The ridges and swales of Outlaw Golf Club’s recently renovated bentgrass greens get balls spinning and players cursing. These difficult patches of grass await golfers at the end of the nine-hole course’s bluegrass fairways, which undulate through the craggy terrain overlooking Jordanelle Lake. The course's bite doesn’t just come from elevation changes, though: three lakes and two streams tempt balls to take a dip, and the par 3 and 4 fairways demand frequent club changes by vacillating in length from 65 to 465 yards. Despite these challenges, novices can enjoy the course by choosing a more forgiving tee from the six that cluster in front of each fairway, including all-weather surface tees.
The club’s outdoor short-game-refining center invites players to practice their putting and chipping as they aim their balls up to 100 yards away. The center also serves as PGA Professional Dave DeSantis’s classroom, where he teaches players how to break free from sand traps without digging a hole they will eventually fall in.
Longview Museum of Fine Arts seeks to expose the local community to art through its collection of more than 400 works including paintings, etchings, photographs, collages, and sculptures. The permanent collection primarily focuses on works from regional artists, and the museum's galleries also host traveling or temporary exhibits six times per year. Outside, visitors can tour a sculpture garden with rotating featured pieces.
Look at an aerial view of Wildcat Creek Quail Hunting Resort and you'll see an outdoorsman's playground. The preserve's more than 1,200 acres in Red River County spans dense forests abutting brush-strewn fields and interior ponds, prime hunting grounds for quail and wild hogs. Ron Parker runs Wildcat Creek so his guests can forge the kind of memories he cherishes from hunting with his dad.
Guided trips supply hunters with brush buggies and dogs handled by in-house trainers. To prep guests for trips into the field, Wildcat Creek's grounds also encompass a sporting-clays course with optional wobble traps, a 3-D archery range set in the woods, and a shooting range for sighting rifles. Additionally, the 16-acre Old Mitchell Lake serves as a setting for both traditional and fly fishing.
More than 10,000 square feet of facilities includes cabins, a pro shop, and a lodge, which offers amenities such as a pool table, high-speed Internet, and satellite service. The Parkers pride themselves on hospitality, serving a different menu of home-cooked meals each day. And to maintain an environment where everyone feels safe, they lead all first-time guests through a mandatory safety course.
Shaped like 18 distinct clearings in Ouachita National Forest, the holes of Cedar Creek Golf Course reside at the western extremity of the sprawling Broken Bow Lake. Keeping a golf ball from sneaking off into the pine trees that line the fairways of each hole is a good start for any golfer, but the dense forestry isn't the only hazard looming over the layout. Significant elevation swings?the course runs among the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains?and the course's namesake creek can wear equally on any golfer's psyche. Those who can keep their shots squarely on the Bermuda grass greens and fairways, however, will enjoy an easier round as they soak in picturesque surroundings. A practice area complete with driving range and putting green can help prepare golfers for their rounds, giving players a spot to stretch, calibrate swings, and warn trees with practice axe-chops before teeing off on the first hole.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,582 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 72.3 from the back tees
Course slope of 125 from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
Two-time Grammy Award–winner Rita Coolidge brandishes her dulcet tones and musical pedigree to celebrate the Wonderland of Lights Festival's 25th anniversary with a collaborative holiday-music performance. Under the direction of Stephen L. Hayes, Assistant Professor and Director of Music at Wiley College, the school's a cappella choir blends its melodious harmonies with Rita Coolidge's lead vocalizations as they collectively croon Christmas standards, holiday classics, and famous ballads penned by prodigious reindeer. Marshall Visual Art Center welcomes up to 350 concert-goers in the venue's large, open room with twinkle lights dotting the ceiling at night and unemployed flashlights during eclipses.
Clint Mace Sr.'s design of the The Challenge at Cypress Hills' golf course has earned its fair share of praise. Texas Outside called the 6,762-yard, par 71 course "clearly one of the best layouts in East Texas." The article highlights the designer's use of the local terrain to add additional difficulty to the holes. That's particularly true on the back nine, where each hole presents a unique challenge, be it up-hill blind shots, big ponds that bisect the fairway, or sharp dog legs that require precise drives.