Country Club of Canton's 18-hole course wraps snugly around a 22-acre lake, allowing it to incorporate water into play on most of the holes. It's been the central characteristic since the layout was first strung around the lake in 1923. Other previous occupants included the old pine forests, still in existence, as well as the lake monster, forced to relocate through eminent domain. The golf club's social scene revolves around the 12,000 square-foot clubhouse, where a driving range and putting green skirt the clubhouse grille and banquet space.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,322 yards from the back tees * Rating of 69.5 from the back tees * Slope of 114 from the back tees * Three sets of tees * Scorecard
Helmed by LPGA Class A instructor Kathy Hester, Mississippi?s OnTarget Golf Schools build smooth, dependable swings during six one-hour, weekly classes. The six-session program allows instructors to mold pupils? form by breaking the swing down into its component parts, introducing sound techniques and allowing ample practice repetitions to commit concepts to muscle memory, where they will join riding a bicycle and swallowing oversize jawbreakers on command. Golf gurus also teach clubbers to hit practice shots with a target in mind, developing a subconscious association between their ball?s destination and the shot required to reach it. Clients can consult the schedule for upcoming classes. Online map directions might not be completely accurate, so customers should call ahead if they've never visited any of the courses before. Clubs will be available upon request.
• For $25, you get one month of tumbling-and-cheerleading classes (up to a $60 value). • For $40, you get two months of Mommy and Me classes (an $80 value). • For $75, you get a 1.5-hour girl's or boy’s birthday party for 15–20 kids (a $150 value).
At High Hopes Farm, experienced trainers and PATH-certified equine expert Callie Cooper Hopping steer both amateur and advanced students in the saddle during 60-minute horseback-riding lessons. Before perching atop one of 10 congenial school horses, beginners bone up on the basics of steed care, such as grooming, tacking, and concealing bushels of apples behind one's ears. The latter half of class allows pupils to pilot their hooved cohorts in English or Western styles. Patrons who have walked, trotted, and cantered without assistance on previous cavalry runs can attend private intermediate or advanced lessons, which begin with approximately 15 minutes of consultation to better tailor riding pointers. Once mounted, riders navigate one of three riding zones on High Hopes Farm's 14-acre facility, bounding over bars on the jumping field, honing gaits in the dressage area, or weaving through meteor showers in the all-weather outdoor arena. While not included with today's Groupon, High Hopes Farm also offers birthday parties for up to 12 children, as well as therapeutic riding for special-needs riders.
Inside Different Strokes Art Studio, pristine white ceramic bisques fill the cubbies that line one wall, taking all kinds of shapes—from giant vases to wizard hats. Artists of all ages bend to their work at the studio’s tables, dabbling colored glazes onto the matte clay and picking colors and brushes from the center of the table as they go, creating keepsakes such as personalized dinner platters for holidays or ornaments with their child's hand print painted on. When customers are done bedecking their pieces, the shop’s assistants glaze and fire each one, turning items such as plates, bowls, and dip platters instantly food safe and ready to hang on the wall or hold beautifully presented piles of marshmallow fluff.
Whisper Lake Country Club's verdant course encompasses 4,645 yards of kempt bermuda-grass fairways into a compact-but-challenging par 64 course. Golfers can prepare for rounds with swing-loosening stints at the driving range. There, wise players will focus on mid-length shots and keep drivers securely covered so they don't recognize rounds of golf are being played without them. Various short, drivable par 4s line the course, eschewing the longball in favor of pinpoint long irons or fairway woods, encouraging duffers to direct orbs to hospitable landing areas and set up favorable angles to approach fast, tifdwarf greens. Four sets of tees make the course surmountable for golfers of all abilities, and its compressed yardage—the 18-hole course only features two, relatively short par 5s compared to nine par 3s—allows duffers to complete rounds in about three hours or less, freeing up valuable time to tend to workday obligations or mow basement shag carpets into in-home putting greens. Cart rental is included in all options.