Bayou Barriere Golf Club is a 27-hole complex sculpted into the landscape along the Intracoastal Canal, just one of the many water features prominently displayed. As golfers journey through the bermuda grass fairways and greens, they'll encounter water hazards that come into play on 20 of 27 holes. With the exception of a couple of slight dog legs, the three 9-hole courses showcase mostly straightway hole layouts featuring fairways sparsely lined with mature trees and greens protected by shallow bunkers. The well-groomed golf club also boasts practice facilities and a new clubhouse with pro shop and on-site grill and bar.
In 1959, Robert Trent Jones Sr. completed work on Timberlane's 7100-yard, par-72 golf course near the west bank of the Mississippi, and it still stands as a friendly, challenging round in a pleasant, private setting. Mature oaks line the sides of each Bermuda-grass fairway, and in 2007, Timberlane re-surfaced its expansive greens with Tif Eagle turf, giving putts a new zip and helicopter pilots a new view. Before hitting the links, sharpen up your chipping, putting, pitching, pitch-shifting, and Super Bowl Shuffling on the all-grass practice range and putting green, or try the driving range nearby. When you're ready, hop in your provided golf cart to match wits with the labyrinthine course, which features four sets of tee areas per hole, 17 water hazards, 80 sand bunkers, and 13 mechanical yetis. If he's around, see if you can snag a tip from resident PGA pro Tim Brown, who was named by Golf Digest as the #1 Best Teacher in Louisiana in 2009.
Area 51 Laser Tag immerses combatants in a maze of glowing partitions, neon barrels, and ominous radioactive symbols as they attempt to take out enemy players. The indoor battlefield places stealth and speed at a premium, with corners prime for ambushes and corridors that could doom slow-footed competitors. For a more relaxing form of recreation, guests can play video and computer games and lounge in front of flatscreen TVs.
Snap Fitness brings its global workout focus to the Crescent City region, motivating fledgling flexers and advanced athletes alike with a personable approach and a plethora of high quality equipment within its facility, which is available to members 24 hours a day. Train for upcoming marathons, 5Ks, or underwater relay races on treadmills or ellipticals. Free weights are ideal for customizing a muscle-building workout, and the cardio TV theater keeps heart-pumpers up-to-date on the latest news or hard-hitting yogurt commercials. Tone limbs and torsos, then work on a beach-ready tan in the center’s tanning beds, imparting luscious glows and accenting pigments with virtual rays and actual shimmer.