A stone-lined creek and two ponds shape the layout at Cool Lake Golf Club, where golfers meander through a 6,008-yard circuit of 18 tricky greens. The creek cuts across four holes on the front nine before fanning out in a wishbone pattern on the back three, where it imperils the lives of golf balls and paper boats fashioned from scorecards. The longest hole on the course—the 590-yard, par-five fifth—is also the most difficult, featuring a dog-leg left and a second shot that must clear the creek to set up an approach. Before beginning their round, golfers can loosen up by hitting balls at the range or turning the ball-washer crank for several hours.
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Personal trainers Matt and Emily Hecker teach clients how to sculpt and strengthen their bodies using cardio, resistance training, and nutritional plans. The team of trainers—including a former Marine and a professional gymnast—lead one-on-one training sessions and small-group weight training, soothing yoga, or invigorating kettlebell classes .
The kettlebell workout, one of the trainers’ specialties, traces its origins to Russia, where for 350 years the round weight with its sturdy handle has been used to build functional strength and flexibility. At Hecker’s Fitness, teachers lead dedicated, supportive groups of students as they tone their cores and condition their muscles through this time-tested workout.
Mark Weghorst knows a thing or two about developing a sound golf game—the Carmel native played golf at Brebeuf Jesuit and went on to win the Mid-American Conference tournament as an individual while playing at Ohio's Miami University. After competing on several professional mini tours, Mark has returned to the Indianapolis area to help other golfers fine-tune their games. During lessons, golfers correct any flaws in their swings from Mark’s feedback, aided with V1 Pro video swing analysis and the trackman launch monitor . His lessons put to use all of the amenities at Zionsville Golf Practice Center, which has a driving range with heated stalls, a wedge range for short-game practice, and a plane board—a training device that helps golfers break the habit of slicing a shot into another dimension.
During a visit to Dane Porter Massage, the licensed massage therapist's hands rhythmically cascade down clients' spins, undoing painful knots and setting tension free along the way. Dane Porter makes his living helping others relax, unwind, and experience the comfort associated with a pain-free musculoskeletal structure. When he isn't plying his hands at calming Swedish massages, he's generally using techniques like trigger point therapy and deep-tissue massage, both of which can help accelerate healing, increase circulation, and—unlike taking a job as a local landmark—improve mobility.
Though Perfekt Fit is an intimate studio, it houses an impressive and diverse selection of fitness classes. Sunlight pours through its lofty windows as trainers motivate students to pedal furiously atop stationary cycles. During other classes, students twist into yoga poses, dance to energetic Latin-inspired Zumba routines, or work their abs in pilates atop the glossy hardwood floor. Groups line up along ballet barres during innovative barre classes, practicing traditional ballet exercises to strengthen muscles and improve coordination. The studio's expert trainers also offer private training sessions, where they work with students individually to accommodate unique fitness goals and overcome restrictive issues, from recovering from injuries to coaxing a stubborn tarantula out of their gym sneakers.
High in the pristine mountains of Taiwan, artisan farmers hand pick and hand roast fresh, whole-leaf teas made even more delicious thanks to the ideal combinations of mist and sunshine. These top-quality green, oolong, and black teas are the only teas sold at Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company, as the staff believes they are the best of their kind across the globe.
Available at the Zionsville shop, teas include a misty-mountain oolong, a medium amber-bodied tea for a palate-cleansing and refreshing drink. The Asian-beauty oolong, deemed “oriental beauty” by Queen Elizabeth II, is a light-bodied tea with hints of honey and cinnamon, and the twisted-green tea, a delicate loose-leaf tea named as such because the famers twist the leaves before roasting them or telling them bedtime stories. Customers can also purchase wares for tasty tea times, such as ceramic Japanese tea sets, trays, whisks, filters, and ornate bibs.