Gear Up stocks an assortment of more than 100 of the top apparel, gear, and shoe brands to outfit outdoor enthusiasts in fashionable and functional attire. Smartwool shears Ivy League–educated merino sheep to create deceivingly warm base layers ($75) and keep feet warm—even when wet—with Smartwool PhD socks ($14.95–$22.99). Chaco flip-flops lend a supportive comfort to feet ($55), while strappier Chaco Z/1 and Z/2 sandals suit up the lower paws for wet and warm adventures ($95). Pursue leisure in a foot chase with the classic Birkenstock Arizonas ($120), or get kicks in the Keen Newport H2s, which don toe-bumpers and an Aegis anti-microbial shield to make the term "adventure sandals" more than just a passable band name ($95). For colder days, Marmot Polartec fleece provides durable, non-pilling warmth without excessive bulk ($75–$100).
At Golf Etc., a certified True Temper Performance Fitting Center, expert staffers take care of golfers on and off the course with custom club fittings, equipment repair, and high-performance gear and apparel. Using technology as part of their custom Better Golf…Faster! (BGF) system, pros analyze swings with charted and plotted data that assesses each player’s unique swing motion and diagnoses an optimal club length, weight, and type of shaft. They combine this with the FlightScope program, which uses 3-D Doppler radar to analyze ball-flight information, the same system used by weatherman to track clouds when they fly south for the winter. They integrate data correlating to ball speed, shot shape, and angle of attack into the BGF system to create a multifaceted club prescription.
To keep golfers looking as good as their swings, Golf Etc. stocks a full line of athletic gear and apparel from top golf brands such as Ping, Titleist, and Callaway. The shop also houses a Sports-O-Zone equipment sanitizer that uses ozone to rid gear of odor, bacteria, and viruses.
Designed by golf-course architect Robert M. Lohmann, Eagle Valley Golf Course stretches 6,692 yards through rolling terrain and rising crags of verdant knolls, creating a diverse landscape of testy tee-to-green holes. Duffer duos can challenge one another or pair up to face the course's ball-swallowing bunkers, mature trees, and hungry squirrels. An included golf cart accommodates golfers as they traverse through lush green lands on the hunt for a treasure chest of errant golf balls in the bottom of the course's four bodies of water. Golfers can begin their day perfecting their pendulum swings on the property's driving range. With two buckets of balls, every club in the bag of trick sticks can see use, from the pitching wedge to the mannequin leg.
The ping of golf clubs and baseball bats rings out across the grounds and rises above the thrumming engines and squealing tires of go-karts at Golfland USA. Part training ground, part recreational respite, Golfland invites golfers to hone their game at a driving range or enjoy more laid-back par-hunting at a mini-golf course. Guests can also perfect a different kind of swing at the batting cages, which sling baseballs at three different speeds and offer two slow-pitch softball machines. The fun center also encompasses a quarter-mile go-kart track where drivers speed down straightaways and drift around tight turns.
Stretching across more than a thousand acres at the foot of southern Indiana's Hoosier National Forest, Wilstem Ranch's rolling farmland is home to creeks, caves, natural-rock outcroppings, and more than 30 miles of woodland trails, marking it as an ideal family escape. A creek populated by small-mouth bass attracts local fishermen; wildflowers, native plants, and trees color the historic landscape in natural vegetation. Additionally, a variety of cabins—equipped with kitchens, hot tubs, and fireplaces—provide cozy accommodations year-round.