A plethora of water hazards designed by course architect Walter Denzer challenges golfers as they swing through Stone Gate Golf Course's 18 holes. Denzer crafted the front nine to form a regulation par 36 course, and made the back nine into an executive par 3 course. Across both nines, he peppered a glut of ponds to test players’ aptitude at launching dimpled orbs safely over the rippling water. Denzer outfitted hole three's fairway with a trio of sand traps and mammoth Venus flytraps, and designed holes two and eight as par 5s to up the challenge. The back nine is equipped with lights so games can continue until midnight on warm nights.
Lights also illuminate the driving range, where golfers hone their form at 22 hitting stations. The practice area’s new target greens challenge short and long irons or ball-launching crossbows. For additional game improvement, swingers of all levels can join golf professional Jimmy Saenz—NPGIA’s 2011 Teacher of the Year, a featured guest on KFYO 790 AM, and an instructor with more than 16 years of teaching experience—for personalized lessons. To prepare for their day on the course, guests can drop into the recently renovated clubhouse to consult a club fitter or order equipment from Titleist and Pinnacle. And, after swinging in the sun, players can unwind by sipping a beer at the Stone Gate Grill.
A 1997 George Williams design, the Reese Golf Center course gives golfers of all stripes pleasant challenges as they send shots skyward off of lush bermuda grass. Water enters play on half of the holes but only crosses the fairway on two, allowing golfers to safely attack the open fairways and leave collared life preservers at home. As players make their way around the course, they chase shots inside golf carts equipped with GPS tracking systems. These systems allow riders to see their position on the course, helping them determine the exact yardage to the flagstick.
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GolfTEC is staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s specialists point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.
Chaparral Ridge Golf Center's nine-hole golf course takes clubbers careening across an emerald landscape of fairways carved into the Texas countryside. When looped twice over, the course becomes a par 72 that measures 6,940 yards and rattles irons with nearly constant déjà vu. Rounds begin at the par 5, 525-yard first hole, where long hitters must measure their desire to reach the green in two against the risk of pushing or pulling the ball into a vast waterway that runs along the right side. Similar strategic decisions await at the par 3 ninth hole, where a bashful green hides behind a bunker, beside a small pond, and underneath a lifetime of trust issues. A somewhat lengthy layout when played from the tips, the course welcomes duffers of all abilities with four tee options.
At Hub City Aviation, friendly aviation advisers apply their years of aeronautical acumen to guide prospective pilots through the basics of flight. With this deal, cloud-skimming cadets will meet with one of Hub City's Federal Aviation Administration-certified instructors for pre-flight instruction and rudimentary regulations. After being suitably prepped, you'll spend some time behind the yoke of one of the eight high or low-wing craft in their airborne armada, with possible planes like the beginner-friendly Cessna 172N and the Piper Cherokee 180. Instructors will lead aspiring pilots through necessary flight techniques and cockpit controls, like the throttle, altimeter, and emergency Crystal Pepsi valve, then relinquish the controls to give the student a feel for the plane. Upon landing, pupils will receive a debriefing about the flight and additional information on further steps needed to become a FAA-licensed pilot and join the secret brotherhood of ozone masons.
The Falls Yoga and Barre Studio boasts indoor, outdoor, and underwater facilities to enhance standard workout routines. Atop a fully equipped gym room floor, treadmills, elliptical machines, and arc trainers with television screens help gym goers burn calories during cardio sessions. Meanwhile, resistance machinery and free weights help build enough muscle to finally reach the treasure trapped inside the pickle jar. The Falls also corrals exercisers in more than 50 group fitness classes a week. A 3,600-square-foot group fitness room offers a spacious place to work out atop spring-loaded wood floors, and an outdoor heated swimming pool and outdoor walking track lie nestled in a landscaped stretch of terra firma. New renovations include a new spin studio, new yoga and barre studio, and an expanded child care facility. After any workout, The Falls' shower facilities, complimentary toiletries, and free towels vanquish lingering sweat.