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.
Course at a Glance: * Par 70 course from the back tees * Four sets of tees * Length of 6,008 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 68.8 from the back tees * Slope rating of 117 from the back tees * Scorecard
As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
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.
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.
Energetic music pumps bodies into motion on treadmills, stationary bicycles, and elliptical trainers. Meanwhile, patrons heave dumbbells and heft weighted balls. And in the group fitness studio, classes punch and kick their way through high-intensity kickboxing routines or breathe steadily as they bend into yoga poses. Such scenes play out daily at each of Better Bodies' three locations. In addition to group training, the gyms also offer one-on-one training from personal trainers with years of experience in the fitness industry, including former Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike McGuire. The trainers also boast masters degrees in fitness-related disciplines, including physical therapy and flaming bowling-pin juggling.
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.