5782 Porch Swing Place Hoschton, GA 30548 +1 770 770 967 1515
They say lake sailing is more challenging than ocean voyaging, because the winds tend to bounce off the shores, forever surprising the skipper. With facilities on both Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona, Windsong Academy offers numerous sailing opportunities and inexpensive instruction year round, no matter where you plan your business retreat or family vacation. Courses are offered in chartering, boat purchase and navigation, safety, weather, celestial navigation, on-board gourmet cooking and many other topics. The popular basic sailing training course costs a fair amount. Call for full course descriptions, fees and directions.
1145 Stonewall Jackson Drive Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain, GA 30087 +1 770 465 3278
Atlanta's natural pride and joy is the sprawling beauty of Stone Mountain Park, where all are welcome to partake of a round at its beautiful 36-hole course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, much of the course hugs the shores of the park's lake. There's a pro shop on the premises, with lessons and rental clubs available. The course also features practice areas, a driving range and two putting greens. Weekend and holiday rounds require about a week's advance reservation.
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway Lake Lanier Islands Resort Buford, GA 30518 +1 678 318 7861
Golf industry experts describe this pristine lakeside course as "the Pebble Beach of the South." Designed by Joe Lee, this 18-hole, par-72 challenge features 13 holes hugging the shore of Lake Lanier, a stunning design that has garnered the course many PGA awards. The pro shop and clubhouse are rated among the best in the state.
This Gwinnett County municipal course is as beautiful as most private clubs. Spend a morning or afternoon enjoying the 18-hole layout of Bermuda grass fairways with bentgrass greens. The links feature a halfway house, clubhouse, restaurant, driving range and putting green. Club and cart rentals are available, as well as full equipment and apparel at the pro shop. Other "clubby" extras include tennis courts and a pool.
6094 Shadow Rock Drive Lithonia, GA 30058 +1 770 469 6913
Located a mere 18 miles (30 kilometers) from downtown and Buckhead, this municipal course is as popular for its affordable rates as for its championship caliber design elements. Laid out by famed designer Dick Wilson, the 18-hole, par 72 course was fully refurbished with bentgrass, and blends beautifully into the rolling Georgia countryside. Call ahead for further information and admission details.
1825 Windy Hill Road Smyrna, GA 30080 +1 770 434 6331
For a test of your skills without a strain on your wallet, try the executive course at Legacy. The course features nicely varying topography, from numerous sloping doglegs to rolling fairways that hide surprising bunkers and traps. A driving range, putting course, clubhouse and pro shop are also located on site. Reserved tee times are strongly encouraged. Check website for updated information and seasonal timings.
Since 1993, this handsome, easy rolling course has been voted #1 among Atlanta public courses by the readers of Georgia Golf news nearly every single year. Designed by Ken Dye, Cobblestone presents a challenging barrage of water and sand hazards under a verdant canopy of swaying Georgia pines. Playable year-round, the course also features a golf shop and clubhouse. Cobblestone is about 25 minutes north of Atlanta off Interstate 75.
1063 Rockbridge Road Stone Mountain, GA 30087 +1 678 277 0870
Atlanta may be hours from the sea, but Gwinnett County provides a solution for its residents and guestsone of which is located at Mountain Park. Each of these state-of-the-art facilities offers a variety of swim lessons and classes, plus daily open swims. Season passes are available. Call for information on locations, schedules, costs and hours of operation, which vary by site.
10800 Davis Drive Alpharetta, GA 30004 +1 770 649 6600
Whether you like your skating on ice or on land, this center is the place for fun. Sporting two ice rinks and an in-line skating arena, the facility is open to the public year-round for skate lessons, parties, and hockey teams of all ages and skill levels. Rental equipment is available, while a snack bar, pro shop, lockers, and game arcade are also located within the center. Call ahead for schedules, as special events can affect open skating times. Schedules for ice skating and in-line skating also vary from day to day.
250 Cobb Parkway North Marietta, GA 30062 +1 770 590 4067
The South's largest water park is located about 20 minutes from downtown in suburban Cobb County, and is open weekends during May, then daily from June through August. In addition to water slides, wading pools, and all types of aquatic rides, the park offers Friday night "Dive-In Movies," where guests watch first-run movies from inner tubes in the wave pool. Admission is calculated by height. This charge includes free admission to Six Flags' American Adventures park next door.
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