Everett Gee used to conduct complicated legal maneuvers in Virginian court rooms. Then, he discovered his wild side: zipping through the canopies of the Eastern United States' deciduous forests. He became friends with the owner of his favorite canopy tour provider, and started to learn the business. Then, he heard that the state of Virginia was looking for new entertainments with which to populate the Shenandoah Valley. Combining his knowledge of local law and the sport of zip-lining, Everett pitched State Park officials the idea of Virginia Canopy Tours, and started his business.
He now shares the birds'-eye vision of forest escapes on canopy tours. The tree-top tour he constructed takes approximately two and a half hours to navigate, incorporating eight different zip lines, a sky bridge, air stairs, and rappelling experience. In the midst of the adventure, tourists enjoy two nature walks, one midway between the highest zipline and fastest zipline, before returning to the heart-pounding action of flying up to 90 feet above the forest floor, a joy normally reserved for birds and people with really strong wings. The second nature walk is after the final zipline and includes rappelling.
Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson once stood on the first hole's green—or at least somewhere near it—and gave a rousing speech to motivate 17,000 Confederate troops before the First Battle of Winchester on May 25, 1862. Today, Jackson's Chase Golf Club hosts more peaceful pastures atop its rolling hills, with golf clubs replacing weapons and golf balls replacing the instant smoke-cloud spheres that Jackson would use during his renowned magic shows.
Set along the undulating countryside, the 18-hole course challenges golfers of all stripes to navigate a labyrinth of unforgiving holes, such as the 191-yard 11th hole, a par 3 with a pond stationed around the peninsula-like green. Rental carts whisk players up and down frequent elevation changes, saving caddies from giving piggyback rides across the 6,513-yard jaunt.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,513 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 71.1 from the back tees
Four tee options available
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As the team behind Thousand Hills Riding Stables LLC, Yvonne Toone and her husband, Mark Toone, invite students to learn the art of horsemanship with assistance from their gentle steeds Nike, Gwen, and Lyric. Since her first ride at the age of 8, Yvonne has nursed a passion for equestrianism that drove her to become a licensed veterinary technician and earn her Certified Horsemanship Association certificate. She channels that passion to create a supportive, familial atmosphere where kids can learn horsemanship skills. She can even work with students as young as two in hope of developing the next generation of horse enthusiasts or merry-go-round operators.
The Arnold Palmer signature designed course at the private Dominion Valley Country Club features 18 holes and fulfills Arnold Palmer's vision of integrating golf design into the surrounding terrain. The 7,000-yard golfing gauntlet (measured from the back tees) challenges both new swingers and skilled clubsmen on a course that incorporates natural elevation changes, fairways hugged by rows of trees, and a bevy of wetland hazards that will leave golf balls as wet as a puppy that fell into a dunk tank. Lunch on the day of play includes a deli sandwich or hot dog, a bag of chips, and a fountain soda. To play, golfers must garb up in golfing-specific gear instead of catcher's masks or pants made out of hockey pucks.
During their free time, Battlefield Park Polo Club's horses roam across acres of pastures, grazing on fresh grass and socializing with the retention pond's fish and turtles. When at work, they are patient lesson horses, on which students learn riding basics while being aided by an expert staff. Dori Haller Burner, the facility's owner, operator, and chief instructor, knew that she was more suited to this type of setting than an office ever since she found her love for polo back in Newport, Rhode Island. Today, she also serves as the coach of the George Washington University Men's and Women's intercollegiate teams, though she still finds fulfillment in introducing newcomers to the sport.
To do so, Dori and her staff start with the basics. Riding lessons, which can impart skills from feeding horses to riding in figure eights, unfold in either an outdoor or indoor arena. The latter's 16-foot ceilings make it ideal for practicing jumps. At summer camps, the team complements lessons with games, and other traditional summer camp activities. Once they have developed some skills, students can sign up for polo lessons as well as instruction on both the English and Western riding styles.
Home of The Longest Golf Hole in The USA (841 yard, par 6). 27 holes with very unique design features. Island Greens, Bounce Bunkers, Baseball Hole, Waterfall Hole and much more. Reasonable rates and friendly staff. Restaurant, Grass Driving Range, Putting Green all available.