Colonial Pines Golf Club’s 18-hole course blankets 127 acres of tranquil Ohio Valley farmland for 5,966 yards of rolling hills and imposing hardwoods. Golfers traverse the par 70 layout on the backs of motorized carts or caddies hoping to improve their piggyback-ride form, steering balls away from a menagerie of hazards, including mounds topped with swaying heathers, woodsy thickets, and six lakes spanning 11 acres. The first tee shot aptly foreshadows a round in which avoiding water hazards and ingratiating oneself to ball-stealing fish will be critical, as drives must cross a pond that runs from the tee box to the beginning of the fairway.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 5,966 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 68.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 117 from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard
Elevation changes. Not only do they challenge players at Hickory Sticks Golf Club with constantly changing terrain, but they also afford spectacular views of the Kentucky Hills. The rippling landscape stretches across a 6,148-yard course?much of which consists of Hickory Sticks' marathon first and last holes, which measure 533 and 496 yards, respectively.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,148 yards * Course rating of 69.1 from the back tees * Course rating of 131 from the back tees * Four tees per hole * See the scorecard
A product of Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Elks Run Golf Club's 18-hole, par 71 course is a case-study in fair but challenging golf. For example, golfers can capitalize on consistently wide fairways?but if they don't, their ball may stray into thick heather that skirts the short-grass. Water hazards also loom on eight holes, including a five-hole stretch on the back nine that curls around a creek. Elevated tee boxes and undulating terrain characterize the course throughout the round, which also includes a double green shared by holes three and five. Before rounds, golfers can warm up at a practice green, two sand traps, and a driving range with bent-grass hitting stations.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,845 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 138 from the tips * Four tee options
Katy Roades doesn't urge her students to strive for perfection. Instead, she hopes that Fort Thomas Yoga Den can be a place of relaxation and renewal, where visitors complete their practice at their own pace and shrug off their tensions with a toasty cup of tea before each class. Her lighthearted attitude reflects on her curriculum, which welcomes participants of all experience levels to courses such as Intro to Yoga and Ladies Nite—a series of poses geared specifically toward the female form. Bright and modern decor lines the studio walls, broadcasting the same casual yet serene vibe as its experienced instructors and waterfall receptionist. Though she stresses the value of never taking one's self too seriously, Katy deeply believes in yoga's therapeutic benefits. Inspired by her family's military background, she hosts complimentary Yoga Warriors sessions, leading those who have served through mind-body techniques designed to address the symptoms of PTSD.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eye Care has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
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