When designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. made Prairie View Golf Club his first Indiana project in 1997, he peppered 18 holes across 206 acres of natural beauty. His design hugs the White River, which rings the course on three sides, but only interferes with shots at four holes. Native grasses trim the entire perimeter of the former soybean- and cornfields, while oak, sycamore beech, and cottonwood trees surround the back nine holes. But the natural obstacles pale in comparison to the manmade impediments – 90 sand traps, including one that stretches 135 yards, make the par-72 course a challenge for even the most avid golfer. Creative flagstick positioning invites visitors to modify their technique for approach shots, with an emphasis on precision rather than power, much like surgically extracting a swallowed engagement ring.
For some added muscle on the course, patrons can practice swings at golf lessons or map out a plan of attack over breakfast at The Albatross Grille, which overlooks the course.
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After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.
Lauren Weghorst Photography diligently documents existing families and the unions of new ones, preserving the images for years to come. Over the course of a one-hour photo shoot, groups tied together by blood or a shared love of toothy grins are pictographically preserved in color, black and white, or sepia. At least 100 photographs will be burned onto a commemorative DVD, including 15 edited images. Participants are allowed to change clothes up to three times to show off their business casual, formalwear, and marching-band uniforms.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle in each Ashley Furniture HomeStore warehouse. The stores' mattress and box-spring sets provide proper hiding places for bank heist loot and include choices from name brands such as Ashley Sleep and Simmons. The Augusta Memory Foam set cushions weary bodies with eight inches of contour-hugging support and thwarts nightmare sweat with a ventilated top layer (queen for $799). Meanwhile, the Simmons Sleeper's Choice line globetrots from the Calgary Plush (queen for $579.99) to the Danville Euro Top (full for $439.99) mattress and box-spring pairings, softening even the roughest of landings.
The Mansion at Oak Hill, known for creating events to remember, reflects the charm of nineteenth century southern homes. Its graceful beauty offers the perfect setting for wedding receptions, corporate functions, fund-raising events and celebrations of all types.
Located inside the Indy School of Gymnastics off I-465 in Carmel, Climb Time Towers’ expert staff and world-class facilities offer novice climbers and mountaineers alike a rigorous and fun climbing experience. A day at Climb Time begins for the inexperienced with a brief instructional tutorial designed to teach safety procedures and introduce the student to trendy climbing slang. Once this initial task is completed, the friendly Climb Time instructor will sprinkle the climber with chalk, beharness him, and send him to the walls. Auto belay stations (ropes that safely prevent falling and whisper inspirational quotes when tired hands begin to tremble) aid individual climbers to the top of Climb Time’s 32-foot-high walls, colorfully decorated in homage to some of the country’s most challenging climbs (“Buttermilks,” “The Daddy,” “The Boreal”). With over 80 routes to the top, the walls at Climb Time promise a challenging day at the manufactured rocks for beginners, recreational rock scalers’ long-lost siblings, and experienced climbers. Because each Groupon gets you three sessions of all-day access to the towers at Climb Time, you'll have plenty of time to stretch, squint, and groan your way through several routes.