Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club fuels club-wielding adventures with a secluded 18-hole championship course backdropped by sweeping mountain and valley views. Natural running streams and boulder formations wind along the 6,400 yards of conditioned fairways and varied terrain, allowing golfers to connect with nature while circumnavigating man-made pot bunkers and ninth-hole sphinx riddles. From an aerial perspective, the course layout resembles a figure-8 devoid of parallel holes, enhancing privacy midround. During 60-minute group-lesson clinics, a golf professional will lead you and up to nine other range-stationed players through proper techniques for putting, driving, chipping, and communicating with forecaddies via semaphore.
Chaparral Ridge Golf Center's nine-hole golf course takes clubbers careening across an emerald landscape of fairways carved into the Texas countryside. When looped twice over, the course becomes a par 72 that measures 6,940 yards and rattles irons with nearly constant déjà vu. Rounds begin at the par 5, 525-yard first hole, where long hitters must measure their desire to reach the green in two against the risk of pushing or pulling the ball into a vast waterway that runs along the right side. Similar strategic decisions await at the par 3 ninth hole, where a bashful green hides behind a bunker, beside a small pond, and underneath a lifetime of trust issues. A somewhat lengthy layout when played from the tips, the course welcomes duffers of all abilities with four tee options.
Pitch black except for fluorescent, zig-zagging putting greens, Lights Off Golf's glow-in-the-dark facility invites families and friends to test their putting acumen in 18- or 36-hole contests. Guests can also opt for a day pass to thoroughly test Newtonian physics against the difficult angles and elevation changes of the course. Lights Off Golf's party area can also host birthday parties and the wandering crowds of clubgoers drawn like moths to neon lights.
With an array of equipment and apparel, Golf Headquarters of Amarillo outfits men, women, and wee ones for the triumphant launching of projectile orbs. Increase confidence for tee offs on the green with a set of clubs from top brands, including Callaway, Titleist, and Taylor Made. A dozen Nike golf balls ($15.99–$44.99) can be sent sailing with a driver ($99.99+) or a wedge ($29.99+), and children who have outgrown the mini-golf course can try their hand at mature club twirling with a lightweight junior club by US Kids ($24.99–$39.99). Protect hands from feisty blades of grass or demanding, mid-tournament crossword puzzles with a pair of golf gloves ($9.99+), and keep feet suited up with Adidas Golflite men’s shoes ($59.99). The RJ Sports junior stand bag weighs only 3.2 pounds and boasts a dual-strap carry system, providing a comfortable way to haul clubs and emotional baggage from a runaway golf cart ($39.99).
At Hub City Aviation, friendly aviation advisers apply their years of aeronautical acumen to guide prospective pilots through the basics of flight. With this deal, cloud-skimming cadets will meet with one of Hub City's Federal Aviation Administration-certified instructors for pre-flight instruction and rudimentary regulations. After being suitably prepped, you'll spend some time behind the yoke of one of the eight high or low-wing craft in their airborne armada, with possible planes like the beginner-friendly Cessna 172N and the Piper Cherokee 180. Instructors will lead aspiring pilots through necessary flight techniques and cockpit controls, like the throttle, altimeter, and emergency Crystal Pepsi valve, then relinquish the controls to give the student a feel for the plane. Upon landing, pupils will receive a debriefing about the flight and additional information on further steps needed to become a FAA-licensed pilot and join the secret brotherhood of ozone masons.
The crack of bats and the ping of golf balls fill the air at The Range's outdoor-fun facility, home to a 52-tee driving range and cages with eight batting bays. The Range offers practice facilities seven days a week along with cool beer to quench players’ thirst, provided they are of age. Guests can tee up as late as 10:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday thanks to a lighted driving range that allows for nighttime practice and keeps golf-ball-stealing zombie gophers at bay.