Tree Tops Golf curates competitive fun and practice at a sprawling facility that encompasses a driving range, a miniature golf course, and batting cages. Airborne golf shots take flight at the driving range, where grass tees appeal to those who prefer a natural feel and artificial hitting mats cater to prima donna pitching wedges that demand a perfect lie every time.
A canopy of vibrant palms forms cool shadows over the 18-hole mini-golf course as putters tap orbs across a winding circuit of artificial turf lined with brick rails and rocky outcrops. Two Iron Mike pitching machines lob high-arching, slow-pitch softballs in two batting cages, helping batters to prepare for their next opportunity to ruin a water-balloon-toss competition.
For the weekend of January 4 and 5, the polo grounds transform into the Renaissance-era Village of Hopewell for The Villages Renaissance Faire. Down the dusty roads, vendors sell jewelry and wooden crafts, sword fighters entertain in a comedy show, and King Henry VIII enjoys a rousing joust. Throughout the day, patrons can also fill their stomachs with hearty fair foods, including massive roasted-turkey legs.
The Villages Fishing Guide is captained by Darrell Brantley, a seasoned local fishing captain and angler. Darrell cruises his boat across lush local waters, guiding clients of all ages and experience levels on their hunt for bass, crappie, and catfish. Darrell demonstrates proper equipment handling and provides groups with fishing techniques and tips.
Start Skydiving owes its ranking as the number-one skydiving location on dropzone.com to its staff of master skydivers, pilots, and instructors. The team navigates its aircraft thousands of feet in the air for tandem or AFF solo skydives, and the jumpers help novices in obtaining their own USPA B, C, or D licenses. Newly inducted divers can gear up with Start Skydiving’s online store, which carries everything from altimeters and flight-specific shirts to tickets for rides on hot-air balloons or twin-engine pterodactyls.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Sigma Tandem Rigs are the safest in the industry
Pro Tip: Dress in loose comfortable clothing?gym attire with tennis shoes. RELAX.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Tandem skydive 2 miles above the Earth
Recommended Age Group: Adults
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Skydiving has been our passion for more than 50 years. The thrill of skydiving (falling toward the earth at 120 mph) can only be experienced through actually jumping out of an airplane. We love sharing and teaching others about our sport.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Freefall is a great place to hang out with your friends.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our owners have a combined 50 years of experience. One was a national competitor with more than 9,000 safe skydives, and the other a Tandem Examiner with more than 9,000 safe tandem jumps.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Most people can skydive, provided they are height-weight proportionate and serious about learning and safety.
From 1998 to 2003, Eagle Ridge Golf Club bloomed from its original 18 holes into the 36-hole gem that it is today. Each 9-hole layout showcases the artistry of course designer Terry Doss, who carved the fairways through ponds and wetlands surrounded by the diverse population of trees. All four nines measure between 3,400 and 3,500 yards from the tips, so they can be played interchangeably to make for comparable 18-hole experiences. Before rounds, golfers can warm up at the driving range or head to the practice green to get a feel for how well to lather up the ball before putting.