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.
In the world of golf, few acronyms are held in the same regard as TPC. Comprising 32 PGA-level venues, the Tournament Players Club network stretches from coast to coast, hosting high-profile pro and senior tour events throughout the year with TPC Sawgrass even serving as the headquarters for the PGA itself. As the Big Easy's contribution to the lineup and a member of the faction that happen to be open to the public, TPC Louisiana does not disappoint. Pete Dye's 2004 design choreographs cypress and oak trees, five ponds, and more than 100 bunkers over 250 acres of the Mississippi River delta. As the permanent home of the PGA Tour’s annual Zurich Classic, the course is, of course, exceptionally long from the back tees––7,400 yards––but furnishes four additional sets of tees to make things easier on amateurs who refuse to cork their drivers.
As with all TPC venues, golf is but a part of the experience. Inside the 24,000 square-foot clubhouse, The TPC Grill couples southern hospitality with an ambiance of relaxed elegance, while luxury lockers provide a place for players to stash their Bourbon Street beads before teeing up on the course.
For more than two decades, the professional framers at Cannon Framing & Artworks have converted photographs and works of art into tasteful wall displays with matting, protective glass, and frames in classic or contemporary styles. The staff helps clients choose colors that complement a painting’s blues and greens, simple mouldings that draw the eye toward the photos inside, or thick baroque frames that distract police inspectors from noticing stolen Mona Lisa_s. While waiting for the framer to take measurements, peruse the store’s gallery of paintings, posters, and sports memorabilia, many of which reflect owners Kay and John’s enthusiasm for for collegiate sports and pro football.
Love Swimming's team of talented teachers turns landlubbers into merpersons with their 30-minute swimming lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. In Water Babies classes, designed for children between 6 months and 3 years of age, parents dive in along with their children to help them develop motor skills, confidence, and nascent sitcom plots. Beginners can sign up for the level 1 and 2 classes, which impart water-safety basics such as floating and introductory swim strokes, and experienced water treaders can opt for level 3 and 4 sessions, which introduce the butterfly, back, breast, and freestyle strokes. During the even more advanced Stroke School class, Love Swimming's water whisperers bridge the gap between casual and competitive swimming with drill-based instruction. All classes are held in one of the facilities' warm and inviting saltwater pools, and feature an intimate five-to-two student-teacher ratio, ensuring everyone gets plenty of advice, personal instruction, and turns to host underwater tea parties.
Though his rhythmic past runs through hip-hop and breaking culture, Derik Dollis broke ground on Liquid Rhythm Inc. after seeing how seamlessly club styles meshed with the ballroom art of salsa. Dollis and a quintet of additional instructors schooled in dance styles such as ballet and jazz use salsa's unmistakable rhythmic structure as a loose guideline, allowing students to break from the idea that they need to master tricks to succeed. Classes encourage dancers to develop a personal style while learning posture, isolations, and body movement in tandem with adding sensual flair and the least-prickly ways of holding a rose in your mouth. The company also totes its New Orleans pride across the country to perform at national salsa congresses.:m]]
Muggivan School of Irish Dance owner and certified Irish-dance teacher Joni Muggivan tutored under the instruction of world-renowned dancer Paul Tinen and has since relayed her craft to aspiring prancers of the traditional Irish dance. Put up your foot dukes in Muggivan's Intro to Irish Dance classes, offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. Cut a languid rug with the Slow Jig step, or high-kick your way to Ireland with the Hornpipe step. Joni's pupils are trained in competitive-style Irish dancing so that they may go on to represent Louisiana on the local or international stage. Past Muggivan disciplines have performed at the Irish Channel's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.