Swingers of all skill levels will find refuge in the rolling greens of Country Hills Golf Course. If you're a seasoned pro, flex your putter and masterfully muscle your way through 18 challenging holes spanning over 6,000 yards of hilly fairways, sand traps, water hazards, fire hazards, ostrich stampedes, and ever-morphing shadows. Golf greenhorns, meanwhile, can put amateur anxieties to rest by focusing their attention on the arborous scenery whizzing past their golf cart and yelling "shoryuken!" with every swing. For a little extra practice before or after your roundabout, take advantage of Country Hills' full-size driving range or putting green.
Families and friends romp in playful competition through Cedar Creek Sports Center's 16.5 acres of activities. Two 18-hole putt-putt courses give miniature linksmen room to roam, and the 12-acre driving range provides a scenic exile for underperforming golf balls. Karts roar around the hairpin turns and speedy straightaways of the 1,100-foot go-kart track and bumper boats build up ramming speed while spraying each other with aqua artillery. Prepare for invasions of giant locusts by swatting away at one of 10 fully automatic ABC pitching machines, which hurtle softballs or baseballs at a choice of sphere-slinging speeds.
Cedar Creek Sports Center helps sportsmen find their stride on the fairways or between the base-paths with baseball and golf lessons. At the indoor game room, guests can determine who has the better hand-eye-coordination in air hockey or hoop shot stations, or settle longstanding arguments about who has a brighter career path as a heavy machine operator while using a tiny crane to snatch prizes.
On the 18 holes of Oak Hills Golf Course, water is in no short supply. At the center of the course lies a large, elongated lake, disjointed in two separate places by arcing bridges. The lake's outreaching arms come into play at six separate areas, swallowing up shanked tee shots, misjudged approaches, or illegal putts made with a corked putter. After completion of the 18th hole, the second of back-to-back par fives, more water awaits, as visitors have the opportunity to take a dip in the clubhouse pool or dump ice water over their own heads in victorious fashion at Amy's Grill.
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Riverside Golf Course’s 18-hole, par 70 course stretches across 6,300 yards of scenic, bermuda-grass fairways and bent-grass greens. Players can bolster their orb-blasting technique before hitting the links with a regimen of 10 golf clinics, where classes no larger than 10 pupils learn how to steadfastly drive, pitch, and shot-put balls from one of Riverside’s resident aces. Swing-honing sessions will pay dividends on the course, where subtly sloped greens reward those who can land approach shots close to the pin, as water hazards loom ominously at the edges of nine holes. Players loop the emerald links astride a peppy golf cart, which crosses the course more efficiently than piggybacking caddies. Players should call ahead to reserve both the tee times and clinics, and the pass is valid through 2012.
Sporting two distinct nine-hole layouts built more than 20 years apart, Ravenwood Country Club's 18-hole golf course boasts 6,264 yards of splendid fairways running alongside the stately grounds' cerulean ponds and misting fountains. The lengthier of the two, the front nine eases rusty swings and slow-to-wake irons into the round with a relatively open, gently undulating layout before clubbers must contend with the dramatic elevation changes, larger greens, and omnipresent water hazards that await in the course's second act. Before duffers return through the majestic double doors of the clubhouse, they must traverse the climactic 18th hole, a 385-yard par 4 with a stream stationed squarely in the landing zone of aggressive drives and local spacecraft.
Along with its picturesque par 72, Ravenwood Country Club encompasses a recently refurbished outdoor swimming pool and eight tennis courts flanked by covered spectator areas. Guests weary from days looping the course, lapping the pool, or combing the tennis courts for edible neon fuzz can retire to the club's dining facilities, which host everything from quiet dinner dates to lavish events and celebrations.
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