As golfers stand over teed-up golf balls, staring down the fairway of Indian Trail Golf Course’s 370-yard 14th hole—the course signature—they may be perplexed by its ranking as the round’s most difficult hole. Though the scorecard reads “short par 4,” the hole packs a good deal of hardship into its diminutive stature. Golfers must aim for the top of the fairway hill off the tee, while steering clear of the boulder on the right side and the large pond just beyond. Players are forgiven for going the conservative route with a long iron off the tee, as opposed to risking the driver or a retrofitted t-shirt cannon. If they leave themselves a decent lie on the approach, a two-tiered green awaits just over the water, making three-putts an all-too-common occurrence.
While not every hole features boulders, uphill fairways, and the ever-present threat of boogeyman attacks, the course is characterized by the ubiquitous threat of hazards. In all, nine ponds and more than 40 bunkers haunt players along the 6,272 yards of Bermuda-covered terrain, lending an air of hostility to the otherwise pristine surroundings.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,272 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 127 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
Because Sunset Dental's staff recognizes that going to the dentist can be unpleasant for some, it has designed an office that keeps patients' comfort in mind. Massaging dental chairs and sedation dentistry help relax patients, and digital x-rays take images of teeth and roots. Above all, the staff comforts patients by listening to their concerns and complaints before attempting any general or cosmetic services.
Each fully licensed Physicians Weight Loss Centers location houses a staff of dietary experts dedicated to helping their clients lead overall healthier lives. To help their clients achieve their goals, they offer six weight-loss programs—which have been honed over the last 30 years—that are tailored to suit their needs. The plans map out varying caloric levels and dietary approaches, and are customized to each client based on their health statistics and natural repartee with celery sticks. Putting patient education at the forefront, the staff promotes sustainable healthy eating habits, and helps clients ease the eventual transition from the weight-loss program to regular eating habits. The specialists augment the programs with a variety of in-person and online services, in addition to more than 65 weight-loss and nutrition products, ranging from vitamin B12 shots to specialized supplements.
A graduate of South Baylo University in Anaheim, Andrea Johnston uses acupuncture and the various modalities of Oriental medicine to restore health and harmony to her clients' minds and bodies. She treats a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain and digestive woes to emotional distress and superpowers. Her calming bedside manner and the fineness of the implements she uses contribute to the "virtually painless" nature of her treatments.
When Bike to Nature's staffers pool together their roadside fixes and in-shop projects, it adds up to more than 40 years of collective experience. The shop recently relocated across the street from its previous location to a new facility that expands about 4,400 square feet, or twice the size of the former space. Here, the crew stocks a large inventory of new bikes and bike parts to meet any cycling need, whether bikers are interested in commuting, racing, or extraterrestrial advocacy. Biking apparel maximizes riders' sleek speed, and sports-nutrition products such as recovery sports drinks deliver electrolytes, muscle-soothing glutamine, and laboratory-synthesized adrenaline directly into biker's bodies.
Tune-ups and repair services range from quick fixes such as changing a tire to full-body customizations. Bike to Nature's technicians also help patrons learn to repair their own bikes using a precisely measured blend of elbow grease and magic words, and can reveal the best local spots for scenic rides.
Designed by prolific course architect Willard Byrd, Timberlake Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 6,579-yard trail across a Lake Murray peninsula as it dips southward into the glassy waters. Picturesque views of the lake abound throughout the round—because of its proximity to the lake, the club offers free docking and shore-side pickup for those who wish to arrive by boat or seahorse—and the supersized pool's watery fingers come into play on seven holes. Rounds culminate with dramatic flair at the signature 18th hole, a 483-yard par 5 where a mid-fairway water hazard looms on the business end of a blind tee shot, raising the stakes for players who unsheathe their driver in the hopes of reaching the green in two.
Alongside the grassy course, neon yellow orbs slice through the air at Timberlake Country Club's tennis courts, where tennis pro Mark Gardiner teaches students to hit a forehand passing shot or incite an earthquake with a deafening grunt. The club also houses diverse dining facilities to curb appetites or host social events.