Skydive Kentucky with a BBB rating of A+, encourages customers to jump out of airplanes—but only in pursuit of a heart-pumping adrenaline rush. The skydive outfitter— ranked #5 in top drop zones in the nation by Dropzone— offers tandem, solo, and accelerated freefall jumps from up to 18,000 feet above the ground. Instructors train and expect customers to pull their ripcord and about 80% of clients can do so without any prompting from their instructor. Skydive trains their students to do as much as reasonable on their first tandem jump. Whether a seasoned veteran, a nervous first-timer, or a bird that wants bragging rights among his flock, Skydive Kentucky can guide thrill-seekers on an exciting yet safe descent back to earth.
Home to an event on the 1990 and 1991 Ben Hogan Tours, Pine Valley Golf Resort's challenging par 72 or 73 course touts 6,644 yards of Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. After warming up with two buckets of balls at the driving range—which is conveniently defenseless, lacking both sand traps and golf-ball-eating caddies—players can head out to the natural rolling terrain and demand a fun and challenging round from the scenic course, which is sprinkled with tranquil lakes, oxygen, and a covered bridge. As hauling a golf bag around all day can be tiring, Pine Valley will provide golfers with a motorized cart for stylishly puttering from hole to hole.
Strong Hold Climbing Gym at Hester's Family Fitness beckons to rock clingers of all skill levels with more than 4,000 square feet of top-rope routes, bouldering, and peerless climbing classes. With padded floors throughout, Strong Hold's crew of climbers can scale the multicolored routes with no fear of hard falls, and Strong Hold equips each climber with the harness, shoes, and cliff-badger bait necessary for topping its walls. Introductory classes, taught by master stone whisperers, cover the basics of rope work, proper knots, and the techniques required for pulling on slopers or crimps.
Urvashi Dance Company, under the direction of seasoned midsection maestro Heidi Capps-Hayden, brings centuries-old belly-dancing tradition to the modern Kentucky heartland. Today’s deal lets you choose three one-hour group classes, each of which offers a thorough workout that builds muscles you didn’t know you had. Tribal Cardio (Mondays at 6 p.m.) gets blood pumping and helps maintain a healthy hearts, and Zil Drill (Mondays at 8 p.m.) tackles the art of zils, the small finger cymbals belly dancers don to add subtle percussion to performances and practice their tree-frog impressions. During the American Tribal Style (ATS) introduction class (Mondays at 7 p.m.), the instructor takes a high-energy, collective approach to school students in the basics of this dancing tradition. After getting comfortable with the fundamentals, twirlers can move on to ATS Next Level (Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.) and ATS Maximum (Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 12 p.m.) to transform tummies into mesmerizing kaleidoscopes.
Designed by architect Buck Blankenship, the fairways of Shelbyville Country Club's 18-hole course circumnavigate a horseshoe-shaped lake and they gently rise and fall over the rolling hills of Shelby County. Narrow fairways lined with mature trees offset the course's relatively short 6,400-yard length, setting the tone for a round that rewards accuracy and course management over flashy drives and flame-decaled golf bags. A fully stocked pro shop lies at the course's trailhead, offering players the latest in clubs and gear, and a staff of two resident aces stands ready to adjust swings and impart strategic advice during private and group lessons. Along with the immaculate landscape, Shelbyville Country Club boasts two outdoor tennis courts and an Olympic-size pool featuring a gated kiddie pool and play area, all of which are patrolled by a lifeguard and Mark Spitz's mustache.
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Goose Creek Cycle galvanizes two-wheelers with a variety of elusive parts and maintenance services to keep customers coasting. The skilled cycle technicians begin the basic bike tune-up by adjusting the front and rear shifting and brake pads, which ensures that all velocipede-vessels will sail smoothly, dock on a dime, and outrun gifted children demanding today's newspaper. A truing is then performed to wipe out wobbles and minor dips, followed by a relubrication of chafed chains using a light chain oil, such as Tri-Flow. Finally, headsets and hubs are adjusted, and tire pressure is calibrated to ensure a cushy ride. Before mechanics return bikes to the wheeled wilderness, the team will give the spoked chariot a once-over to diagnose any replaceable parts, tighten up bolts, and fluff pom-pom handlebars.