Team In Training's certified coaches provide nutritional and fitness advice to help participants meet their physical goals, and they welcome experienced athletes and green-but-determined terrapins alike. The program adopts a double-pronged training method incorporating personal attention from coaches with a daily training schedule and weekly group sessions. Participants also receive travel to and accommodation at their selected event.
Perched in the bustling Warehouse District near the Mississippi, The Sugar Mill beckons myriad acts and entertainment to its sprawling event center. Corporate conventions, elegant weddings, and music festivals can each take over the space, which boasts a 22,000 square-foot main floor and a 15,000 square-foot outdoor courtyard where local squirrels can toast to the lucky couple or boogie along to live music.
Colonial Golf and Country Club’s 18-hole course takes duffers careening through a traditional layout of short-grass corridors sculpted precariously through towering oak trees. The Mississippi River runs along the course’s southernmost end, supplying a bucolic vibe and an old-fashioned escape route should golfers run afoul of any territorial flagsticks. The twiggy arms of mature oaks coalesce with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers to place a high premium on precision over power. Players who masterfully bisect each fairway off the tee must still contend with tricky second and third shots into the course’s relatively small, undulating greens, which make for challenging targets to reach in regulation and tricky tapestries to two-putt at will. Scenic water hazards round out the course’s coterie of orb-ensnaring impediments, and a friendly rental cart or two will help keep clubbers dry while proffering incisive commentary about the universally strained relations between carts and caddies.
During indoor and outdoor events, up to 10 guests clamber into Photo-To-Geaux’s high-tech photo booths to pose and mug for the camera. Booths come equipped with LED lighting, a 20-inch touchscreen monitor, and an adapter for iPods. Guests can also don Viking helmets and parasols grabbed from the provided box of props while making HD videos in booths. To ensure smooth operating, an onsite attendant stands by to assist and answer questions.
As chefs simmer authentic New Orleans shrimp étouffée and watch gulf shrimp blacken, chicken and andouille-sausage gumbo bubbles in a pot nearby, filling the kitchen with a spicy aroma. Marigny Brasserie’s menu earned a "good to very good rating" across the board from Zagat, thanks in part to its menu of creole favorites and its wine list. Diners at the bar can peer over at a stained-glass inset of the Marigny Triangle, while those who choose to eat outside can catch a glimpse of Frenchmen Street in person. On some nights, guests can taste spicy shrimp while listening to musicians tune guitars and fill their maracas with fresh bees.