Sweetwater Golf & Country Club's 18-hole Highlands Course weaves over 6,771 yards of fairways and greens stitched by mature oaks. The player-friendly, par 72 course puts clubbers face to face with the Loch Ness Monster—which is the name bestowed upon the course's signature hole, a 625-yard par five that double-doglegs around a lake. Golfers can prepare for their round with a stint at the club's driving range, where practice balls await to be launched in the stratosphere while commenting on the tense relationship between golf balls and sheets of glass. The club fosters more competitive fun at its tennis complex, which boasts eight lighted, outdoor Har-Tru—green clay—tennis courts.
After a day spent reading putts or thrashing forehands, guests can unwind at one of the club's three dining facilities. The relaxed vibes of the Fife & Drum Pub and the Carnoustie Café welcome casually-clad guests fresh off the course, and the more formal, chandelier-lit confines of the Highlands Dining Room provides an apropos backdrop for dinner parties or a romantic setting for date night for golfers and their caddy.
When picking the location for the championship course at Zellwood Station Golf Club, architect George Maddox discovered hilly terrain not often seen at Floridian links. He made the most of this undulating ground as he designed four doglegs that loop around a dry lake, nicknamed Crater Junction, and also devised a treacherous ninth hole. Known as the Train Wreck, this obstacle is infamous for its long fairway and sharp dogleg left. Today, head golf professional Christopher C. Tyler presides over the course’s bermuda-grass fairways and its expansive greens, which putt fast and true. Before facing down the landscape, golfers can figure out which of their balls are afraid of heights by sending them flying from one of a dozen hitting stations at the driving range.
Despite its impressive course and welcoming clubhouse, Zellwood Station Golf Club isn’t resting on its laurels; the club has plans to debut four new holes, a 10,000-square-foot practice chipping-and-putting facility, and a new driving range before the end of 2012.
The certified trainers at Core Body FX have helped change their clients' lives through fitness and exercise for more than 20 years. At their new facility in Apopka, state-of-the-art LifeFitness and HammerStrength machines shine amidst other treadmills and cardio equipment. Trainers individually guide clients toward their fitness goals during personal training sessions, or lead group classes such as bootcamp, Zumba, and yoga that build muscle, burn fat, and boost stamina. Nutritional counseling sessions reinforce fitness goals by encouraging a healthy diet.
Errol Estate Country Club's three pristine 9-hole golf courses, all designed by renowned course architect Joe Lee in 1973, provide players with a fun and relaxing golf experience. Golfers can enjoy an 18-hole round for two on any combination of the courses they wish, made easy to navigate via an included golf cart.
When people talk about Captain Dan Ballard, they do so in hushed tones of awe and reverence. Many tell thrilling tales of a skilled fisherman who has navigated the Ponce Inlet, Port Canaveral, and Sebastian Inlet for the last 25 years, nimbly snatching up tarpon, kingfish, snapper, and even sharks. His vessel of choice is a Mako center-console boat—a stately, smooth-sailing vessel equipped with a 30-gallon live bait well and a six-person life boat. You can usually spot him in the company of fellow sailors as he doles out fishing tips and snaps photos as they pose proudly with their catches or a pet fish that came along for the ride.
The team of highly skilled trainers at Simplicity Stables promotes strong horse-rider relationships through lessons in the disciplines of English and Western riding. Students of all ages develop their saddle skills by first establishing a strong riding base and then moving forward to more advanced tactics, such as passing on the left during a buffalo stampede. The instructors approach safety with the utmost importance and bookend their riding lessons with instruction on how to groom, tack, and care for their horse.