Practice is rarely as fun as a real round of golf, but at Athens Golf Center, it comes close. Players encounter conditions they'd find on a real golf course as they launch drives from 400 feet of real, fresh-seeded rye grass tee boxes and hone putts on a large T-1 bent grass green. Unlike on a real course, however, players can also duck into four covered and heated stalls when weather turns nasty and starts raining or insulting backswings. After practice sessions, players can head into the golf shop to enroll in lessons through Athens Academy or stock up on gear from brand such as Mizuno, Taylor Made, and Ping.
Learning how to control the power of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini engine seem like a fantasy to some?but it's a perfectly attainable adrenaline fix at The Motorsport Lab. The Lab's driving experts allow clients to slip behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, or other rare and exotic automobile for a once-in-a-lifetime ride.
After explaining the vehicle features and the proper safety protocols, staff members turn over the keys. Drivers can develop a feel for the automobile's speed and cat-like agility while guiding it around a controlled autocross course for several laps. For a truly immersive experience, The Motorsport Lab occasionally rents out its sports cars for weekend-long escapes that let clients travel in style and become the object of envy at any drive-through dry cleaner.
Whether sinking a putt or demolishing a high score, Walther's Golf & Fun surrounds visitors with the trappings of the tropics. On the dual miniature golf courses, one indoor and one outdoor, waterfalls and banana trees give the feel of golfing through a vibrant jungle. The laser-tag course is similarly themed, with tangles of neon lights washing over palm trees and weathered ruins. Jungle-print carpet coats the floor of the fully stocked arcade, and golfers practicing on the driving range wait impatiently for one droopy toucan to collect and return their golf balls.
Sequestered in the rolling hills of Pendleton County, Pendleton Country Club dispatches golfers out across 18 scenic holes. Four of those stops are par 5's, including the lengthy second hole, which stretches a daunting 613 yards from the back tee. Away from the links, golfers can get some practice at an on-site driving range. They can also take a dip in the club's recently renovated pool, or they can stop by one of its lakes to consult the property's fish about a particularly challenging approach shot.