At Fescue's Edge Golf Club, the white blooms of queen anne’s lace sway alongside ponds dappling 96 acres of tree-lined fairways. Though most of the nine holes on the par 70 course nestle up to towering pine trees, some also incorporate these water hazards. On the par 4 fifth hole, aquatic obstacles sit on either side of the fairway, forcing the player to work as precisely as a bomb technician wearing a white shirt and eating a meatball sub. Sun-soaked sand traps, straight fairways, and five sets of tee boxes await players on other holes.
Off the course, cartfuls of players warm up at the driving range, where grass tees simulate the real course. Shelves at the pro shop brim with clubs and other equipment from brands such as Callaway. Fescue's Edge Golf Club also runs a banquet hall and full-service restaurant, where frothy glasses clink together on tables with scenic views of the course.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
The party specialists of Million Grins Party Rentals tested dozens of photo-booth designs before deciding what their custom booths would look like. In the end, they opted for a simple, reliable, and portable booth made of steel: the MG Hybrid photo booth. High-quality ink and paper ensure long-lasting prints that can be treasured atop mantels for years or left in a pharaoh's tomb to be exhumed after years of hibernation. The company also dispatches DJs who will play hit music and take requests at a variety of events, including weddings, school functions, and corporate get-togethers.
At Summer Wind Stables, instructors lead students through safety-centered lessons and rides in large indoor and outdoor arenas as well as along several wooded acres. During tack lessons, novice equestrians learn to saddle and bridle a horse, building confidence and comfort before they can qualify to tack horses unsupervised. The experienced instructors also host private and group classes, which teach pupils proper riding techniques and help them work toward personal goals such as showing, performing synchronized drills set to music, and competing in Transatlantic races. After lessons, students can unwind in a heated lounge area or peruse the selection at Summer Wind’s gift shop. The shop features whimsical gifts such as mugs and jewelry, along with painted ponies and Breyer horse figurines capable of decorating a kid’s bedroom without leaving hoof prints on the wallpaper.
• Lessons at the Ramada Inn July 11–15 between 9 a.m. and noon • Lessons at Sugarcreek July 11–15 between 9 a.m. and noon • Lessons at the Ramada Inn July 18–22 between 9 a.m. and noon • Lessons at Sugarcreek July 18–22 between 9 a.m. and noon • Lessons at the Ramada Inn July 25–29 between 9 a.m. and noon • Lessons at Sugarcreek July 25–29 between 9 a.m. and noon • Lessons at Sugarcreek August 8–12 between 9 a.m. and noon