PB Dye designed the 18 executive-style, rye-grass fairways at ClearCreek to focus on golfers’ short games, letting players hit through a faster round while still challenging them with one lake and 11 sand bunkers. Golfers tee off at a choice of four different boxes, driving balls the farthest at the 14th hole—one of two par 4 holes on the course—and maneuvering delicately at the 7th to avoid a bunker and the water that ripples on the backside of the putting green. The practice range’s 22 heated and lighted stalls keep 9-irons warm and cozy, and two Full Swing Golf simulators invite golfers to pretend to tackle the best courses in the world no matter the weather outside. ClearCreek’s pro shop features a Callaway custom fitting center for players seeking a new club and stocks Callaway and Titleist golfing paraphernalia. On Sundays, ClearCreek sells adult beverages at the 15th hole’s twin bunkers, providing adults the liquid courage necessary to face down the course's fire-breathing prairie dogs.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-56 course
Length of 3,028 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 57.0 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 87 from the farthest set of tees
Four sets of tee boxes
The instructors at Gymnastics Training Center of Ohio help children as young as 16 months to develop confidence and self-esteem through movement-based training and recreational programs. They welcome students of all skill levels to the facility, which features ample open floor space and a wealth of equipment including balance beams, in-ground foam pits, and trampolines. Here, the coaches train little ones to perform their first somersault and dedicated athletes to compete at the regional and national levels.
Their tumbling lessons steadily introduce more challenging techniques, helping students master everything from back handsprings to free flips over time. But some classes are more about having fun: During recreational classes, they incorporate basic gymnastics moves into engaging workouts that keep kids active while building their strength, agility, and stamina. Regardless of the focus, every training program fosters skills and attitudes that carry over into everyday life and extracurricular activities, such as repeated back-flipping.
Golf differs from most sports in that it can be taken up at a young age and played for a lifetime. According to certified Master Golf Instructor Hank Oakes, becoming proficient at the sport takes time and patience?impossible to achieve over one lesson or round. In fact, Hank believes the threshold stands at six weeks, enough time for the instructor and student to sufficiently cover every facet of the golf swing from addressing the ball to backswing. Whether first time players or veterans with deeply ingrained habits, students concentrate on one part of the swing before moving on to the next motor skill?a methodical approach that produces more consistent ball flight, more sunk putts, and more divots taken home for dinner.
Tac Force Challenge tests the strength of racers by putting them through the rigors of an adventure 5K obstacle course designed by power lifters, martial-arts experts, and special-operations professionals. The muddy, muscle-straining course houses 31 obstacles, such as rope walls, river dashes, unbalanced beams, log trips, and tunnels that force runners to use all their strength and jet-pack fuel to reach the finish line. Participants begin their first race ranked as a Private and advance closer to General as they complete each run. This progress is saved in the Tac Force database, which catalogs completion dates so that the government knows whom to call in the event of a sweaty-bicep shortage.
Xtreme Fitness and Performance hosts a wide variety of fitness programs in one 25,000-square-foot space. Those who want to chisel their muscles can work out during CrossFit classes or push a sled across turf during a personal-training session. Members can also boost flexibility in a yoga class, torch calories in an indoor-cycling class, or learn new skills in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu or boxing class.
When they're not working out, members can consult with a nutritionist, sip a smoothie from the smoothie bar, or relax in a tanning bed or sauna.