Dos Lagos Golf Course or, "The Dos" to regulars, has provided year-round golfing for more than 50 years. Sidled next to the Franklin Mountains between Las Cruces and El Paso, the venerable 18-hole course—under new management—both challenges visitors and spoils them with its magnificent views. Instead of replacing their 9-irons with katanas, players can sharpen their games more efficiently at Dos Lagos' driving range, putting green, and chipping area. They can also pick up tips from the course's pair of resident PGA professionals, and re-energize at the full-service restaurant serving burgers and Mexican food.
Course at a Glance
Author and radio host Ken Hudnall leads groups on an informative trek through El Paso's famed, and oftentimes spooky, past during the Downtown History and Mystery Tour. Each traipse through time begins at the Camino Real Hotel, where ominous tales of a distressed bride and the lingering presence of Pancho Villa cast a spectral tone upon the outing's onset. Winding through city streets, Ken and crew stop at the Cortez Building, the Plaza Hotel, and the very first Hilton Hotel, which has hosted several celebrity weddings. As night falls and shadows begin to dance and pants unsuspecting patrons, a stop at the Mills Building—constructed on the site of a hotel that burned to the ground—rounds out the tour's itinerary.
At School of American Kenpo, third-degree black belt Ron Hickey calls on 15 years of martial-arts training to instill each student with not only strength and technique, but also character, confidence, and inner peace in every class he leads. Though the roots of traditional American Kenpo run deep in the studio, Hickey encourages his students to blaze their own trails in their development in the martial art. From four-year-old fighters just starting out to older athletes with hopes of achieving a black belt, School of American Kenpo seeks to help every student achieve their personal, fitness, and self-defense goals.
David Kneip leads The Human Lab's crew of tough-as-nails trainers, who find common cause in his no-frills approach to exercise. Eschewing loud music, televisions, and machinery, David and his team prefer to force their clients to rely only on the rhythm of their bodies and the strength of their will to overcome the challenges of any given workout. Students tackle everything from Olympic-style weightlifting and kettlebells to old-fashioned pushups and pull-ups in their quest to tone and strengthen their bodies. The Lab's most popular program, CrossFit, runs muscles through a wide variety of exercises—preventing the body from easily adapting to the routine and ensuring maximum results in minimum time—but other workouts can build muscles for specific sports, bestowing skiers with more powerful legs and croquet players with fingers shaped like mallets.
The San Antonio AutoRama and South Texas Motorcycle Show beckon like a siren's call to vehicle enthusiasts, boasting hot rods, motorcycles, and souped-up vehicles from the last 70 years. As automakers and custom-car manufacturers show off their wares, custom motorcycles roar around the floor to show off luxurious modifications. Children 12 and under get in free to the family-friendly event, which will include a celebrity appearance by Vinnie DiMartino from TV's American Chopper, as well as competitions for best ride in show.
Toddler Avenue was established by a mom who was tired of chasing her own youngsters out of the "big kids" areas at other indoor play facilities. Such problems don't exist here, however, since all of Toddler Avenue was designed for children up to 5 years old. Inside, tots explore a colorful landscape full of jungle gyms, slides, tubes, and functional items, such as cars and costumes. Parents, meanwhile, can kick back on couches while watching their kids play and read about successful ways to lure boogeymen out of closets.