At Bluff Creek Golf Course, the club's eponymous creek chuckles quietly across 171 acres of relatively open emerald sweeps and 6,525 yards of fairways and greens. Though much of the course roams across flat terrain, certain holes feature sudden elevation changes, including the par 3 10th, where the green rests at the bottom of a 70-foot drop-off that visually obscures the target from golfers. Forgiving fairways, fast bent-grass greens, and thick heather grasses to ensnare poor shots create the feeling of a classic links-style course. Players must take confident swings to evade the water hazards formed by the creek and nine retention ponds, which come into play on the final eight holes and every screaming match with a catfish.
After rounds, a parade of players leads past startlingly colorful redbud trees to the hilltop clubhouse, which sits at one of the highest points in Johnson County. Frosty glasses sing together, the sound drifting off toward the distant Indianapolis skyline. Bluff Creek Golf Course also peddles a variety of clubs and apparel from other top brands in a pro shop, where guests can schedule lessons with a certified instructor to fix a recurring slice or tendency to yell their social-security number mid swing.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,525 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 70.8 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 120 from the farthest tees * Three tee options
Otte Golf and Family Fun Center is a perennial fixture in Golf Range Magazine’s list of the country’s Top 100 Golf Ranges. Its 300-yard driving range houses more than 50 stalls—guests can choose between grass and mat hitting surfaces—set under high-powered lights that keep the target greens illuminated at night. The range provides a venue for independent practice or preparation for rounds on the center's 18-hole executive course, a circuit of par-threes and fours that takes a convenient 2.5 hours to complete, which gives golfers more time to trick out the vintage golf carts in their garages.
A lighthouse stands sentry over the 18-hole miniature golf course, where guests advance through flowerbeds, willow trees, and tidy rows of shrubs and hedges. Those interested in striking balls that aren't placed on tees or the noses of their best friends can visit one of nine batting cages, where pitching machines dispense a steady stream of baseballs and softballs at various speeds.
An arcade game stands in the corner of this practice's reception room. While its vivid lights might initially seem out of place next to the stone fireplace and warm, sandy walls, the invitation to play puts the finishing touch on an atmosphere focused first and foremost on a positive patient experience. Here, a skilled staff practices family, cosmetic, and orthodontic dentistry under a mission statement that works to ensure those opening wide are happy, calm, and prone to whistling.
Dr. Stacy Johnson keeps visits comfortable with what he calls on his website "home town flair," but he's still attached to the advanced dental technology that makes effective, pain-free visits possible. Though he hails from rural Indiana, he now spends his days caring for underserved patients in Haiti, Brazil, Ecuador, and El Salvador. Those in need of a cosmetic mouth-lift may turn to associate dentist, Dr. Randy Young, who specializes in oral makeovers using veneers and porcelain crowns.
Acupuncture of Indiana?s staff is small but mighty. As the center's name implies, the 12-person staff employs Classical Five-Element Acupuncture and facial-rejuvenation acupuncture, with each member Nationally Board Certified, Indiana-licensed, and all clinical staff has a background in western medicine. However, the staff's alternative-medicine treatments also include craniosacral therapy, reiki, and qi gong.
Dr. Tavel Family Eye Care has provided Indiana families with an extensive array of high quality yet affordable eye care products and services since 1940. Our team offers the best in eye care and eye wear…and that’s a promise from the doctor®.
“Witness the fitness,” said Vernon Garard’s 11-year-old son helpfully. The duo were trying to put a tag line on Vernon’s results-oriented, no-nonsense style of personal training as they described his boot camps. Vernon owns IXF CrossFit, an indoor facility where people come to engage in exercise as only a trainer can conduct it—a different regimen every day, benefiting the body in 10 unique categories of fitness. His son’s clever phrase has become an invitation he extends to all his clients. It challenges them to come see what kind of results they can get with his motivational CrossFit program.
As a former U.S. Marine and personal trainer with multiple certifications, Vernon brings the full brunt of his extensive training to every session. On any given day, he may heft weights in the Olympic fashion with his students or challenge them to flip a giant tire end over end. He mixes up the routines to prevent his clients’ bodies from adapting to a regularly performed exercise, which may lessen their workouts’ effectiveness and increase their chances of sprouting butterfly wings.