Sporting two distinct nine-hole layouts built more than 20 years apart, Ravenwood Country Club's 18-hole golf course boasts 6,264 yards of splendid fairways running alongside the stately grounds' cerulean ponds and misting fountains. The lengthier of the two, the front nine eases rusty swings and slow-to-wake irons into the round with a relatively open, gently undulating layout before clubbers must contend with the dramatic elevation changes, larger greens, and omnipresent water hazards that await in the course's second act. Before duffers return through the majestic double doors of the clubhouse, they must traverse the climactic 18th hole, a 385-yard par 4 with a stream stationed squarely in the landing zone of aggressive drives and local spacecraft.
Along with its picturesque par 72, Ravenwood Country Club encompasses a recently refurbished outdoor swimming pool and eight tennis courts flanked by covered spectator areas. Guests weary from days looping the course, lapping the pool, or combing the tennis courts for edible neon fuzz can retire to the club's dining facilities, which host everything from quiet dinner dates to lavish events and celebrations.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,264 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.0 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard
Families and friends romp in playful competition through Cedar Creek Sports Center's 16.5 acres of activities. Two 18-hole putt-putt courses give miniature linksmen room to roam, and the 12-acre driving range provides a scenic exile for underperforming golf balls. Karts roar around the hairpin turns and speedy straightaways of the 1,100-foot go-kart track and bumper boats build up ramming speed while spraying each other with aqua artillery. Prepare for invasions of giant locusts by swatting away at one of 10 fully automatic ABC pitching machines, which hurtle softballs or baseballs at a choice of sphere-slinging speeds.
Cedar Creek Sports Center helps sportsmen find their stride on the fairways or between the base-paths with baseball and golf lessons. At the indoor game room, guests can determine who has the better hand-eye-coordination in air hockey or hoop shot stations, or settle longstanding arguments about who has a brighter career path as a heavy machine operator while using a tiny crane to snatch prizes.
World Champion Productions owner David Elkin has followed a much-decorated career in competitive ballroom dancing—he has received four world titles, seven U.S. titles, and three British titles—with more than 20 years of teaching. His expertise informs a troupe of full-time, internationally-certified instructors, who teach Latin, swing, and ballroom-dance lessons in private and group settings. The school's Hendersonville location boasts a state-of-the-art sound system with a huge preloaded repertoire of danceable tunes and a raised hardwood dance floor that emits only the tiniest shrieks when stomped on. Weekend nights open the studios for students to strut the stuff they've learned in class, with complimentary adult beverages, live bands, and a lighthearted social atmosphere.
The coaches at Universal Gymnastics Dance and Cheer have encouraged movement in all its forms for the past 20 years. Their classes cover the entire spectrum of grace-centered recreation, from coed children's tumbling to competitive gymnastics to classical and modern dance. Beyond the "rah-rahs" they recite in cheerleading classes and "do-re-mis" they bellow in musical-theater sessions, students also develop better sportsmanship skills and work ethics with encouragement from instructors and classmates. Universal's afterschool program transitions kids seamlessly from academic to recreational pursuits when a staffer member picks them up at school and shuttles them to the gym for a snack, an hour of structured gymnastics or dance, and free play.
It hasn't taken long for Ride615 to entrench itself in the Nashville area’s bicycle community since opening its doors in April 2012. Each Saturday morning, the shop hosts community bike rides, leading cyclists on 30–45-mile jaunts in order to boost their endurance levels and encourage neighborhood squirrels to get in shape. Back at the shop, the staff maintains a fleet of high quality bicycles and accessories from brands such as Garmin, Shimano, Raleigh, and Santa Cruz that fill the wish lists of avid cyclists.
Golfers teeing up at Country Hills Golf Course motor across the emerald hills of Middle Tennessee aboard electric golf carts while giving chase to their dimpled white orbs. Each player attempts to navigate the 18-hole course in less than 70 strokes, a feat impeded by hazards such as sand traps, elevation swings, and a smattering of ponds. Dense foliage directly abutting the fairways further complicate matters, especially if a previous group has shamelessly scratched a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem into the tree bark.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,174 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees