Besides the massive driving range in Washington, D.C.'s National Mall, very few golf courses give players the chance to play in the presence of a historical monument. Stone Mountain Golf Club, however, is one such course, thanks to its home within the famous Stone Mountain Park. As players play rounds on the club's two 18-hole golf courses?named the Lakemont and the Stonemont?stone reliefs of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson hover in the distance above the park's massive lake, frozen in a permanent march into battle.
Though it's common for players to find themselves awing at this massive carving?noted as the largest bas-relief in the world?more immediate concerns can be found at their feet. On the Stonemont Course, a 1969 work by famed architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., players must focus on accuracy and course management as they string their golf balls down fairways lined by Georgia pines. On the shorter, less difficult, and more recently built Lakemont Course, the lake is a major factor on the front nine. This is where it dramatically affects play on five of the first six holes, though it eventually gives way to rocky outcroppings as the back nine's chief concerns.
Stonemont Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,863 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 132 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Lakemont Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,444 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 134 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
It's impossible to pick out Debbie Miller-Palmore's most impressive feat as a basketball player. She has played in the Olympics. She was an All-American during her time at Boston University, and still holds school records in everything from rebounding to steals. The mayor of Boston was impressed enough with her play to name January 31st "Debbie Miller-Palmore Day."
In her Top of the Key program, Miller-Palmore helps young athletes ascend towards her level with a variety of camps and clinics. Open to ages 9-18, her training sessions blend on-the-court practice with weight lifting, agility drills, and mental conditioning, which helps players stay focused throughout each game's mandatory second-quarter confetti shower. Another asset to young players? Miller-Palmore's picture book, Play with H.E.A.R.T., about maintaining your confidence on the court.
Master Gunman houses an indoor firearms range.
Rentals include handguns in various calibers, such as 9 millimeter, .40, and .22LR. Ear and eye protection is also available.
Look to the end of Master Gunman's range, and you'll see a lot more than the traditional bullseye. The range staff here also hands out targets in themes such as zombies?which adds a bit of entertainment to regular range visits or special events (the range can be rented). The staff also helps customers sign up for firearms classes run by experienced instructors.
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
At Rainforest Golf, mini golfers tackle two 18-hole courses that snake through lush foliage and running waterfalls. On hot days, visitors can cool down with Edy's ice cream and milkshakes, relax on a bench in the shade, or huddle under the belly of an elephant statue. Indoors, a private party room accommodates birthdays and events.
Creative couples come together for evenings of romantic artistry thanks to the ART Station's date-night program. Duos arrive at 7 p.m. to nibble on fine cheese, elegantly sip wine, and get to know the other pairs with whom they'll be molding masterworks. Afterward, a knowledgeable ART Station staffer guides visitors on a tour of some of the goods within the facility's five art galleries, finally leading them into the ceramics studio. A 30-minute informational session teaches tactile twosomes the basics of clay-crafting, clay-whispering, and advanced clay-hair removal etiquette. From there, couples are free to hand-mold the manifestations of their shared dreams, which will later be kiln-fired and available for pickup in about two weeks. A steady flow of wine and cheese ignites creative neurons and keeps taste buds tingling throughout the experience.