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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
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The Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) strives to raise awareness about autism and promote early diagnosis and early intervention. Understanding that autism is a lifelong disability, the ASI serves as the first point of contact for people around the state who need support or help—and its staff members have all had personal experience with a loved one on the autism spectrum, providing them with real-life experience to help support and understand the people they serve. The ASI also hosts ally programs across the state of Indiana, such as support groups for individuals with autism and their families, and the Parent Advisory Council, which helps identify the needs of parents of children with autism.

13295 North Illinois Street
Carmel,
IN
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Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.

110 West Washington Street
Indianapolis,
IN
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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
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Dads Inc.'s one-day Monopoly tournament provides fathers and kids with an enjoyable and engaging method for understanding and talking about finances. On Saturday, December 3, while kids and dads wheel and deal in Marvin Gardens–real-estate holdings, Dads Inc. will introduce the fundamentals of financial literacy as it relates to the game. The Monopoly tournament expects more than 20 dads to attend with their children, each family leaving with their own Monopoly game to continue the fun and the lessons at home.

3833 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis,
IN
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In 2010, Indy Reads tutored 1,210 adults between the ages of 18 and 100. Most of the students begin tutoring with third- or fourth-grade reading levels. To comprehend a newspaper, it's necessary to read at a sixth-grade level or higher, and most GED instructors recommend at least a ninth-grade reading level to pass the GED test. Indy Reads's programming helps improve participants' reading levels through one-on-one tutoring, small-group sessions, and literacy labs held at neighborhood centers. The programming also includes services for people learning English as a second language.

2450 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis,
IN
US