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Ulen Country Club's golf course spans up to 6,310 yards over 110 acres of bentgrass greens, manicured fairways, and challenging rough. Designed in 1924 by Indianapolis native William Diddle, the dynamic course was originally designed for walkers, back when golf was played with caddies and cars were driven by a team of caddies pushing from behind. As many as 80 bunkers permeate the verdant terrain, a lake comes into play on three holes, and a creek snakes through eight fairways, placing a premium on club selection leading up to Ulen's undulating greens.

A shining example of Diddle's design is the 475-yard par 5 14th hole, whose massive left-hand bunker leaves drivers shaking in their marshmallow head covers. From there, approach shots must carry a creek and a bunker to land safely on the green, which is surrounded by sand traps on all sides. Though the course has undergone recent renovations, including new tee boxes, fairways, and an irrigation system, the original design is still mainly intact.

As a private facility, Ulen Country Club treats members to myriad amenities amid its stately clubhouse. Executive chef Nick Townsend and his staff serve up lunch and dinner menus in the professional dining room, with catering and banquet options available for special occasions. The club enforces a strict dress code that bans all T-shirts, cutoff pants, denim, and baby holsters.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 70 course
  • Bentgrass tees and fairways
  • Length of 6,310 yards from farthest tees
  • Four tee options
  • Scorecard

100 Country Club Dr
Lebanon,
IN
US

Massage is like a Snuggie for your soul, minus the shame and Doritos stains. It wraps you in warm fuzzies that relax your muscles and invigorate your spirit. Today's Groupon wipes away tension and snack crumbs with a healing touch. For $30, you get one of three types of massage at Common Source Massage, up to a $75 value. Choose a 60-minute Swedish/deep-tissue massage, a 60-minute hot-stone massage, or a 90-minute Thai yoga massage.Naturally, world powers began jockeying for access to the potentially weaponize-able massage, by means both diplomatic and unofficial. Many international observers believe that the 1992 Summer Olympics were, in fact, a complicated ruse carried out by Russia and the United States to distract Sweden long enough to steal its massage, as evidenced by the fact that Sweden won an unexpected 904 gold medals that year. Still, the Swedes held tight to the massage until 1999, when Y2K-related fears caused Swedish officials to release classified details of the massage, believing that the world would likely end. Today, the Swedish massage is practiced all over the world, though rumors that the Swedes are secretly working on an even better massage run rampant.

1812 N Capitol Ave
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Akin to screening potential blood donors, IMMB conducts a thorough review of donors' medical history and blood work to ensure safety for the recipient of the donation. Once collected, donor milk undergoes further analysis, culture testing, and pasteurization before IMMB's staff freezes it. The organization charges those requesting pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) a fee to help offset the cost of testing and processing the donated milk, but many families facing financial hardship are unable to pay this processing fee. To assist these families, IMMB began the Milk Money & More Project, which collects monetary donations to offset the processing fees of PDHM orders for families unable to meet its cost. Currently, IMMB spends the majority of its own operational budget on the collection, processing, and distribution of PDHM, and is financially unable to fulfill all requests for PDHM. The Milk Money & More Project is in need of additional funding in order to provide PDHM to infants whose families cannot afford it.

4755 Kingsway Dr
Indianapolis,
IN
US

The first boxing program of its kind in the country, Rock Steady Boxing unites people with Parkinson's disease through noncontact-boxing fitness programs. Upon diagnosis, doctors often encourage individuals with Parkinson's to start exercising. However, due to noticeable symptoms of the disease such as tremors, balance difficulties, and softened voices, many individuals with Parkinson’s avoid traditional fitness centers. At Rock Steady Boxing, they can exercise safely, surrounded by peers who are also fighting the disease. Four different levels of classes correspond to the severity of symptoms, which could range from people with recent diagnoses to those using wheelchairs and walkers. Certified coaches lead participants through boxing regimens tailored to the individual's abilities and health concerns, and classes teach the fundamentals of boxing through noncontact workouts designed to boost overall fitness and well-being.

5026 East 62nd Street
Indianapolis,
IN
US

After donning absurd costumes and slathering on ample amounts of wet earth, runners at the 5K Disaster Dash take on an exhilarating series of mud-slickened obstacles. Waves of runners are released onto the course every 30 minutes to dance between spare tires, slide down mudslides, and crawl through mud bogs. Climbing walls, rope ladders, and balance beams also await, intimidating runners with treacherous names including Tornado Alley, Crater Climb, and Hail Storm. After making it through the course, runners enjoy a post-race party with beer, food, and music at the Survivor's Saloon.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, whose volunteers often rush through harsh, dirty conditions of their own to deliver food, clothing, shelter, and comfort to those in need.

2316 S German Church Rd.
Indianapolis,
Indiana
US

Project Home Indy (PHI) provides a long-term residence for young mothers with individual case management and programming designed to help each person transition to self-sufficiency. The residence can house five young women aged 15–19 who are pregnant or parenting young children for up to two years at a time. During their stays, they complete secondary education and engage in courses on parenting and life skills, such as contraception, technology, and economic literacy. Project Home Indy also provides health care for mothers and children including pediatric care, substance-abuse treatment, and mental-health services. Each young mother can determine the amount and intensity of the services she requires from the program, while gathering the tools to support herself and her child.

32 E 32nd St
Indianapolis,
IN
US