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
Leaves of vegetables and herbs sprout from the ground near Sweet Potato Cafe, providing the arsenal of ingredients that chefs Karen Patton and George Pollard draw from as they construct their seasonal, upscale dishes. The chefs—who boast decades of baking experience and finesse with Caribbean, French, and American Southern cuisines—pluck a daily crop from the onsite garden, bolstering their fresh harvest with organic ingredients, such as cage-free eggs and grass-fed beef, that are sourced from nearby sustainable farms. The verdant bounty yields a rotating menu of dishes, many of which star the sweet potato and its natural entourage of nutrients.
The chefs till their lush garden just beyond the eatery, which is housed inside a renovated, 1930s craftsman-style home. Rich, burnt-orange walls, dangling lights, and lustrous wooden floors and tables modernize the dwelling, but every other Friday evening, live jazz music and telegraphed ticker-tape readings enhance the historic ambiance.
Sports are all about rivalries?the Red Sox vs. the Yankees, Duke vs. UNC. Rivals on Five celebrates them all. The pub's sleek and spacious dining room is filled with multiple televisions, which means guests won't miss a minute of the action when their favorite teams go head-to-head. While they take in the action onscreen, diners can chow down on burgers, wings, and po' boys with pints of the craft beer on tap.
General Tso's chicken, burritos, and jerk chicken all on the same plate. What sounds like dinner at a UN slumber party is actually the buffet at Fusion78. There, Asian dishes simmer next to Italian entrees, while Caribbean food bumps up against Latin cuisine. Diners can write their culinary travelogue in the restaurant or offsite by taking advantage of Fusion78's catering services.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham invite you to put their newly honed turkey skills to the test with today's Groupon: a whole roasted turkey breast for $12 (an up to $25 value). Get your moist turkey breast unadulterated, or let the HoneyBaked masters finish your bird with crackling sweet glaze, which may or may not be cooled by having volunteer glaze-pixies fan it with their wings. Call one of HoneyBaked's participating locations (found here and in the sidebar to the right) to reserve your order, and pick up your juicy bird.
Owners Hilde and Clause Friese moved to the U.S. from Munich and Hamburg to share their incredible recipes with their new friends and neighbors. The bakery boasts fresh, handmade breads, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, and the famously flaky apple strudel, a pastry carefully filled with apples and cinnamon sugar. For lunch, you can try to wiggle your way through a giant pretzel ($5), served with house-made German mustard. For dinner, go with a classic German banquet of wiener schnitzel ($16), piles of scalloped pork lightly breaded and sautéed, served with German potato salad and seasonally fresh vegetables. If the menus' girths overwhet your appetite, just head to the bar for a liter of German craft beer. Then muster your confidence and use today's Groupon to challenge your friends or foes to find out who can eat 57 potato pancakes the fastest.