Nestled within the gates of Fairfield Plantation, this verdant 18-hole golf course provides professional putters and nine-iron neophytes with ample playable space. Cruise the course with a single companion of your choice, or combine two Groupons to play as a friendly foursome. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful trees lining the well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadre mulligans. The satisfaction you feel following your own well-played holes will be amplified by the enjoyment you get from witnessing a partner's three-shot spectacle in woodsy rough. Call to schedule your tee time.
Owned and operated by Jodi Spotts and her team of equine enthusiasts, Spotted Hills Farm presents a safe and welcoming atmosphere in which students can learn horseback riding. Riding lessons are conducted in the styles of English and Western, which differ by the styles of saddle and attire used as opposed to the horse’s accents. Lessons are divvied up into 30-minute and 60-minute blocks, and are designed to teach all ages and skill levels how to ride within a group or one-on-one setting.
The value of teamwork—this is the overriding lesson the staff at Lowell Paintball hopes its players take from the game. As players shuttle through the wooded field to find the opponents' flag, they’re incentivized to work together, ducking behind trees and climbing into bunkers to provide enough cover so that their teammates can advance or take a nice cat nap. As play unfolds, judges keep an eye on all the action to ensure safety and that all the rules are being followed.
A slim parcel of grass, only wide enough to walk across, is the only thing preventing Creekside Golf and Country Club’s signature 18th hole from being considered a true island. The par 5 hole’s isolated bentgrass green presents a spectacular finish for golfers after they conquer the Richard Mandell-designed course, which challenges players with eight fairways split by a stream and myriad design obstacles. As difficult as the final hole is, it still doesn’t rank as the course’s hardest—that honor that belongs to the 14th hole, a lengthy monolith whose green is guarded by a creek, three bunkers, two trees, and Hades's erratic caddy, Cerberus. Before traversing the undulating fairways, golfers can warm up at the club’s driving range and putting green. They can also fuel up at the bar and grill or drop into the pro shop to replace any balls with defunct water wings. Whether digging up divots at the range or on the course, all players must leave their denim at home and wear collared shirts, making sure to conceal the screws that attach their heads to their bodies. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,700 yards * Course rating of 71.5 * Slope rating of 134 * Four tee options * See the scorecard and take a course tour
A rustic gateway to equine knowledge, SoPhar Ranch welcomes riders to its shady spot on Sweetwater Creek with services that range from lessons to boarding. Guests saddle up and explore 20 acres of onsite trails, or make their way through 80 acres of adjacent paths. A dedicated team of trainers conducts lessons in both Western and English riding styles on the ranch’s extensive facilities. Fledgling jockeys learn in a large outdoor arena, five large paddocks, or a lighted, covered arena that allows for nighttime riding while ensuring horses don't become jealous of the Pegasus constellation. Riders can also immerse themselves in equine instruction during camps for beginners as well as those focused on dressage, Western riding, and jumping on the ranch's full course.
Ten minutes from the bustle of Atlanta, hummingbirds and dragonflies buzz around gardens, and horses crunch leaves under their hooves as they amble down dirt-covered trails leading to a private pond. Fruition Farm beckons visitors to relax at this idyllic refuge, whether by swaying on the porch swing with a book in hand or trapping sleepy friends in a hammock draped between two trees.
Communing with nature is reflected in the farm's approach to horseback riding—natural horsemanship, which fosters a special rapport between equestrians and steeds based on respect and trust, motivating horses to obey commands without riders threatening to expose their secret pasts as cows. This philosophy encompasses all activities at Fruition, from lessons and camps to weekend retreats and creative excursions such as moonlight rides and Tea on Tuesdays, which pairs laid-back rides with a catered lunch at the farmhouse.