer childcare, and the Byram facility has launched an afterschool program, where kids can do arts and crafts and engage in healthy physical activities in an environment devoid of teddy-bear drill instructors.
Although Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Wedgewood Golfers' Club and North Creek Golf Course integrate the scenic landscapes of northern Mississippi into their par 72 layouts, taking golfers across rolling hills and rippling waterways.
The North Creek course's bermuda-grass fairways weave along the edges of Horn Lake Creek with a relatively open layout and mounded terrain that channels the links-style charm of golf's Scotch-Irish forebears. Slightly easier than its counterpart, North Creek caters to clubbers of all stripes with four tee options and optional bumper greens.
North Creek Golf Course at a Glance:
Cleaved through a combination of dense tree lines and intervening ponds, The Wedgewood course's bermuda-grass fairways sprawl across 6,863 yards of arduous terrain. With trees hugging most holes, and water hazards kissed against the underside of two doglegged fairways, the course frequently forces players into tough course-management decisions, such as when to smash a driver, when to play lay-up with a three-wood, and how to coerce fellow golfers into giving you unlimited mulligans. Though challenging from the back tees, the course's inventive layout is forgiving enough for players of all abilities.
Wedgewood Golfers' Club at a Glance:
At Gattitown, a vast buffet quells the hungers caused by romping through up to 10,000 square feet of violence-free arcade games, bumper cars, and mini bowling. Before meals, kids scurry between more than 150 exciting games, including virtual-reality racing and tax-filing simulations. In the bumper-car arena, wee ones determine driving dominance by crashing and cruising around a spacious floor. Players then hone their underhand tosses with mini bowling and skee-ball, shooting for tickets to spend on doodads, gadgets, and teddy-bear ransoms inside the Gatti goods store.
Designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art exalts the work of George E. Ohr, a ceramic artist and moustache enthusiast known as the "Mad Potter of Biloxi." After it was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, the campus reopened in 2010 amidst a grove of ancient live-oak trees, featuring a series of six aesthetically impressive pavilions that include a welcome center, a gallery of African-American art, and an interpretive center inside a reconstruction of the house of emancipated craftsman Pleasant Reed. Current exhibitions include collections from some of the art world's biggest names, including Andy Warhol and ceramic sculptor Jun Kaneko, as well as selections from Ohr's Gulf Coast collection, which inspired the American Modernist movement and several MLB baseball teams to wear ceramic pots instead of baseball hats.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Redemption Games and Arcade
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Purchase your game card ($1) and load it with game cash to use at any of our games and attractions.
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
We offer the only outdoor laser-tag experience in Mississippi. The course is tucked away in a small wooded space near our go-kart area and immerses the customers in a great woodland adventure game. Along with that course, players can also participate in Airsoft matches.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our birthday parties give groups more options than any other facility in a 50-mile radius. Between mini golf, go-karts, and outdoor laser tag, we have tons of options for kids to participate in on top of using the game money they receive to play in the arcade. We have private rooms for cake and pizza, and our staff is very helpful in providing the parents with whatever they need to help make it a special day for the birthday boy or girl.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
I have really enjoyed the variety that we provide. No one else can offer as many options for games and activities as we can. The Park at North Hills is a one-stop shop for the entire family because we offer so much that appeals to each age group.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
For being a relatively small area, we have packed as much as possible into that space. We have countless outdoor activities including mini-golf, batting cages for baseball and softball, go-karts, outdoor laser tag and Airsoft. Inside, we feature party rooms, arcade games, redemption games, and pool tables. Our facility offers a lot of bang for the space.