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:
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.
Heartland Dental Care's member practices pursue a patient-centric approach to keeping teeth tartar-free and bite-ready. Show off your champion chompers to an oral x-ray machine, which will be so suitably impressed it'll snap photos providing toothy views unavailable to the naked eye or standard-issue x-ray specs. A thorough cleaning polishes each mouth stone without the clumsy mechanics of a jaw-mounted rock tumbler, turning average grins into blinding megawatt smiles. An expert exam makes sure each tooth is in good shape and securely welded to the cranial frame. Superb for competitive taffy eaters and Cheshire Cat impersonators, rebuffed teeth provide everything a mouth needs to preserve its reputation of being the most dangerous place for food.
In a comfortable judgment-free atmosphere, The Body Sanctuary stretches the fitness thresholds of its strength-thirsty students, offering intimate classical Pilates classes taught by certified instructors. Lead trainer Heather is BASI Pilates –certified and brings heaps of core-chiseling experience to every class she teaches as well as to every six-pack-sporting snowman she sculpts.