Since 1973, Columbia Lakes Resort has spoiled putters with a sprawling 7,000-yard 18-hole course and luxurious accommodations nestled within 2,000 acres of woodland. Power architect Tom Fazio designed the course, which weaves through tall oaks, around lagoons, and beside a 300-acre lake swimming with trophy bass amid an elaborate underwater city constructed from clubs flung away in frustration. Perfect your putt on one of the four practice greens, including a furrowed chipping and putting green and a green with a bunker for practicing sand shots or building sculptures of your friends using golf balls for eyes. Players can also practice on the driving range, stocked with five target greens and four tee areas.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Nothing can break the bonds of sisterhood, especially when they are stitched together. At 3 Sisters Quilt Shop, Sherry, Shawn, and Chandra combine their individual talents to create ready-made quilts and instruct others on how to craft their own patterned coverings. The sisters adorn beds with fabrics that include Civil War reproductions, calico, and vintage. They also make custom t-shirt quilts from customer's old t-shirt collections. The also host classes on how to make your own t-shirt or sun bonnet Sue quilts, and stock craft rooms with scissors, rotary cutters, sewing bags, and cutting mats.
Diving behind a stack of paint-splattered tires on the speedball field, the player catches his breath before unleashing fire on an opponent, who peeks out from behind a wooden spool. Next, they weave through brush-lined trails and take aim from lean-tos on the castle course or crawl through the tubes that throng the hyperball field. Before they commence these bouts on one of Brazos Splat Games' five fields, however, guests shield themselves in protective goggles and ready their semiautomatic markers in the netted staging area. Trained referees oversee 15- to 30-minute games that rotate through a variety of scenarios including Capture the Flag, Elimination, and Name That Rembrandt.
A decidedly pastoral sight surrounds Royalty Friesian’s stable: from a carpet of high emerald grass rise the powerful legs of regal friesian horses, whose jet-black coats and long, glossy manes do nothing but stand out against the green backdrop. These well-tempered steeds, bred from esteemed Dutch bloodlines, are ideal for the private lessons at Royalty Friesian and impressive exits after tossing a sheriff’s badge in the dust. Approved by the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA), the stable’s expert staff breeds friesians and has produced world-champion show horses. The staff also helps others prepare their horses for review by FHANA, as well as the Friesian Registry System.
Golf Etc. features a bevy of bogey-friendly products from brands such as Titleist, Ping, Bridgestone Golf, Adidas, Callaway, TaylorMade, and more. In addition to its armory of traditional fairway artillery, Golf Etc. also builds, repairs, re-grips, and re-shafts trusty clubs at its on-site workshop. Re-gripping is $3 per club, plus the price of grip, and can be completed the day the clubs are brought in. If your club handle is already gripped for success, you can opt for a one-hour video golf lesson ($80), which uses a digital coaching system known only as V-1 to give golfers a clearer understanding of their swing and teach them how to harness its inherent energy to jump-start a dead golf-cart battery. Golfers can also get their drivers fitted ($75) and find out which long-distance clubber is best for their game using the Swing Labs Digital Fitting System. Short-gamers can practice putts on a 280-square-foot indoor green that features authentic challenging breaks. Prices provided are from the Pearland store and may vary by location.