When it comes to catching fish, Chad Smith is more than well equipped. After all, the professional angler captains a 20-foot pontoon boat decked out with advanced Humminbird mapping and color sonar systems. Still, all of his fancy gadgets pale in comparison to his memory. Having fished in the area for much of his life, he's familiar with the best spots to hook multiple species, including striper, spotted bass, crappie. His passion, though, is trophy catfish, which led him to a record catch weighing 61.33 pounds.
On five- to eight-hour trips on Lake Oconee, Chad helps total novices and seasoned fishers alike haul in large catches. If clients aim to net a catfish, he even guarantee their success. Those who don't hook one of the bottom dwellers on their current excursion can give it a second shot on another trip within a year, free of charge. He also helps established fishers set up their own sonar equipment, meeting them on the water for a test run and a lesson on how to distinguish fish schools from fish retirement homes.
Bear Creek Golf Club's 18-hole course takes golfers voyaging across 6,585 yards of rolling terrain characterized by renovated bunkers, contoured greens, and dense tree lines lining the fairways. Refurbished in July 2011, the par 72 is now carpeted with Champion bermuda grass on all of its greens to form smooth, slick putting surfaces devoid of any bumpy nettles or suspicious troll knolls. Chirping birds and whistling winds serve as the course's commentators, occasionally warning players of the scattered water hazards that reflect the skies above without ripple or wave but reveal their orb-eating desires when balls land atop their motionless surface. At the onsite snack bar, players can fuel up before rounds.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,585 yards from farthest tees
Course rating of 71.8 from farthest tees
Slope rating of 130 from farthest tees
Four tee options
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What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Contemporary Martial Arts has been producing top notch martial artists for 20 years in a family oriented environment. We have been recognized for our achievements in kickboxing, MMA, and sport karate.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
Students must be at least 4 years old and eligible for Pre-K.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Martial arts can be beneficial for people of any age and any level of physical fitness.
I love sharing my knowledge with others and seeing them reap the benefits of martial arts training.
What do you love most about your job?
My favorite part about being a martial arts instructor is seeing students do things that they did not think they were capable of achieving.
A fourth-generation artist, Rose Handy has always made time for creating. After a rollercoaster ride of life changes and moves, Rose and her potter husband Paul opened their own gallery and class space. Joined by a staff of illustrators, quilters, watercolorists, and other artisans, the owners encourage Wild Child students to find their own artistic voices, whether they're hand-building a ceramic bowl, painting a family portrait, or fusing glass pieces together to make a new glass family. The search for new avenues of creativity also extends to the studio's class offerings; beginning in January 2013, aspiring artisans can learn the intricacies of handbuilding and wheel-based pottery techniques as part of the shop's newest curriculum.
As a conglomerate of paintball facilities, Paintball Tickets offers many distinct destinations for chromatic outdoor combat. Some fields challenge players to find adequate cover in an arena littered with creative obstacles. In Massachusetts, PnL Paintball thrusts players into a realistic Ghost Town, comprised of churches, multilevel buildings, and stone walls. Meanwhile, trees, leaves, stacked wood, and foliage inside K.C. Crusaders offer players all-natural hiding places from which they can spring forth to surprise their rivals or remain undetected while they determine the color palette they will use to paint Water Lilies on the surrounding bunkers.
12 indoor shooting lanes
Electronic carriers set targets up to 25 yards away
Accommodates rifles, pistols, and shotguns
Rifle and pistol rentals available
At a Glance
When not practicing in the range, those visiting Trading Place Indoor Range can stop by the shop to browse its inventory of firearms and accessories. Here, gunsmiths perform custom work, including coating firearms in 31 colors of Cerakote, which helps guard against corrosion.