With four sets of tees to choose from, each of the 18 holes that comprise Flatbush Golf Course reveal rewarding mental and physical challenges for golfers of every stripe. The course's lush chlorophyll-laden carpet stretches to 6,671 yards from the back tees, and brings into play obstacles such as water hazards on eight holes, elevated greens, and sudden impulses to plant a vegetable garden. The most difficult hole on the course proves to be number 4, a 450-yard par 4 with water on either side of the fairway and a wide, shallow green guarded by a large bunker to the front right. On the back nine, number 16 grants players a clear view of the hazards that lay before them, allowing them ample time to triangulate a route to safety.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Four tee options * Total length of 6,671 yards from the back tees * Rating of 71.6 from the back tees * Slope of 121 from the back tees
Just a few miles from where Abraham Lincoln once delivered the Gettysburg Address, there now lies a par-72 golf course stretching 7,069 yards from the tips. The calm greens on The Links at Gettysburg do little to conjure the chaos of the eponymous Civil War battle that took place nearby. Its fairways twist to accommodate a succession of 14 lakes and streams that golfers must navigate with either precise shots or a swan trained to retrieve balls from the water. The course challenges expert players with a 74.1 rating and 144 slope from the back tees, though four other sets of tees accommodate golfers of all skill levels. After an afternoon on the links, guests can settle in for hearty eats at the on-site Red Rock Grille.
An old Civil War-era cannon welcomes golfers to the clubhouse at Locust Hill Golf Course. though course management may not use it for shotgun tournament starts or to launch slow-play warnings at laggard golfers, it sets a historic tone for bucolic rounds of golf through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The chief hazards here are the lakes, ponds, and streams adding up to 35 acres in total. Water enters play on 11 of the 18 holes, but even if players can keep their golf balls high and dry, they still need to successfully navigate numerous sand bunkers and hard-to-read greens if they're to play well.
Liberty Road Golf Center's multifaceted facilities help golfers fine-tune swings with every club in their bag. Piercing drives, pinpoint approaches, and remote-controlled flop shots take flight from the Center's 20-stall driving range before touching down in a field peppered with yardage-marked flags and realistic faux bunkers to simulate on-course targets. A stint at the short-game practice area preps clubbers for a round at the nine-hole, par 3 course, where players launch tee shots onto slick, artificial greens and punish egotistical drivers by making them sit out for the round. While practice areas sharpen swings, master club tinkerer Mark J. Diley re-grips, re-shafts, and repairs clubs, and the center offers rental drivers and 6-irons for those without their own set. The Center also encompasses outdoor batting cages, where mechanical hurlers sling softballs and baseballs at eight different speed settings.
When Debra Sternberg first caught sight of Tom Koerner at the Doc Scantlin dance in 1987, she was smitten by his enthusiastic jitterbug. Though the duo's subsequent amorous relationship lasted only a year, their swing-dance partnership has lasted for decades. Together, they have jitterbugged and lindy hopped into the top spots in contests that include the 1994 UK Lindy Hop Championships, the 1998 Virginia State Open, and the 2010 National Living Legends of Swing Award.
Today, Tom and Debra pass on their expertise and passion at Gottaswing, their dance school that has expanded into eight locations throughout the United States. Each week, more than 500 students lay the six- and eight-count foundations for the jitterbug and lindy hop. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes meet six nights a week at various studios and dance clubs throughout the DC area, each equipped with a dance floor where students and a woman who looks suspiciously like Amelia Earhart can let loose . Four nights a week, the school invites students to join fellow classmates at events to dance along with DJ-curated tunes and live music.
Galloping hooves thunder across the 103-acre Hidden Hills Horse Farm, where horses and riders train in state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities. Three outdoor arenas feature jumps designed by Brody Robertson, and the indoor arena offers year-round training in a 200'x90' facility. Here, riders learn English-style riding skills as well as basic horse care. Those looking to board their horses will find luxurious facilities including heating and air conditioning, automatic waterers, and fly-control sprayers.