Prairie Bluff’s finely manicured fairways blanket more than 237 acres of scenic, rolling hills. Bring a friend, opponent, or favorite life-sized marionette to tour 18 holes bestrewn with pockets of lush prairie grass, 10 shimmering lakes, and more than 40 hazardous bunkers. The serenely beautiful course bestows an exciting challenge upon pros, and each hole sports four sets of tees to make the greens accessible to golfers of all skill levels.
Challenge Fitness whips bodies into shape with more than 30 cardio machines and a stable of Life Fitness strength machines. Members may pound muscle groups on the fitness-room machines by running, lifting, and fist pumping before washing off and entering the five-lane, 25-yard lap pool to cool off or reenact Wilford Brimley's scenes from Cocoon. A 10-person whirlpool whispers to lap-swimmers, inviting them to take a break in gently swirling, heated waters for the sake of soothing joint aches and stiff sinews. Challenge Fitness trainers facilitate aerobics and fitness classes to help to direct and refine body-sculpting efforts that would otherwise run wild (classes not included with this Groupon, but available for an additional fee). For days when the spirit of sportsmanship visits the gym, members may rent one of the seven tennis courts ($16–$21), the racquetball courts ($6/hour for the court), or the wallyball courts ($3/hour per player).
The accomplished instructors at Bell View Acres have guided saddle sitters through the expansive facility for almost five decades, teaching proper equestrian technique and horse care to pupils of all experience levels. In addition to receiving a firsthand education on how to raise the horse's sails, novice equestrians learn proper riding form, technique, and how to clean and care for the animal. Bell View Acres' trainers have judged local and national competitions, been inducted into the UPHA Hall of Fame, and taught horses to analyze classic literature. Riders must don proper riding wear, including long pants and shoes with a hard sole, before stepping into the facility's 250'x80' outdoor ring. In colder months, a heated indoor ring shields rein grabbers from shivering timber.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
In this professionally mentored Teen Driving Academy, developing drivers perform four drills reproducing common road issues, learn the finer points of vehicular dynamics, and study strategies for avoiding problems caused by other drivers. After an 8 a.m. breakfast and classroom time, students pile into the nine Autobahn-provided Mazdas, where they safely practice reflex-testing accident avoidance, wet-weather ABS usage, slalom drills, skid-control exercises, and proper hanging of fuzzy dice in an ornately wheeled, horseless training buggy. Lunch is also included, followed by a second classroom segment and more drills. Beyond highway-hugging safety, teens will also learn the basics of auto maintenance.
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