Groves of oaks and georgia pines reflect off the glassy surface of strategically placed water hazards at Southbridge Golf Club?s 18-hole course, the grassy brainchild of renowned course architect Rees Jones. Soaring above the 6,922-yard layout, wayward golf balls may carom off of the dense population of timbers, nestle into the pillowy sands of deep bunkers, or sink into the abyss of ponds, streams, and lava pits that come into play on nearly every hole. Large greens await at the end of each hole, eager to befuddle golfers with breaking putts and a fast, well-maintained surface. An onsite driving range nurtures golfers relationships with their clubs, and a menu of fresh meat, seafood, and salad at the genteel diner of Vickery?s at Southbridge curbs hunger that may sap strength from drives or preempt post-round putter-jousting competitions.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by Rees Jones
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,992 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 74.1 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 134 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
The turrets of Star Castle climb high above Mall Boulevard, its drawbridge lowered to lead visitors into to a grand hall filled with treasure and adventure. Inside the 28,000-square-foot entertainment stronghold, children glide across a solid-wood skating surface, rolling around to top-40 hits and classic tunes spun by a resident DJ. Coats of arms and archways surround the rink and lead to other fun-filled chambers, including a video arcade where guests can test their skills on games both nostalgic and new and redeem tickets for prizes or sew them into giant ticket sweaters. As if that wasn't enough, the castle also contains a 4,000-square-foot laser-tag arena, where future knights engage in simulated battles beset by black lights and fog, all under the supervision of an arena attendant and any friends or family members who wish to watch from the spectator room.
Crystal and Johnny Mindedahl host riders of all ages and abilities on Rocking M Ranch’s 60 acres of rolling pastures, beyond which lie miles of historical forests and trails. The ranch takes extra care to comfort its horses, and neighs of contentment echo through the 14-stall barn and across the competition-sized arena where students can refine their horsemanship throughout the year. Instructors tailor each lesson to accommodate individual goals, helping beginners gain comfort and advanced students work toward competitions with tutorials in grooming, safety, saddling, and horse anatomy. In addition to lessons, Rocking M Ranch regularly hosts day camps for children and teens. These camps pique kids’ interests with riding lessons, games, and traditional farm activities, such as playing with pet goats and churning butter from an original Nintendo.
Anyone active in Savannah’s theatre community in the 70s and 80s would likely have encountered Tom Coleman III, a director who began his career at the Savannah Young People’s Theatre. He produced and directed more than 200 shows in the ensuing 35 years, culminating in the founding of the Savannah Community Theatre. The company often produces shows by local playwrights, along with a weekly, pirate-themed murder mystery dinner show.
For six years, the passionate outdoorsfolk and oarmongers at PaddleFish have connected nature-starved families to the lush beauty of the southeastern United States. PaddleFish's sunset kayak tour takes water-cutters of all levels on a roughly two-hour tour through the scenic tidal creeks and antebellum beauty of downtown Charleston. Friendly marsh explorers will tutor eager aquanauts on the basic techniques of kayaking and safety procedures before guiding them toward Bull River's wildlife-rich tributaries, which can yield a potential highlight reel of bottlenose dolphins, ospreys, bald eagles, fiddler crabs, and sousaphone shrimp. En route, learned guides regale boaters with local lore, tales of Civil War battles, and the ups and downs of the region's traditional shrimp fleets, giving imaginations free reign to conjure the fertile frontiers of old and discover why hope floats. The eco-minded staff also proudly donates services and a portion of sales to environmental groups that preserve the scenic beauty of the landscape they adore.
A hush falls over the pews and all heads turn to see the bride step into the light as she glides down the aisle. The groom's face breaks into a huge grin, and guests can't help but smile themselves. For an instant, everyone in the room forgets that this couple is already married and that no one in the room knows who they are. But everyone agrees that the ceremony is beautiful. This is The Big Fake Wedding, a mock wedding in which on-trend wedding vendors display their talents to entice those planning their big day.
Brides- and grooms-to-be are treated to an entire faux wedding, complete with ceremony, dinner, and dance reception. They spend dinner jotting down the names of the bakers who created the delectable wedding cake, the chefs who sizzled up the artfully plated meals, and the rental centers that provided the elegant table settings. Guests can also glean ideas for modern and hip decorations and wedding-planning advice, including tactful ways to tell their fianc?e's father to retire his ruffled periwinkle tuxedo.