Cypress Lakes Golf Club’s course was designed by William Amick to rise and fall across the natural landscape for 6,396 yards of fairways hugged by gentle waters and towering trees. Unlike most Floridian links, the course unfurls across somewhat mountainous terrain, where cresting hilltops can obscure distant targets, leading to blind shots that aren’t just the result of opponents kicking sand in your eyes. Fairways bob and weave around groves of leyland cypress trees, more than 300 crepe myrtle trees, and 500 lush azaleas, giving advantage to players who can work drives and approaches around the arboreal impediments. A circuit of streams ebbs and flows across the picturesque par 71, adding to the native obstacles and striking fear into the caramel hearts of hydrophobic golf balls. A roaming beverage cart slakes midround thirsts, and the club also boasts a driving range with grass hitting areas and a fully stocked pro shop.
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The staff at Chiropractic Solutions of Pensacola does things a little differently than most other chiropractic offices. Whereas other practitioners are content to show their clients the door once symptoms start to improve, Doctor of Chiropractic Vicki Schwantes and her team demand demonstrable and long-term results. Much of the clinic's success can be attributed to Dr. Schwantes's use of multiple types of chiropractic approaches, such as traditional manual manipulation and table-assisted techniques, in conjunction with other wellness traditions. In this multifront assault on illness, patients may also undergo massage therapy, acupuncture, and therapeutic thumb wrestling as part of their comprehensive treatment plans.
The site of the 1969 USGA Women's U.S. Open, Scenic Hills Country Club remains Florida's only course to host a USGA U.S. Open. But that's not the only thing that separates the 6,730-yard track from many of its Sunshine State counterparts. Unlike many courses that run through flat wetlands, Scenic Hills ripples over significant elevation changes—a characteristic that emerges at the first hole, a challenging, 443-yard par-four that plays downhill. The hills feed into a river and pond that, together, come into play on six holes, some of which force golfers to fly the ball directly over the hazard or bribe a frog with a backpack to swim it safely to the other side.
Alongside the course, separate greens for chipping and putting help golfers hone their scoring touch, and a driving range fosters full-swing practice. After a day at the links, golfers can enjoy a salad, sandwich, or other American-style dining at Caponi's Grille, named for 1969 U.S. Women's Open winner Donna Caponi.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,730 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 130 from the tips * Five tee options
In oak-studded pastures awash with climbing vines and vibrant flowers, a horse whinnies and a startled peacock flies off to find shelter in a tree's branches. For Marilyn Gibbs, it's just another day at the office—the licensed massage therapist opened her studio on a ranch in order to give her clients the kind of tranquility they can't find in the city. With 15 years of experience, Marilyn switches her modality of choice to suit the needs of each client: focused compression addresses chronic pain during deep-tissue massages, and fluid kneads with forearms and elbows comprise her Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi treatment. She also practices pain-focused myoskeletal-alignment techniques (MAT) and myofascial release, which gradually unwinds contracted muscles and encourage them to stretch. With a G5 Cellutec massager, a complimentary add-on to each treatment, she can even help fade the telltale dimples of cellulite.
After a massage, Marilyn's clients often benefit from increased flexibility and less palpable aches. A complimentary 15–20 stop inside her far-infrared sauna following massages can enhance these effects, warming joints and reducing soreness caused by headaches, arthritis, and other ailments.
Marilyn Gibbs, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT MA25768/MM8508, AL#33)
What Weight Time Fitness lacks in square footage it makes up for in convenience. The door to this 3,000-square-foot gym is open 24/7, allowing exercisers to work out whenever their schedule permits or their pet hummingbird finally falls asleep. One half of the gym has strength-training machines and free weights, and the other has Life Fitness treadmills that face flat-screen TVs. If desired, guests can also take advantage of the gym’s infrared dry sauna, personal-training sessions, and complimentary WiFi.
Since opening Joslin Family Eyecare in 1982, its team of ocular professionals has believed that vision ought to last. That's why they ensure your eyes stay healthy during comprehensive eye exams, in which optometrists check for glaucoma, cataracts, and other diseases. Then, the staff fits frames with durable, scratch-resistant Crizal lenses. These lenses not only stave off scratches and never, ever record your Internet search history, they also reduce glare from headlights, overhead lights, and monitors.
Rocket-pop shades of red, white, and blue are sandwiched together in an elegant pair of glasses from Bebe. Filigree traces the silvery outline of Gucci eyewear. And on a pair of Dior shades, the wire-thin arms cleverly retract into black enamel discs. At each of Stanton Optical’s locations, a panoply of frames crafted for adults and kids by nearly 40 design houses awaits visitors. The face-flattering styles, though, rest on the firm foundation provided by prescription and shaded lenses from Zeiss, Varilux, and Crizal, which allow patrons to pass driving tests or tie a centipede’s shoelaces together.