The Madison Club’s 18-hole, championship course develops over gently rolling hills and winds through trees for a layout engulfed in a spectacular setting that incorporates the natural landscape into course play. Multiple water hazards challenge the golfer, as highlighted on the interesting par 3 17th, a hole that forces golfers to carry a short-iron tee shot over open water and has been lauded as one of western Pennsylvania’s best public holes by both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the fish that cheer on golfers from the green-protecting pond. Cut in to the rolling hills, holes are bordered with slopes and mounds that redirect errant shots back on to the carpet-like fairways. After a day at the links, guests can unwind with a light meal from the course restaurant or toast to the memory of broken golf tees with a drink from its full-service bar.
Silver Star Stables equips novice and advanced equestrians with the skills, mounts, meals, and guides to complete one-day or overnight rides through 10,000 acres of scenic trail territory. Like Santa, rides can be summoned seven days a week with the proper telephone call. During overnight family campouts, kith and kin congregate around Silver Star's on-site lake at 11 a.m. to set up self-provided tents or campers, before meeting for 30 minutes of individual riding instruction and equine mind-melding in the facility's indoor arena. Over the course of their stays, equestrians feast on provided dinner and breakfast, then depart at 9 a.m. the next morning for a one-hour trail ride to tearfully end romances with old oak trees.
In 1969, aficionados from six midwest states formed the Midwest UFO Network—MUFON for short—to improve and organize their growing reports of UFO sightings. Now known as the Mutual UFO Network, MUFON's more than 3,000 members have formed chapters throughout the United States and various countries around the globe.
More than 900 of those members are trained field investigators who interview UFO witnesses and compose written accounts of sightings. Some of those findings, as well as the latest research findings, are showcased at MUFON's annual International UFO Symposium, which rotates through the United States and is sometimes held on Earth's second moon. MUFON runs similar events throughout the year, and prints more info about sightings and UFO science in its monthly journal.
Although conservation is important to the course managers at Cherry Creek Golf Club, it never comes at the expense of challenging play. Throughout the scenic 18-hole course, golfers will come face-to-grass with meticulously planned layouts that incorporate ponds, bunkers, and vistas bordered by gentle rolling hills. The first two holes epitomize the club’s course design; hole one's curving terrain and four sand bunkers require precise aim to avoid, and hole two's flowing stream adds an extra level of difficulty to an already nerve-testing approach. Course managers also take care to protect the natural setting and wildlife that inhabit the grounds, taking eco-friendly measures such as building blue bird nesting houses and improving water quality by reducing the use of harmful chemicals. Their efforts have earned the course Audubon International's Cooperative Sanctuary certification, an honor awarded to a select group of earth-minded golf courses around the country.
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Doug Crytzer holds the rare distinction of being a professional racer. When a local boy scout troop hired him to organize an adventure race for them, he discovered he loved producing races even more than running them. He founded American Adventure Sports in 1997 to indulge his new passion, while raising awareness of nature's beauty and efforts to preserve it.
Today, AAS, as Doug dubs it, organizes adventure races, triathlons, mountain bike races, and camping trips into American wildernesses across the country. The organization also has a brick and mortar store located in Pennsylvania, where staffers provide athletes with all the gear they need to compete in any of the events or go on an adventure of their own making.
Every week brings a new challenge for the teams and individuals who participate in the Fun Shoot Pistol League. A & S Indoor Pistol Range's friendly competition incorporates different handgun grips and targets set to varying distances. Action Shoots, alternatively, require participants to engage multiple targets in a short period of time. The NRA-certified staff also leads classes in basic pistol shooting and the defensive use of firearms.