Surrounded by the majestic Cumberland Mountains, Goose Pond Colony’s 36 golf holes share the banks of Lake Guntersville with cozy cottages, a campground, and a full-service marina. The Colony Course, designed by renowned course architect George Cobb and opened in 1971, stretches 7,100 yards across a peninsula that juts out into the lake, a water-laden layout that will host the 2013 NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship. Players can see water from each of the course’s 18 holes, in the form of the surrounding lake, the two large inland ponds, and the sweat pouring out of overworked golf carts. Meanwhile, the slightly shorter Plantation Course is reached after a short ride north on State Route 79 and challenges players with its open fairways and bentgrass greens.
Goose Pond Colony’s proximity to a 69,200-acre waterway affords ample opportunities for recreational activities aside from golf, including boating, fishing, and paddleboarding. After a day spent reeling in largemouth bass, catfish, and wayward golf balls out of the lake, weary competitors can retire to The Docks Restaurant for soups, salads, and seafood.
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More than 50 flat screen TVs spill their soft glow over Chips & Salsa Sports Bar, with NFL battles and UFC brawls scoring hearty cheers from sports fans who steal glances at a menu of casual bar fare. Traditional American favorites, including catfish and New York strip steak, headline the menu alongside succulent carne asada and red sauce-smothered burritos, facilitating a seamless fusion of American and Southwestern fare with a marked lack of deep-fried bolo ties. Soaring darts sail over spiraling pool balls as they clack across 10 billiards tables, neighboring a full-service bar where goggle-wearing mixologists concoct more than 1,000 specialty drinks while levitating limes with their mind.Chips & Salsa Sports Bar is an all-smoking establishment.
Knuckleheads fuels sports fans' pumping fists with burgers and grill fare and lubricates their cheering tubes with more than 15 draft beers and more than 25 bottles of suds. The handcrafted, mellow Shiner bock and the crisp and spicy Olde Towne hefe swirl happily in the boozy hot tubs of Knuckleheads' microbrew vats. Activate beef teeth for combat against the Knucklehead Biker burger, a half pound of ground chuck painted in shades of barbecue and topped with an onion ring nestled in mushrooms and pepper jack ($8.99). The Knuckle sandwich ($11.99) strikes the mouth with a deep-fried chicken breast dipped in Knucklehead sauce and draped in jalapeño and bacon. Put the plant world on warning with a veggie wrap, stuffed with steamed spinach, avocado, and caramelized onions ($7.99). For a heartier helping of beef, head to the grill for a Cajun-blackened rib eye ($14.99).
Amid a spacious dance floor and plentiful mirrors, Southern Elegance Dance Studio sets shoulders a-shimmying and knees a-jerking to a variety of rug-cutting styles. Depending on the student's choice, teachers will channel their lessons toward a specific style, which can include the waltz, the foxtrot, the rumba, and swing. Experienced dancing instructors commence private introductory classes with the mechanics of movement, focusing on beat and balance before moving on to complicated foot movements and advanced eyebrow lifts. All dance classes combine cardio workouts and muscle strengthening, fostering pupils' fitness, coordination, and ability to clench a rose between their teeth.