Tangle Oaks Golf Club stretches 6,382 yards from the tips, but its length doesn't characterize the challenges presented. It's the details that make the course stand out, sometimes with a splash. On the par-three 13th, golfers must carry a high-lofted tee shot over a pond in order to land on the signature island green, which leaves little room for error. However, many fairways are sparsely lined with mature trees and are free of sand traps, providing more forgiving landing zones for errant shots or personal helicopter golf carts.
Haunted Abilene revamps its thrills and surprises each Halloween, finding new ways to frighten visitors while honoring the city's past. Each year, the Abilene Preservation League transforms the historic Swenson House into Phantom Manor, coaxing fiendish ghosts and ghouls to terrify visitors and chip in on the Preservation League's historic-site restoration projects.
The 13-acre Abilene Zoo delights visitors with more than 600 animals from more than 200 species. Guests gaze upon bobcats, flamingos, and giraffes before visiting the new bird gardens, where road runners and burrowing owls face off in feather fluffing tournaments. The zoo participates in conservation efforts for African lions, black rhinos, and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as other threatened and endangered creatures, and the Abilene Reporter-News recently profiled their new horticulturist, who has helmed a “green renaissance” at the facility.
At Buffalo Gap Historic Village, wide-eyed visitors find themselves whisked back in time to a turn-of-the-century Texas, replete with a two-room schoolhouse, a courthouse, and a blacksmith shop. Explore the Buffalo Gap Historic Village's relics and historical landmarks dating back to the late 1800s with the help of complimentary guided-tour recordings. A garage barn houses antique vehicles such as a carriage and a 1919 Model-T hack. The doctor's office exhibit boasts office furnishings and a collection of archaic medical instruments that often inspires visitors to compose heartfelt letters of appreciation to their anesthesiologist. Two of the most storied buildings at the village are the Taylor County Courthouse and Jail, and the Cottonwood School, a two-room schoolhouse where 1920s children studied history, penmanship, and advanced flapping.
Classic Touch is a full care boarding and training facility. I offer riding lessons for children and adults in western or english. Train horses for Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunter under saddle, Trail and yearling lounge line. I also injury lay-ups and rehab.
Birds are unpredictable, with erratic flight patterns that can change at any moment. The staff at Abilene Clay Sports attempts to simulate this spontaneity at its outdoor fields, which incorporate open areas and wooded terrain ideal for shotgun sports. A cart path leads to 12 sporting clays stations, where participants take aim from towers of up to 80 feet high. Clay pigeons also launch at a five-stand field and six trap fields, including four that operate via voice command. One last field offers an even greater challenge. Here, several helice launchers fire small, plastic targets. These small objects, known as ZZ birds, have propellers on either side, which means they move completely at random.
The various fields accommodate guests of all experience levels. Abilene Clay Sports' staffers happily work with beginners, and they also host frequent tournaments sanctioned by the National Sporting Clays Association and the Amateur Trapshooting Association.