A 42-foot-long 3-D map of the Monon Greenway lines the walls of Carmel Cyclery, where a friendly team can equip and inform prospective duocyclists of all ages and levels to explore the gorgeous nearby trails or charming downtown Carmel. One of Carmel Cyclery's two-wheeled exerts will outfit you with a free area map and help you determine which rental ride best fits the curvature of your pedaling apparatus. The regal, back-friendly comfort bike dons smooth-riding tires, suspension seat posts, and cushy saddles to pad posteriors, while wrestling tag teams can perch atop the tandem bike for harmonious views of a spandex-free countryside. Travelers can then cruise to their right ventricle's content for up to four hours, during which they'll receive a healthy dose of the Indiana countryside and a healthy distrust of unicyclists.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
Of the 18 holes that constitute the course at Shortee’s Golf, not one measures longer than 100 yards. This is so beginners—youngsters especially—can enjoy the game without getting frustrated because they can’t yet hit the ball as far as Tiger Woods or afford to pay a fan to kick their golf ball into the fairway, like Tiger Woods. Instead, they practice short game fundamentals, both pitching and putting, which happen to be the most crucial aspects of the game, regardless of the size of the course. The facility also holds a net driving range and putting green for further repetitions, and conducts five-day junior golf camps in the summer to help the future phenoms improve.
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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Bolstered by a blur-fisted team of instructors with a range of backgrounds from high level athletic competition to law enforcement, Krav Maga Worldwide’s head instructor Jeff outfits muscle-memories with the skills to blast back attackers.
The martial art bases its moves on instinctual defensive motions, transforming them into devastating strikes and practical techniques for disarming modern attackers who tend to carry weapons such as guns, knives, and folding chairs. A suite of four classes usher the spindle-shanked neophyte through moves that scale up, building on the same basic defensive maneuvers that law-enforcement organizations and militaries around the world—including the Israeli Defense Force and the United States Marines—employ. Always providing the most modern techniques, the studio also helps keep tots off a bully’s atomic-wedgie list with classes for kids as young as 3 years old.