Gear Up outfits adventurers to climb mountains, wander through wooded trails, and camp in the wilderness with a wide selection of outdoor apparel and tools. Shoppers slip their feet into Birkenstock shoes or Petzl crampons, scale cliffs with climbing gear from Climb High, or ply the waves of lakes and rivers with boats and paddles Old Town Canoe.
Whether sinking a putt or demolishing a high score, Walther's Golf & Fun surrounds visitors with the trappings of the tropics. On the dual miniature golf courses, one indoor and one outdoor, waterfalls and banana trees give the feel of golfing through a vibrant jungle. The laser-tag course is similarly themed, with tangles of neon lights washing over palm trees and weathered ruins. Jungle-print carpet coats the floor of the fully stocked arcade, and golfers practicing on the driving range wait impatiently for one droopy toucan to collect and return their golf balls.
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.
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.
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.
Deep in the verdant expanse of the Lark Valley, the forest’s leaves rustle as a blurry figure glides by. The creature flying across the forest canopy isn’t a bird or acrobatic sport’s mascot returning to its natural habitat. It’s a person strapped into 1 of 10 ziplines at Lark Ranch, which extend more than 1 mile through the surrounding area. Guests slip into safety harnesses and helmets before clipping in the suspended steel cables and soaring high above the valley’s varied topography of lakes, forests, and fields of blossoming holiday sweaters. Elsewhere, lush crops sprout around festive pumpkin patches, encouraging visitors to become one with harvest-time happiness.