Pelican Point merges British-style golf with Louisiana panache on a recently improved facility that houses two championship golf courses and two practice ranges. Built on 450 acres of a retired sugar-cane farm, the semiprivate golf club houses many obstacles, including wide bunkers, shot-blocking trees, and a wormhole that spits hapless golfers onto yard 100 of the driving range. Duos putt with precision on the championship-bermuda-grass greens of Pelican Point's premiere course, The Links, which enhances aim with up to 6,931 driving yards and a water hazard on nearly every hole. Golfers can also tee off at The Lakes course, which thwarts crooked shots with doglegs that meander through native Louisiana wildlife and wildflowers. Pelican Point observes a strict dress code at both courses, which requires clothing designed specifically for golf, such as collared shirts, golf-length shorts, and plaid brass knuckles.
At Baker Range, Inc. cups of freshly brewed coffee accompany rented firearms and shooting lessons. Former Airborne Infantry Lieutenant of the 82nd Airborne Division and longtime lawman Gordon Hutchinson leads private lessons, where he dispenses tips on technique and safety. Instructor Shael Stringer heads up the range's security-training department. Required by the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners, his training classes have steadied the hands or prehensile feet of thousands of security guards.
Between its well-provisioned weight rooms, fitness classes, and pool, the recently renovated Southern Oaks Athletic Club is a dependable resource for corporeal wellness. The free-weight wonderland hosts both novice and veteran body sculptors, and the resistance and treadmill room harbors toning and heartening equipment in the form of elliptical machines, leg presses, and heartstring tuggers. Fitness pass guests can also participate in one-hour classes such as yoga and Latin-infused Zumba. Aquatic exercisers jettison calories as they log laps or play intense games of water basketball. Lifeguards are always on duty during pool hours, and a baby pool provides the perfect conditions for tots to evolve into adult frogs.
From their home base at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Baton Rouge Flight Instruction's FAA-certified flight instructors guide their students skyward aboard a fleet of Cessna aircraft. Students glean proper technique from the experienced crew, which ensures that pilot, passengers, and avian pedestrians stay safe at all times. The flight center welcomes fledgling pilots of all skill levels, overseeing students taking their first Orientation Flights as well as those seeking their private pilot's licenses and ratings.
Inside Koko FitClub’s tranquil workout studio, orange-and-white cardio and weight machines wait quietly for a guest's unique Koko key to bring them to life. The key, packed with information about guests' exercise history, goals, and favorite TV shows, loads up a fully custom 30-minute workout for each visit. Exercises are carefully broken down in easy-to-follow instructions, adapting as guests progress and spouting pep talks when energy wanes.
Designed by experienced trainers, the programs are designed to build muscle and torch fat in all areas of the body. To watch success unfold, guests can chart their progress from a store of information accumulated during each session, which also allows guests to map their performance at home.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions.
With the clatter of bowling pins, the pings and buzzes of skee-ball, and the cries of victory from the laser-tag arena, the freewheeling return to youth that Quarters grants its grownup visitors is palpable. The 40,000-square-foot facility lets the good times roll as late as 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, offering a dose of after-hours entertainment that makes ordinary bars and clubs pale in comparison. Adding to the adult appeal is an on-site restaurant serving artisan bar snacks such as hand-battered onion rings and half-pound turkey burgers, topped off with classic and creative cocktails mixed with Bombay gin and Avion tequila.
Visitors indulge their competitive spirits within the multi-level laser tag arena, which pits two teams against each other in series of six-minute mock firefights. Teams navigate the maze of obstacles, ramps, and benevolent minotaurs, earning points by tagging opponents or ambushing one of the eight bases scattered throughout the arena. The plush couches that line Quarters' 10 bowling lanes also beckon competitors, as does a multi-table billiards room and an arcade packed with classic games such as Pac Man and air hockey.